Bayanihan is much alive!

Who would have thought that despite our current situation where the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has temporarily stopped and changed the way we live, it would also be an avenue to unite people together, and flaunt utmost generosity and selflessness.

Just like these La Union locals led by an event organizer who helped 89 stranded construction workers as an effect of the community quarantine in the province.

Some of the locals whose professions are event organizers, make-up artists, nurses, teachers, and a lawyer have chipped-in and spent their valuable time to make the endeavor possible.

“Our hearts will not be full if we see other people in really unwanted situations, most especially those who cannot do anything because they have nothing,” said Dianne Flores, owner and managing director of MD Productions, a local events management business.

At first, she and her production team solely provided for their meals but due to the kind hearts of those people who knew what she did, some of them helped to look for sponsors so that they can continue the support.

Further, they even contacted government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) La Union – San Fernando City Chapter to check on the workers.

“We have supplied them with enough food, noodles, bread, and drinks like water and milk for weeks, and have their health checked with the support of PRC,” Flores added.

Aside from providing meals, the team also coordinated with DSWD to ferry Armstrong Botalon back to his family in Bicol province.

Botalon suffered from back injuries due to his attempt to end his life by jumping off a tree because of depression.

Behind the efforts in assisting the individuals were: Rex Vitales, Doc Yari Andaya, Mark Anthony Inocencio, Chris April Tamaken, Mark Samonte, Melody Maloyo, Gabrielle Custodio, Paulifer Ramos, Rozanne Victoria Villamin, Kathleen Ipac, Ridam Ping-ay, Aldrin Puruganan, Carl Pagayonan, Nilo Javonitalla, and Patrick Prepose.

Flores said that she continues to visit the workers during her free time to check on their situation.

“Only through bringing our energies together to benefit our fellow Filipinos that we would be able to appreciate what our purpose in life is, and that is to share God’s blessings even in small ways,” she ended. (Anne Hazel Fajardo-Flores, PIA Region 1)