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ADMU, DLSU join forces to raise P10.5M for urban poor affected by quarantine

The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) have set aside their rivalry and joined forces to raise funds for the urban poor.

The two schools successfully raised P10.5 million in support of fundraiser Bayanihan Musikahan for those affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

"Through the camaraderie displayed by the alumni of Ateneo De Manila University and De La Salle University, they were able to raise P10,500,000 in support of the #BayanihanMusikahan cause," the organization announced in a Facebook post.

"We would also like to thank the Jesuits of the Philippine Province and De La Salle Brothers for making this possible!" it added.

The funds will be used to "provide food and health protection packs for the urban poor reached by Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pantawid Pilipino."

ADMU earlier donated medical supplies to healthcare workers in Metro Manila, who are at the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Meanwhile, DLSU had opened its doors to serve as temporary shelter for the homeless.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said that at least 1.2 million workers might temporarily lose their jobs due to the quarantine.

He estimated that it could result in the loss of gross value added equivalent to 0 to -1 percent.

President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to April 30.

—JCB, GMA News