Altas coach Acaylar distributes drinking water, meals to frontliners
Mark Escarlote on Apr 02, 2020 06:55 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
In his own little way, University of Perpetual Help men’s volleyball head coach Sammy Acaylar is extending help for frontliners amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Acaylar is distributing drinking water and meals for frontliners manning the checkpoints in Las Pinas City while the whole of Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
The multi-titled mentor, who owns a water refilling station, shares that although his sales dropped because of the strict implementation of the city's lockdown, he just can’t ignore the plight of enforcers doing their work under the scorching heat of the sun.
“Nakita ng katiwala kong lalaki at babae na nasa initan ‘yung mga frontliners na enforcer na wala man lang tubig kahit tanghali. ‘Yung katiwala ko nagsabi sa akin, ‘Na Coach Sam kawawa mga frontliners wala man lang mainom.’ Sabi ko, ‘Sige para makatulong tayo kahit konti lang sales bigyan mo ng tubig araw-araw para naman may pantawid uhaw,’” said Acaylar.
Aside from providing water dispensers and everyday water refills, the former national team head coach and his staff also cook and prepare merienda for frontliners.
“Nagpapasalamat sila at may nakapansin kasi wala raw silaang tubig at gutom sila lagi,” said Acaylar. “Kaya napag-isipan namin na bigyan sila ng sopas pang merienda.”
“Parang ‘yung puso namin ay mabiyak kasi ‘yung tulong na kahit tubig lang at sopas ay pinagpasalamat nila. Ako sa konting tulong na share ko sa kanila buong puso ko itong dadalhin kasi natulungan ko sila. Kaya nga sabi ko tuloy-tuloy ang tubig at next week pansit naman,” added the Altas mentor.
According to Acaylar, who is also Perpetual’s athletic director, this is his small contribution to frontliners risking their own safety to help curb the spread of the deadly virus and his way of giving back for the blessings he has received.
“[Pagbalik] sa blessings na ibinigay ni Lord sa akin sa pag-train at pag-coach ng volleyball at pinag-champion Niya ako,” said Acaylar, whose Altas remain as back-to-back NCAA champions after the cancellation of Season 95 last month because of the contagion.