Tuesday, October 2, 2012

IRRI employee group holds feeding session and medical mission for flood victims

The Association of IRRI Secretaries and Administrative Staff, or AISAS, reached out to members of the local community affected by the flooding caused by the "Habagat rains" in August.

Working with the Lakeshore Homeowners Association, AISAS held a feeding program for 146 families from Barangay Kabaritan in Bay, Laguna, on 22 September 2012. These families are temporarily living in a 'tent city' inside Lakeshore Subdivision in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Bay, Laguna. Children in the evacuation area participated in games and won prizes, while residents and AISAS members cooked a special meal for the feeding program.

AISAS also carried out a medical mission also for flood victims in Barangay Mayondon in Los Baños, Laguna, on 24 September 2012.  This activity was held in partnership with the San Antonio de Padua Parish Health Ministry-Pagmamahal sa Kapwa Foundation, Inc., Tem Eusebio (local physician), and Barangay Chairman of Mayondon Vic Reyes. About 50 families from Purok 6 availed themselves of the free consultation and medicines.

The major sources of livelihood in these communities have been affected due to floodwaters not having fully receded along Laguna Lake. It is also typhoon season in the Philippines and more flooding is expected for the rest of the year. 

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