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Going the extra mile: Part 1

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Pasyal Team

Posted on October 09, 2020

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Ayala Malls honors 39 changemakers during the pandemic.

Filipinos are known for the Bayanihan spirit, where people in the community come together to help out those who are in need. It is in this value of caring for others that several ordinary people stepped forward with their extraordinary acts of kindness and selflessness, as shining examples that by working together, even small actions can have a big impact.

Ayala Malls recognizes these individuals as Extra Mile Changemakers, who go above and beyond their duties as shining examples of the good in humanity. Through this campaign, Ayala Malls gathers these heart-warming stories that happen within its malls and within the communities of its establishments as a means to give hope and encourage a more positive outlook.

Marco Alejandro "Aldo" Panlilio: Sharing Hope through 200 Pesos

Starting out with his own funds, Aldo Panlilio began his relief distribution project when he realized that he can extend extra help to communities and front liners during the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

After he began distributing relief packs, the strength and conditioning coach of Phoenix Fuel masters and owner of Grind House Manila Gym soon realized that he can reach more people in need when he can get others involved with his project.

This led to the conceptualization of the Your 200 Pesos or Y2P initiative with the belief that “Your 200 pesos can feed one family. Put ours all together, we can feed one country.”  Each relief pack Y2P Eco Pack for distribution contains P200 worth of essential items such as two kilograms of rice, three pieces of canned goods, two packs of noodles, twin packs of coffee, powdered milk, soap, detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, and also a bottle of water.

He started crowdsourcing on social media and with the help of various donors who initially sent money to his and his girlfriend’s bank accounts and eventually on Paypal, the project has made a much bigger impact, allowing more individuals and groups to help in different ways. The response was overwhelming because Y2P was able to provide an avenue for people to help the less fortunate communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon, the eco bags were able to contain more than the P200 budget as eventually brands started to reach out as well. To date, the initiative has raised over P600,000 in cash and in kind.

When they saw an increase in donations, they eventually extended help to non-medical front liners such as police and army staff they see on the streets, displaced workers, daily wage earners who lost their income, and those who couldn’t go home to their families like construction workers. Y2P has donated to 7 barangays in Makati City, and has tied up with local groups from 10 cities who set up donation drives. The team is still continuously reaching out to various groups for donation drives.

Aside from the help and hope that was extended to those who needed them the most, the project was also able to prove that a little empathy to your neighbors goes a long way— that even a small amount can be of great help.

Paulina Clara Zulueta: Leading a Caravan of Care

Arawan is a term that is used to describe a worker who earns daily wages. With the Enhanced Community Quarantine in effect, many of these workers were displaced from their jobs. Paulina Zulueta caught a news interview where a taxi driver in Metro Manila tearfully declared, “mahirap pag mahirap”, it is hard to be poor, especially in these times.

Touched, Paulina was galvanized into action to help those who were affected in her hometown of Pampanga. Her goal was to be able to provide grocery packs worth P500 each to 242 drivers of the selected JODA in Angeles City. Along with this, other objectives that her family shared is uplifting the community, beginning with the compassion for the jeepney drivers in the city, as well as a brand new venue for the constituents of the city to give back.

Arawan: Para Pu Karela (Para Po SaKanila) thrived with the initiative of her friends who found creative means of supporting the donation and feeding project for the drivers. Artist friends donated the proceeds of their artwork sales, yogis conducted special sessions for funding. In three weeks, Arawan through Pau's leadership was able to collect P121,040. There were also donations of sacks of rice, as well as handwritten and handcrafted letters and notes by children, which were included in each of the care packages. These were not only tangible forms of help, but a reassurance for the drivers that the community has their back in this time of crisis.

The project has proven successful and inspiring, with help pouring out from as far as the US, that it has spread father north with Arawan Ditoy Baguio, which was able to provide grocery packs to 600 jeepney drivers. As a caravan of caring, Arawan also provided a venue of sharing and generosity from a collection of friends and strangers, who all had one goal in mind: To help out in any way that they can.

Dr. Tiger Garrido: Protecting the Front Lines

One of the most vulnerable sectors in the Coronavirus pandemic is the medical frontliners who face the risk of infection as they go about saving lives.  As a medical professional himself, Dr. Tiger Garrido knows this all too well. This is why he decided to focus the efforts of Oplan Malasakit on sourcing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for those working in the hospitals, with the hope that he and his friends will be able to prevent more infections among those who bravely face this threat while doing their duty.

