Staying true to the values of charity and compassion, groups of DMSF students, faculty, and staff worked hand-in-hand in a relief mission to those affected by the recent earthquakes in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, November 9.
Spearheaded by the Dean of the Colleges of Midwifery and Nursing Ma'am Armi Go and Alumni and External Relations Officer Ma'am Mariper Mercader, students from the College of Midwifery visited Brgys. Upper Bala, Mabini, and San Miguel in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. They were able to distribute a truckload worth of relief goods to numerous families in the municipality.
Meanwhile, Student Affairs Officer Ma'am Liza del Norte, School Registrar Ma'am Daisy Poloyapoy, and School Safety Officer Sir Artemio Labunog lead student leaders from the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Midwifery, and Biology, to travel to Brgy. Makaalam, Magpet, North Cotabato and Brgy. Cabasagan, Matanao, Davao del Sur and deliver more than 300 hygiene kits and other needs to affected families. The contributions were from student sanctions from the last Intramurals and from the Donation Drive facilitated by the Office of the Student Affairs (OSA) and the DMSF Association of Muslim Students.
Several other organizations from DMSF already offered assistance and services to the affected communities. Criados, a student organization from the College of Medicine, have also organized donation drives and medical missions to the municipalities of Hagonoy, Magsaysay, and Bansalan, Davao del Sur, headed by Dr. Butch Valdez, Dr. Ces Derecho, and other doctors and health professionals.
"Pasalamat kaayo mi sa mga tabang. Wala gyud mi gipasagdan. Abi namo walang-wala na gyud mi human ato. Salamat kay wala gyud hunong ang pag-abot sa mga hinabang," a resident of Upper Bala, Magsaysay said after overwhelming support from the government, NGOs and private individuals poured out for those who were terribly hit by the calamity.
On Wednesday, OSA will continue the distribution of relief goods to Makilala, North Cotabato alongside a psychosocial relief mission.
"In behalf of the OSA, we are very thankful for those kind-hearted donors who gave their heartfelt contributions to the people who really need it," the Student Affairs Officer said.
Embers-on-Duty: Jeassah Mae Edorot, Eric Christian Fabian