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Stranded in Their Iloilo Dormitory, These Students Created COVID-19 Face Shields!


Lory Joyce Andagan
Lory Joyce Andagan | Mar 20, 2020

As Filipinos, we are known to be resilient, taking initiative for the convenience of everyone. With the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases in the country, it is heartwarming to see how many are doing small things to make the situation a little better. Such an unprecedented occurrence has left the country scrambling for medical supplies and facilities to meet the growing number of PUIs in the country. Because priority is given to patients, health workers are running out of protective gear for themselves. As such, a group of students from the University of the Philippines Visayas organized a drive to meet the demand for masks. 

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Due to border restrictions from different parts of the country, there are more than 100 students in the University of the Philippines Visayas in Miag-ao, Iloilo who are stranded in their dormitory. To spend their time more productively, they came up with the idea of making improvised face shields for the health workers. It became a collaboration after one student asked help from her mother who was working in a hospital in Iloilo City. The hospital  sent the students materials while the Philippine College of Physicians- Visayas Chapter gave funds to kickstart their initial production.

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All the stranded students helped, along with the UPV University Student Council, to make the face shields out of acetate, magic tape, double-sided tape, foam and stapler wires as their materials. Within one hour, they produced more than 100 face shields ready to be delivered to the hospital in the city.

Photo by: Adrian Camposagrado

“Because of the lack of available face masks, our front liners are risking their lives to protect others. This pushes us to also take part in helping to produce improvised face shields to them”, says Adrian Camposagrado, UPV-USC Chairperson. The students are open to donations so they can produce more face shields. This will be a big help for the health workers who are doing their best to help those persons in need.

Photo by: Adrian Camposagrado

With this initiative, it only shows that everyone everywhere can do their part in facing this health crisis of COVID-19. “So far, they (health workers) are happy and thankful to the students who gave their time and efforts to help them,” says Camposagrado. A true spirit of bayanihan in times like this! Kudos, Kabataang Pinoy! 

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