How Today Went

Today is just another Monday.

Well, that’s what I thought.

Today is not just another Monday. And here is why.

I and my NSTP classmates, together with our facilitators/instructors from the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), went to Brgy. Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal. Just roughly, a 20-minute drive from Katipunan.

We were told to bring in-kind donations, so basically, we thought that we would be visiting ‘needy’ people. But as we arrived to our destination, we slowly realized why we’re there.

The Buklod Tao Incorporated Family welcomed us with warm greetings which somehow scraped the chills the weather brought. We went inside their building and there, they taught us a lot of things. Particularly about their method of disaster management, how it started and how it is community-based. I, personally, admired their ways. According to them, because of these methods, they had zero casualties in the past storms that hit the country.

I admire them, the Buklod Tao Inc., for they made me realize one thing – when things complicate, go back to the basics. Their disaster management was simple, basic, yet effective. So are their rescue materials, yet these were effective. Also, they are working on livelihood products like making bags and pots out of recycled juice packs, creating slippers out of coconut husk, planting vegetables and other seedlings. Yet, with these simple works, they are able to live efficiently and safely.

With the few hours we spent with the Bukold Tao Inc., we have learned a lot. I guess, the donations we left to them are not enough to give back the wisdom and inspiration they have imparted on us. They are not the ‘needy’ ones. They are sufficient, in fact. And I think, all communities should look at the community of Buklod Tao as a role model.

Happy and insightful Monday it is!



-Elizabeth Borromeo



4 thoughts on “How Today Went

  1. Hi groupmate! I also learned a lot from our visit. The Buklod Tao, Inc. is very self-sufficient and passionate about disaster prevention in their community. Everyone should really look up to them! =)

  2. Hi Beth!! Visiting them was really fun and inspiring. We really learned a lot from them and what I liked the most was seeing how they live up to their core values of nationalism, creativity, and being humble. πŸ™‚

  3. Hi fellow NAPCian! The field visit was quite the experience, wasn’t it? I agree with Shaun, Buklod Tao is very passionate and resourceful in all their endeavors. They are a good example of what an organization should be. πŸ™‚

  4. Isn’t it amazing? Isn’t it surprising? I was really impressed with Brg. Banaba’s self-sufficiency. I honestly didn’t expect the community to be as productive as they are. Buklod Tao Inc. really does a great job in terms of community organizing. :))

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