ILIGAN CITY (PIA) — Firms assisted by the Small Enterprise Technology Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Lanao del Norte are backing up front liners with their specialty products and services to refuel their energy in fighting back the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
A total of 429 liters consisting of 520 bottles of 250 ml, 300 bottles of 330 ml, and 200 bottles of one liter of purple limonada, tanglad limonada and mango juice were given by Margeuries House of Goodies to members of Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) stationed at some checkpoints, to members of the media, workers from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), health workers in various hospitals, street sweepers and garbage collectors.
“We know this is not much but we do our best to help in anyway we can. Quenching their thirst during the heat of the calamity,” said Mary Grace Halibas, owner of Margeuries House of Goodies.
On the other hand, Heaven’s Bakehaus donated 200 boxes of Piaya de Iligan for 12 Field Training Officers (FTO) with Police Trainees who are manning quarantine checkpoints 24/7. Marc Claro, the owner, posted on Facebook that Piaya de Iligan would also be shared with medical teams and volunteers on the field.
Meanwhile, Eco Trade Industrial Marketing owned by Mark Lester To-ong innovated three aerosol boxes and donated it to three hospitals – Gregorio T. Lluch, Sr. Memorial Hospital; Adventist Medical Center – Iligan; and Amai Pakpak Medical Center. The aerosol boxes are made of clear acrylic which aims to reduce the aerosolized particles escaping into the environment when intubating patients with COVID-19.
To-ong and his team have also taken the opportunity to let the front liners know that their hard work will not go unnoticed by printing a thank you message on the aerosol boxes.
As the Local Government Unit of Iligan City is boosting its preventive measures against the virus through conducting disinfection procedures, Eunics Marketing owned by Julius Dela Cruz donated four (4) pieces of knapsack sprayer to support the City’s disinfection activities.
In addition, Dela Cruz and his team provided basic needs (rice, canned goods, and hygiene packs) to the less fortunate in the area. It has been estimated to reach 50 families in the city. They also donated and supported the UP Fund the Engineering Projects in the Fight Against COVID-19 Threat.
“This pandemic has truly awakened the bayanihan spirit that is innate in us, Filipinos. I am truly touched with our partner stakeholders’ efforts in supporting our dear front liners in Lanao del Norte, said Gerrylou Sweet M. Pia, Officer-In-Charge of DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center of Lanao del Norte, as she expressed gratitude to the assisted firms for their support to the fight against the coronavirus.
We, in DOST Lanao del Norte, did not miss to notice the synergistic effects of strong partnership with SETUP-assisted firms,” she added.
SETUP is a nationwide strategy to assist MSMEs in adopting technological innovations. It aims to enhance operational efficiency, and boost productivity and competitiveness. SETUP-assisted firms are empowered with Science and Technology interventions. (Hazel D. Entrampas, DOST-X)