of farm production inputs to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)
in Paranas was done simultaneously by the Department of
Agrarian Reform (DAR) in two other Samar towns.
out distribution of agri-production inputs
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
July 28, 2020
SAN JORGE, Samar –
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) rolled out the distribution
of farm production inputs in this province by holding simultaneously
on Tuesday last week the said activity in three Samar towns.
A total of 174 agrarian
reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the towns of San Jorge, Gandara and
Paranas became the first recipients of a starter kit for crop
production containing a shovel, a hoe, 10 kilos of complete
fertilizer, 10 kilos of vermicast, urea, organic pesticide, and two
varieties of seeds.
Director Ma. Fe Malinao, who led the distribution activities in
Barangay Bulao in San Jorge, explained that this farm productivity
assistance is the second component of the ARBold Move project which
is DAR’s immediate response to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
These farm inputs are
expected to help you (ARBs) generate income from surplus production
and at the same time meet the nutritional requirements of your
households during this time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
pandemic, Malinao told the farmers.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Celsa
Mabutin disclosed that 463 ARB-members of the 32 DAR-assisted farmer
organizations throughout the province are going to benefit from this
She further disclosed that
each town will receive different sets of seeds to avoid oversupply
of a particular crop.
loyalty award to eight employees
July 28, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Eight employees who have rendered continuous service to the National
Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) from ten (10) to thirty-five (35) years
received well-deserved honor during the conferment program held at
the NMP Administration Building last 20 July 2020.
A fresh and inspiring
start took place as the NMP Loyalty Awarding happened on the same
day of the resumption of the NMP classes after the training
suspension on 16 March 2020 brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The honorees that were
recognized for their continuous and satisfactory services were: Mr.
Jay Arr Bryan Margallo for 10 years of service, Ms. Ma. Dessa Joy
Bautista for 25 years of service), Ms. Maria Sandra Gallardo, Ms.
Rosario Vinculado, Ms. Salvacion Cañete, Ms. Elena Santos and Ms.
Nancy Buatis for 30 years of service, and Ms. Lilibeth Go for 35
years of service.
“Today we give honor to
our employees who have given their dedication, faithful work, and
devotion to the Agency”, said NMP Executive Director Joel B.
Maglunsod in his Inspirational Message. He then encouraged other
employees to continue serving the Agency and its clients, the
Filipino seafarers, with vigor and loyalty and hence contribute to
the achievement of NMP's goals and objectives.
In her acceptance speech,
Ms. Go, who rendered 35 years of service in NMP, reminisced in her
acceptance speech her memory lane with NMP back in the year 1985
when she was still a Clerk I and how the institution molded her to
become what she is now.
Through a voice clip, Ms.
Bautista, Training Specialist III assigned at the NMP Manila Office
who rendered 25 years of dedicated service in NMP shared, “It never
crossed my mind that I will get this far, by this far I mean, I will
be able to touch lives, nurture learners and create steps to a
person’s stairway to success”.
Also, in response, the 10
years of service awardee, Mr. Margallo highlighted his myriad of
experiences with NMP that impacted his life in a meaningful and
memorable way. "NMP is really fortunate to have a vibrant and happy
workforce, group of very special people who commit to their jobs on
a daily basis – even when the going gets tough’, he added.
The occasion concluded
with the words from Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda, Chief Administrative
Officer, as he emphasized career growth and goal-setting as a vital
vision for all employees.
The conferment of Loyalty
Awards is pursuant to Section 7 Rule X of the Omnibus Rules and
Implementing Book V of Executive Order No. 292 and the NMP Program
on Awards and Incentive for Service Excellence (PRAISE) providing
for the grant of Loyalty Awards to employees who have rendered a
minimum of ten (10) years of service and a multiple or five (5)
years of service thereafter in the Agency.
The loyalty incentive is
granted to an employee who has served NMP continuously and
satisfactorily for at least ten (10) years. The recipient is
entitled to a cash bonus in the amount of P 1,000 per year subject
to the existing CSC policies and availability of funds.
However, those who have
received the cash award for their first ten (10) years in service
shall, upon reaching fifteen (15) years shall only receive the cash
award for the succeeding five (5) years and so on.
Currently, the NMP has a
total number of seventy-nine (79) plantilla positions with six
vacancies to be filled-up.
