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Teamwork between volunteers – an inspiration to Iliganons

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:5 PM | ARTICLE BY | Chloe Dela Cruz
Tzu Chi volunteer Teodulo Granada explains to the residents the importance of being calm and disciplined while waiting for their turn to claim the rice stub. Granada says one of Master Cheng Yen’s teachings is to be patient and understanding at all times. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】

Story Highlights

  • On January 31, the second day of rice stub distribution for the survivors of Tropical Storm Vinta and Tropical Depression Agaton in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Tzu Chi volunteers dispensed 5,468 stubs.
  • Locals volunteered to help in the distributions. They laud the discipline and systematic way Tzu Chi conducts its activities.  Some of them also expressed their wish to become Tzu Chi volunteers.

The second day of Tzu Chi Foundation’s rice stub distribution for Tropical Storm Vinta and Tropical Depression Agaton survivors in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte on January 31 saw Tzu Chi volunteers dispensing 5,573 stubs. The stub entitles the holder to a 20-kilo sack of Taiwan rice on February 3.

Activities like this require great manpower. Sacrifices have to be made and challenges are inevitable. But 20 Tzu Chi volunteers proved that teamwork, unity, understanding, and dedication complete a task, no matter how daunting it initially looks.

“From Manila to Iligan, we have not been able to sleep yet. We met at the Jing Si Hall in Quezon City at 12:00 midnight on January 30 then headed straight to the airport. From Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, we arrived in Iligan at 7am and got to work immediately,” shares Marikina Tzu Chi volunteer Teodulo Granada.

During the distributions, handling the crowd of beneficiaries was also no easy feat. However, Tzu Chi volunteers remained calm and positive.

“People are so eager to get their stubs to the point that they are pushing each other. We tell them not to push, curse, or get angry because that’s how we do things in Tzu Chi – organized and peaceful. They reflect on themselves and understood because we humbly talked to them,” says Granada.

Tzu Chi volunteer Nariza Gelazo received warnings from her friends when they found out she is joining the relief work in Iligan.

“My friends told me not to go because it’s dangerous. But why would I be scared if our goal is to help people? Also, people ask me ‘aren’t you tired?’ I answer them “tired but happy because if helping really comes from your heart, you wouldn’t mind a tiring day,” says Gelazo.

The stub distributions also gathered the support of the locals. More than 15 volunteers from Congressman Frederick Siao’s office assisted in the activities. One of them, Divina Turla, says they have been doing relief activities for years. Organizing one can get complicated. Although Tzu Chi volunteers only had little time to prepare, the stub distributions went well.

”We learned a lot of new strategies and ideas in events organization and management from the Tzu Chi volunteers. We also realized the importance of discipline in executing and finishing a task,” says Turla.

Narcisa Lindio volunteered to translate for the Tzu Chi volunteers. She received relief aid from Tzu Chi after Typhoon Sendong in 2011.

Lindio still remembers how Sendong stripped her family of their belongings. “But our burden was eased when Tzu Chi Foundation came with relief aid. Since then, I have not forgotten Tzu Chi Foundation. In fact, I still have the blanket they gave us several years ago,” says Lindio.

When Lindio found out that Tzu Chi will conduct a rice distribution in Iligan, she seized the opportunity to pay forward the help she had received.

Meanwhile, the harmony and the happiness she witnessed among the Tzu Chi volunteers is an inspiration to Norafe Esconal.

“After volunteering with Tzu Chi for two days, I realized I want to be part of this group like a certified Tzu Chi volunteer. Seeing the smiles of the people because of Tzu Chi inspires me. I also want to help and share this happiness to others. I am very much willing to attend seminars and training sessions to become a volunteer,” says Esconal.

Like Tzu Chi volunteers, you can #HelpTzuChiHelpOthers. Visit http://tzuchi.org.ph/how-to-help/donation/ to find out how.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:5 PM

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