CIVIC groups are now assisting the government in alleviating the hassles experienced by locally stranded individuals (LSIs) at a holding facility in Cagayan de Oro City.
The spacious gym at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) - known within the campus as the Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras Memorial Hall - has been transformed as a drop zone for LSIs coming from Laguindingan airport and the Port of Cagayan de Oro where local government units (LGUs) from all over including as far as Digos City would fetch them home.
The phenomenal influx of arriving LSIs was attributed to Cagayan de Oro being the gateway to Mindanao for passengers from virus-hit Luzon and Visayas.
Thus, PPA Port of Cagayan de Oro manager Isidro Butaslac Jr. conceived a plan along with the USTP management for DRERM Hall to be transformed into a holding facility.
Butaslac then rallied fellow Rotarians to redirect their civic-mindedness to help the LSIs.
Since June 12, the mother Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro has distributed 900 food packs to the LSIs.
"We also provided 10 gallons of purified drinking water which will be replenished when they are all consumed. We have coordinated with Pepsi Cola Philippines Cag de Oro Plant under GM Bob Flores for the installation of a dispenser for Lipton Ice Tea and Gatorade for the LSIs free consumption," remarked RC Cagayan de Oro past president and project director Cris Parojinog. "Del Monte Philippines also assisted us with pack fruit cocktails for our LSIs."
Mindanao’s biggest club, also recognized as The Mother Club, was organized on April 22, 1948. From a small group 17 charter members, it has constantly grown over the years.
The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro is made up of distinguished professionals, business and community leaders who share the common passion of serving the community selflessly. It is a non-religious, culturally diverse and non-political club that strives to promote equality and high ethical standards among men through project and activities that cater to various sectors of society advocating the importance of education, health improvement, and poverty alleviation are prioritized and regularly carried out by the club and its members.
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