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JRU Task Force COVID continues outreach activities for the Frontliners and Adopted Barangays

As we care for good education, we also care for the heart of humanity.

 Jose Rizal University, true to its pursuit in making a difference in the lives of others and in serving the core of humanity, through the Community Development Office, responding to the urgent needs of society during this unprecedented times, actualized Rizalian Bayanihan: Task Force Outreach.

Jose Rizal University opened its doors in housing frontliners from Mandaluyong Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, and the National Center for Mental Health. The 4th to 6th floors of Building G serve as temporary shelter for our medical and health professionals. 
Dr. Vicente K. Fabella, president of Jose Rizal University said that “We will continue to provide a home for our frontliners and let us always offer our prayers for their continued safety, good health, and heroic efforts to sustain the fight against COVID19. The heart of JRU will always serve the good of others. Let us continue to be the big change that we want to see to make this world a better and safer place for us to live.”

Dr. Ana Belen Cuyugan, director for Student Development, OIC Community Development and head of Task Force Outreach echoes, “Never doubt that the JRU community, composed of thoughtful, committed, concerned citizens can change the world. As we are called to serve, let us respond with utmost commitment through stewardship and solidarity. A true Rizalian serves with a heart.”

Dr. Cuyugan also added, “ In these crucial times, we need to be able to extend our helping hands in the many ways that we can in response to the true meaning of service to others. True to the goals of Jose Rizal University, we commit ourselves to strong adherence to being change agents of being responsible, courteous and considerate, and living to the highest form of integrity.”

Jonathan Chiong, coordinator of International Students, SDO, and instructor of the College of Liberal Arts, Criminology, and Education spearheaded Meals on Wheels and Project Health Force through the distribution of packed meals to our frontliners manning checkpoints in Mandaluyong, San Juan, Manila, and Pasig. Distribution of vitamins, food supplements, medicines, and face masks were also distributed to members of the Philippine National Police- Mandaluyong, Philippine Navy, Philippine Army, PNP- Maritime Group, and Philippine Coast Guard. 

Face shields and PPEs were also distribute  for our healthcare professionals at Philippine National Police General Hospital, Chinese General Hospital, Parañaque Doctors Hospital, Amang Rodriguez Medical Center, and QuirinoMemorial Medical Center, with Jayces Francisco Catipunan (College ‘04, GS ‘16) and Ariel Bartolata, instructor, College of ACE.

“ During a time like this, it is best for us to really translate our words into actions because small actions when taken cumulatively and collectively will spell the biggest difference, “ said Jace. He also said, “As Filipinos with one goal that is to help and serve the needs of society, let us unite further to do what we can for ourselves and others. Through unity, we stand strongest and we fight and rise as one.”

The JRU ROTC Unit and its officers Deputy Corps Commander Neil Guzman, John Mark Tulato, Ruben Nedroda, Kevin Aseo, Jessie Lacuarta, and Andrei Bredonia also assisted  in the distribution of food packs, grocery items and provisions for the residents of Barangay South Central Poblacion in Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija through Barangay Captain Arturo Pacol. 
Through the University’s community service endeavors, the Community Development Office and Student Development Office concocted its own hand soap and hand sanitizers. These were distributed to several hospitals in Mandaluyong City with the National Center for Mental Health at the helm. 

“ Everybody can be great for anyone can fully and truly serve. You don’t have to go out there to serve in this pandemic. If true service is in your heart, you can serve in the simplest way that you can, because small acts when multiplied together would generate millions. A true Rizalian serves with a big heart,” muses Dr. Cuyugan.

“Taos puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa inyo. Malaking bagay po ito para sa amin. Ikinagagalak po namin tinatanggap ang inyong kabutihan,” said PCOL Remigio Sedanto of the Mandaluyong PNP, upon receiving boxes of vitamin C, multivitamins, vitamin B complex, and bottles of isopropyl alcohol distributed in 4 batches in three weeks. 

Jose Rizal University will continue its effors and dedication to lead in the many actions of service. The spirit of every Rizalian is the heart of every Filipino and that of humanity.

The members of the Outreach Task Force are:

Dr. Ana Belen Cuyugan
Dr. Tessie Da Jose
Anthony Cuaycong
Ms. Lorraine Parangue
Dr. Sharlyn Patigas
Ms. Rea Albuna
Ms. Grace Marie Martin
Mr. Rommel Navarro
Ms. Kathleen Apillado
Atty. Manuel Quiambao
Engr. Bonifacio Talens
Dr. Marybel Materum
Ms. Ivory Joy Malinao
Mr. Paul Supan
Ms. Ethel delos Angeles
Carissa Enteria
Mariam Oculam
Rhoda Fabe
Val Guarin
Eleonora Claricia
Myrna Nidea
Jonathan Chiong
Elenita Valdez
Lotis Bernarte
Gina Agus
Ephaim Jay Villafania
Alvin Panlilio
Mary Ann Bernadeth Taduyo
Kurt Zander Blanco

Embodying the true spirit of a Rizalian, it is in helping others where we truly find and live our purpose. Let us rise one. 

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