The Western Philippines University (WPU) main campus in Aborlan recently donated some 100 bottles of mango nectar which medical professionals and health care providers in the municipality can make into juice drinks to keep them refreshed while on duty against COVID-19.
Project leader Anne Gellie Pablo, a faculty member of the university’s Department of Home Economics (DHE) under the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Environmental Science, said to Palawan News that the mango nectars were part of their ongoing mango upscaling project funded by the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (DA-ACEF).
“Last last week bago mag-lockdown ay nagpa-process kami at may nectar kami kaya lang hindi na namin natuloy yong pag-juice kasi yong nectar ay yong concentrate na nagamit namin. Parang product siya ng dehydrated mango,” she said Wednesday.
“Tapos nag-lockdown, marami pa kami stock ng nectar so gumawa na lang kami ng staff ko para sa frontliners natin kung mabibigay sa kanila kasi at least ma-refresh din,” Pablo added.
Pablo said that although they are not in the frontline to directly combat the spread of COVID-19, their simple help can at least ease the tiredness of the Aborlan medical and healthcare workers.
She said that faculty members of the college also donated cupcakes as additional snacks.
“Kahit hindi kami yong nasa frontline at least parang ma-feel din nila na we appreciate them kahit maalala man lang sila na makabigay kami ng snack. Kung ano yong available doon sa food processing, yon ang ginawan namin ng paraan,” she said.
The distribution of processed drinks was not limited to the healthcare workers, she said. Even the volunteers in packing goods also received the mango nectar.
On Wednesday, the university made a 100 bottles of green mango juice as additional support for frontliners and stranded WPU students temporarily residing in Aborlan.
“Sa juice, kung ano lang yong meron kami na raw materials, ‘yon ang pina-process namin kasi kahit gusto pa namin gumawa ng juice, kulang na kami ng bottles dahil naka-lockdown kaya di rin makabili sa Puerto,” she said.
Pablo said that her team will think about new ideas on what they could produce to help the frontliners and the students.
After the activity of her team was posted on the university Facebook page, it gained a thousand reactions from netizens which made Pablo realized that even a small thing could be helpful to fight the threat of the virus.
“Nakakahiya nga kasi juice lang naibigay namin pero nakakatuwa rin na parang kahit maliit na paraan ay makatulong pa rin laban sa COVID na ito,” she said.
“Kahit na naka-lockdown ay pwede tayo tumulong with the help of MDRRMO. Kung ano dyan yong marami tayo, kung ano yong kapasidad natin ay ‘yon ang i-share natin,” she added.