The doctor is no stranger to doing social work as Oplan Malasakit has already been active in relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and the Marawi siege. Their mission is to extend help to those who needed it the most. For this pandemic, he and his friends trained their attention on the healthcare workers who needed PPEs, as majority of hospitals had a hard time sourcing them for their doctors, nurses and hospital manpower.

The doctor spent more time delivering the equipment to different hospitals than in his clinic or in the operating room, earning him the moniker “Grab Doctor”, which he takes in stride. Working together Oplan Malasakit was able to deliver PPEs to more than 3,000 front liners 63 hospitals, in the last 3 months, and he says driving to Batangas City, Majayjay Laguna, Cavite City, San Miguel Bulacan was totally worth the sacrifice and time as it meant saving more lives.

Carmaela Alcantara: Designing for Front Liners

Sourcing Personal Protective Equipment became a challenge for many of the healthcare facilities all over the country and a call came out for designers and manufacturers in Davao City to provide PPEs for the Southern Philippines Medical Center, Davao City’s largest public hospital. Carmaela B. Alcantara, designer of handwoven bags and accessories brand Crystal Seas, was one of those who readily answered that call.

An alumna of the Clothing Technology program of UP Diliman, she harnessed her technical knowledge and her experience in managing production, along with ideas posted in her alumni Facebook group on the design, production process, and recommended materials for the creation of PPEs.

Initially committing to producing 50 pieces of the protective gear, Carmaela started by using her own funds to purchase fabrics. She also used materials from stocks she had intended for use in her bag-making business, since most retail shops were closed at the time. She started with Crystal Seas’ team of six sewers and cutters, but when she realized it as an opportunity to give continued livelihood to seamstresses and sewers and decided to produce more and eventually employed additional workforce from the community, specifically those whose income was affected by the quarantine. She also offered online consultations to other SMEs, LGUs, and hospitals in designing and following DOH-approved guidelines on the local manufacture of PPEs

Along the way, she connected with other groups and individuals who had the same goal of producing PPEs for various hospitals. Together with her closest friends and family, Carmaela held donation drives to gather funds and support for the cause. Donations in cash, kind, and manpower came pouring in and she ended up managing production of over 4,000 PPEs, which were distributed to hospitals in Davao City and in provinces in the Davao Region, Caraga, and Cotabato. The project, which received P1.2 Million from generous donors also ended up providing livelihood for at least 28 dressmakers in Davao City.

Today, even after the donation drives have ended, Carmaela and her peers continue to make PPEs, in part to provide continued income for dressmakers who have lost jobs. She hopes to continue with their objective of providing livelihood opportunities, most especially to people in the Davao community. The project likewise paved the way for the building of rapport and a sense of belonging within the community. Everyone involved was brought together by a unified purpose—frontliners were encouraged to persevere knowing that many were concerned for their well-being; families stepped up to show their support, whether by sharing hot meals or by sharing uplifting messages; strangers worked together and became friends in the process.

Ismael Jerusalem: Crafting Protective Care

With a mission of saving more front liners’ lives through providing them with adequate protective gear, Head of Studio Down South and the Albay Multimedia Arts Convention in Legaspi City Ismael Jerusalem initiated a campaign to produce Face Shields in partnership with the BU FabLab which has the machines needed for the production. It was also at this time that Harris Osiana founder of Bicol IT and Franklin Binos of PHILRobotics reached out to him with the same initiative in mind and together they formed the community-based initiative called 3D Printing Bicol.

Ismael’s experience with community building has helped push the initiative forward, as his connection to the community and even government and private sectors and his ability to unite them as one made the project possible.  To raise funds for the face shields, they accepted donations and since Studio Down South is composed of a group of talented local artists, they also come up with the idea of creating art dedicated to Frontliners and selling them online. Altogether, the group raised almost P100,000 and produced more than 3,000 face shields that were distributed for free to keep  Bicolano front liners safe. What’s more, the connection and bond of the local community and its authenticity in achieving one goal is what makes it different and special.

Janice Cuevas: Conducting Yoga Classes for a Cause

A long-time supporter of the Kythe Foundation that takes care of the psycho-social needs of pediatric patients with cancer and other chronic illnesses, along with giving their families counselling and treatment advice, Janice Cuevas also noted that many of the beneficiaries belong to marginalized sector. With the parents struggling to make ends meet, Janice started a fundraiser to support the community that she holds close to her heart.

