ORMOC CITY -- Tzu Chi Foundation from Taiwan chose to give cash that was directly handed over to beneficiaries by their volunteers after knowing that most of the assistance given to the typhoon victims in this city was “in kind.”
Brother Alfredo Li of Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines said nearly P17.4 million was handed over to the beneficiaries from out of the P100 million that was allotted for Ormoc City alone.
Members of the Ormoc City Police and the Ormoc Rescue Unit and the 1,157 regular and casual City Government employees each received P15,000.
Some 10,000 displaced families identified by the village officials were given P8,000 to P15,000 per family to aid them rebuild a new home.
Li added that they appreciated the city government employees who work to serve typhoon victims even if they were victims themselves. Thus, he said that the foundation decided “to serve the people who served.”
Tzu Chi is a Buddhist foundation but the volunteers made it clear that they came to bring love for the victims and had no religious links. Tzu Chi stands for compassion and relief, they said.
It also offered P500 per day cash-for-work in Tacloban City to help clean the city and to promote the value of work.
The foundation settled on cash after they found out that no supplier could provide them the bulk of items they needed for the typhoon victims.
Li said that business cycle in the city is prompted to move as he expressed hope for the businesses to stabilize the earliest time.
Mayor Edward C. Codilla deeply thanked the foundation for the big help to the city. He then requested the city employees to spend the money wisely and never use in gambling or in drinking session.
Seeing the Buddhists’ humble and sincere intentions of helping the needy, Ormoc City first lady Violeta Codilla was prompted to contribute an amount and even applied to become a member of Tzu Chi, Li said. (PNA)