Meanwhile, in its effort
to sustain its mandate in providing quality service through
upgrading and specialized training programs, NMP continues to
maintain and upgrade its facilities and its pool of competent
instructors. Those Interested to take the training courses may visit
the NMP website @ www.nmp.gov.ph or visit the agency’s Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/ nmptrainingcenter) where all updates and relevant
information on NMP programs are available.
who wish to validate the authenticity of their seafarers-employed
with NMP issued certificates may visit www.verify.nmp.gov.ph.
Likewise, those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit
the NMP website and access the e-Research Information System Portal
which is designed to disseminate NMP completed researches, present
the Research Agenda, and engage the industry stakeholders to
collaborate in the research activities.
Further, NMP encourages
OWWA registered seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers
Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) and
Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) which entitles the
beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from
DILG hails the
surrender of 11 communist rebels, calls on others to avail of ECLIP
July 28, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Regional Director Karl Caesar R. Rimando of the Department of the
Interior and Local Government (DILG) on July 27, 2020 congratulated
the Philippine National Police as well as partner organizations that
helped 11 members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) to surface.
The former rebels composed
of ten males and one female ranging in age from 26 to 60 years old,
from Samar, Eastern Samar and Leyte provinces were presented in a
press conference this morning at the Police Regional Office 8
headquarters in Palo, Leyte.
The former rebels likewise
turned over to authorities various high-powered firearms and
ammunition, helping impair the ability of the outlawed group to
initiate extortion, ambushes and other crimes. They are now in
government custody and will be endorsed to receive assistance under
the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) to help
in their return to mainstream society.
PRO-8 Regional Director
Police Brigadier General Bernabe M. Balba said this was a defining
moment as it occurs just days after the send-off ceremonies for the
police and law enforcement teams under the Retooled Community
Support Program (RCSP) in three towns in Samar (Sta. Rita, Basey and
Director Rimando believes
that the heightened coordination between the police, armed forces,
intelligence sector and the community is proof of the effectiveness
of the whole of nation strategy under President Rodrigo Duterte’s
Executive Order 70.
He sees that with the
increasing ownership shouldered by local and national governments to
identify and resolve festering issues, residents of remote barangays
will no longer be easily swayed by the lies of communist insurgents.
He further requested the
surfacers to encourage those still involved in the fading rebellion
to approach LGUs or any law enforcement officer who will gladly
welcome them and facilitate their return to a peaceful and
“Ipaabot ninyo sa lahat na
nagkakaisa po ang ating pamahalaan at ibang sektor sa pagbibigay
tugon sa kanilang mga lehitimong hinaing. Ang ating pamahalaan ay
nakahandang ibigay ang unawa at pagmamahal sa lahat ng nagnanais ng
tunay na kapayapaan. Iisa ang pangarap nating mga Pilipino: tahimik,
maayos at maunlad na pamayanan para sa ating mga pamilya,” Director
Rimando said. (Ipadangat niyo ha tanan nga nagkaka-urusa an gobyerno
ngan iba nga sektor ha paghatag hin baton ha ano man nga lehitimo
nga araba. Andam an aton pamunoan maghatag hin pag-intindi ngan
gugma ha tanan nga karuyag hin kalinaw. Uusa an aton hingyap nga mga
Pilipino: an murayaw, hapsay ngan mainuswagon nga kinabuhi para hit
aton tagsa nga pamilya).
TUPAD beneficiaries on OSH standards
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
July 28, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 8 through its
West Leyte Field Office conducted an orientation on Occupational
Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) for the 167 beneficiaries of
Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers
(TUPAD) on 23 July 2020 at NELAPTC Building, Brgy. Picas, Javier,
The said orientation is a
pre-requisite for any TUPAD program of DOLE to be implemented. Aside
from the OSH standards, the beneficiaries coming from ten (10)
barangays of Javier, were likewise given information on the minimum
health standards against the COVID-19.
Present during the
activity were Cong. Carl Cari of the 5th Congressional District of
Leyte, Mayor Michael Dragon Javier of LGU-Javier and Ms. Bethel
Napoles, PESO Manager of Javier. Also in attendance representing
DOLE RO8 Regional Director Yahya Centi, was Mr. Edgar Tabuyan, Head
of DOLE-WLFO together with Engr. Niño Joseph Pey, Senior Labor and
Employment Officer, who discussed the OSH standards.
