TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol (Wed 16 Oct 2013) – After a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated Bohol and Cebu, Junior Chamber International (JCI) chapters in these provinces have taken action, giving flesh to the 6th JCI tenet that “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life”.
JCI Boholana Kisses started a relief operation for the affected families in Bohol, particularly in Loon and Maribojoc, a couple of many towns that received the brunt of the Oct. 15 tremor whose epicenter was found in Carmen town.
Its 2012 President and 2013 JCI Central Visayas Deputy Regional Vice President Arizza “Tukay” Tirol identified both of these towns as the most affected and remain nearly unreachable as of press time.
Residents here are in dire need of food, water, blankets, sleeping mats and are calling on for donations. Better yet, to expedite relief operations, donors can deposit monetary donations through the following banks:
- China Bank – Tagbilaran with Account # 195 01 002160 1
- BPI – Tagbilaran with Account # 1209188089
- Metro Bank – Tagbilaran Cogon branch with Account # 7123712065703
Account Name: Arizza Nancy Jule Tirol
To ensure transparency and accountability, Deputy RVP Tukay said receipts of the amounts donated will be sent back as proof of donations.
Tukay explained this will be the quickest and easiest way possible donors and the chapter will be able to provide relief and assistance to the residents of the affected areas.
For more information, interested parties may contact JCI Boholana Kisses 2014 President Maria Escabarte at (0927) 772-0692 or Deputy RVP Tukay at (0926) 490-5828.
Cebu Efforts Underway
In Cebu City, despite also being badly hit by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and continually jolted by repeated aftershocks, the 2013 and 2014 Regional Vice Presidents of JCI Philippines Central Visayas have begun the legwork in mounting a major relief operation for those most affected in Bohol.
2013 RVP Emi Rose Parcon of JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel, Inc., and 2014 RVP Kenneth Migriño of JCI Cebu, Inc., are meeting today with Cebu-based JCI local organization leaders to organize a well-coordinated relief operations with the goods reaching Bohol in the least possible time.
As this developed, 2008 Regional Vice President Barbara Cabo, as Banco de Oro (BDO) AVP, offered the use of the area fronting the BDO Fuente as the drop-off point for relief goods and donations.
Also, through JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel 2006 Charter President Cerwin T. Eviota, RVP’s Parcon and Migriño managed to arrange a meeting with the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Cebu headed by chairman Marlon Baula to forge another collaboration.
Not the first time
JCI and KBP Cebu partnered in December 2011 when then JCI Area Vice President F. Constantine Yu of JCI Cebu and then KBP Cebu Chairman Atty. Ruphil Bañoc moved to gather donations for Typhoon Sendong-ravaged areas in Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Negros Oriental.
JCI and KBP-Cebu first collaborated in February 2006 when a catastrophic mudslide buried parts of St. Bernard town in Southern Leyte. This chapter served as catalyst in the partnership with KBP-Cebu then headed by Edward Abad, McDonald’s and the Cebu City Government for the Tabang Southern Leyte.
For more information on Cebu’s efforts, donors may contact 2014 RVP Kenneth at Globe (0917) 624-3711, SMART (0919) 988-7875, and SUN (0933) 358-8820.
JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel, Inc. and International Order of DeMolay also join hands
For those who are unable to reach the Fuente Osmeña relief operations area and to provide more avenues for Cebuanos to provide relief goods and donations, JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel, Inc. also partnered with the International Order of DeMolay through the efforts of the chapter;s 2014 PRO Ivonn Chris Robles, himself a member of the renowned brotherhood.
Water, food, medical supplies, clothes, blankets, basic necessities, monetary and in-kind donations may be dropped off at the area fronting RD Pawnshop in the vicinity of the University of San Carlos Talamban Campus.
“Cebu is also in a state of calamity, but our brothers in Bohol need more assistance than we do,” remarked 2014 JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel, Inc. President Ryan Expeditus Andales.
He said the partnership of this JCI chapter and DeMolay will provide an alternative drop-off point for those living in the Talamban and Mandaue areas who are more than willing to help those who are in need of help.
Donors and chapters may contact 2014 PRO Ivonn Robles at (0917) 777-0050 and 2013 JCI Central Visayas Regional Secretary Sherlaine Campugan of JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel, Inc. at (0923) 691-6939. (BRIDGES News Team)