Southeast Asian Institute develops 250 gallons of High Grade Alcohol to support COVID-19 Frontlines

TWO OF OUR RESIDENT US EXCHANGE ALUMNI JOIN HANDS TO SETUP ALCOHOL FACILITY FOR COVID -19 HOSPITALS AND FRONTLINERS.

 

CSP 2012 Professional Fellows Prof. Paul Omar Gangoso and PYLP Batch 16 Jenalyn Lequin has successfully setup a lab facility to produce high-grade alcohol for hospitals and frontliners working against the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines.

As of April 14, they have already produced and distributed 1,000 liters of alcohol disinfectant to different hospitals and local government units managing covid-19 quarantine sites and emergency centers. In as early as first week of March, there has already been a shortage of alcohol supply and frontline health workers are exposed to very high risks of viral contagion. Using his technical expertise and resources, Prof Gangoso who happens to run a network of local colleges has decided to put up a laboratory capable of producing high-grade alcohol in high quantities utilizing locally available raw materials from commercial fruit waste, molasses to coconut sap, among others.

Ms. Jenalyn Lequin of PYLP- 16, along with other students of Southeast Asian Institute Pagadian City Campus, volunteers in the production of alcohol. Ms. Jenalyn Lequin is the first pure-blooded member of the Subanen indigenous community who participated in a US Exchange Program in history. Both US Exchange Alumni and other volunteers took the risk and answered a very pressing problem of lack of alcohol supply. Local Government Units have been very thankful to and supportive of their initiative. Their work is saving hundreds of lives in the fight against covid-19 pandemic.

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