USL ramps up COVID-19 relief efforts

Tuguegarao City – The University of Saint Louis (USL) has been holding relief operations for individuals and groups in fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

USL’s relief mission activities are carried out as part of the University’s flagship outreach program, the “Hating Kapatid Project,” aimed at aiding individuals who are affected by calamities and have inadequate resources to cope with certain limitations and challenges.

On Monday, Aug. 3, USL doled out food items for the inmates of the Cagayan Provincial Jail, following the visit of staff of USL’s Community Engagement and CICM Advocacies Office (CECAO) in said facility in early July. A CPJ representative fetched the goods from the University.

“The University of Saint Louis shares its CICM (Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae or Immaculate Heart of Mary) missionary character by giving assistance to our brothers and sisters within the region and to our students during the pandemic…It is very important to remember that we make a life by simply giving,” Mr. Nestor M. Cabrido, CECAO director, said.

In April, USL held a string of relief mission activities, kicking off on the first week of the month with the giving of food packs to 30 stranded Louisian students in the City, 19 security guards deployed in USL, and 20 members of the outsourced janitorial staff.

On April 26, the “Hating Kapatid Project” gave similar assistance to 64 “kalesa” (horse-drawn carriage) drivers of Tuguegarao City particularly of barangays Annafunan East (13), Atulayan Norte (10), Capatan (24), Linao East (7), and Linao West (10).

Additionally, on April 27, the project reached out to six residents of Cataggaman (Nuevo, Pardo and Viejo), also here in Tuguegarao City.

The “Hating Kapatid Project” was founded by Rev. Fr. Renillo H. Sta. Ana, CICM, University president and OIC, Office of the VP for Mission and Identity (VPMI). The Filipino-inspired project’s name denotes fair share among brothers and sisters.

Implementing the project are the President’s and VPMI Office, the CECAO, and other units in the University.

Meanwhile, other members of the Louisian community had their respective COVID-19 relief initiatives as reported in the past few months, and the University administration expressed commendation for their work.

Also, USL had donated P100,000 (through CICM Philippines) to the CICM-Maryhill School of Theology (MST) Caritas Kindness Station for affected families in vulnerable communities and for medical frontliners, as earlier reported, too.

Similar initiatives of some other members of the Louisian community, such as those of alumni, must be worthy of appreciation – and emulation. – with reports from the CECA Office