When there are typhoons or floods, fire, earthquakes or other natural and man-made calamities, affected communities feel a common abysmal low, prompting these families to wallow in depression, thinking that no amount of will can uplift them from such fateful devastation set upon them. Fortunately, in time before this bleakness swallows their whole beings, corporations, institutions, schools and even individuals go out of their way to help those in need of immediate attention.
One such individual is Hagonoy, Bulacan Vice Mayor Rey Santos who, as a public servant, put his communities’ welfare first. Having experienced the wrath of Typhoons Pedring and Quiel in just one week, with no breathing space, families in several barangays in Hagonoy as well as Apalit in Pampanga make up a picture of despair. But with Vice Mayor Reyís strong will and quick thinking, he managed to alleviate the condition of his fellowmen without delay.
“When Pedring ang Quiel hit the country in Bulacan and Pampanga, my team and I assessed the situation of the barangays I look over. After this, and due to limited resources, we contacted private organizations who we can partner with in giving help to Hagonoy. One Meralco Foundation instantaneously responded to our request and we were able to provide relief goods to Barangays Carillo, San Pedro, Palapan and San Juan,” Vice Mayor Rey recounts. “I relied on my instinct and acted immediately to seek help from One Meralco because I know that it is organized, has the manpower to reach out to those who need help, and most importantly, acts on the dot during this kind of situations,” he continues.
The help provided by the Foundation proved to be of great assistance to the Hagonoy community as well as in Apalit in Pampanga, helping them get through the initial aftermath of the typhoon.
“During calamities, naaapektuhan ang mga trabaho ng aming mamamayan. Hindi sila nakakapangisda o nakakabiyahe sa kanilang tricycle. Kapag hindi kasi nakapagtrabaho ang isang tao dito sa Hagonoy ng dalawa o tatlong araw, apektado and kanilang kabuhayan so kailangan ma-sustain ang kanilang basic needs,” he shares. “Kaya malaki ang naging impact ng tulong na hatid ng One Meralco dahil sa mga panahong iyon, hindi na naging problema ng mga mamayan kung saan sila huhugot ng pambili ng kanilang makakain,” he continues.
What made the community of Hagonoy look forward to a better situation was not just the tangible assistance they received in the form of relief goods but the comforting presence of One Meralco Foundation during these bleak times.
“Tuwang tuwa ang mga mamayan at ang mga barangay officials dahil mismong mga miyembro ng One Meralco Foundation ang bumaba sa kanilang mga barangay. Sila po mismo ang personal na naghatid ng tulong sa mga kababayan namin dito sa Hagonoy. Hindi na kailangan ng mga mamayan mula sa mga malalayong barangay na maglakad ng malayo o lumusong sa baha para makakuha ng tulong dahil hinatid ng One Meralco ang tulong sa kanila,” says Vice Mayor Rey. “Lubos po kaming nagpapasalamat sa walang sawang pagtugon sa amin ng One Meralco Foundation,” he exclaims.