Zonta Club Mandaluyong San Juan II Supports the Filipino Frontliners

In this biennium, Zonta Club Mandaluyong San Juan II main service project was Health Care. With the outbreak of COVID 19, our club was quick to respond, partnering with non-governmental organizations like The National Sandigan Foundation, Operation Heart Foundation Inc, Asian Hair Restoration Center, and Ambulatory Dermatology Center to provide relief to Frontliners and still pursue our Zonta missions. 

Our project started in the latter part of March and is still currently in operation. Our joint effort was made possible through donations from our club, members, our program partners, ZI, friends, and benefactors 

With an exponential rise in COVID 19 infection and the shortage of medical supplies, our funds were mainly used to purchase the personal protective equipment to help our health care team especially the Frontliners, Like doctors and nurses. 

Our recipients of free PPE's were frontliners from the following government and private big and small hospitals: The Medical City, National Children’s Hospitals, St Luke’s QC, Chinese General Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, San Sebastian District Mindoro Hospital, Quezon Medicare Hospital, Bautista Cavite Hospital, Pasig General Hospital, National Children Mental Hospital, Dr. Peralta Hospital, and National Children Hospital.

We distributed 2000 pieces of face shields and 20 gallons of alcohol to NCMH, Chinese General Hospital, The Medical City, St. Luke’s QC and Global and National Children Mental Hospital

The improvised masks were made of cloth and went to non-medical frontliners, we gave 100 pieces of cloth masks to the group of security guards, 70 pieces to relatives of frontline nurses from The Medical City and 50 pieces to soldiers at checkpoint areas.

To maximize the remaining funds, we bought locally produced water repellant PPE made of microfiber material, also we procured isolation gowns and face shields also made of microfiber cloth that are water repellant, washable, reusable, and an alternative that are more convenient and safer to use. 

With this project, we were able to accomplish supporting the frontliners, the unemployed women sewers in the Antipolo where garments production is one of the biggest businesses and source of income to many residents and the face shields production, on the other hand, it has helped the women house helps whose original profession was sewing, to earn extra income.

Zonta Club Mandaluyong San Juan II also employed women from Tanay Antipolo who lost their jobs because of the lock down, however, with our project they were able to remain in their jobs and continue to earn a living to meet their family's basic needs during this uncertain period of the pandemic. 

We made sure that the PPE produced was tested by all the different authorities to make sure that they were safe for the frontliners to use. 

Members of our club were grateful that even though we are confined in our homes because of COVID 19 pandemic, the club contributed to improving the lives of women during this pandemic.