Soon after she turned over the cash donation to the Kythe Foundation, she had more friends who were willing to donate, and she was inspired by friends to deliver free meals to medical front liners as a show of support for their selfless service.  With the extra funds she previously raised, she bought meals and sanitary kits to bring to Philippine General Hospital, Mandaluyong Medical Center and Philippine Children's Medical Center last April 2, 2020.

From this first initiative, more donors got in touch with her and more hospitals sought her help, so she decided to launch her donation drive that she called #MealsForMedicalTeams and #PPEsForMedicalTeams. Her main objective was to answer the urgent need of hospital front liners for surgical and N95 masks, PPEs, gloves, face shields, and packed meals for the day.

Using her platform as a Yoga instructor, Janice used her influence and connections to reach out to hospitals, communities and donors through weekly updates in her social media account. She also put her passion to good use by conducting donation-based yoga classes thrice a week to further raise funds. With the generosity of her donors, she was also able to help four communities and shelters (BahayAruga, Silungan ng Pag-asa, Cribs Foundation and Kythe Foundation) by providing them with food packs, grocery items and fresh produce.

Through her efforts together with help from her community of donors, she was able to uplift the lives of vulnerable individuals through donations that were also a message of love, support and hope throughout the crisis.As for the shelters and community, by providing them with goods and essentials, Janice was able to lighten the burden this pandemic has caused and has helped keep the families afloat."

Gary Ramirez: Feeding Barangays One Meal at a Time

With the Enhanced Community Quarantine in place, Gary Ramirez, who owns Pop Culture at TriNoma knew that there would be households whose incomes will be affected by the lockdown and he wanted to provide them with at least one full meal.

He thought of connecting donors and beneficiaries by harnessing the positive power of social media through his Facebook page Pakaininang Buong Barangay as a project to feed residents of poor barangays who may be experiencing hunger under the lockdown.  They initially pooled and used their own resources for the first few food drives, then partnered with Jollibee Corporation and Jollibee Foundation. Eventually they wanted to be able to connect donors and beneficiaries so their group set-up a Facebook page and a GoFundMe page, posted the appeal for help and invited friends, family, and anyone who had the means to donate.

With the contributions that came from private individuals, they have already reached 11 cities and municipalities and provided 45,000 meals to indigent families. His continuing motivation to help those affected by the lockdown stems from Gary’s belief that it is every citizen’s obligation to find ways to help others in times of crisis.

Enrique Prado: Promoting Mobility on Two Wheels

As a businessman, Enrique “IQ” Prado knows only too well the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the Enhanced Community Quarantine would have on families and whole communities as businesses closed down to follow the government’s protocols. The President of automotive dealership EMC Prado Auto Inc. wanted to help out as many people as he can reach to get through the crisis. He started with sourcing materials for DIY face shields, which they produced and donated to 1500 healthcare workers in hospitals that included the Lung Center of the Philippines, Heart Center, PCMC, Medical City, and San Juan City Hospital along with front liners from the AFP.

IQ then thought about the families that could not afford to buy food during the lockdown and through a call out on Facebook to find three families who were struggling, he was able to send them P10,000 worth of food delivered to their homes. He then asked the followers on his Facebook page to nominate a barangay to receive food assistance, and with help from his friends was able to provide the community with 150 food packs.

As some businesses started to reopen under the General Community Quarantine, he also noticed the struggle of workers who relied on public transport to get to their jobs. Aside from providing a shuttle service for his employees, he also gave one of his employees a bicycle to help him go to work. As a cyclist himself, he know that bikes were a good way to offer mobility in these challenging times, so that same day he personally bought 4 bikes to give to workers who had challenges with public transportation. A Facebook post about his generous act caught the attention of donors who pledged to give more bikes for deserving individuals, and he has already been able to distribute 125 bikes to deserving individuals who can now bike to work or take on delivery jobs.

His different initiatives have offered proactive solutions to the different challenges of the crisis. This was his vision from the start, to offer help that to people and their families in any way that he could.

Maxine Andrea Carasig: Connecting Farmers to the Consumers

Because of the ECQ, logistics from the provinces to the metropolis became a challenge. As a result, it became much more difficult for the farmers to sell their produce and some have ended up discarding the fruits and vegetables that they have carefully grown because it was hard to transport them to the markets in Metro Manila.

