Tulong Tayo: Mapúans ignite the Bayanihan Spirit to provide aid to sectors affected by COVID-19

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Mapúans ignite the Bayanihan Spirit to provide aid to sectors affected by COVID-19

Mapúa University is one with the nation and its people in creating support channels to aid the sectors affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University has conducted various initiatives encouraging the members of its community to lend a hand during the crisis. Apart from the Mapúa-initiated relief drive, employees, students, and alumni have also been actively coordinating with local government units and various external organizations to contribute engineering expertise and donations.

Bayanihan Eskwelahan

Mapúa University is one of the three founding schools of Bayanihan Eskwelahan, a collection of higher education institutions (HEIs) of the Philippines who are actively participating in the reconstruction of the country during the pandemic. Member HEIs commit to offer their expertise and physical resources to provide backup support to the country's already overloaded healthcare system. Bayanihan Eskwelahan now has a total of 14 member institutions.

Mapúan engineers on the move

Engineers of USHER Technologies Inc., headed by Dr. Francis Aldrine A. Uy, Dean of Mapúa’s School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering, also developed a low-cost, mobile disinfection chamber, which provides full-body disinfection within seconds.

Called the GOCLEAN Chamber, or Mobile Disinfection and Anti-Coronavirus Chamber, the booth provides a fast, easy, and safe disinfection mechanism to help mitigate the risks of acquiring COVID-19.

Created with the help of Sanitary Engineering and Chemical Engineering professors of the University, the GOCLEAN Chamber can disinfect in-bound guests of buildings within 5 to 10 seconds through a mist system that uses a cost-effective solution. It also features a thermal scanner, cough and sound detection, breathing pattern artificial intelligence (AI), and facial recognition for added security.

The booth is highly portable or mobile, which can be assembled or moved quickly. Almost 2,880 people can be disinfected in continuous operation of eight hours.

Hospitals and other health facilities all over the country are targeted for GOCLEAN Chamber installations. This is to help protect health professionals who are in the frontlines fighting the disease.

Currently, Quezon City local government has already installed a GOCLEAN Chamber at the Quezon City Hall High-Rise Building entrance.

PPEs for frontliners

Dr. Mark Manuel, Dean of the University's School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, has also produced 1,000 3D-printed face shield frames that were donated to Mapúa security personnel, the NCR Regional Community Defense Group, Army Reserve Command, the frontliners of the Medical City Taguig, some beneficiaries in Bicol, and San Miguel volunteer repackers.

Encouraging others with the resources, Dean Manuel has also created an online video tutorial on 3D printing.

Maximizing school facilities

Mapúa also partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry Philippine Trade Training Center-Global MSME Academy (DTI PTTC-GMEA) to help protect medical frontliners battling COVID-19. The team from the University was able to develop 2,371 face shield frames, using Mapúa’s Fabrication Laboratory and DTI’s DigiFab, one of its state-of-the-art Shared Service Facilities (SSFs) for high quality fabrication services.

Face masks for partner communities

The Office of Social Orientation and Community Involvement Program (SOCIP) of the University also administered the distribution of face masks to residents of its partner communities. In close coordination with the barangays’ officials, Mapúa was able to provide 5,000 face masks to residents of 5 barangays in Intramuros and 43 barangays in Pandacan, Manila.

Alumni donation

Mapúa alumnus, George Ong Tan, also donated chemical chlorine to Mapúa. A total of 48 carboys which is equivalent to about 765 gallons of disinfectant solution was produced from Mr. Tan’s donation. The University has turned over 15 carboys each to Brgy. 654, Brgy. 655, Brgy. 656, and 3 carboys and 4 gallons to Brgy. 657.

Raising funds for the Lung Center of the Philippines

The Mapúa Central Student Council also took part in Team Respire, a collective youth initiative aiming to launch a collective effort of donation drives within the school community. It is participated in by various student councils and organizations of various universities in Manila with proceeds going to the Lung Center of the Philippines. Monetary donations will be used to procure PPEs and other supplies needed to combat COVID19, and to support infected individuals.

Accessible healthcare for employees and students during ECQ

Providing aid to its members, Mapúa offers free medical consultation and assistance to its students and employees. It has partnered with KonsultaMD, a 24/7 hotline manned by licensed Filipino doctors who provide callers with immediate basic medical care, health assessments, and prescriptions.

The medical platform provides immediate and unilimited access to a licensed Filipino doctor with video consultation through the app and allows for electronic prescriptions (e-Prescriptions) and laboratory requests (e-Laboratory) sent through text messaging.

Product and service benefits can also be availed by employees and students through KonsultaMD partner companies. Members can avail the services until May 2020.

Free film streaming

Award-winning Mapúan filmmaker, Celina Mae Medina, has also put up her film "Ophelia" for free viewing during the ECQ period.

"May this film be a reminder for everyone to take care of their mental health, as well as their physical health during this difficult time," she said.

"Ophelia" has garnered several recognitions in both local and international film scenes. Last 2019, it was among the featured films in the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner.

To stream "Ophelia", click here: https://t.co/5STCBUgVMN?amp=1