United Manila Relief Operations

August 11, 2012

by AS Badette Punzalan

When Metro Manila was hit by a heavy rains and floods brought about by southwest monsoon or “Habagat” last August 7, 2012, our District Governor Maeng Mercado personally shed out from his pocket a sizeable amount of funds to launch the District 3810 Relief Operations. 

For the Manila Area Operation, Senior Deputy Governor John Ang disseminated the information among Peace Builder Presidents. He volunteered his place in Cubao as drop-off area of relief goods. The generosity of Rotarians and their spirit of kindness and love for our fellowmen poured with the continuous influx  of donations and funds. From the Manila Area district Officers, we are truly grateful and proud to be a Rotarian.

To kick-off the Manila Area Relief Operations, Sdg John and Manila Area Peace Builder Presidents conducted a feeding project at the poor community living under the bridge of Brgy. Solis, Antipolo, Tondo, Manila last August 9, Thursday. There were around five big cookwares of hot chicken arroz caldo consumed by a total number of 500 plus children.

Special mention to the Peace Builder Presidents, Rotarians, Rotaractors and other volunteers who helped in the feeding project.

  1. SDG John Ang

  2. PbP Rod Lacsamana of RC Jose Abad Santos

  3. PbP Melchor Go of RC Bagumbayan Manila

  4. PbP Beth Legado of RC Remedios Circle (with Spouse Rtn. Nelson Legado)

  5. PbP Nelia Seril of RC Manila San Miguel

  6. PbP Domarie Suniga of RC San Marcelino (with Rotaractors and 2 Volunteers)

  7. PbP Marci Bautista of RC Sta. Ana

  8. PbP Marivel Tui of RC Sta. Mesa

  9. PbP Mary Yeung of RC Manila Taft

Right after the successful feeding program, SDG John announced the REPACKING OF RELIEF GOODS as scheduled on the 10th of August, Friday. The next day, the repacking of relief goods started around 1pm and lasted until 6:30pm. At first, looking at the big task of repacking the goods, we thought it wouldn’t be possible to finish it in a day but due to the people who went and volunteered with us and the atmosphere of camaraderie, the whole repacking seems to be light. The joy of helping our kababayans won over the fatigue and the task appeared to be light seeing the kindness around. PbP Charlemagne of RC Manila Magic also elicited the help of Rotaractors in the repacking of goods. The UNTV news crew was able to document the relief courtesy of the interview with Sdg Nito Siasat. Thanks to:

  1. SDG John Ang

  2. PbP Obet Pagdanganan and spouse Susan (RC Manila)

  3. PbP Beth Legado and spouse Rtn. Nelson Legado (RC  Remedios Circle)

  4. PbP Marlene Lantin (RC Tondo)

  5. PbP Gigi Altamirano (RC Manila Kalaw)

  6. PbP Domarie Suńiga (RC San Marcelino with 2 volunteeers)

  7. PbP Marci Bautista (RC Manila Sta. Ana)

  8. PbP Marivel Tu (RC Sta. Mesa Manila)

  9. PbP Mary Yeung (RC Manila Taft)

  10. Rotaractors from different Rotaract Clubs

Last  Saturday, August 11, the first itinerary of the distribution of relief goods is at Brgy Antipolo, Tondo Manila with around 550 recipients and the second site is at Brgy 105, Happy Land Magsaysay covered court, an evacuation area in Tondo Manila. The relief distribution started at 1 pm and ended at 7pm.

Governor Maeng was well informed about these activities and with his moral support, everyone who volunteered gave their selfless service I on behalf of Sdg John and other officers truly thank all those who volunteered from Peace Builder Presidenst, Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, Volunteers, Barangay Officials, DSWD, Office of the Manila Mayor...

  1. PbP Rose Lim with RC Chinatown Manila Members

  2. PbP Ben Glory (RC Manila Centennial)

  3. PbP Arlene Velez with RC Manila Midtown Members

  4. RC Manuel Roxas Manila Members

  5. PbP Rod Lacsamana with RC Jose Abad Santos Members

  6. PbP Philip Kimpo (RC Mabini Manila)

  7. PbP Gigi Altamirano with RC Manila Kalaw Members

  8. PbP Nelia Seril (RC Manila San Miguel)

  9. PbP Marlene Lantin (RC Tondo)

  10. PbP Beth Legado  with RC Remedios Circle Members

  11. PbP Domarie Suńiga with RC San Marcelino Members

  12. PbP Marci Bautista (RC Sta.Ana)

  13. PbP Pankoy Santaromana with RC Manila Bay Members

  14. PbP Marivel Tu (RC Sta. Mesa Manila)

  15. PbP Ming Atienza (RC Hiyas ng Maynila)

  16. Rotaract Club of Manila

  17. Rotaract Club of Chinatown

  18. Different Rotaract Clubs from Manila Area


According to SDG John, the excess funds and goods collected and other donations will be for the next district relief operations to be announced by District Governor Maeng.

Please forgive me if ever i failed to mention anyone who were present in the relief operations, rest assured your efforts are not in vain and truly you will be rewarded by God.  To God be the Glory...


Thank you all.... 

AS Badette