By KERRY TINGA
On March 22, after the enhanced community quarantine took effect, De La Salle University (DLSU) opened their doors to the most vulnerable in their community by providing temporary sanctuary to the homeless in Manila. Classes and school activities in all levels have been officially suspended until April 14 in order to curb the spread of Covid-19, and so many school buildings are empty and ready to be repurposed for the greater good.
In a Facebook post, DLSU announced that they are housing 79 people on the second floor of the Enrique Razon Sports Center, and 69 individuals at the College of Saint Benilde.
While an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, a helping hand for a helping hand slowly but surely heals our world.
On March 26, DLSU’s guests aided in repacking 3,000 relief goods, which, according to a Facebook post by the institution, “will be distributed to urban communities in Metro Manila.” The Philippine Business for Social Progress provided the relief items and the personal protective equipment (PPEs) that DLSU’s guests used.
As one Facebook user pointed out in the comments, DLSU has proven that the homeless and most vulnerable in our society simply need to be “given the chance,” and can give back to the community that helps them in difficult times.
The initiative is a partnership between DLSU and the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) through their Kain, Ligo ng Ayos (KALINGA) program. According to DLSU’s original post, the SVD volunteers are looking after those sheltered in the Sports Center.