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PPE DONATION DRIVE GIVES LIVELIHOOD TO URBAN POOR WOMEN


Story & Photos By ELMER RECUERDO
PPE DONATION DRIVE GIVES LIVELIHOOD TO URBAN POOR WOMEN
TACLOBAN CITY - Thousands of our fellow Warays may have lost their jobs due to the enhanced community quarantine implemented by the different local government units in the province, but for some entrepreneurial people it is a perfect time to help marginalized people earn a living.

This is the lesson a that group of civic minded friends would like to impart when it launched a campaign to donate personal protective equipment for health workers who are in the forefront in the fight against corona virus disease COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the group turned over 60 PPE to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), the referral hospital for COVID-19 patients in Eastern Visayas.

Veteran broadcast journalist Boots Palconite Buena, who spearheads the donation drive for PPE, said the project was conceptualized by civic minded people who wanted to do something to maximize their time while on their quarantine.

She said the idea was not just to help provide PPE to health workers in the forefront against the pandemic disease but also give employment to women whose husbands lost their jobs due to ECQ.
PPE DONATION DRIVE GIVES LIVELIHOOD TO URBAN POOR WOMEN
“We see many people losing their jobs due to quarantine not only here but worldwide so we wanted the project to address these two concerns,” Palconite-Buena said.

The group raised funds from their friends which they used to buy materials that it converted into PPE for these frontline health workers. A group of mothers from GMA Kapuso Foundation housing project was tapped to sew the materials into PPEs thus providing them with a livelihood opportunity.

She said the donation drive for PPE was done in response to calls for additional protective gear for the frontline health workers as cases of COVID-19 are expected to increase in the near future as more tests are now being done on suspected patients.

Palconite-Buena said they decided to use tafeta cloth for the PPE because it is easier to wash and dries up fast.

“This is our own way of giving back to the health workers who are doing a fantastic job in protecting our region from this disease” she said.

She also thanked all those who donated and participated in their project.(CJ/JMM/evr)


-, April 15, 2020


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