Response of St. Bridget’s Community Center, Inc., St. Bridget College and Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd as assistance to the Frontliners and to our Kababayans who are mostly affected by COVID 19 pandemic

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Due to the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the country is placed under quarantine since March 16, 2020. It greatly affects our country especially the vulnerable families who have no other means to earn a living and to provide food for their families. It also put our front liners at risk every day they come to work and attend to the needs of those who are entrusted to their care.

Right now, things are slowly going back to normal however the number of COVID-19 cases is still rising and it still distresses the country and its people. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great challenge that we are all experiencing and immediate help is needed by those greatly affected and left vulnerable to hunger.

The St. Bridget’s Community Center, Inc. (SBCCI), which is the outreach arm of St. Bridget College, together with the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, and the St. Bridget College and its benefactors initiated the COVID-19 relief efforts and outreach activities.

In order to reach out to the vulnerable families and affected frontliners, SBCCI had a fund drive activity entitled “St. Bridget’s against COVID-19 Campaign”. Mr. Cir-Anthon Paolo C. Garing, Director of SBC Performing Arts Office initiated an online fundraising concert, “JUANalangin” and “KantaJUAN”. It is an online donation campaign of SBC Performing Arts Office primarily to help the Bajau communities, adopted families of St. Bridget’s Community Center, Inc and Batangas City frontliners.

From March 24 – July 7, 2020 they served 3,991 families and front liners through relief distribution from the support of fundraising activity and other benefactors who gave in-kind and in-cash donations to help others.

– 3,848 families received food packs and toiletries including 18 SBC college students who were stranded in their boarding house and Gabayan women working in entertainment establishments such as clubs, videoke bar and beer houses

– 28 families received financial assistance including 12 SBC college students and some Gabayan women

– 40 crew of cargo ship called Super Shuttle Roro under quarantine in Batangas Bay received fresh vegetables, meat, rice, gallons of mineral water and toiletries

– 75 medical frontliners of Batangas Medical Center (BatMC) received food packs and medical supplies such as surgical mask and NK95

They also did referral services to Provincial and City Social Welfare and LGUs to prioritize community members of SBC adopted communities especially Bajau communities to SAP, PAPAC, TUPAD and other assistance to help them during this pandemic.

Despite of the unseen threat of the COVID-19, the SBC employees and volunteers continue to serve others by participating in the campaign through planning, coordination, mobilization of resources and prayer. The St. Bridget College also ensured the safety of its people and remain compliant in the safety measures and protocols of the government.

These outreach activities also became possible because of the support of RGS benefactors, friends, SBC alumni, faculty, students and partner agencies. The RGS sisters, the SBCC and the SBC are really grateful to them. In this challenging time, we will heal as one.

“Help one another with the generosity of the Lord and despise no one. When you have the opportunity to do good, do not let it go by.” – St. Polycarp of Smyrna