Some 21 students of Western Philippines University-Main Campus residing in boarding houses in the town of Aborlan were transported by the school’s coaster to Rio Tuba, Bataraza on Thursday amidst an ongoing province-wide quarantine lockdown.
With the university closed due to the COVID-19 enhanced community quarantine, school authorities decided to offer the free ride to the students who are all residents of Bataraza and Balabac so they can go back to their communities.
“Twenty-one students who were stranded in their boarding houses in Aborlan due to Enhanced Community Quarantine were ferried from the WPU Main Campus to Rio Tuba on March 19, 2020, through the coaster of the university driven by Mr. Ed Bernardo,” a post on the school’s social media page stated.
The students who were going home to island municipalities were provided food packs during their travel. The students were escorted by Jun Orlido of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Environmental Sciences.
University president Julie Hope Timotea P. Evina headed the preparation of the food packs with the assistance of skeletal force from the admin office of the main campus.
“Some students who were disadvantaged by the situation cannot go home to be with their families due to lack of transportation. WPU learned of their plight and immediately offered its services to the students,” VPAA Elsa Manarpaac stated.