The Ateneo de Manila University has partnered with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the local government of Quezon City in providing an additional isolation facility for COVID-19 patients in the city, the University confirmed on 8 April 2021. The isolation facility will be for patients "who are asymptomatic or exhibiting mild symptoms and are unable to isolate safely at home," according to a memo from Fr Roberto Yap SJ, University President. The facility will be located at the prefabricated building complex of the Junior High School in the Loyola Heights campus, and is intended only for patients referred by the Quezon City LGU and the PRC. "Working together with the PRC and the Quezon City local government, the Ateneo de Manila community is taking this step to help in any way it can, whoever it can during this critical point in our fight to defeat this pandemic," Fr Bobby said.
The Ateneo de Zamboanga continues to support vulnerable families affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Its TASK FORCE CONTRA COVID-19 distributed its THIRD WAVE OF FOOD PACKS to barangays: Labuan, Limpapa, Lunzuran, Lumbangan, Patalon, Sinunuc, and Zone II. Sacks of rice and canned goods were turned over to the City Government to augment their initiative of distributing "RAMADAN FOOD PACKS" to Muslim communities in the city. N95 MASKS AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENTS (PPEs) were donated to the Zamboanga City Medical Center and Brent Hospital. Additionally, surgical masks were donated to barangays Talon-Talon, Lunzuran, and Zone II; and PHAPI-Lantaka COVID-19 Facility. Soap, N95 face masks, and medicine were also donated to the BUREAU OF JAIL MANAGEMENT AND PENOLOGY in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the area.
Ateneo de Davao University, in partnership with other academic institutions, government agencies, and private institutions, has launched ADDU Community Connectivity Empowered by Satellite Service for Mindanao (ACCESS Mindanao) to provide satellite communications technology to address the problem of internet connectivity in remote and isolated communities in Mindanao. The satellite antennas were initially deployed late in 2020 in Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro. Then on January 2021, the Jesuit mission in Miarayon, Bukidnon was connected to the network (see photo) - enabling St. Therese School of Miarayon to now conduct online classes for students and training for teachers. On March 2021, satellite service was launched for the Tech4Ed Centers in Datu Piang, Maguindanao and in Bitiala Center, Cotabato City. Later that month, Basilan and Tawi Tawi were also connected to the ACCESS network.
In union with the national act of bayanihan in many communities nationwide, Fr. Robert Rivera SJ, President, Ateneo de Naga University, has announced the launch of its community pantry beginning Monday, April 26, outside the main gate of the Bagumbayan campus. The ADNU CP, an initiative of the Center for Community Development (CCD), has adopted the motto, “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan.” People start to wait in line as early as 4:30am. Open only for about an hour or so on MWF mornings, the CP serves about 250-350 people a day. The food packs include rice, noodles, canned goods, root crops and vegetables from local farms (such as pechay, mungo, squash, and eggplants). ADNU alumni from the US have begun to send in their assistance, following Fr. Rivera's appeal for even small but sustained donations. Members of the CCD and JVP assist in food packing and manning the pantry operations.
Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU) and Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF), Inc. recently signed a partnership commitment for the Agro-Enterprise Online Course Project. This project aims to form agro-enterprise facilitators who will help smallholder farmers engage in collective marketing and become agro-entrepreneurs. Fr. Mars P Tan, S.J., XU President, and Ms. Grace Tan Caktiong, JGF President, headed their respective delegations (see photo) during the virtual Partnership Commitment Signing Ceremony last March 11. This one-year project will transform the current JGF agro-enterprise training program into an online course that will be offered nationwide. Leveraging on the strengths of their respective organizations, both XU and JGF teams will work closely in the development and delivery of this online course. It is XU's mission to enhance the agribusiness capabilities and consequently increase incomes of smallholder farmers.
On April 14, HS batch 95 alumni donated P200K to the SHS scholarship fund. The scholarship program has been running for 3 years and presently supports 4 scholars. These are graduates of SHS who are financially challenged to continue their college education. It costs about $2000 per year per scholar to support them. Last year, they donated 4 laptop computers to enable access to learning from home. They also provide funds for internet connection. These are typical profiles of their scholars: a) Mom is a public school teacher and dad is retired; b) Mom is a house helper and separated from the husband; c) Dad is an electrician at SHS but hardly working now and Mom is stay at home; d) Dad is a taho vendor and Mom is stay at home. Every year they add 1-2 scholars and the college students can choose 4 or 5 year courses. This is supported by donations from alumni. Info from Jefferson Tio, Executive Director, SHS Ateneo De Cebu Alumni Association.
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