More support has come in for the students left stranded at the University of the Philippines Cebu campus following the declaration of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and travel ban over the City of Cebu.
According to posts in the UP Cebu Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Facebook page, stranded UP Cebu students were given relief assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region VII (DSWD-7) on Wednesday, April 22. This was first reported by Tug-ani, the official student publication of UP Cebu.
The UP Cebu OSA wrote a letter to DSWD-7 Director Rebecca Geamala on April 17 to request assistance for the dormer and non-dormer students left stranded in the city, numbering over 70. In an interview conducted by Tug-ani, OSA Director Alvin Ray Yu said that initiatives from the other UP campuses are being adopted by the UP Cebu administration to help its students, including making arrangements to distribute supplies to students residing in apartments outside the UP Cebu campus.
As of April 22, the UP Cebu University Student Council (USC) has received Php17,500 in financial aid for the stranded students, with a total of Php 4,822.70 remaining balance. The USC has been able to conduct three batches of supply distributions for the students.
Since the implementation of ECQ, the stranded UP Cebu students have received support in the form of in-kind and financial donations from UP alumni, administrators, faculty members, and staff. The UP Cebu administration and the USC are still welcoming donations for the students in light of the two-week extension of the ECQ.
Donors may transfer their funds to the following contact details:
Bibi Jessica Golocino
BPI bank account: 9389242443
Niño Aldjenn Belocura
GCASH: 0977 777 0769
In-kind donations may be dropped off at the UP Cebu Entrance Gate.
Original story and photos by Abegail May Soria, from the Tug-ani Facebook page.