NwSSU produces immunity-boosting cookies, juice for COVID-19 frontliners
In support to the battle against COVID-19, the faculty members of the Northwest Samar State University are now producing Power-packed & Energy-Boosting SC Cookies and Electrolytes, and Immunity-Boosting Buko Juice for our frontliners which started today, April 6, at the NwSSU Food Processing Laboratory.
According to Dr. Gerald T. Malabarbas, the director for Research and Development, 1800 packs of cookies and 1800 bottles of buko juice are targeted to be distributed for two-weeks.
Mrs. Nelissa Sudaria, program chair of the Bachelor of Science in Food Technology and the co-proponent of the project, said that the produced cookies are rich in Vitamin A, B, & E, carbohydrates, and fiber, while the buko juice has electrolytes and Vitamin C which are necessary in boosting the immunity of our frontliners.
Malabarbas would like to extend his thanks to University President Dr. Benjamin L. Pecayo together with his Vice Presidents - Dr. Marciano Apilado, Dr. Ramil Catamora, and Dr. Leo Jesus Lacaba; the Faculty Association of the Northwest Samar State University headed by Engr. Marlon Sobreviga, the Non-Teaching Staff Association headed by Engr. Ryan Zosa, and the members of the UDRRMC headed by Dr. Catamora and Mr. Eugene Calumba, and key officials for the full-out support of this project.
He also gives thanks to Mr. Raffy Roman, a food court stall owner, and Ivan Jerome Monponbanua, an alumnus, who donated PET bottles for the project.
To address the city’s frontliners’ increasing needs for face masks, face shields, and hand sanitizers, Northwest Samar State University led by the University President, Dr. Benjamin L. Pecayo, has raced to a speedy response through its technology and humanitarian efforts entitled, “NwSSU Respond In the time of Serious Epidemic (NwSSU-RISE) Project.”
NwSSU produced three-ply washable facemasks with a compartment for additional tissue or cloth for proper protection and do-it-yourself (DIY) face shields using materials at hand.
A COVID-19 Explainer translated in Waray-waray containing basic information on COVID-19 was crafted and reproduced for distribution.
A Moisturizing Alcohol-Based Handrub, conceptualized by the Research and Development Office, was also produced. It is made of denatured alcohol, distilled water, hydrogen peroxide, aloe vera, virgin coconut oil, and essential oils.
The beneficiaries were five hospitals - Our Lady of Porziuncola Hospital Inc., Calbayog District Hospital, Calbayog Sanitarium & Hospital, St. Camillus Hospital, and Gandara District Hospital; three districts of Calbayog City - Tinambacan, Oquendo, and City Proper; nearby municipalities - Sta. Margarita, Gandara, and, San Jorge; and various government and non-government organizations.
Recognizing its vital role in this health crisis, NwSSU pledges to continue to rise above in all of these efforts, making its doors open for the needs of the community it is in.