Extending Compassion from Across the Miles: COVID-19 Emergency Response in Cebu

October 15, 2020

Sheena Pena

There is a continuous rise of positive cases throughout the Philippines. Twelve out of 80 barangays in Cebu City have been tagged as hotspots for the coronavirus* and was placed under total lockdown last June 2020. This has severely affected the livelihood globally. In San Remigio, Cebu, many still struggle with their daily lives due to the physical, psychological, and economical challenges of being in quarantine.

It has not been easy for Marciano Singuran, 74 years old from Hagnaya, Cebu who is having difficulty coping at home. “I lost my eyesight and I have to stay home doing nothing, just sitting and sleeping the whole day.”

Romeo Cablayada of Tacup, Cebu emphasized the struggle of not having enough income for the family. “Our resources are very limited. We can hardly support our basic needs.”

A group of Filipinos abroad may live miles away on US soil but they still have not forgotten their homeland during these trying times. The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and Philippine Humanitarian Coalition reached out again to SAFER, this time with additional donors: Romeo S. Jurani, PE. and Nadia Catarata-Jurani, CPA, Esq. Living Trust Foundation, and the Philippine Bisayang Society Nevada. The following groups. They donated cash worth USD 2,000 (Php 81,272.02) to support 200 families in San Remigio, Cebu.

NaFFAA and PHC also previously trusted SAFER to assist in disbursement for the COVID-19 emergency response in Navotas and Payatas.

SAFER partnered with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu – Relief and Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) who facilitated the distribution and documentation of our beneficiaries. The distribution was held last October 10-11, 2020.

Locations are the ff.

Caritas Village Hagnaya, Barangay Hagnaya (October 10)

St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Barangay Lambusan (October 11)

Caritas Village Tacup, Barangay Tacup (October 11)

The beneficiaries expressed their overpouring gratitude to the generosity of our donors and partners.

Alodia Aballe

Alodia Aballe who is 82 years old is more than happy for the aid. “It’s great! I have food to eat, I have good meals. Thank you very much SAFER!”

Allan Rosatase of Barangay Hagnaya is grateful for the food kits. “It’s a big help to our village, especially to the people who have not yet returned to work.”

Watch the rest of the testimonials about the Cebu COVID-19 Emergency Response here.

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Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1297293/12-cebu-city-brgys-tagged-as-covid-19-hotspots-to-be-under-total-lockdown


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