SPAMAST reaches out to stranded students, families in need
DAVAO CITY, April 20 (PIA) – The Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) in Malita, Davao Occidental has reached out and helped its stranded students and families in need amid the COVID-19 situation.
The SPAMAST COVID-19 Task Force has produced and distributed food packs to 30 students who have been stranded in Malita town and could not go home since the provincial and regional lockdown and the Enhanced Community Quarantine took effect.
The students, who are staying in different boarding houses in Malita, are from Davao del Sur province, General Santos City, North Cotabato province, and municipalities of Don Marcelino and Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental province.
SPAMAST faculty member John Paul Pacyao said 274 families from Barangays Poblacion and Fishing Village have been provided with food packs each consisting of three kilos of rice, two packs of noodles, two canned goods, coffee, sugar, salt, dried fish, fish lumpia and fish polvoron.
Pacyao said the recipients are from families of fisherfolks, farmers, mobile fish vendors, and low income families residing near the river, who couldn’t continue their livelihood due the ECQ enforced by the provincial local government.
He bared that part of the food packs are patented food products made in the school such as the SPAMAST Tilanggit (dried fish), fish lumpia and fish polvoron.
Pacyao thanked the barangay officials, some organizations, faculty members, volunteer students and individuals who supported SPAMAST’s “Together We Heal, We Heal As One Program.”
The task force was able to conduct two rounds of the relief assistance.
Pacyao said SPAMAST still continues the online class system, however he added that the teachers are lenient and flexible considering the present health crisis in the region and the entire country. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)