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Hospicio De San Jose On Lockdown As Staff, Elders Test Positive For COVID-19
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  • The Hospicio de San Jose remains on lockdown after 14 staff and four elders tested positive for COVID-19. In a call for donations that went viral on Thursday, April 29, 2021, a Facebook post said that one of the elders “already died.”

    “They are running out of food because nobody is donating to them and the sisters are worried about the children and elders,” said the post that has been repeatedly shared on the social networking platform.

    “They are not allowed to leave Isla Convalecencia.”

    Isla Convalecencia is a small island on the Pasig River just southeast of Malacanang Palace. The facility is run by the Sisters of the Daughters of Charity that helps orphans, the homeless, and the elderly.

    Help has since poured in as reported in various Philippine media agencies.

    A photo published by ABS-CBN News online showed young children peeking from window as volunteers helped arrange boxes of donations.

    “They are appealing to your kind generosity. Sister Marce prefers assistance in kind especially food. The babies and elders need diapers. Children need milk,” the original post going around Facebook said.

    According to a report by GMA News, the orphanage prefers in-kind donations like canned goods, rice, bread, and noodles. Hygiene kits which includes diapers, medicine, and medical equipment like face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) are also appreciated.

    Sister Marce is the head of the institution’s Administrative Services.

    The Hospicio de San Jose was established during the Spanish era and was the first social welfare agency in the Philippines.


    At present the institution cares for 450 beneficiaries in their compound. Four of the 19 elderly staying in the compound are COVID-19 positive.

    The original writer of the viral post requested for donors to “send a copy of your deposit slip” to Sr. Corrie (mspg.evidente@gmail.com), their administrator.

    “When you donate in any of their bank accounts, please send by email a picture of your deposit slip, then they will reply with a receipt,” the post said.

    Donations can be sent to:

    Ayala Bridge, Quiapo, San Miguel, Manila
    Landline: 8-734-2366
    Mobile Nos: +63 908 865 0251; +63 945 481 8930
    Email address:  mspg.evidente@gmail.com

    Bank accounts

    BPI, M.H. Del Pilar Branch
    Account name: Hospicio de San Jose
    Account number: 8103-0986-62

    Metrobank, U.N. Ave
    Account name: Hospicio de San Jose

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