Protecting Those Who Keep Us Safe | SOS Calbayog Joins Hands With The Rotary Club Of Calbayog In Producing PPEs For Frontline Workers


On April 17, 2020, the Rotary Club of Calbayog, in partnership with SOS Children’s Village Calbayog donated 550 Face shields and 175 protective suits for the frontline workers in the city.

The Rotary Club of Calbayog has been a reliable partner of SOS Children’s Village Calbayog for decades in keeping children and young people less vulnerable, happy, safe, and well. Every year, they organize various developmental activities and provide financial support to help sustain the children’s needs.

“They are our friends who constantly give support in fulfilling our care promise to the children, young people, families, and communities we serve” - Ms. Emily Torculas, SOS Children’s Village Calbayog Directress

Due to the recent global emergency brought by COVID-19, this simple partnership evolved to become a more meaningful and empowering one. The Rotary Club of Calbayog reached out to SOS Children’s Village Calbayog to produce face shields and protective suits to contribute to lessening the risk posed by this pandemic.

SOS Calbayog offered workforce and a facility to materialize the project. On the other hand, the Rotary Club took charge of the funding and materials procurement.

The production phase moved forward in SOS Calbayog’s Hermann Gmeiner Technical Vocational School’s Production Room where Dressmaking NCII classes were normally conducted. The Rotary Club of Calbayog purchased meters of nylon taffeta, a kind of fabric used for an umbrella’s canopy, as the primary material to produce the protective suits.

Doing What We Can to Help

(Mr. Geriel Salvadora, a government worker from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, supervising the production of protective suits. The sewing machines used to produce protective suits are from the local government office of Calbayog City for the Dressmaking NCII classes. SOS Calbayog and the local government office of Calbayog City through the CSWDO are partners in facilitating Dressmaking NCII classes.)

Since no one from either of the two organizations has a background in PPE production, members of the Rotary Club of Calbayog searched for standards-compliant, protective suits designs. They found a pattern, made by a Filipino designer, Mich Dulce, which was likewise based and inspired on a real isolation suit lent to her by Vice President Hon. Leni Robredo.

Geriel Salvadora, a government worker from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, supervised the production process. He and 5 volunteers patiently sewed 175 protective suits.

“Sewing has been a part of our [referring to his volunteers] everyday life and now, this skill [we have] hopes to protect the lives of our medical workers who try to save people’s lives every day. Who wouldn’t be happy about that?” – Mr. Geriel Salvadora, Project Head


Three out of 5 volunteers worked at their homes using their sewing machines, while the remaining 2 volunteers worked on-site to finish the project within one week, from April 13 to 17. In return, the Rotary Club of Calbayog paid one hundred pesos for each suit a volunteer has finished.

Choosing to Be a Part of the Solution

Meanwhile, the face shields were produced thanks to the youths of SOS Children’s Village Calbayog. Excited to take part in the project, the youths studied how to make face shields online even before the sample and materials arrived. They have been working on the production of face shields since the second week of March, as a response to the growing need for protective equipments.

I’m glad that I can help protect frontline workers through this project. They’re risking their lives to keep us all safe, this is the least that I can do for them.” – Jessa*, SOS Youth

(SOS youths also participated in creating face shields for frontline workers.)

(Protective face shields made by the youth girls of SOS Children’s Village Calboyog being used by frontline workers. Left: Health workers from St. Camillus Hospital, right: Tinambacan PNP Frontliners; photos grabbed from Rotary Club of Calbayog’s Facebook page)

Through the project, 550 face shields and 175 protective suits, or collectively known as personal protective equipment (PPEs), have been personally distributed by the Rotary Club of Calbayog to the frontline workers of the city. Among the beneficiaries of the project are the City Health Office of Calbayog City, St. Camillus Hospital, Tinambacan PNP Frontliners, OLPHI, Calbayog District Hospital, and nurses from the Department of Health Office in Calbayog City.

(From left to right: SOS Childre’s Village Calbayog Directress Ms. Emily Torculas, Rotary Club of Calbayog President Rtrn. Maria Margarita Sajul, Rtrn. Ritchie Roño, and SOS Children’s Villages Philippines Board Chairman Rtrn. Mel Senen Sarmiento. On top of the table are packs of protective suits ready to be handed over to IATF Calbayog.)

Last April 17, 2020, a small turnover ceremony was conducted at the City Hall Compound. Packs of protective suits and face shields were personally handed over by members of the Rotary Club of Calbayog headed by its President Rtrn. Maria Margarita Sajul, and SOS Children’s Villages Philippines Board Chairman Rtrn. Mel Senen Sarmiento to the Inter-Agency Task Force Calbayog as headed and represented by Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquino. Officers of LGU Calbayog and the City Health Office were also present during the ceremony.

The success of this project has proven that we all have a role to play in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic; be it through lending our time, skills, or resources. We at SOS Children’s Villages Philippines would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who took part in this meaningful initiative.

While we patiently wait for the world to heal, staying at home and praying for the safety of our fellowmen are among the steps we can take to help be a part of the solution. And if we can lend a helping hand to those in need, now is the best time to do so.

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