Even with the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, Cavite State University extended service to its stakeholders with the banner program “CvSU RELIEF: Kontra COVID-19, implemented through its 12 campuses in Cavite.
As of April 9, 2020, it has delivered 1,935 food packs, including freshly harvested fish and vegetables to students stranded in dormitories, employees who serve as frontliners like security personnel and utility workers, and community members who live near the campuses. Free transportation service was also offered to students who were affected by the lockdown and are now reunited with their families.
For medical supplies, CvSU has donated more than 4, 611 face masks and face shields including materials used in the production of such to hospitals in the province and checkpoints where frontliners have been assigned. It has also distributed 12,047 health and sanitation kits that include vitamins, alcohol, soap and disinfectants to community members.
In battling against fake information spreading over the net, CvSU released around 73 information materials that explain facts about COVID-19, social distancing, use of masks, and disinfection among others. It also provided links for credible sites and online courses that may be studied to increase productivity during the quarantine. Healthy recipes were also published encouraging creativity even with simple ingredients like sardines and camote.
Various campuses also offer psychosocial support programs like online counseling to address the anxiety that may be brought by the crisis. It has also been circulating prayers and spiritual support to encourage people to pray for the country. Through its Facebook page, it also releases poems of hope written by its students and employees spreading words of motivation for the readers.
Hundreds of its alumni are also serving as frontliners in the field of health, security, banking and finance, social work and other jobs necessary to keep the nation moving.
With cash donations from various individuals and in coordination with partner agencies, CvSU continues to deliver assistance to those in need while hoping that this crisis will soon end.
RELIEF stands for Research and Extension Life-changing Initiatives for the Empowerment of Filipinos that was first launched in December 2019 as it sent donations to earthquake victims in Cotabato, relaunched in January as aid to families affected by the Taal eruption and is now being implemented to help fight against COVID-19.