The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) mobilized its entire workforce and group of volunteers in its relief operation activities for victims of typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” which greatly affected the entire Metro Manila in the last quarter of 2009.
Some 492 volunteers worked hard during the disaster operation activities in the field office and in Malacañang Palace that had opened an evacuation center to accommodate some of the victims of typhoon Ondoy from Quezon City and Marikina City.
Student volunteers from San Sebastian College Recoletos-Sebastenian Outreach Foundation, Inc. (SOFI) and Sebastian Trekkers Club voluntarily provided their services in repacking and distributing the relief goods to the affected families. It also offered its shuttle bus to transport the repacked goods to the affected barangays.
“We came here on our own. It feels good to help,” says Francis Rosan Gonzales, one of the student volunteers from San Sebastian College Recoletos.