Monday, December 6, 2021

spirit of bayanihan

Relief Operation to the Place of Oragon

The spirit of Bayanihan is truly a Filipino custom, it’s our identity passed down to generations. During times of disaster, we Filipinos are there to help others for we know how it is to be helpless. The recent Typhoon (Rolly) which hit the Bicol Province brought devastations to the lives and properties of Bicolanos, adding burden to the current pandemic situation.

The BJMP Regional Office VIII personnel thru JSSUPT FELLY ATIENZA-CEBUMA, Regional Director of the Jail Bureau, heard the calling for humanitarian aid to the Bicolanos visiting the Municipality of Tiwi, Albay last November 09, 2020. Hon. Mayor Jaime C Villanueva received the team and the relief operation was held at the front of the Municipal Hall. Given to the recipients are food packs such as rice, canned and other essential goods that will help them in their food needs. We were received by the locals with smiles like they were not affected by the typhoon, a typical Filipino resilience inculcated in our way of dealing with disasters. Seeing them with hopes lifts the heart and truly a priceless experience in activities like this. I asked one of the victims there, “Nawalan po ako ng bahay, kaya malaki pasasalamat ko sa ganitong tulong ninyo sir” she said. A simple gesture of gratitude really gave me goosebumps, that there’s no small in sharing. I too felt that way when we were receiving aid brought by the Typhoon Yolanda. Every help counts and truly I felt the same way with the lady I had short talk with

While we were unloading the goods for distribution, I just noticed their eagerness and candid smiles despite their current situation, being devastated by typhoon is a huge stress one cannot simply ignore. Simply they waited a long queue and we were glad to give them joy for the day.

The next day we visited the BJMP Regional Office V and we were received by J/SSUPT FELIXBERTO S JAGORIN JR, Regional Director of the Jail Bureau. He then told us different experiences as he dealt with the pandemic and the recent typhoons encountered by jail units. Known for his generosity, he had innovations and aid given to needing jail units to his outlay. A noted gesture of Sir Jagorin, for we knew him as our previous RD. J/SSUPT CEBUMA then gave financial assistance and sacks of rice to alleviate and augment help needed by the said office.

The relief operation was truly a notable experience, seeing the victims first hand was a nostalgic moment, a flashback of our ordeals with Typhoon Yolanda. Hoping that Bicolanos resilience be a ray of light and be their strength amid life’s hitches.

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