UPCPH / SEAMEO TROPMED Philippines donates to typhoon-hit communities

The UPCPH facade at Lara Hall was all lit with the lanterns corresponding to cash donations from the UPCPH community.


The UP College of Public Health community, through the Handog Liwanag sa Kapaskuhan Parol fund drive, generated funds for the benefit of communities affected by Typhoons Ulysses and Odette that hit in December 2021.

The donated funds were used to purchase roof materials for families in a geographically isolated and disadvantaged community in Virac, Catanduanes affected by Typhoon Ulysses. Dr. Erika Jane De Leon, the College’s MPH student under the Doctors to the Barrios Program, was instrumental in distributing the roofing materials to affected families. 

The municipalities of Araceli, Palawan and Pintuyan, Limasawa, and San Ricardo in Southern Leyte were the recipients of the second UPCPH Handog Liwanag sa Kapaskuhan Parol fund drive held in December 2021. UPCPH Master of Public Health (MPH) students under the Doctors to the Barrios program who are currently deployed to the recipient municipalities distributed the emergency supplies.

Dr. Ria Rachel Tan, deployed in Araceli, Palawan; Dr. Anne Dominique Matuba in Pintuyan, Southern Leyte; Dr. Kristine Leonido in Limasawa, Southern Leyte; and Dr. Femilyn Domingo in San Ricardo, Southern Leyte distributed solar lights, maintenance medicines, and aquatabs to the recipient families/individuals in their respective communities.

Atty. Sinforoso Sarmiento, Jr., Mayor of Virac, Catanduanes and Mayor Rustico Estrella of Pintuyan, Southern Leyte sent their appreciation letters to the UPCPH community for this selfless gesture. 


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Letter of appreciation from Mayor Sinforoso M. Sarmiento and families who received roofing materials in Virac, Catanduanes


Beneficiaries from Limasawa, Southern Leyte and Araceli, Palawan pose with the maintenance medicines and aquatabs.  

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The families and individuals from these communities also sent photos expressing their gratitude and appreciation to the CPH faculty, staff, and alumni.

Similarly, UPCPH / SEAMEO TROPMED Philippines, through the leadership of Dean and Centre Director Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., and the UPCPH Christmas and Thanksgiving Committee 2020 - 2021 extended their gratitude to the various departments of the college, alumni, and friends for their donations.

Asst. Prof. Myra S. Mistica, Dr. Crystal Amiel Estrada, Dr. Sheriah Laine de Paz-Silava
Published in UP Manila Healthscape No. 39 (May 2022)


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