Mr. Tabuyan shared during
the event that the TUPAD program is the department’s response to the
need of the displaced workers in the informal sector especially in
this time of pandemic where many have lost their sources of income.
“Let this TUPAD program
bring you relief while we are facing this global pandemic. This may
not be that much but we know it will be of great help to you and
your families”, said Tabuyan.
The TUPAD program will be
implemented in Javier for fifteen (15) days and the workers will be
deployed for the cleaning of barangays such as de-clogging of
canals, side street clean-up, grass trimming and central park
After the orientation,
TUPAD personal protective equipments (PPEs) to be worn during the
duration of the program were distributed to the beneficiaries.
P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer inspects on-going P104M
construction of Almeria Diversion Road on July 16, 2020. The
network development project is designed to provide a wider
and safer road for the increasing vehicular users.
inspects major infrastructure projects in Biliran
July 28, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran – To
ensure quality projects, David P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer
(DE) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran
District Engineering Office (BDEO) recently conducted inspection on
major projects implemented in Biliran.
One of the projects
inspected is the on-going construction of quarantine facilities in
Sitio Dapdap Brgy. Agpangi and in Brgy. Larrazabal in Naval town.
These facilities with a total contract amount of P7.388M are
constructed to house COVID-19 positive patients in this province to
contain the spread of the virus. The project is being fast track for
completion on or before August 10, 2020.
The District Engineer also
inspected the on-going P43.2M rehabilitation/reconstruction of
national roads with slips, slope collapse and landslide along
Biliran Circumferential Road (BCR), Brgy. Inasuyan in Kawayan town.
This project is important to prevent road slips and landslides in
this area thereby protecting lives and properties and the existing
paved National Road.
Also inspected is the
on-going P104M construction of Almeria Bypass Road in Almeria town.
This is a multiyear implemented project from FY 2018-2019 with a
contract amount of P90.6M for phase I and P13.4M for phase II. This
network development project aims to complement the increasing
vehicular users along BCR thereby providing a wider and safer road
for the travelling public.
“Due to the current state
of the nation, there were delays regarding the progress of our
projects, but as the community slowly adapts to the new normal,
progress of our projects has been catching up,” said Adongay.
According to Adongay,
construction protocols are followed regarding the health and safety
measures against the Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The District Engineer
revealed that project engineers and inspectors are constantly
monitoring the situation on these projects to ensure that these
protocols are followed.
Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO
II) Geronimo Peque (2nd from left) leads in the distribution
of the 45 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) in
Anahawan town. (Photo by Marpo Luzvimin Ruiz)
CLOAs in Southern Leyte amid COVID-19 threat
FEBE MARIE BERSABAL
July 27, 2020
Leyte – Despite the continuous rise of coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) cases in this province, the Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) remained unstoppable in delivering its mandate by distributing
Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to landless farmers.
Last week, 44 landless
farmers from this town received their CLOAs from Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Geronimo Peque making them the
owners now of the land they are tilling.
Peque distributed in
Barangay Cogon the 45 individual CLOAs with an aggregate area of
Municipal Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (MARPO) Luzvimin Ruiz disclosed that the lands
covered by the said CLOAs under the government’s Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) are situated in the Barangays of
Cogon, Mahalo, Amagusan and Tagup-on in this municipality.
According to her, these
lands were previously owned by the Mayo Hacienda, Felomino Gadiongco,
and Dy Tian and Sons.
During the distribution,
Peque emphasized to the recipients the obligations attached to being
agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) which include the payment of
land amortization and the real property tax. Further, he advised
them to make the land productive.
encouraged the ARBs to join DAR-assisted ARB organizations (ARBOs)
to be able to avail of the various support services extended by the
On occasions like this,
Peque shared that DAR strictly implements the minimum health
protocol like wearing of face masks and observing social distancing
to protect everyone from contracting the dreaded COVID-19. All
present on that day’s event were subjected to thermal scanner, he
Though the province of
Southern Leyte as of press time has already recorded 104 COVID-19
cases, the town of Anahawan remains COVID-free.
existing evacuation center at Sitio Dapdap, Brgy. Agpangi,
Naval, Biliran was converted into an isolation facility to
cater COVID-19 patients in this province. David P. Adongay
Jr., District Engineer inspects the said facility on July
16, 2020. As of July 20, 2020, the project has an
accomplishment of 71.70%.
constructs quarantine facilities for covid-19 cases in Biliran
July 23, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District
Engineering Office (BDEO) is constructing quarantine facilities in
two locations in Naval town for Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The said facilities
constructed at Sitio Dapdap, Brgy.Agpangi and in Brgy. Larrazabal,
both in Naval town has a total contract amount of P7.388M.
