It is during times of crises that the brave raise their hands. Far Eastern University (FEU) takes pride in educating the next generation of leaders, but also in instilling in them the values of Excellence, Fortitude, and Resilience. This was made apparent by the quick response of various Tamaraw groups in helping communities that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Making its mark among the numerous initiatives was the Pantawid COVID Project, a youth-led crowdfunding initiative developed by FEU AB-Communication graduates Patrick Manuel, Marj Baclig, Frances Garcia, and Czeann Reyes. Their main goal was to provide food and other supplies to street vendors, public utility drivers, and other affected communities. The FEU Alumni Relations Office (ARO) raised PHP 350,000 in groceries for the beneficiaries of the project and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hospitals such as The Hospital of Muntinlupa, Bulacan Provincial Hospital, Santos General Hospital – Malolos, FEU-Nicanor Reyes Memorial Foundation Hospital, Biñan Doctors Hospital, Philippine General Hospital, Sta. Ana Hospital, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, and the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center
With the support of companies such as Unilever, the Pantawid Project was also able to provide hygiene packs containing soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, and shampoo to families living in Block 37 and 38 of Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. These kits were also distributed to stranded individuals who took shelter in the Villamor Airforce Base Elementary School when nationwide lockdowns brought down travel restrictions.
The Tamaraw value of excellence truly runs deep, as athletes like Ino Comboy of the Tamaraw Men’s Basketball team, Jude Garcia of the Tamaraw Men’s Volleyball team, and Celine Domingo of the Lady Tamaraw Spikers joined the #MayTwentyAko fundraising campaign, an initiative where athletes would auction off their jerseys to raise money to purchase PPE for medical personnel. On the other hand, the Volunteerism Services Office (VSO) also assisted by providing groceries and other relief goods to FEU students stranded in their dormitories near the Morayta campus. Additionally, FEU joined other business groups in an effort called “Project Ugnayan,” collectively raising over PHP 7.6 million to support jobless families affected by the pandemic.
"I want to commend our community for responding to this crisis with the spirit of FEU’s core values. Let me remind everyone that this pandemic affects all of us. Therefore, I implore each one of you to remain adaptive, resilient, and open-minded. Together, we should work towards a safe future for everyone," says FEU President, Dr. Michael Alba.