Love and Compassion beyond Boundaries

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Contributed by Elvie Manalansan

Date: August 27, 2018Posted by: Marionette Martinez

Once again, St. Paul University Manila expressed its kindness and concern for other people, especially those who have been severely affected by massive flooding.

On 22 July 2018, Metro Manila and neighboring provinces in Southern and Central Luzon were submerged in three to six feet floodwaters brought about by monsoon rains and Tropical Depression Josie. Aside from these areas, Regions I, VI, and CAR also suffered. Relief efforts were initiated by various welfare agencies; however, their resources dwindled so fast due to the extensive damage caused by the said weather disturbances. (GMA Balitanghali, 23 July 2018)

The Community Development Center spearheaded a relief campaign for Bataan to augment their supplies. While the campaign was going on, another flooding incident happened on 11 August 2018, this time affecting the eastern borders of Metro Manila, including Marikina and other areas in Rizal.

Sr. Evangeline Anastacio, SPC, University President, initiated another campaign addressed to SPU Manila employees, students, and alumni. Through the help of social media, relief goods and cash donations were made available in a very short span of time. Sorting and repacking of goods were facilitated by the CDC staff, NSTP students, FAMASS and maintenance staff, and volunteers from the Social Participation Advocacy.

On 17 August 2018, loads of assorted relief goods, which occupied almost half of a 54-seater bus were turned over to Fr. Bienvenido Miguel, Social Action Director of the Diocese of Antipolo and Parish Priest of St. Francis Xavier in Bgy. Mayamot, Antipolo City. Fr. Bien initially declared that about 800 families in Nangka, Marikina through the parish of San Isidro Labrador, will benefit from the said goods but he would consider other parishes, which also expressed need for support.

The following relief items were turned over to Fr. Bien: 5 boxes Assorted Canned Goods (725 tins);2 boxes Assorted Biscuits (425 pcs); 1 pack Bread Pan (50 pcs); 4 boxes 3-in-1 Coffee (1,047 sachets)/Assorted Drinks and Cereals (130 sachets); 11  boxes Assorted Instant Noodles (1,187 single packs); 7 boxes Assorted Cup Noodles (264 cups); 15 boxes Bottled Water 350ml (529 bottles); 5 packs Bottled Water 250ml (120 bottles); 1 plastic bag Assorted Bottled Water 500ml (11 bottles)/350 ml (3 bottles); 20  boxes Assorted Used Clothes; 11 black bags Used Bed Linens (Bed sheets, Pillow Cases and Blankets). 

Meanwhile, Bgy. Pulo, a small community in Hermosa, Bataan, where farming is the main source of living, also received help from SPU Manila. A total of 130 packs of relief goods were distributed on 18 August 2018. The activity was well supported by Bgy. Chairman Rene Santos and some of his council members.

Despite all the hassles, the CDC volunteers involved in these relief operation activities experienced self-fulfilling moments in their lives for they became instruments of God’s love and compassion for people in distressed situations that are somehow indescribable.