David P. Adongay Jr.
District Engineer (DE) said that these quarantine facilities will be
used to isolate COVID-19 positive patients in this province to
control the spread of the virus.
Adongay revealed that the
existing evacuation center at Sitio Dapdap, Brgy. Agpangi was
converted into an isolation facility for COVID-19 infected. This
facility has 28 divisions to accommodate a maximum of 28 patients.
Each division will be provided with one bed, one side table, one
chair and one cabinet.
Aside from the existing
Comfort Rooms (C.R) of the building, the district office also
constructed additional C.R for male and female.
DE Adongay emphasized that
outside of this quarantine facility building, a separate room for
decontamination, donning, doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
and triage are constructed for medical care professionals. Two rooms
are also reserved for health care professionals as sleeping
quarters, one for male and one for female equipped with two beds and
one side table each.
At Brgy. Larrazabal, 15
isolation tents are on-going on installation that can accommodate a
maximum of 28 COVID-19 infected.
According to Adongay,
seven of the 15 tents are intended for COVID-19 patients. Each tents
can accommodate four patients and will be provided with four beds,
four chairs, four side tables and four cabinets.
Adongay said that there
will also be a decontamination tent, a disinfecting area tent, a
donning/ doffing tent, a triage tent, a kitchen/food storage/pantry
tent, camp management area tent, and two sleeping quarters tent for
male and female medical care professionals.
Two concrete CRs are also
constructed for male and female.
“The said projects are
smoothly implemented and being fast-track for completion on August
10, 2020,” said Adongay.
The district engineer
conducts inspection on the said facilities on July 16, 2020.
“The project is now 71.70%
completed,” he revealed.
To date, Biliran Province
has no active case of COVID-19 positive based on the latest report
by the Department of Health (DOH)-Eastern Visayas (EV) released on
July 15, 2020.
Separating Ina Nasino from her baby is a brutal act of injustice
July 23, 2020
QUEZON CITY –
Separating political prisoner Reina Mae “Ina” Nasino from her
newborn child mere days after she gave birth is “cruel and
inhumane,” human rights alliance Karapatan asserted, as the group
decried the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 20’s decision
to deny Nasino’s urgent motion to allow her to stay with and
breastfeed her baby at the Dr. Jose Fabella Hospital until the baby
turns one year old.
“We are saddened, deeply
enraged, and at a loss for words for this brutal act of injustice
and utter lack of compassion. Ina Nasino’s child deserves her
mother’s care and continued medical care in this delicate stage of
growth as a newborn baby, most especially for breastfeeding – and
yet the court has ruled to separate the mother and her baby. Nasino
is already unjustly detained for planted evidence and falsified
charges, and now she has to suffer another injustice as the court
refuses to let her be with her baby in her formative years,”
Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay stated.
Nasino pleaded in her
motion that the conditions inside the Manila City Jail (MCJ) are not
conducive for breastfeeding especially amid the outbreak of COVID-19
in the country’s jails and detention facilities. In a decision
signed on Monday, June 20, Manila RTC Branch 20 Presiding Judge
Marivic Balisi-Umali denied Nasino’s motion and ruled that Nasino’s
baby be turned over to her father or any relative since the MCJ
“does not have sufficient facility for the care of the baby” and has
a depleted number of personnel and therefore cannot provide
personnel to escort Nasino in the hospital for a year.
Nasino gave birth to her
baby last July 1 and the following day, she was immediately brought
back to the MCJ with her newborn child who is underweight and
jaundiced; she is also among the 22 political prisoners who are
still awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision to grant them temporary
release on humanitarian grounds with the outbreak of the COVID-19
pandemic in jails more than three months since they filed their
petition last April 8.
