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Continuing its response to the health needs of the sugarcane farming communities, SIFI distributed a total of 820 hygiene kits for COVID prevention to beneficiaries in hacienda farms and communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao during the months of June and July.

SIFI LMRO distributed a total of 400 COVID prevention hygiene kits to beneficiaries from Luzon & Mindanao while VRO distributed a total of 420 hygiene kits.

In South Luzon, project officer John Cena gave out 100 hygiene kits for COVID prevention to beneficiaries from Asociation De Agricultores de la Region Oeste de Batangas (AAROB) in Balayan, Batangas last June 9, 100 hygiene kits to beneficiaries from Batangas Integrated Sugar Planters Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BISPMPC) in Lipa City last June 16, and 100 hygiene kits to beneficiaries URC-SURE Balayan in Balayan, Batangas last July 15.

Project Officer John Cena turning over the hygiene kit to beneficiaries of URC – SURE in Balayan, Batangas last July 15.

In Mindanao, project officer Joseph Bryan Sermonia distributed 100 kits to beneficiaries from OADI Farm in Quezon, Bukidnon last July 22.

And in Visayas, health officer  Norelyn de la Cruz together with livelihood officer Cristina Poblador distributed a total of 420 kits to beneficiaries from six (6)  Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO) assisted by the SIFI Livelihood Program last July 13-15, 2021.

These ARBOs were RA Golez ARC in Silay City, Minuro ARC in Victorias City, CASAL-AGAN ARC and ISARFAWA in Pontevedra, HECARBA in Nagasi, La Carlota, and Brgy. Jorge LA ARC in Ma-ao, Bago City.

SIFI VRO Health Officer Norelyn Dela Cruz explaining the importance of proper hygiene in preventing the spread of COVID-19 to beneficiaries of Minuro ARC in Victorias City last July 13.

The June and July distributions were able to assist 3,105 family members and SIFI has assisted more than 10,000 households since 2020 when the pandemic hit.

SIFI’s Hygiene Kit for COVID Prevention consists of vitamin syrup for children, tablets for adults, paracetamol, alcohol, disposable face masks, face shields, and info graphic flyers about COVID prevention tips in written in Hiligaynon and Filipino.

This project is a temporary replacement for the SIFI medical – dental missions which are currently halted because of restrictions set by the Philippine Task Force against COVID-19.

Precautionary measures to avoid spread of the virus were strictly observed during the distributions.