TO RIDE OUT THE COVID-19 CRISIS
SAN FERNANDO, Cebu (May 1, 2020 — Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) continued to help its host towns San Fernando and Pinamungahan hurdle the difficulties and challenges during the crisis brought by the corona virus disease of 2019 (CoViD-19).
It first donated 60 sacks of rice in 50-kilograms each through the municipality government of San Fernando in March in anticipation of the need to distribute the staple with quarantines already being imposed.
Its primary client, Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI), complimented the donation with 50 more 50-kg sacks that it also handed over to San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya for the town’s 21 barangays.
“We expected the limited access of residents for their supply of rice at home and their truncated means to earn a living,” noted Mitzie Almira I. Carin, SEDC division manager for human resources and administration.
Through the following weeks, the company donated 105 more sacks of 50-kg rice, this time direct to host and neighboring communities in San Fernando, plus two separate sets of care packages to the same communities released in two occasions.
It further donated 50 sacks of 50-kg rice in Pinamungahan, 10 sacks each for host communities Duangan, Lut-od and Sibago, and neighboring barangays Anislag and Guimbawian.
SEDC handed out 10 sacks each to its host barangays Bugho, Magsico, North Poblacion, South Poblacion, Panadtaran, Tañañas, Tinubdan and Tonggo, and five each to neighboring brangays Basak, Cabatbatan, Ilaya, Tabionan and Tubod.
It released care packages for the same 13 barangays, first on April 21, then another on May 4, each with surgical face masks, disinfectants as alcohol and chlorine, germicidal soap, eggs, choco and milk drinks, coffee, sugar, cups and stirrers.
Meanwhile, SEDC turned over supplies for the Municipal Health Office that frontliners needed in attending to confirmed CoViD-19 cases, persons under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) at its quarantine facility.
Carin recently handed the cover-all suits, surgical face masks, N95 masks, surgical gloves and face shields to Dr. Alcestis Donna B. Azul, rural health physician under the Department of Health.
In cooperation with supplier Triple 8 Resources Development, SEDC delivered and provided water to barangays Bugho, Magsico, Tabionan and Tinubdan when Cebu was under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“With extreme summer heat when water became scarce, the residents here badly needed water for household purposes, not necessarily for drinking and bathing as we tapped industrial water used at the TCPI plant,” said Carin.
“The ECQ prevented the residents to go out to fetch water from far-flung water sources,” she added.
Both firms also continued with their cement donations to requesting barangays and schools during the pandemic.