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Stranded in Dorms, UP Visayas Students Make Face Shields

Stranded in Dorms, UP Visayas Students Make Face Shields

By TARA YAP

Images by HANNAH LABRADOR and ADRIAN SANTUYO CAMPOSAGRADO

UPV Miagao team has produced almost 700 face shields to be distributed around Iloilo

With classes suspended and travel restrictions in place, students of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UP Visayas) stranded in their dorms at the main campus in Miagao, Iloilo used their now free time to make improvised face shields for medical workers as the threat of COVID-19 mounts.

“Let this be our contribution one of the most vulnerable sectors during this health crisis,” Chairperson of UP Visasyas’ Student Council Adrian Santuyo Camposagrado said in a Facebook post. He told The Manila Bulletin that the stranded students have been making improvised face shields by hand since Tuesday, March 17.

Students, business owners, and alumni from the UPV community show their support for our frontliners

Students, business owners, and alumni from the UPV community show their support for our frontliners

UP Visayas student Hannah Labrador, who is the daughter of a doctor, said the improvised face shield is made from craft foam, acetate sheets, Velcro, staples, scotch tape, and double-sided tape.

The students have produced 150 face shields, which have been delivered to Iloilo Mission Hospital in Iloilo City. There have been at least 29 persons under investigation (PUIs) in Iloilo City.

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While the handmade production of the face shields has funding from the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) Visayas, the students are currently asking for donations to help them produce more improvised face masks.

“For those who are willing to donate, please send us a message,” Camposagrado appealed.

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Meanwhile, the high school alumni group of UP Visayas (iAMUPHi) has also mobilized a team that donated necessary medical gear for West Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSUMC) in Iloilo City.

Dr. Marovi Celis told us that iAMUPHi quickly responded to the plea of WVSUMC and purchased industrial-grade raincoats, goggle masks, and gloves.

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