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College youth group respond to pandemic thru 'WISH to Heal'

Philippine Information Agency
24 Oct 2020, 23:38 GMT+10

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) - The college-based Red Cross Youth Council (RCYC) of the University of Luzon (UL) has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by donating hygiene facilities to the villages.

Dr. Carmelo John Vidal, executive director of UL's extension services department, said the RCYC has come up with the project "WISH to Heal" which stands for "Water Impounding for Sanitation and Health to Heal" that earned the nod of the Philippine Red Cross and a seed grant from Red Cross Netherlands.

"This is our way of reaching out to the community in this time of pandemic and giving them what they need in their village," Vidal told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Through a memorandum of agreement, the group turned-over the water impounding facility to their chosen beneficiary -- Barangay Malued.

Maybelene Fernandez, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross-Pangasinan chapter, lauded the college youth for thinking-out-of the-box and coming up with projects that could create a good impact.

"Pag nagsama-sama ang mga kabataan, they come up with very meaningful programs such as the WISH. This crisis, we need ganitong klaseng ideas para makatulong sa ating mga kababayan," Dela Cruz told the PIA.

Further, as an early Christmas treat, the University also launched the "Reaction Mo, Kinabukasan Ko" project which gave out hygiene kits and school supplies to indigent children.

Recipients of this project include the St. John Child Care Center and Malued Elementary Special Science High School in Barangays Tebeng and Malued, respectively.

Elizabeth Llamas, grandmother of two pupil-beneficiaries at the Malued school thanked the UL for their continuous support to the children. (JCR/AMB/VHS/PIA Pangasinan)

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