MANILA - Alumni of a fraternity at the University of the Philippines - Diliman have come together to send help for frontliners in the battle against the coronavirus crisis.
"Act as One PH," formed by the UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity, was able to earmark funds and supplies for several projects dedicated to hospitals and communities near the university's campus, the group said in a statement Saturday.
Among its efforts is building a temporary frontliner shelter at the university's NISMED hotel and quarantine facilities in nearby frontliner spots such as the Lung Center of the Philippines, and Camp Bagong Diwa in Quezon City.
It is also converting Palma Hall at UP Diliman as an isolation and quarantine facility for suspected COVID-19 patients.
"As UP alumni, we are happy that the University remains relevant in these times of crisis by allowing its buildings to be used as temporary shelter for mild and moderate COVID-19 cases. And as patriotic citizens, we will rally behind the University to make sure that this endeavor will become successful,” Jackie Cruz, president of the UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association, said in a statement.
The group has donated a central monitoring system and patient monitoring system to the Lung Center of the Philippines.
It said it has also sent out 7,000 sets of personal protective equipment, 60,000 surgical face masks, 2,000 gallons of alcohol, 1,400 face shields, 7,000 examination gloves, 50 aerosol acrylic boxes, 8,000 food packs, and other supplies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.