By Gabriela Baton
Oplan Hatid-Oplan Sundo is helping stranded University of the Philippines (UPLB) students stranded in dorms to get back to their families during the enhanced community quarantine.
The initiative was started by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Oplan Hatid-Oplan Sundo was to originally intended to send home stranded students who are living in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (CALABARZON) and National Capital Region (NCR) only. But as of Saturday, March 28, the project was able to send students who are living in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Cagayan, too.
“Ang Oplan Sundo ay off shoot ng Oplan Hatid. Nabuo ito ng magkakwentuhan kami ni Precious Alcantara [UPLB alumnus]. Kinumusta ko sya ngayong lockdown dahil alam kong sya ay taga-La Union. Naikwento nya sa akin paano gumawa ng paraan ang probinsya ng Zambales para masundo ang kanilang mga estudyante,” Oscar Lacanilao Jr. told Manila Bulletin.
(Oplan Sundo was an off shoot of Oplan Hatid. It started when I talked to my fellow UPLB alumnus]. I asked how is she doing during the lockdown because I know she is from La Union. She told me how the province of Zambales initiated to fetch their stranded students home.)
Lacanilao and Alcantara are both lead volunteers of the project. They are both members of UP Grand Order of the Eagles.
He added that the UPLB Office of Students Affairs (UPLB-OSA) currently looks after the stranded student on the campus.
“Sa aming pag-uusap, natanong ko kay Precious [kung] meron bang mga taga Tuguegarao? Agad-agad nagpost si Precious sa group chat ng #Elbilockdwondiaries para malaman kung ilan ang mga taga Tuguegarao na gustong makauwi. Nagpatulong din kami sa iba naming alumni sis at isang residenteng brod. Si Abby Padro para sa process flow, si Jaymee Cruz-Eusebio, at si Lander para sa pubmats and posting,” Lacanilao added.
(During our conversation, I asked Precious if she knows students who want to go home to Tueguegarao. Precious then posted to group chat of #Elbilockdown diaries to ask students from Tuguegarao. We also asked the helped of our fellow sisters and brothers. Abby Padro helped us with the process flow, Jaymee-Cruz Eusebio, and also Lander with pubmats and posting).
Lacanilao also shared that volleyball player Charo Soriano and her father Tuguegarao Mayor Jefferson Soriano helped Oplan Hatid-Oplan Sundo.
The local government of Tuguegarao set up quarantine facilities in the city to ensure that the 14 days quarantine protocol with be followed.
Aside from transport going home, food and hygiene needs are also being facilitated by the University offices and concerned groups and organization. Alumni, students, faculty administration, and staff are all pitching in to help the stranded students.