The LingaPhilKOFA: Sagip Iskolar Project in Zamboanga, Mindanao, adheres with the main mission of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to establish cooperative relations and render socio-economic support to the stranded students of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) – Malangas due to community quarantine.
Early morning, on 28 April 2020, Philippine KOICA Fellows Association (PhilKOFA) representatives were already at WMSU Office to meet with the school volunteers. The volunteers of Student Action Force (SAF) – Malangas and the WMSU Student Council, using their personal vehicles, traversed the barangay roads and headed through the rocky and upland Barangays of Catituan, Basakbawang and Lipacan. Others went to Brgy. Dansulao and one team went to the coastal areas in Poblacion, Malangas. One team reached out to the students who were stranded with their distant relatives in the neighbouring towns of Diplahan and Imelda. Even if there was an inter-town ban of travels, certification and quarantine pass along with the travel order of the WMSU Malangas driver was shown thus the team were allowed to pass through. Twenty-six (26) beneficiaries were given sustenance package within the day.
The over-all outcome of LingaPhilKOFA program for the WMSU Malangas stranded students with the “Sagip Iskolar Project” provided the much needed sustenance package that covers their basic needs for a week. In this present challenging situation where there is limited mobility, limited access to services and limited resources to sustain the daily needs of these students, the assistance provided not only the physical necessities.
Some non-food items in the package like Vitamin C, hygiene kits, bath and detergent soaps were given out as these seems not to be the priority of the students as they would mostly rather spend for rice and food.
The distribution of the above packages to the stranded students, who are far from their respective families at this difficult times, provides a great impact to the people of geographically isolated and deprived area (GIDA) such as this municipality. This provides a spark of hope to the students that there are agencies that are available and are willing to provide their needs.