For the past seven months,
476 convicts have already died under the custody of Bureau of
Corrections both due to COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 causes, while
hundreds of prisoners have already been infected by the disease in
the country’s highly congested and overpopulated jails where
measures to combat the pandemic such as physical distancing are
impossible to observe. Mass arrests of quarantine violators have
worsened the already inhumane conditions in jails, with 3,095 still
in detention as of July 19.
According to Karapatan’s
data as of June 2020, there are currently 635 political prisoners in
the country, with 95 of them suffering from debilitating ailments,
and 53 already in advanced age; 100 of them, including Nasino, are
Palabay raised alarm that
“prisoners are already dying at a worrying rate inside the country’s
jails as we have long warned for months, but the government is
dismissing these demands, downplaying the number of deaths, keeping
the families of prisoners in the dark about the actual conditions
inside jails, ignoring the risks of the pandemic to elderly and
immunocompromised detainees, especially those unjustly jailed, and
even worsening the already inhumane conditions in jails by
relentlessly conducting mass arrests. They are treating the lives,
rights, and welfare of prisoners like disposable garbage and mere
“We strongly decry the
court’s unjust and inhumane ruling to separate Ina Nasino from her
baby. We strongly reassert our call to grant the humanitarian
release for all prisoners, including political prisoners, especially
the most vulnerable. We cannot let our prisons turn into corpse
factories and COVID-19 breeding grounds: prisoners still have rights
and lives that must be secured and protected – and this
deteriorating crisis in jails cannot continue. We will not cease in
hounding the courts and authorities until they listen to these just
demands,” the Karapatan officer ended.
IV-A Regional Director Malou Toledo, Business Development
Division Chief Rowena San Jose, Regional Operations Group (ROG)
Assistant Secretary Demphna Du Naga, OTOP Philippines
Ambassador Catriona Gray, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, ROG
Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona, ROG Assistant Secretary
Dominic Tolentino, and OTOP Consultant Clarke Nebrao.
DTI confers 2018
Miss Universe Catriona Gray as OTOP Philippines Ambassador
July 21, 2020
MAKATI CITY – On
July 21, 2020, One Town One Product (OTOP) Philippines acknowledged
Ms. Catriona Gray as their OTOP Philippines Ambassador. This took
place at the DTI office, with Asec. Demphna Du Naga, OTOP national
program head, signing the contract. Alongside her as witnesses were
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, DTI ROG Usec. Blesila Lantayona, Asec.
Dominic Tolentino and CALABARZON Regional Director Marilou Toledo.
Secretary Ramon Lopez also
conferred this ceremony, by bestowing a certificate and token from
DTI, to solidify the engagement.
“We would like to thank
Ms. Catriona Gray for extending her goodwill for this partnership
with DTI and OTOP Next Gen. This is our way to promote the
innovations of our Micro, Small, and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs),”
Sec. Lopez said.
He added, “This
partnership is a perfect match because just like Ms. Gray, we would
like our OTOP Next Gen products to be as beautiful inside and out
and to be as modern yet very Filipina. We love how Ms. Catriona is
showing her love for country and helping the Philippine MSME sector
– especially in this difficult time of the pandemic – by raising
awareness not only in the country but also worldwide.”
Ms. Catriona Gray was
crowned Miss Universe in 2018. She has since been a proud supporter
of the arts and culture of the Philippines around the world, sharing
in many advocacies. Now, she has become part of OTOP Philippines as
As the OTOP Ambassador,
she will be bringing attention to OTOP Philippine’s MODA (Modernong
Obra Disenyong Atin) initiatives. She will spread the importance of
Filipino history through MODA weaver’s designs, textiles and
patterns, by way of modern fashion, and by collaborating with local
designers to promote entrepreneurship and help the weaver
communities to expand their market.
As the OTOP Ambassador,
she will partner with the 64 weaving communities all over the
country, representing all the regions & paired with 47 local
OTOPreneur designers. In her role, she will be responsible for
empowering MODA by using her influence as an icon and influencer on
social media, transcending both local and international platforms as
Miss Universe 2018. Aside from this, she will be responsible for
spreading awareness about the MODA weaver communities through her
“Raise Your Flag” videos, informing and attracting audiences to the
elegance of our textiles, weavers, and fashion.
She will also be proudly
exhibiting MODA weavers’ designs by having a virtual online fashion
show. Through this, she will be able to garner buyers for MODA
weaver communities, and show her full support and admiration for our
Filipino fashion, art and culture.
