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Last Day Survey

September 07, 2019 | Anna Geronimo

Residents and Tzu Chi members posed for a group picture after the clean-up drive at Purok 62.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

Story Highlights

  • 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.

  • The roads are now easily traversed thanks to the gravel path.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • Jesus M. Rodriguez, a participant who donated 100 Php to Tzu Chi insists he is only giving back a little of the help he received as gratitude to Tzu Chi. 【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • The newly appointed Tzu Chi volunteers of Barangay Talomo have a meeting to address what else needed to be done; like the school supplies and uniforms of the children.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • James Chua and Michael Siao do one last survey, and children greet them enthusiastically as they pass.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • A Tzu Chi Volunteer of Barangay Talomo makes her rounds around the village with paper in hand to take down measurements and notes of her neighbours who lost their children’s school supplies and uniforms to the flood.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • Firefighters hose from their fire-truck, to clear the basketball court and pavement from stubborn bits of mud that still cling to the roads.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • An employee of Leon Garcia Elementary School indicate how high the waters were and the damage done to the school.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • Jun Jovilio with another staff member of Leon Garcia Elementary School as they talk about what needs to be addressed for the school.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • The team witness for themselves what is left of one of the classrooms.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • The Tzu Chi team visit Purok 46-B San Vicente, Talomo and meet with its representatives to assess the affected families and damage.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】