After Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the residents of Ormoc learned to be more conscious about caring for the environment. From the Tzu Chi Great Love Village, the practice of recycling extended to the entire City. With Mayor Richard Gomez officially adapting the program, Tzu Chi volunteers enthusiastically educated more citizens to engage in proper waste management, encouraging more individuals to become earth savers.
Many of the residents of Iligan City live in the mountains, making a living through coconut and corn farming. Access to rice is difficult for them. Life became more challenging after Tropical Storms Vinta (Tembin) and Agaton (Bolaven) struck, leaving several barangays devastated. At a recent relief activity, Tzu Chi Foundation distributed 20 kilos of rice to each family. The beneficiaries numbered to thousands, all grateful for the rare opportunity to enjoy a complete meal.
Many times, Ormoc City was a recipient of Taiwan's help -- in 2013 when Super Typhoon Yolanda struck, in July 2017 when a magnitude 6.5-earthquake hit and in December 2017 when Tropical Storm Urduja inundated the city. On February 6, 2018, the east coast of Taiwan where Tzu Chi Foundation originated was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake. Residents of Ormoc found a chance to pay forward.
Consecutively struck by Tropical Storms Vinta and Agaton, residents of Iligan City in Lanao del Norte reels from the calamity. Tzu Chi rallies to their aid, bringing hope and kindling the spirit of volunteerism among the survivors.
Master Cheng Yen believes that the hope of the society lies on the children and the hope of these children lies in education. But in Ormoc, children have to cross a creek to get to school. Tzu Chi volunteers mobilized to connect these children closer to their dreams.
On December 26, 2017, Tzu Chi volunteers went to Marawi City to coordinate with the city officials and visit potential sites for its temporary housing project. Tzu Chi Foundation plans to build about 400 prefabricated shelters for the families displaced by the war in Marawi City. Upon visiting Marawi City’s ground zero, Tzu Chi volunteers agree that unity and pooling everyone’s goodness can help Marawi recover. Tzu Chi Foundation assures that they will do their best to contribute in the recovery of Marawi and its people.
Tzu Chi was built on funds collected in a bamboo coin bank. The foundation’s humble beginnings is a reminder that no contribution is too small to create a great impact. Every peso you donate will make a difference. Just the amount you spend on a cup of coffee will go a long way.
You may bring your donation to Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines’s offices at 76 Cordillera cor. Agno Sts. Brgy Doña Josefa, Quezon City
You may send your donations through Bank Deposit or wire transfer. Details as follows:
Deposit to METROBANK, Del Monte Branch
Account Name: Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines
Account Number: 163-3-16307190-9
Note: Please fax the deposit slip to the Tzu Chi office.
Fax Number: 02-7320001 loc 213.
Please call the Tzu Chi office to verify the fax transmission of the deposit slip.