News reports detailing the situation broke the heart of Maxine Carasig, who regards the agricultural industry as the backbone of the country, She was then inspired to launch a fund drive to buy produce from the farmers in the province and donate these to FEED.PH, an NGO that seeks to provide healthy meals to the most vulnerable in society, including the frontliners. It was there that she met fellow volunteer Eric Alvarado, who is a famer from Benguet who wanted to send vegetable donations to the organization’s satellite kitchen in Rizal. Maxine helped him with his goal by shouldering the transportation cost and coordinating the delivery. While the two volunteers were talking, they also decided to find a way to bring surplus produce from the highlands and sell them directly to consumers to support the farmers’ livelihood. Soon, orders for strawberries and fresh vegetables started pouring in and they managed to kickstart their own initiative called Sadiwa with the help of her high school friends Gian Cala, Nikeia Salazar, Myrel Villa, and Dell Young.

At first, all their aid for the farmers was monetary, from all the produce they were able to sell in Manila along with donations that were given in excess. As time passed, they were able to provide grocery packages for them, and even live chickens! Kind-hearted people also chose to donate more through food and recently, the whole team allocated personal belongings to be given to the local farmers and their families. Due to the pandemic, the team also had to bear in mind that their partner farmers’ safety must not be compromised, which is why Sadiwa send a PPE for their coordinator, masks, gloves, and gallons of alcohol for them to share.

To date, they have managed to help 21 farmers and their families, hoping that they can even grow their numbers. Aside from the farmers, they are also able to help the truckers, giving the members of their supply chain a way to provide for their families by helping them put food on their table, and supporting them through the crisis.

Carla May Berina-Kim: Fueling frontliners with proper nutrition

As a Development Sector Practitioner for more than 10 years, Carla already had a background in extending help and had the frontliners in mind even before the ECQ started. She felt that with their important task of saving lives, they will not have enough time to get their much-needed nutrition as they might not be home for hot meals for extended periods of time.

With the strong belief that having good food is important to keep those in the COVID front lines healthy, strong, and, hopefully, less prone to contracting the virus, Carla organized a fund-raiser for her upcoming birthday, which grew exponentially with the help of her husband, relatives, friends, and a former colleague who used social media to reach out to people for donations. With their collective efforts, she was able to gather 340,000 cash and 350,000 worth of in-kind donations, which reached 21 hospitals in 9 cities within NCR, including the San Juan COVID-19 Kalinga Center, Dr. Jose N Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center and Sanitarium, QC General Hospital and Medical Center, San Juan Medical Center, National Center for Mental Health, UST Hospital, Fresenius Kidney Care Alabang (Nephrocare), Delos Santos Medical Center, Philippine Children's Medical Center, Amang Rodriguez Medical Center, Ospital ng Makati, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, V.Luna General Hospital (AFP Medical Center), Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Jose R Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center and Philippine Heart Center.

Messages of thanks from those she helped to feed also poured in, including one from a hospital worker who said that their staff really appreciated the hot meal, saying it was the first that they had in a long time after subsisting on canned food. A donor noted the sincerity of her campaign, which was personal and therefore different from other fundraisers that they came across.  

Dr. Vincent Paul Olalia: Disseminating information and distributing protection

A surgeon at the UST Hospital, The Medical City Clark and various clinics, Vincent was instrumental in helping a business establishment recover and restart after the enhanced community quarantine was lifted to allow stores to reopen. He offered resource and guidance for the establishment owner and the staff on safety measures and how to protect themselves and their customers. He also tested each staff member for Covid-19 before allowing them to return to work while continuing to assess their health conditions as the store opened to receive its clients.

A medical professional, he was able to navigate through the road checkpoints more easily, and he used this special advantage to personally gather donations from those who would have found it difficult to contribute cash and goods because they could not venture outside their homes. He used these donations to reach healthcare workers and provide them with much-needed PPEs, along with acrylic boxes for surgery and the like. Until today he is “on call” to help people with symptoms and Covid-19 patients, even providing the Covid testing for free if needed.

Dr. Aimee Nunez-Regala: Keeping others safe despite her own vulnerability

It takes a special person to find the strength to care for others while being at a most vulnerable position herself.  Being a pregnant pediatrician who was on her 5thIVF (in vitro fertilization) on a high risk pregnancy did not stop Dr. Aimee from heeding the call to lend a helping hand and protect her fellow medical professionals.

