The last day of the Manila Tzu Chi team had a small gathering after a quick survey of what else needed to be done before leaving.
The last day of Tzu Chi Manila team in Davao had them visit Purok 62 Barangay Talomo one last time before heading home later in the day.
It started with a meeting with the new Tzu Chi volunteers from the Barangay with Michael Siao and Deputy CEO James Chua about what else needs to be addressed. They talked about how some of the residents still need help with their housing but most needed help with their children’s school materials as school will start soon. After talking about the logistics, the Tzu Chi volunteers go around their purok to gather names of the children and to measure them for their school uniforms as the Tzu Chi team make one last short round.
Jesus M. Rodriguez, one of the clean-up drive’s participants who handed a 100 php bill to the team the day before in gratitude says, “I’m returning a little of what I have received from you.”
Richard Cerna, a concerned father said, “We lost everything. The only thing we have left are a few clothes. No problem with food but we need school supplies for the children and materials for our house.”
Before noon, a volunteer fire truck came and hosed down the basketball court of the more persistent mud and later will do so for the rest of the other streets in the area.
The Tzu Chi team visit Purok 46-B San Vicente, Talomo again to check how they could help the area that has also been affected.
Their last stop was at the Leon Garcia Elementary School where they were given a quick tour to assess the damage done and how Tzu Chi could help the children and teachers of the school get back up again.
Then the Tzu Chi team headed to the airport and said goodbye to Davao for now.