In recognition of Tzu Chi’s humanistic and compassionate efforts, the City Council of Marikina passed an ordinance to signify the formal renaming of Barangay Fortune’s Azucena Street to Tzu Chi Street in Marikina City.
Ordinance No. 27 series of 2012 reflects the street’s new name and was approved last May 9.
A simple ceremony was held in front of Tzu Chi Marikina Educational Recycling Center (TCMERC)’s gate on May 13. The ceremony was graced by Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines chief executive officer (CEO) Alfredo Li, ordinance’s sponsor Councilor Serafin Bernardino, Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz, Barangay Chairwoman Rizalina Teope, Tzu Chi volunteers, and several Barangay Fortune residents.
Councilor Bernardino read the ordinance before the placement of Tzu Chi Street’s placard.
The ceremony officially recognized the newly-named Tzu Chi Street with Barangay Captain Teope removing the placard of Azucena Street and Vice Mayor Cadiz putting the Tzu Chi Street sign in its replacement.
The ordinance’s author, Councilor Bernardino, said that, “This is our simple way of showing our gratitude towards Tzu Chi for helping us during the wrath of Ondoy (international codename: Ketsana)”.
“It is not easy to rename a street because it takes several months before it is approved and we (the authors) need to defend our proposed ordinance,” he said.
The ordinance was approved six months after the ordinance was submitted for proposal and evaluation.
Bernardino added that even after typhoon Ondoy, Tzu Chi continued to help Marikina through its cash-for-work program and recycling initiatives. Tzu Chi also assisted the educational needs of many Marikina youth through the foundation’s educational assistance program.
In return, Li said that renaming Azucena Street to Tzu Chi Street is something very important for the organization. “This is not only Tzu Chi Philippines’ honor but most especially to our founder, Master Cheng Yen.”
With this, Li expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to all city officials who supported the ordinance.
The ceremony took place from 9am to 10am.
Ordinance No. 27 series of 2012, officially renames Azucena Street as Tzu Chi Street. The ordinance’s author, councilor Serafin Bernardino, reads the ordinance to the guests which includes some Tzu Chi volunteers led by its chief executive officer (CEO) Alfredo Li. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
Councilor Serafin Bernardino along with Tzu Chi CEO Alfredo Li and Marikina Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz pose for a souvenir photo before putting the street’s new sign. Bernardino relates that renaming the street in Tzu Chi’s name is a sign of appreciation for the foundation’s continuous help to Marikina City. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
Marikina City officials along with some Barangay Fortune residents, ceremoniously walk with the new street sign bearing Tzu Chi’s name. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
Barangay Chairwoman Rizalina Teope removes the Azucena Street sign in front of Tzu Chi Marikina Educational Recycling Center.【Photo by Heng Choun Lee】
Tzu Chi CEO Alfredo Li gives his sincerest thanks and appreciation to the officials who initiated the ordinance and also to guests who attended the ceremony. Li said that this simple event is an honor not only for Tzu Chi Philippines but to Tzu Chi founder Master Cheng Yen as well. 【Photo by Heng Choun Lee】
After the new street tag was placed, Tzu Chi volunteers, Barangay Fortune officials and residents cheer in unison, “Welcome to Tzu Chi Street in Marikina”.【Photo by Heng Choun Lee】