A Buddhist foundation whose name literally means “compassionate relief” last week gave something to cheer about to 1,007 Catandunganons whose houses were totally damaged by typhoon Nina in the towns of San Andres, San Miguel, Baras and Bato.
At the Virac Sports Center last Jan. 5, the Tzu-Chi Foundation distributed coupons worth P5,000.00 to recipients who will now have a chance to rebuild their shattered homes.
A survey conducted by foundation officials with the help of the provincial government made them decide to give the amount for construction materials as immediately needed by the affected families.
During their two-day stay in the island, the provincial government led by Gov. Joseph Cua assisted them in conducting the survey and ocular inspection of the damages in the four towns and also coordinated with the municipal mayors and barangay officials in distributing the coupons.
James Chua, one of the deputy chief executive officers of the foundation, told recipients that they wanted to go to Catanduanes right after the onslaught of typhoon Nina to immediately respond to the needs of victims but the cancellation of their flight caused a slight delay in their mission.
Gov. Cua was proud to highlight the resiliency of Catandunganons, who left evacuation centers right after the winds subsided to go back to their villages and start rebuilding their homes.
The CCC commissioner who accompanied Chua and other Tzu-Chi officials shared her sentiment and hope that the island-province will be one of the catalysts in caring for Mother Earth.
Tzu- Chi, an international humanitarian organization and a non-governmental organization is committed to hastily respond to the needs of those people hit by typhoons and other disasters, immediately responded to the “Yolanda” tragedy in the Visayas in 2013.
Founded 50 years ago by Buddhist nun Master Cheng Yen in Hualien City, Taiwan in 1966, the foundation has volunteer groups in 52 countries that solicit donations to fund their humanitarian operations. According to the foundation, donations can be done not only by the rich people but also with those who has less in life. (Gidoemaly Romero/PIMO)