The continuous heavy rain was experienced in Region IX which resulted to flooding incident in some areas. The cause is due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)which affected the barangays of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.
Around 7,646 families were affected, and some fled to designated evacuation centers. Properties were also damaged. One community, in particular, that was profoundly affected is our Badjao brothers residing in the town of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte. Their houses were destroyed by the flood and strong winds. They are now under the refuge of Brgy. Gil Sanchez covered court. Knowing that the Badjaos are in dire need of help, some volunteers decided to conduct feeding programs and collected used clothes for the purpose of donation.
The feeding activity is organized by locals who took the initiative to help and is not sponsored by the government. One particular active volunteer is the Ferrer College Batch 1999.
Our batch continuously conducting a feeding program and donating clothes and mattresses to make their temporary stay comfortable. Aside from clothing and food, the Badjaos also need cash donations which may help them to rebuild their home and a fresh start in rebuilding their lives.
We are accompanied by the PNP on our first day and 42nd Infantry Battalion on the second day of our activity. Their presence is for security purposes and to help on keeping the evacuees in line during the feeding activity.
We successfully rendered our voluntary service gathering used clothes and even collected eight sacks of slippers (courtesy to our batchmate John Melgre Catalbas) to be distributed. No words yet from the local government if the refugees will be given assistance for them to be able to return to their community. A random act of kindness goes a long way.
Just like the quote from Aesop, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”