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!