The awareness that she
will cultivate for our weavers and designers goes far beyond just
the appearance. By stepping up to this position of OTOP Ambassador,
she is going out of her way to bring love, care and respect to our
cultural history and most especially to her fellow Filipinos who are
building their businesses and are growing OTOPreneurs.
As spoken by Asec. Demphna
Du Naga: “She sees the great value in our filipino culture, and it
is wonderful that she has seen the wonders and beauty of our weavers
in MODA or Modernong Obra Disenyong Atin”
Ms. Catriona Gray will be
leading a brighter path for shedding light on our culture, our
entrepreneurs, our products and our pride as Filipinos.
Galing ng Pilipino, Angat
sa Mundo. OTOP, Atin 'to! #RaiseYourFlagOTOPreneurs.
of NPA member found in Bobon, Northern Samar
Battalion, 8ID PA
July 18, 2020
LOPE DE VEGA, Northern
Samar – The troops of Charlie Company, 43rd Infantry (We Search)
Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, while conducting
perimeter patrol to search the reported remains of a CPP- NPA-Terrorist
(CNT) member, discovered skeletal remains at the vicinity of Brgy.
E. Duran, Bobon, Northern Samar at 7:00 in the morning of July 17,
The troops immediately
secured the location, documented the same and turned-over the said
remains to PNP SOCO of Catarman, Northern Samar for proper
Accordingly, the said
remains is of a CNT member who was killed during the series of
encounter by this unit in Brgy. Cag-amesarag, Lope de Vega, Northern
Samar last August 3 and 4, 2019.
The remains of certain
Emma Termo, CNT member, who died in an encounter sometime in 2009
was also found in Brgy E. Duran on July 10, 2020.
Raymundo Picut Jr., Commanding Officer of 43rd IB, extends his
deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the CNT members who
were abandoned by their comrades while struggling for their lives.
“Your government forces
will continue its commitment to serve justice to the CNT victims so
as to attain peace and development in Northern Samar”, a reassuring
remark of Picut.
of COVID-19 test kits donation of Pilipinas Rotaract MDIO
represented by Chair Louie De Real and Chair Elect Manuel
Joseph Franco (6th and 7th from the left) to UP National
Institutes of Health represented by Dr. Karen Sotalbo (5th
from the left).
raise funds for COVID-19 test kits
REGINA GRACE REYES
Rotaract Club of Calumpit
July 18, 2020
MANILA – Ignited by the eagerness to extend humanitarian aid during
this COVID-19 pandemic, the Pilipinas Rotaract Convention 2021
Organizing Committee, mainly composed of Rotaractors from Rotary
International District 3770, in partnership with the Pilipinas
Rotaract Multi-District Information Organization, conducted a
fundraising campaign entitled Project #SAMPU Sama-Sama sa Mas
Pinatibay na Ugnayan Laban sa COVID-19 from April 14-27, 2020.
The campaign aimed to raise an amount of P160,700 to purchase 100
GenAmplify™ COVID-19 rRT-PCR Detection Kits in support of the mass
testing program. GenAmplify™ COVID-19 rRT-PCR Detection Kit is the
low-cost test kit invented locally by a team of scientists from the
University of the Philippines National Institutes of Health, the
Philippine Genome Center, and the Manila HealthTek, Inc.
With humble hopes of purchasing only 100 COVID-19 Testing Kits, the
donation drive surpassed its target in just four days after the
launch of the campaign. This was through the ripple effects of
donations coming not just from Filipino Rotaractors but also from
Rotarians and even family and friends outside of Rotary. At the end
of the campaign last April 27, the team was able to raise Php
259,484 which funded the production of 161 COVID-19 test kits turned
over to the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of
Health last July 6, 2020. The donations came from 73 Rotaract Clubs,
4 Rotary Clubs and other donor groups and individuals across the
Pilipinas MDIO is a Rotary international-recognized organization
which aims at strengthening the Rotaract movement in the country. It
is run by the District Rotaract Representatives and chaired by an
elected Past DRR from a member district. Its programs and services
are administered by a team of volunteer past club and district
Rotaract leaders across the country. One of the core purposes of the
MDIO is to promote multi-district service projects such as this
fundraising campaign for COVID-19 test kits.