Former 'Iskolars ng Bayan' Collaborate to Help COVID-19 Frontliners!
Lory Joyce Andagan | April 06, 2020
In the current fight against COVID-19, it is quite apparent that there is a noticeable lack of equipment that our medical frontliners need to perform their jobs safely. To mitigate this, many volunteers are stepping up and helping in any way they could. In Iloilo, some alumni of Philippine Science High School- Western Visayas Campus Batch 2003 came up with an idea to help the frontliners in the hospital.
It all started in a conversation in their group chat called Valgos Inc. about how the group can help the frontliners. They all agreed that encouraging people to stay at home was one of the best ways they can help. Despite that, the group collectively felt that they wanted to contribute more. "One of the chemists in our group suggested that they can formulate 70% ethyl alcohol given the raw materials. This got everyone excited and so we started to plan out the details,” says Allen Michael Gurrea, one of the batchmates. After formulating a sample gallon, the team coordinated with the #ParaSaBayanEtOH team from their fellow chemists at the University of the Philippines-Visayas to jumpstart the project.
The PisayWV (PhilSci Western Visayas) community implemented fundraising initiatives to raise funding for the project. Donations were also solicited from family, friends, associates, and other individuals who were interested in sustaining the project. As of last week, they already distributed the first batch of alcohol to several hospitals in the province. “The second batch of alcohol compounding will be done through the help of many organizations in UP and PSHSWVC,” says Gurrea.
From the beginning, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out unity and cooperation among the Filipino people. Everyone is inspired to help those in need especially the frontliners who are fighting to end this pandemic. The former scholars have a message to everyone: To our frontliners, thank you and may God protect you. We are praying for your safety and strength. We can heal as one as we work together. Batò mga frontliners. Batò Pinas!”