Bayanihan Spirit is Alive!

Volunteers from the DSWD, United Parcel Service (UPS) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) repack food and clothing packs for typhoon victims at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC). (Photos by the Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau)

 

Filipinos proved that Bayanihan  is alive and well in the Filipino psyche after the onslaught of typhoons ‘Ondoy’ and ‘Pepeng.’  This was shown by thousands of Filipinos who sent in their donations and heed the call of DSWD for volunteers.

Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau (SWIDB) Director Ma. Suzette Agcaoili said that more than 3,000 volunteers from more than 50 organizations rendered their services during the disaster relief operations of DSWD.

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Accenture Staff Volunteer At DSWD Warehouse

 


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that among the organizations that heeded its call for volunteers after the onslaught of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng,  Accenture fielded the most number of volunteers.

DSWD Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau Director Ma. Suzette Agcaoili said that 554 employees of Accenture helped in repacking relief goods  at the DSWD - National Resource Operations Center (NROC) warehouses in Pasay City during three consecutive Saturdays of November.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that among the organizations that heeded its call for volunteers after the onslaught of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng,  Accenture fielded the most number of volunteers.

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Happy to help others

 

Nineteen-year-old Samuel “Sam” Jamandre of Barangay Ingore, Lapaz, Iloilo City is an out-of-school youth and a member of the Disaster Response Reserved Unit (DRRU) of the Philippine Navy. He is happy to have rendered voluntary service for 20 days at the Disaster Relief Operation Center of DSWD Field Office VI in Molo, Iloilo City at the height of typhoon “Frank.”

There is a good feeling when I am able to help typhoon victims. While packing goods, I did not even notice that time has passed. I am happy to know that people have received the relief goods that we packed,” said Sam.

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Future Lawyer Shares Joys of Volunteerism

Like Sam, Ma. Aiza Joy Clarito, 23-year-old, a second year law student at Central Philippine University, Iloilo City, also stayed at the DSWD Operation Center for 20 days during disaster operations for victims of typhoon “Frank.”

With an undergraduate course of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, Aiza knows that what is happening now—the floods that have destroyed lives and properties in Panay—can be traced back to mankind’s neglect of his environment.  A member of the YMCA of Iloilo City Youth Volunteer Group, Aiza feels that it is her responsibility to help the less fortunate in her own little way--- that is by being a volunteer.

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DSWD LAUNCHES ONLINE REGISTRY OF VOLUNTEERS

In its effort to mobilize volunteers for disaster risk management and response, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched the Online Registry of Volunteers last January 23,2007 with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral in simple ceremonies with heads of various non-government organizations, members of the League of Corporate Foundations, civic groups, other organizations and individuals who are or who wish to volunteer their time, talent, and services for disaster operations.

 

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