As the coronavirus outbreak spreads in different municipalities in Rizal, so does the humanitarian efforts among Rizaleños particularly by various DepEd Rizal teacher associations that have stepped up to counter COVID-19’s impact among communities through financial assistance and donations from their own salaries and bonuses.

Jonard Balajadia, president of Morong District Teachers and Employees Association (MDTEA) spearheaded the call for financial assistance and accumulated a total of P70,900 cash donations from 118 Morongueňo teachers. 

The members of the association repacked relief goods which include 2.5 kilos of rice and 1 kilo live tilapias which were distributed to 450 households.

“Seeing the situation of everybody, regardless of status or position in life, I think it will be everyone’s desire to help one another especially during this time of pandemic,” Balajadia said in an online interview.

Likewise, over 50 members of Bagumbayan Teachers Association and 60 teachers of Teresa National High School joined hands in the ‘bayanihan’ operation for the affected families in barangay Bagumbayan,

Each group has collected monetary aid amounting to P29,500 and P25, 200 respectively, which lthe atter used in purchasing, repacking and distribution of relief goods for almost 350 households in the said barangay.

 “In the spirit of bayanihan, we teachers formed a group whose purpose is to help because they see the limitations in the LGUs’ capacity,” Mark Alvin Malaya said.

Meanwhile, through their project “Estudyante at Komunidad Ko, Mahal Ko”, Wawa Elementary School and a group of Supreme Student Government Officials conducted relief-giving operations in Rodriguez, Rizal.

Utilizing Php 2,122.50 total cash donations, as well as food packs from Municipal Councilor Edgardo Sison, they were able to distribute 210 relief packs to various households.

Taytay Secondary Schools Employees Multipurpose Cooperative was able to distribute 60 bags of 3 kilos of rice with assorted vegetables amounting to P10,000 to their student patrons.

The student council officers in Rodriguez also established a food bank which served as source of food for their underprivileged classmates.

According to Janice Nicolas, Supreme Student Government (SSG) advisers of San Jose National High School, they had already planned this project in July 2019 and started it in February 2020.

“Masasabi ko na may reason kung bakit natuloy ang proyekto namin kasi kakailanganin siya ng ating komunidad sa ngayon”, Nicolas quipped. (Jefjef J. Domingo, Member of the Blue Rizal Press Corps Lagundi-CCL National High School, Schools Division of Rizal Province)