INGENUITY. Cousins, Chzersty Nachrel Ibabao, 10, and Laurene Jene Bumatay, 11, help in assembling the DIY face shields the Ibabao family create at home on March 23, 2020 to help the frontliners in Apayao. PHOTO COURTESY OF Chandler Ibabao

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by Noemi Baysa

With a pure heart, a little ingenuity, and an unwavering determination to help the frontliners who take care of the people during this pandemic, Chandler Ibabao, an elementary teacher in Apayao, created Do-It-Yourself (DIY) face shields using laminating films, rubber mats, glue sticks and double adhesive tape.

With the demand for protective gears so high in her community, Ibabao was joined by her husband, Christopher; and their three kids, Chzersty Nachrel, Chzeran Thielle and Chrezien Alezae in what has become a family project to them; so as to produce more, so they could help more.

On March 23, 2020, the Ibabao family finished 33 pieces of DIY face shields and gave them out to the frontliners in their barangay checkpoints.

Receiving more laminating films from her cousin and co-teacher, Myrna Bumangil, the family resumed to their labor of love and finished 34 more pieces on March 24, and sent 2 to a district hospital, 1 to a school nurse, and 31 to the Provincial Health Office.

Ibabao’s initiative was noticed by Board Member Mailah Ballesteros, who donated 100 more laminating films, motivating the family to work again.

On April 1, 2020, they sent out 100 pieces of DIY face shields to Far North Luzon General Hospital and other district hospitals.

A total of 188 DIY face shields have been made and sent together with art works of encouragement by Chandler and her family to the frontline workers in Apayao, a testament to the genuine hearts of people from all walks of life to share love and to help others regardless of their own circumstances.

“Masarap po kasi sa pakiramdam pag tumutulong po,” claimed Chzersty, who at age 10 learned the spirit of bayanihan amid the crisis.

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