BU Alumni Launch Oplan Arandurugan
The COVID - 19 pandemic reignited the "bayanihan" trait of the Filipinos. The struggles of our frontliners launched the "Oplan Arandurugan" of BUCEILS-HS batch 2011. "Arandurugan" which means "to help", or in its deeper sense "bayanihan", is an initiative to help our frontliners in the barangay level.
Orginally, the plan was supposed to cater to the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of only 10 barangays in Daraga, Albay. However, due to the collaborative effort of the batch, it became possible to cater to the BHWs of the entire municipality, as well as the Rural Health Unit (RHU) staff, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Rural Health Midwives (RHM), and the Barangay Health Aides (BHA). Thanks to the generosity of various donors, we were able to provide them with a total of 897 washable face masks, 18 gallons of isopropyl alcohol, 480 sachets of coffee and 100 load cards. The overwhelming support that we received also allowed us to help another set of beneficiaries, the Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) at the Legazpi City Jail. A total of 346 hygiene kits were distributed by our volunteers.
This simple initiative is the batch's way of thanking our frontliners and help those in need, especially at a time when their own safety is at risk. Oplan Arundurugan would not be possible without the generosity of our donors. This initiative is a reminder that no one is fighting this battle alone; it is a call to be united, and to ensure that no one gets left behind. (Donna Thea L. Yanzon, BUCEILS-HS batch 2011 and BUCN batch 2015)