Dear MC Community,
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak.
And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.
The scripture passage serves as a reminder that it is a Christian imperative to help those in need. The members of the Miriam community continue to find ways to be of help to others, particularly the vulnerable sectors of the society. As always, our Miriam Spirituality inspires us to live in mission, communion, and service. Here is the MISMO update illustrating how MC responded to the devastations brought by the recent typhoons, particularly Typhoon Rolly and Ulysses.
After the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly, Miriam College (through MISMO) partnered with Santuario de San Antonio Parish Foundation to aid those severely affected by the typhoon. The collaboration was made possible through Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM, the Parish Priest of Santuario de San Antonio. The chosen beneficiary is Barangay Agojo, San Andres Catanduanes. The community is under the pastoral care of St. Pius X Parish, San Andres, Catanduanes, and is administered by the Franciscans or the Order of Friars Minor (OFM’s). As of this posting, the total amount of computed monetary donation is P370,165.80. The amount of P298,856 came from bank donations while P71,309.8 came from salary deductions of MC employees. The amount will be used to assist and help build the houses of the people in Barangay Agojo, San Andres, Catanduanes.
Miriam College extends its grateful and sincerest appreciation to our donors from different sectors of our institution - alumni, teaching and non-teaching personnel, students, parents, and other generous individuals who supported this cause.
Just days after Typhoon Rolly brought devastations in many areas in the country, Typhoon Uysses entered and likewise left trails of damages and demolishment in many areas of Luzon, including Metro Manila. Several employees were badly affected because of the massive flooding that submerged their houses. Another call for donations was made particularly for the benefit of MC employees badly affected by Typhoon Ulysses. As of this update posting, the verified solicited amount (including pledges for salary deductions) is P291,630.00.
A total of 125 care packages were packed and prepared by MISMO staff with the help of some janitorial and maintenance of MC. The care packages include a variety of canned goods, rice, biscuits, noodles, bottled water, etc. Through the help of the ASD office, the goods were delivered to MC employees affected by Typhoon Ulysses. The rest of the packages were donated to SDTEC employees and students who were likewise affected by the typhoon.
Typhoon Ulysses brought back memories of Ondoy. Our MC community members were not spared. It would have been easy to call for various kinds of donations and for volunteers to repack and to do cleanup. But it was not. This pandemic calls for a more careful deliberation regarding these matters, as it comes with various risks. Considering many factors, it was decided that internal efforts be coordinated by MISMO - to call for donations for specifically for the affected MC employees. In the spirt of Bayanihan, the funds collected was able to give us assistance for cleanup to employees whose homes where severely affected by the typhoon. The "Cleanup Team" was composed of our outsourced personnel -- our janitors and guards, who went in groups to Marikina, Rodriguez, Batasan, Antipolo, Cainta, and Pasig areas. Their mission was to help clean the aftermath of the typhoon - mostly mud piles caused by the floods. A total of 26 households were given assistance in their post-typhoon cleaning, with 54 personnel (counts) deployed during this bayanihan activity. This activity did not only rendered help to our employees, but has given extra income for our outsourced personnel whose monthly income has been signficantly reduced. Indeed, despite its disastrous effects, the typhoon has also highlighted care and concern within the MC community - something we can hold on to during these times of calamities and crises.