She asked help from donors to gather thousands donations of PPE in the form of bunny suits, isolation gowns, n95 masks, goggles, face shields, gloves, head & shoe covers, and ear savers. She then distributed the donations to those in most need, just days before her C-section. Through her selfless effort, the PPEs were able to reach the health workers at Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Carmona Hospital & Medical Canter, Premier Medical Center, Asian Hospital & Medical Center, De La Salle University Medical Center, San Juan de Dios Hospital, Tokyo Healthlink Inc., and Healthway Medical Clinics Inc.

Malaya Genotiva: Lending learners a helping hand

Even as a student leader at UP Mindanao, Malaya was already active with social causes. Now that the continued education of the youth in her Province are at risk, she took it upon herself to help those without access to learning resources by being active with a donation drive for the Mitsa Project.

The advocacy aims to provide students who have very limited access to the internet with printed class modules and even school supplies so they can continue with their education even while face-to-face classes are on hold.

Malaya, who works with online publication Davao Today, reaches her volunteers through social media, even going as far as asking them to print the modules in their own homes. They have printed 395 modules so far and delivered 214 module workbooks, lessening the worry of many parents who want their children to continue with their education despite their limitations.

Maria Gliceria “Ria” Valdez: Giving Gadgets to Get Students Online

With classes migrating to online because of the current situation, educator Ria Valdez worried that students who could not afford their own gadgets would be left behind. This is why she and her friends created The Mitsa Project (TMP). As a Literary Arts teacher at the Davao City National High School, she knew of students who could not enrol this school year because they don’t have the means to study online. Some students even told her that they do not have enough money to continue going to school because their parents have lost their jobs.

This galvanized Ria into action, starting with a cell phone donation to one of her students so he would not have to go to an internet café to submit his requirements. Inspired by a donation drive where donors could ‘share a laptop’, she decided to replicate the program in Davao City, setting up an office for donation drop-offs and partnering with the Errand Titas Davao local delivery service for free pickup of donated gadgets.

During their first few days, they personally picked-up donations. Later on, they partnered with Errand Titas Davao, a Davao-based delivery service, who offered to pick-up donations and deliver the donations to the TMP for free. Aside from providing gadgets to students, they were also able to provide books, pencils, and other school supplies to two families in Sitio Lubihan in Catalunan Grande and to 30 students in Tambobong National High School in Davao City.

Nini Andrada Sacro: Mobilizing Kindness

A week before the quarantine started, there was a call to provide meals to the medical frontlines from the Climb Against Cancer Munting Kusina mobile kitchen project in Lipa and Baclaran. Nini, the group’s founder, started cooking hot meals to nourish the healthcare workers. Starting with the Philippine Heart Center because her niece worked there, she and her team of volunteers soon found themselves cooking up to 150 to 200 meals a day for several hospitals such as the RITM, NKTI, PGH, and CGH.

The initial funds came from her own savings. Eventually, she started receiving sacks of vegetables or donations in cash. Art Relief Mobile Kitchen also helped out by providing excess vegetables from Baclaran and some restaurants such as Golden Gypsy and East Café would also donate their frozen meats that would otherwise have been wasted due to restaurant closure. Fastfood restaurants under the Jollibee group also reached out and donated chicken, which she used to cook caldereta, afritada, etc.

The scope of the initiative grew further when the Philippine Army reached out to Ria to provide food for stranded OFWs and other passengers. Some days, she and her volunteer driver would also drive around the streets giving away meals for street kids, delivery drivers, gasoline station and convenience store workers. This came from her understanding that people’s situations were difficult enough and the program aims to make hunger the least of their worries. Through their volunteerism, they have been able to reach 12,000 frontliners, homeless and street kids, stranded OFWs at Villamor Airbase and locally stranded individuals at Philippine Army Gym.

Another initiative by Climb Against Cancer is to donate bikes and helmets to daily wage-earners. A total of 16 bikes were donated by close friends and relatives of the group.

April Joy Cruz: Extending help where it is needed the most

With the number of COVID cases rising in the metro, Joy started hearing stories of healthcare workers surviving on crackers and 3-in-1 coffee during their shifts. This led her to begin sending out meals to those who need them, which later on started to include PPEs through the help of her generous donors.

