D3810 Rotaract Clubs Ondoy Relief Efforts
October 1, 2009 - Rotaract clubs in District 3810 immediately responded to help the victims of tropical storm Ondoy with a drive to collect pledges of relief goods sent via SMS to all Rotaract Club Presidents. District Rotaract Chair Gabe Trias organized the "Sagip Ondoy" chaired by RDC Community Service Chair Karen Canimo as early as Saturday morning, Sept. 26th, calling all Rotaractors of the district to assist in the deployment of volunteers and collect goods to be distributed to relief centers around their area. District Governor Connie Beltran expressed her concerns to look into any problems of our own Rotaractors who may have suffered with the devastating effects of typhoon Ondoy.
Our own District Rotaract Representative Izel Guatno was stranded in Pasig when their house was engulfed with the extensive flooding in their area causing damage to all of their personal belongings. DRR Izel was later rescued and stayed with her brother in Makati City.
Rotaract Club of Cavite Metro headed by President Kim Ferrer had collected relief goods and food that were distributed in Siniguelasan, Habay and Digman in Bacoor, Cavite with their sponsoring Rotary Club of Cavite Metro headed by ViP Kerwin Ferrer (father of Pres. Kim.) Rotaract Club of Cavite Economic Zone led by Club Secretary Louise Jesoro & Club Service Director Arnold Luna and Rotaract Club of Bacoor led by President Karlo Ambagan later joined RAC Cavite Metro in preparing and distributing the food for the victims. RDC Cavite Area Representative Jenny Rosario and RDC Treasurer Ramil Modesto also joined the group.
Rotaract Club of University of Perpetual Help-Laguna headed by President Vincent Carlo Roman extended their support specially to their own community affected by the typhoon.
RAC Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science & Technology headed by President Chester Vincent Padernal called on his members to assist in the relief effort.
President Gayle Nadres of RAC UST Pharmacy Unit started a campaign to collect goods and volunteers.
RAC UST-AB Unit headed by President Angela Carla Ebite, initiated their members to help on the packing of relief goods at Balay Expo Center, Araneta Center Cubao, Justin Elizaga reports.
President Vic Atienza of RAC University District Manila, in spite of the harrowing experiences of 3 of his members in Rizal and Marikina, offered clothing, food and water they already have collected. He later received help from RAC Tres Escalon of a different district to locate his missing members. Later, they've collected 100 packs of goods with 1 kilo of rice, noodles, 1 liter of water and canned goods which were then distributed to affected residents in Angono, Rizal. The group went to Malacaņang on the 29th together with other Rotaract Clubs to assist in the relief efforts. On September 30th, they travelled to Sitio Pinagpala, Bgy. Kalayaan, Angono, Rizal to deliver and assist in the distribution of the relief goods they've collected. A total of 250 packs of relief goods were distributed but still not enough for the evacuees in Sitio Pinagpala!
RAC Manila President Tiffany Go pledged to come up with cash and kind. They have also gone to Citimotors, Makati to help out the District in packing some relief goods. Other members are also assisting the Phil. National Red Cross in relief operations. Currently, the club is working on relief goods collection (noodles, rice, water) for the benefit of 250 families in 4 barangays in Old Sta. Mesa area, which have not received any help for 4 days. Donations can be dropped at RC Manila Office at 543 Arquiza St., corner Grey St., Malate, Manila. The relief operations is planned on Oct. 3, Saturday, 9 a.m..
RAC Our Lady of Remedies led by President Jem dela Peņa volunteered at Citimotors, Makati City to help in the packing of the goods then went to ABS-CBN to deliver the goods to Pasig with the Sagip Kapamilya Team.
RAC Manila Bay represented by IPP Karen Canimo (RDC Community Service Chair) mobilized her club and pledged 25 kilos of rice, clothes, noodles, canned goods and manpower. RAC Manila Bay PP Dan Degala later received a pledge from the Adventist College of the Phils. in Silang, Cavite.
RAC San Marcelino led by President Jeanne Espino Garcia volunteered their services to pack the cooked riced to be delivered to ABS-CBN.
Newly chartered RAC Cavite State University-Trece Martirez Campus headed by Charter President Nechel Masajon pledged to donate cash and goods.
RAC Manila Metro led by Pres. Paolo Naive together with Tulong Bayan Voluntters has distributed 25,000 packs as of Sept. 29.
RAC Philippine College of Criminology (RAC PCCr) led by President Rhey Castillo is pledging donations of clothes, water, and other stuff that is needed. They will be having a donation drive on October 1 at PCCr lobby to be distributed to the affected areas.
RAC STI Makati led by President Romy Mejia will be having a relief operation for those who are affected by typhoon Ondoy asking for voluntary contributions of canned goods, noodles, water and rice. The club will be raising 100 sets for 100 families.
RAC De La Salle University led by Asst. Vice President Jan Michael "JM" Cuales has a project in Pasig asking for more contributions from other clubs: toiletries and detergent soaps anything they can offer. His contact numbers are: +639278253281 (Globe) or +639226622352 (Sun).
RAC Pasay Millenium led by President Jolo Hilario has collected used clothes to be distributed on Oct. 3 according to RDC Area Representative Michael Labarda, IPP of RAC Pasay Millenium.
Some of our Rotaractors also went to the relief center in Gilas, QC. 500 packs have been distributed as of Sept. 29 to Bagong Silangan, QC. 1000 packs will be distributed to Cainta and Montalban.
RAC PUP-Maragondon Campus led by President Devie Jane Montalban initiated a feeding program dubbed as "Kusina ng Rotaract" with a booth in their school for the students to donate for the victims of this disastrous typhoon.
These are only the few of the news and commitments we have received from the Rotaractors of District 3810 but we're sure that there are more clubs who have contributed their part in helping the unfortunate victims of the typhoon.
We congratulate and thank all those that have contributed in one way or another in providing relief to typhoon Ondoy victims.
This effort again shows how Rotaractors work together for the benefit of the needy specially in times like this. Let's hear from you!
DCHR Gabe Trias
District Rotaract Chair