Buddhist foundation extends relief assistance to flood victims

by Ruel B. Francisco, PIA, 1st of September 2013

CARMONA, Cavite, (Philippines) --  A total of 1,200 families affected by the southwest monsoon’s fury and tropical storm Maring received food packs and relief goods from a long time partner of the local government, the Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines.

The whole day relief operation was conducted last August 24 in two separate areas in Carmona namely, Barangay Bangkal covered court in the morning and in the afternoon at Hon. Marciano Mapanoo Park in-front of the municipal town hall.

The beneficiaries were identified through the joint verification of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office and the respective barangay captains; each of them received a 20-kg sack of Taiwan rice, a bag full grocery items, utensils and sleeping materials.

Cavite 5th District Representative Roy Loyola and his wife Mayor Dahlia Loyola were very grateful for the assistance given by the Tzu Chi Foundation and even stayed until the end of the activity.

Mayor Loyola was quoted in saying that "Indeed, Tzu Chiís support is really a big help. However, we cannot always rely on the government or other foundations to aid us whenever disasters strike. Thatís why I am also calling out to people to start changing their ways by starting in their own homes and community. We wish that more people would recycle and avoid building structures near waterways or creeks. This way we can prevent floods from happening at such a huge scale."

Cavite is one the hardest hit province by the fury of southwest monsoon wherein, more than 53,000 families were displaced in more or less 14 municipalities and cities especially in coastal areas.