They have also begun distributing food to personnel at checkpoints, and eventually in vulnerable communities, along with jails and orphanages, relying on reports that they gather from reliable sources such as hospital chiefs. The objective is simply to extend help where it is needed most. To legitimize their donation process, they obtained accreditation from the DSWD and take extra care in matching donors with beneficiaries to make sure that a wide scope of society is being served legitimately. With around P2.5 Million worth of donations, they have already reached 89 hospitals and 25 institutions nationwide.

Marvin Bagube and Renan Dela Cruz: Sustaining sweetness to pay it forward

Even with many businesses such as their own affected by the ECQ, chefs Marvin and Renan of Le Sucre Lab continued with their operations at their Tejeron branch and commissary in Sta. Ana, Manila, in order to sustain their feeding program to the inmates of Precinct 6 in Sta. Ana and other communities outside of the metro. Started in 2019, this was their way of giving back for the sweet success of their business.

Instead of losing hope because there was less revenue coming in and all the payables were piling up, the duo did not see it as a reason to stop; instead they used this as an opportunity to broaden their help to the community.   They decided to continually operate their main branch to at least get the resources and funds to buy all the goods needed for the relief operations, along with help from some friends and suppliers who donated in kind. Together with their staff, they initiated relief drive for the surrounding community, mainly focusing on those who lost their livelihood because of the ECQ, such as jeepney and tricycle drivers and their families.

They also donated hundreds of food packs to the Manila City Government and food meals for the frontliners. The company is committed to continuously helping the communities in need during this time of crisis.

Tracy Ampil: Moving healthcare forward through unconventional means

It was a matter of matching two sets of urgent needs. Tracy conceptualized MediDyip as an alternative way to safely transport patients to designated COVID quarantine centers or to their routine non-emergency medical appointments and treatments such as dialysis.

MediDyip is a point-to-point medical transport system designed to provide safe, effective, efficient transportation methods for PUIs, PUMs, and patients to healthcare facilities and at the same time it also supports the livelihood of the jeepney drivers. Through the project that is in partnership with LGUs, the jeepney drivers are not only able to support their families; they are also frontliners in the fight against Covid-19.

Their vehicles fitted out to prevent physical contact, the drivers receive simple PPEs along training on safety and sanitation procedures and other relevant modules so they can be called upon during other disasters and calamities as a citizen reserve program.

As tireless supporters of transport industry workers, Tracy and her group have also distributed rice, dried fish, canned goods, and vegetables such as carrots and sayote purchased from farmers to 500 jeepney drivers in different parts of Metro Manila during weekends. About 700 bags of groceries have been distributed to jeepney drivers in Cubao, MOA, Pampanga, Makati, and Commonwealth, along with personal protection equipment like 1300 hazmats, 90 goggles, 2700 masks, 250 gloves and 30 face shields.

Engr. Marvin Caparros: Building a Foundation of Social Responsibility

As his way of giving back, Engr. Marvin Caparros, a structural design consultant for various Ayala Land projects, long set up the foundation arm of his firm, R.S. Caparros and Associates by shelling out P1 million out of his own pocket and joined forces with Jahama Base, Inc. Foundation composed of his peers from the construction industry. They have provided assistance to several rehabilitation projects including helping the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

Moved by the sufferings caused by the pandemic, he and his friends went to work and raised P8.5 million in donations to help more than 1,500 people from the poorest barangays in Quezon City. They provided hot meals and grocery packs to thousands of frontliners and distributed 5,000 PPEs to various government hospitals like East Avenue Medical Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital, Capitol Medical Center, Chinese General Hospital and the Medical Center.

Simon Fernan: Making more effective masks

With the shortage of PPE equipment in hospitals in Cebu, Simon Fernan, a Cebuano University student started his own research and development of modified 3D printed adaptors that can convert reusable respirator masks for medical use against Covid-19.

The commercial reusable masks that were initially used by the doctors were found to be ineffective because they did not have a filter port to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. There were valve converters that were available online but they did not fit the mask model that is commonly used in the hospitals.

Simon redesigned, ran test 3D prints, and coordinated with consultant doctors to develop the right fit for each mask model. These masks have been distributed to the Anaesthesiology Departments of over seven hospitals across Cebu province. His designs have even reached doctors in India which have also been widely distributed to other doctors.

Read Part 2 here.

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