THE professionals and health care workers from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), the largest state-owned hospital in the Philippines, have found a temporary home at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) through its Project Safe Shelter.
The partnership has taken in approximately 60 individuals.
With the aim to provide a safe space to the frontliners amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DLS-CSB has converted some classrooms and other amenities at the Taft Campus to provide hospitality and relief to its guests in need of rest and recuperation. The institution utilizes decontamination booths and strictly abides by safety and hygiene protocols.
“Even as we each try to do our part in stemming the spread of the COVID 19, there are those on the frontlines who, by virtue of their calling, are doing even more. These doctors, nurses, and providers of support services are today’s heroes, who confirm their heroism repeatedly, every day that they choose to come to work and stand by those entrusted to their care,” Benilde President Br. Edmundo “Dodo” Fernandez FSC shared in his statement.
“We have seen their sacrifices and we have seen its cost. Many of them are being pushed to physical and emotional exhaustion even as the number of infections increases. As the work that still lies ahead does not look as if it will be getting easier, we need to care for all those courageous and compassionate individuals on whose generosity, skills and efforts we all rely,” he continued.
The CSB-PGH Project Safe Shelter collaboration is spearheaded by the College Vice President for Lasallian Mission and Student Life Neil Pariñas with the support of its Vice President for Administration David Terence Tiu and Director of the Center for Emergency Management, Safety and Security Retired BGen. Lito Tabangcura.
Currently, De La Salle Philippines’ Project Safe Shelter has provided accommodations for The Medical City frontliners in La Salle Green Hills while the health care workers of Ospital ng Maynila found refuge at the De La Salle University (DLSU).
De La Salle Philippines has likewise welcomed the homeless in its campuses at Benilde and DLSU since the beginning of the enhanced community quarantine.
Interested donors may support the CSB-PGH Project Safe Shelter through GCash Bank Transfer to its BDO account (Account name: College of Saint Benilde Inc; Account number: 004580243334; Purpose of donation: CSB-PGH Project Safe Shelter). Receipts or proof of donation will be sent to your email addresses. Kindly send the screenshots with the visible GCash Reference Number to firstname.lastname@example.org.