Over the past few weeks, the Philippines’s oldest Catholic shelter for orphans, the elderly, and people with special needs has been dealing with a surge in COVID-19 cases within their facilities.
The Hospicio de San Jose in Quiapo, Manila has already reached 23 cases last Saturday, May 1. They have already imposed a lockdown in their facilities while those who are infected are now in isolation.
As of writing, the shelter run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul has recorded no deaths related to the new coronavirus. (Read: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 in India)
Infected Residents, Personnel
According to Sr. Maria Ana Evidente, Provincial Visitatrix of St. Louise de Marillac-Asia, the institution has imposed a self-lockdown on March 15, then a stricter protocol on April 21.
“[This was in order] to mitigate and contain further infection of COVID-19 to its residents and personnel,” Sr. Evidente said. (Read: Explainer: What Are the Two Drugs Used For COVID-19?)
She added that the cases have now been reported to the local government of Manila, and they are now under strict monitoring by the health office.
“Having reported these cases to the City Health office of Manila, we are now being monitored by the City Health Emergency Center,” she said.
Hospicio de San Jose
Established in 1810, the Hospicio de San Jose continues to serve as a foster care facility for orphans, the elderly, and people with special needs. (Read: 14 Catholic Priests in India Succumb to COVID-19 in 4 Days)
Currently, the institution is home to around 500 residents whom they care and provide for on a daily basis. But with the year-long quarantine limiting activities and interactions, Hospicio was left with financial struggles that pushed them to appeal for support and donations.
“We are grateful to those who responded immediately to the call for support by concerned friends of Hospicio,” Sr. Evidente said.
Those who want to help may drop off or deliver donations directly to the following:
- Name: SR. MARCELITA CATARINA, DC or SR. MARCELITA CATARINA, DC
- Address: HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE, Ayala Bridge, Quiapo, San Miguel, Manila
- Mobile No.: +63 908 865 0251 / +63 945 481 8930
- E-mail Address: email@example.com
- Landline No.: 87342366
Cash donations may be sent to the following:
- BPI, M.H.DEL PILAR BRANCH, HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE
- METROBANK, U.N. AVE.
HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE
Donors are urged to send a copy of the deposit slip to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hospicio de San Jose will issue official receipts.