Xavier University High School – Ateneo de Cagayan Batch 2013 successfully organized ‘Puhon, May’ng Lawas’, a fundraising campaign to support the health-workers and frontline personnel of identified partner institutions in Cagayan de Oro City.
The group named their campaign after a popular Cebuano saying. As explained in their Facebook page, ‘Puhon, May’ng Lawas’, “Puhon” is a Cebuano term which means “hopefully” or “in God’s time”. “Puhon, May’ng Lawas” is often used to convey the message that one hopes to achieve a goal soon, in good health.
The main thrust of the campaign was to raise funds for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the health-workers such as face masks (surgical and N95), hazmat suits, goggles, caps, gloves, and shoe covers as well as the provision of hand sanitizers and hand-rub alcohol.
Within the period of April 8 to 29, the batch was able to raise a total of PhP 204,089.30 which was used to purchase 270 goggles, 1000 pieces of facemasks, 750 pairs of gloves, 50 sets of disposable suits, 25 sets of reusable suits, 126 liters of alcohol, and 10 pumps of hand sanitizers.
Puhon, May’ng Lawas was able to distribute PPE in three waves. The campaign was originally intended to donate only to Northern Mindanao Medical Center, the first wave beneficiary.
By the second wave of donations, the batch extended their beneficiaries to include Polymedic Medical Plaza, Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital, and the City Health Office.
For wave three, the batch partnered with JCI Cagayan de Oro to provide PPEs and food for frontliners in City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Agricultural Productivity Office, and the City Veterinarian’s Office
Ad majorem Dei Gloriam! Xavier Ateneo thanks XUHS Batch 2013 for their swift and meaningful initiative to #BeatCovid19.∎
Photos of the turn-over of PPEs to partner institutions:
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