/ 28 April 2021

TO HELP learners and employees in need, the Silliman University will distribute food packs to students, senior citizens and outsourced personnel from April to June this year.

Jane Annette Belarmino, SU vice president for development, said the food packs will be distributed to 140 displaced outsourced personnel, and 60 students and senior citizens.

“This is a manifestation of the empathy and care our alumni and friends have for others, following the teachings of our Via, Veritas, Vita. The Lord has blest Silliman University and our alumni and friends, so that we, in turn, can bless and give to others,” Belarmino said.

SU said the supply will come from the Outstanding Sillimanian 2018 awardee, Dr. Mariano C. Lao.

“In a letter dated April 1, 2021, Lao collaborated with the University for the distribution of food packs. Lao’s donation of P164,400 funded the SU and Dr. Mariano C. Lao ICI Laboratory Emergency Assistance Program, which includes the food pack distribution,” SU said.

Last year, Lao donated P30,000 to provide food and cash assistance to students who were stranded when the province was placed under enhanced community quarantine, and another P30,000 for SU’s outsourced personnel who had to stop working because of the restrictions imposed to prevent spread of Covid19.

The university said the Office of Student Services will identify students who are most in need of food assistance while the SU Church will help identify senior citizen beneficiaries.

The school’s cafeteria will prepare food packs worth P274 each, containing five kilos of rice, two cans of sardines, and two packs of instant noodles.

SU said the first distribution will be on April 29, 2021 at the Dr. Mariano and Lina Lao Activity Center and Technology Laboratory, inside the school’s Junior High School department.