YOUNG STUDENTS from the University of Sto Tomas assist the Army soldiers in distributing relief goods in Tinajeros village on August 26. (Photo by Carlo Carpio Claudio)
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City--Sixteen student volunteers from the University of Santo Tomas came to help in distributing relief goods to a flood stricken village in Malabon City at 11:30am on Monday (Aug 26).
Lt Col Harold Cabunoc, the Commander of the 7th Civil Relations Group of the AFP, said that the students preferred to help the flood victims than flocking to Luneta for the mass protests against PDAF.
He said that he was elated by the overwhelming support shown by the young students who spent their holiday with the soldiers in order to distribute relief goods in a flood-affected Tinajeros village.
"Exposing the youth in community outreach activities is the best way to develop their love for their fellowmen. These young students are our new breed of heroes ," said Cabunoc.
Kerwin Victor Agcaoili, 18, is one of the student volunteers. He said that humanitarian work is better than staging protest rallies.
"This our humble way of showcasing the heroism expected from every Filipino during natural calamities. This is Bayanihan in action," said Agcaoili, an AB Behavioral Science junior student.
At least 250 families flocked to the village hall in Tinajeros to receive packed items that were provided by ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya.
Included in the relief goods were food provisions that could sustain a family of 5 people for at least 3 days.
Resurrection Tamboong, 58, was among the flood victims who came to receive food packs distributed by the soldiers and the young student volunteers.
"I am very thankful that you came to help us here. My home was submerged in floodwaters for at least two days, making our lives much more difficult," she said.