UP Vanguard, UP ROTC cadets join fight vs COVID-19

UP Vanguard National Commander Guido Delgado —Screen capture by Fil V. Elefante

Alam niyo, maraming mga estudyante na stranded sa UP Diliman, Los Baños at sa Baguio. So ang mga kadete namin doon ay tumutulong sa feeding program at hygiene kits na kailangan ng mga estudyante natin [You know, many students were stranded at UP Diliman, Los Baños and Baguio. So our cadets there are helping with the feeding program and hygiene kits our students need]” University of the Philippines Vanguard, Inc. (UPVI) National Commander Guido Delgado announced during an interview aired on the government’s Laging Handa program on April 8.

During the interview, Delgado explained that the UP Vanguard, the UP ROTC’s alumni organization, was in the process of procuring badly-needed personal protection equipment (PPE) for medical professionals and health care workers engaged in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re acquiring 500 hazmat suits, 800 isolation suits, and masks for our front-liners,” he said.

Delgado explained that this was the UP Vanguard, Inc.’s response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to mobilize ROTC cadets and ROTC alumni to join the fight against COVID-19.

Sana po makakatulong kami kahit konti [We hope that we can provide even a little help],” Delgado said during the interview, adding that the focal point of the UP Vanguard’s support in the fight against COVID-19 was the UP Department of Military Science and Tactics in Diliman, Quezon City.

Some of the supplies donated by the UP Vanguard Capitol Chapter —Photo courtesy of Alex Tamayo.

UP Vanguard Capitol Chapter donates PPEs

Even as the UP Vanguard National Commander was being interviewed in Wednesday’s airing of the government’s Laging Handa program, the UP Vanguard Capitol Chapter turned Delgado’s words into reality with a delivery of PPEs to the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC), Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and Amang Rodriguez Hospital. Additional PPEs were also turned over to the UP Diliman police force and its security detachments.

This activity was supported by the UP Vanguard University Chapter, UP DMST personnel, UP Diliman ROTC, UP ROTC Band, and the Philippine Coast Guard.

Food packs are prepared for stranded students in the UP Diliman campus —Photo by Cel Agapito

UP Vanguard Makati Chapter feeds stranded students

The feeding program the UP Vanguard National Commander mentioned was being implemented in the UP Diliman campus through the support of the UP Vanguard Makati Chapter. Those availing of this feeding program were UP students who were stranded in the Diliman campus because of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine.

The primary beneficiaries of this feeding program were 35 students in the Kalayaan dormitory, 16 students in Sangumay and the five students in the UP DMST compound.

The meals, which are delivered to the student dormitories, were prepared in the UP DMST’s Magno Hall. This feeding program is already on its third week and will continue for as long as the ECQ is in effect.

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