RMC-NSTP participates in Second Wave of Relief Operations for Typhoon Odette Victims
The Rizal Memorial Colleges, Inc., National Service Training Program (NSTP) under the domain Community Welfare Training Services (CWTS) participated once more in the second wave of relief operation in Surigao Del Norte.
This second wave of relief operation was participated by the following organizations: Assumption College of Davao under Community Extension Services (ACD-CES), Sisters Association of Mindanao ( SAMIN), National Service Training Program in Region XI (ANIR XI), Bulig Alang sa Mindanao( BALSA) and The Rizal Memorial Colleges, Inc. under National Service Training Program ( RMC-NSTP).
The mission was to distribute the 3,600 pieces of GI sheets, umbrella nails, and 300 food packs with 7 kilos of rice, dried fish and mongos, 80 sets school supplies and drawing books, and biscuits and candies for the children of Brgy. Zaragosa.
On their first day of operations, February 10, 2022, the volunteers arrived in Surigao Del Norte at 3:00 PM. They personally turned over and distributed the GI sheets, umbrella nails and food packs at Brgy Timamana ,Tubod, Brgy Sison San Pedro Poblacion, Mayag, Tagbayani, Payaw, and Brgy Luna, all in Surigao del Norte.
On their second day, they boarded the chartered banca to Brgy. Zaragosa, an island that is also part of Surigao Del Norte.
Leaving the town docks at 9:00 a.m., they had an early morning view of a slightly turbulent sea. They did not expect that the trip would take one and a half hours with the raging sea waves that got everyone in the banca wet.
When the volunteers arrived at the island, barangay officials and the parish priest welcomed them. A short program followed including the activity for psychosocial intervention (PSI). Adults and children were divided into groups. Each one was asked to retell their experience of typhoon Odette. They were asked to identify what struck and moved them. Some of them also identified what they needed (seedlings) in order to recover and start over again from the disaster. After the PSI, the volunteers distributed the drawing books, school supplies and biscuits to the children, who were all very well-behaved and very grateful for the kindness they had received.
The volunteers left Brgy. Zaragosa at exactly 2:00 PM, leaving their heartfelt promise that they would continue to support and help the typhoon victims.
RMC NSTP Coordinator Cristina C. Ariate would like to express her sincerest thanks to the support of Dr. Annbeth Calla, CAS-Ed Dean, Prof. Liliosa P. Moneva, and Prof. Ray Mondejar. Through their support, the RMC-NSTP and the rest of the volunteers were able to accomplish their mission and continue working towards their commitment to community service.