Oplan Hatid, Sundo helps 80 BU studentsWednesday May 20,2020
With the implementation of lockdown due to community quarantine, some Bicol University (BU) students were stranded in boarding houses and places of internship in and outside Bicol Region.
34 BU students stranded in Albay were safely sent to their homes in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Quezon Province, Metro Manila, and Bataan last April 25.
According to former BU Chairperson and Student Regent Brian Dela Rama who coordinated the operation along with the other USC officers, together with Prof. Daves Tonga of the University Student Development Services under the Office of the Student Affairs and Services (OSAS), they had to secure permit to travel from the Public Safety Division of Camp Crame in coordination with Bicol Inter-Agency Task Force, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) National Office, Local Government Unit (LGU) clearance of the student’s respective places, and medical certificate from the City Health Office for the safety of the students
The 34 students were from the College of Engineering (CEng), College of Industrial Technology (CIT), and College of Medicine (CM).
Meanwhile on a Facebook post of Bicol University – University Student Council dated March 27, 10 students were able to go home to their respective cities and municipalities in the Province of Sorsogon.
Headed by Gov. Francis Joseph G. Escudero in coordination with BU-OSAS, the Provincial Government of Sorsogon sent a vehicle to fetch the students as facilitated by Atty. Cesar Balmaceda.
Photos by Marie Dioquino
On the other hand, 36 BU College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) students stranded in Batangas and Tayabas due to their on-the-job training were fetched by BU’s Oplan Sundo project.
In partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), OCD, LGU Guinobatan and with cooperation from LGUs of Lipa City, San Jose, Batangas, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, and Tayabas, Quezon, the students safely arrived in Bicol last May 6.
According to BUCAF Dean Prof. Domingo L. Nace, they first needed to undergo medical assessment at the Tula-Tula, Legazpi City and quarantine for 14 days as per protocol before sending them home. He also said that the stranded students were supported with food and hygiene needs when they were in Batangas and Tayabas.
Photo by Team BUCAF: OPLAN SUNDO
As of writing, there are still more or less 150 BU students stranded in Albay – 76 from Masbate, 10 from Mindanao, 21 from Sorsogon, 8 from Catanduanes, 6 from Camarines Norte, 3 from Visayas, and the rest within Albay.
The College Student Affairs Coordinators (CSAC) are continuously coordinating with the stranded students and their parents.