Binnadang, a culture that was embedded in the hearts of every Cordilleran has come to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the frontliners risk their lives in the battleground, other brave men and women have chosen to work as one to ensure that each frontliner will never be left unarmed.
DOST-CAR, the backliner
Staging the #WeWorkAsOne and #WeHealAsOne social media campaigns, the Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) and its Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) are zealous in providing Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) to frontliners. It was able to provide a total of 2,960 pcs. face masks, one (1) pack non-woven mob cap, 838 DIY Face shields & face shield with 3D-printed brackets/reusable frames, and 121 liters disinfectant 70% alcohol to various frontliners in the Cordillera region. Further, a total of 215 hygiene kits containing alcohol, face mask, disposable gloves, wet wipes, antibacterial soap, mouthwash, and bleach; and 25 boxes (100 capsules per box) of Vitamin C were given to frontliners in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet.
In support to relief operations, a total of 3,041 food items and several beverages were also donated to frontliners and some less privileged residents affected by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the PSTC Benguet also raised funds from personal donations to purchase 25 cavans rice which was donated to garbage collectors and bantay-basura volunteers in La Trinidad, Benguet. This is in recognition to their efforts in safeguarding cleanliness in the society despite COVID-19 threats.
PSTC- Kalinga also led the establishment of 70% alcohol production in partnership with Alvendo’s Food Products and Kalinga State University. This project aimed to augment the increased demand for alcohol. The experimental production has been completed, and the proposal for mass production has been prepared by KSU, endorsed by the Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee (RRDIC) to CHED-CAR for funding.
Partners join the #WorkAsOne
The DOST-CAR is also proud to report that MSMEs supported by the agency have risen to the occasion to help in the current health and economic crisis.
A total of 63 Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) cooperators in Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, and Kalinga provinces were able to provide free meals, snacks, coffee, other food items, and PPEs to frontliners in their respective municipalities. Other cooperators also provided food supplies, cash, and other assistance to their employees.
The DOST-CAR also highlights the establishment of the Community Kitchen which was managed by Mr. Elmer Macalingay, owner of Health 100 restaurant. Mr. Macalingay’s vegan restaurant in La Trinidad branch was converted into Community Kitchen which has been providing free healthy meals for 51 days to frontliners since the implementation of Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
In the end, unity and generosity of spirit will go a long way as we work together in supporting frontliners as well as the vulnerable sectors of society. As the adage goes, “Where there is unity, there is always victory!”. // FAA