Continuing its response to the health needs of the sugarcane farming communities, SIFI distributed a total of 1,060 hygiene kits for COVID prevention to beneficiaries in hacienda farms and communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao during the month of April and May.
SIFI LMRO distributed a total of 400 COVID prevention hygiene kits to beneficiaries from Luzon & Mindanao while VRO distributed a total of 660 hygiene kits.
In South Luzon, led by project officer John Cena, 100 hygiene kits for COVID prevention were distributed to beneficiaries from Batangas Sugar Planters Association, Inc. (BSPCMA) in Balayan, Batangas last May 14 and 100 hygiene kits to beneficiaries from Eastern Batangas Sugar Planters Cooperative and Marketing Association (EBSPCMA) in Lipa City, Batangas last May 19.
While in Mindanao, led by project officer Joseph Bryan Sermonia, 100 beneficiaries from First Mindanao United Sugarcane Planters Association, Inc. (FIMUSPAI) in Quezon, Bukidnon were given hygiene kits for COVID prevention and 100 beneficiaries from United Sugarcane Planters of Bukidnon Association, Inc. (USPBAI) North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon were given the hygiene kits last May 21 and May 22 respectively.
And in Visayas, led by project officer Norelyn de la Cruz, a total of 660 kits were distributed to beneficiaries coming from various hacienda farms; 120 hygiene kits in Victorias City & Cadiz City last April 16, 300 kits in Silay, E.B. Magalona, Cadiz City, & Talisay City last April 28-30, and 240 kits in La Carlota City last April 23 & May 23.
SIFI has assisted more than 9,000 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.