574 families from barangays Villa Maria, Inararo and Diaz in Porac, Pampanga received cash assistance along with other relief items during the relief distribution last May 10, 2019.
To relieve the sufferings of the victims of the April 22 earthquake that hit several parts of Luzon, Tzu Chi Foundation gave cash assistance along with other relief items to 574 families from three barangays in Porac, Pampanga.
Barangays Villa Maria, Inararo and Diaz received cash assistance, eco-friendly blankets from Taiwan, mats and pots and a 10-kg sack of rice that they can use in their everyday lives. “What we’re giving is cash. For families of 1-4 [persons], P3,000. For 5 and above, P5,000 cash.” said Tzu Chi volunteer Jimmy Chua.
Municipal administrator Ronnel dela Cruz said that the cash assistance, especially to the indigenous people is a big help. Cash assistance can go a long way for them to purchase other necessities.
“This is a good start for them, and even more so when it’s explained very well. What I liked is that it was explained well to them that the money they were given are earned through hard work and from the heart.” he added.
Lisa Garcia, resident of Barangay Diaz and a mother of three said that she felt loved upon receiving blessings from other people. She said that she can use the cash to buy clothings for her children and a chest to secure their belongings.
It’s a good feeling to receive even if didn’t expect this. And when you know that this giving is from their hearts, you felt so important.” she added.
Barangay Captain Juanito dela Cruz said that the relief they received from the foundation will help a lot. “I’m really thankful for everyone who has a good heart in helping us.”
Myrna Sese, whose house was severely damaged by the earthquake, was in tears when she received the cash assistance. “[I felt] the presence of the Lord, and your sincere help to us.”
Myrna plans to use the money for food and repair of their damaged house. “I am grateful that we are given because this is the first time that we are given this kind of amount.”
Volunteer Pansy Ho was very sympathetic of Myrna, she embraced her after giving her the cash. Pansy said that she is happy but sad at the same time. “It was very painful when I saw her crying.”
Pansy Ho along with six other local volunteers from Pampanga joined 56 volunteers from Metro Manila in the relief mission. Living in Angeles, Pampanga, Pansy Ho and her family also experienced the earthquake. But compared to the damages in her home, the people from Porac suffered more.
“There are little damages in my home comparing to them. Some of their houses are not livable anymore.” she added.
Peter Munoz, who’s partially blind and has to rely on crutches in order to walk, crawled out of their house to save his life during the earthquake. Now, they have to stay outside their house because it is unsafe for their family of six.
Mercy Munoz, Peter’s wife, said that they could use the blanket and the pots everyday use. The cash, however, will be use to rebuild their house. “We can build a small [house] where we can sleep.”
Volunteer Jimmy Chua also hopes that they could help the residents, especially of Diaz, in starting anew. Everyone in the barangay fled their homes after the earthquake damaged nearly every house and created a landslide. The barangay sought temporary shelter in a private land in Barangay Babo Pangulo.
“Hopefully they would be relocated in a different area and by that time, we hope that we can help them. Maybe we can come back and make assessment later on what we can do to help them.”