UPVFI fund drive now prioritizes communities affected by UPV’s work and class suspensions

The UP, Magbubunga Tayo! and UPdanay fund campaign ran by UPV Foundation Incorporated (UPVFI) will now be focusing its relief operations towards addressing the needs of the members of the UPV internal and external communities who are seriously affected by the public health emergency that required an enhanced community quarantine.

These beneficiaries include UPV students living in boarding houses in Iloilo City, Miagao and Tacloban City, and ground personnel or employees of outsourced service suppliers of the university like security guards and janitors, laundry women (labanderas), tricycle drivers and food vendors, among others.

Students in the UPV dormitories who have been recipients of overwhelming donation of goods and cash from the UP alumni and concerned entities will now be provided with food subsidies through the UPV Employees Cooperative (UPVEC) canteen.

Food subsidy shall be based on vulnerability categories: 1) Full Subsidy of P150/day; 2) Partial Subsidy of P120/day; 3) Partial Subsidy of P100/day.

A full meal at the UPV cooperative costs at least P50.00, with meat dishes priced at P30.00, vegetable dishes at P20.00 and rice at P10.00, according to Irese Muyana, General Manager of the UPVEC.

The decision to have UPVEC as food supplier was chosen by the UPV administration to ensure that personnel of the UPVEC, who are employed on a “no work, no pay” arrangement, will continue to earn a living until the ECQ is lifted.

UPV has also earmarked some funds for COVID-19-related expenses for UPV Miagao, Iloilo City and Tacloban City. From said funds sanitary and hygiene packs and food relief packs were purchased and given to the ground services personnel including agency janitors and security guards.

UPV has been committed to support the needs of its personnel in this health crisis through the early release of salaries and benefits of everyone, regardless of their employment status, as a measure to provide for them while on quarantine.

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