At the turn of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) at the province of Ilocos Sur, the Philippine KOICA Fellows Association, Inc. (PhilKOFA) in partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) delivered its LingaPhilKOFA Program at the Heritage Province. The Program, with its Adopt San Ildefonso activity, was conducted to benefit particularly the displaced workers of the Philippine Science High School – Ilocos Region Campus (PSHS-IRC) at the municipality of San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur.
Aimed in augmenting the immediate nourishment and other needs of the displaced workers and their families, 150 household-beneficiaries of the two-day event (29-30 April 2020) received rice, canned goods, biscuits, bath soap and Vitamin C. Among the recipients are the following: laundry workers, security guards, janitors, office assistants, clerks, tricycle drivers and the poorest of the poor.
PSHS-IRC Director Dr. Ronnalee N. Orteza acknowledged the benevolence of PhilKOFA and KOICA in delivering hope to the families that beyond community quarantine, aside from the government, non-governmental organizations understand, pay attention and respond to their dreadful situation. Moreover, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur, in gratitude to PhilKOFA and KOICA, has forged a Provincial Resolution entitled, “A Resolution Expressing the Gratitude of the Province of Ilocos Sur to the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Philippine KOICA Fellows Association (PhilKOFA) through its Vice President for Luzon, Mr. Marlon Flavier Tagorda, for its Compassionate and Charitable Assistance to the Displaced Personnel of the Philippine Science High School – Ilocos Region Campus in its LingaPhilKOFA: Bayanihan Kontra CoViD-19 Program.”
In conclusion, LingaPhilKOFA: Adopt San Ildefonso Project delivers and realizes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, i.e., partnership for goals where civil society groups networks with the national and local governments in rendering significant and essential services to the people, the community and the greater society. Finally, it also adheres with the mission of KOICA to establish and strengthen friendly ties to promote cooperative relations and render socio-economic support to the developing countries particularly, amid pandemic, among the displaced workers and poorest of the poor.