MANILA - Millennials from at least 100 youth groups in the country have been trying to raise P1 million for 20 poor communities in Mindanao that have been grappling with the coronavirus crisis.
The fund will be used to buy personal protective equipment for frontliners, as well as food and sanitation packs for low-income families and indigenous communities in Zamboanga del Norte, Sarangani, Agusan del Sur, and Tawi-Tawi, the group said in a statement.
"As a Mindanaoan myself, I feel obligated now more than ever to try and help out in any way I can, and reach the most unreached areas in Southern Philippines in terms of relief," said Meryl Hilda Jalani, national president of Millennials PH and lead convener of Kapit-Mindanao.
As of April 21, "Kapit-Mindanao" has raised at least P179,236, according to the group's official Facebook page.
"We started receiving donations as much as P20,000 to the smallest but very meaningful one peso," said Maco Ravanzo, Kapit-Mindanao co-lead convener.
Individuals may support the cause by following Kapit-Mindano on social media or by sending queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This is a true testament that no amount is too big or too small to help, that anyone can make a difference especially in these trying times," he said.
As of last week, 137 patients tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Mindanao.