2-in1 Project: Care for Environment and Community Pantry

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LCP Rogel Cacdac

As a club, we are seriously taking the new Area of Focus: Supporting the Environment for our projects. We have initiated tree planting with the support of our Past President, our Champion President, and our major sponsor for the activity, Edgardo “Egay” Viloria to come up with a double project in one day: 2-in-1 Project on Tree Planting and Community Pantry.

We gathered at around 7:00 am on July 11 for the project. Members of Rotary Club of Cavite Metro, Employees of EGAY Transport Services and Trading, Inc., and volunteers from Samahang Ilocano and G.U.I.DE Guardians, initiated our tree planting activity with over 60 seedlings of Mahogany Tree planted at Barangay Alapan in Imus City, Cavite. It was a heartwarming accomplishment knowing that years from now we know that these will grow maturely providing shades and oxygen to the surrounding communities.

Thereafter, we headed on to our next project dubbed as Community Pantry, a gift-giving activity of various food essentials like assorted canned goods, instant noodles, rice, eggs, biscuits and bottled water. We started the activity with a thanksgiving Holy Mass in celebration of the 8th year of excellent service of the company of our Past President Egay Villoria. 

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Smooth distribution of gifts was made possible with the assistance of team EGAY Transport Services and Trading, Inc. and volunteer partners. We followed government IATF guidelines through proper social distancing and ensuring safety protocols are in place during the distribution of the goods to the beneficiaries of our activity. 

The recipients were the 4P’s or those marginalized sectors of three Barangays namely Alapan 2A, 2B, and 1C. They were all cooperative, patiently awaiting their turn to get their gift of assorted goods. Their smiles and thank you words are soothing to the ears and heart, that even under the heat of the sun we managed to keep going and accomplish the mission.

We ended the activity and the day with fellowship together with our volunteer partners which rekindled the fire of “Service Above Self” every Rotary member had.

Having this successfully done, we came to realize that the pandemic is not yet over. It is a mixed feeling that we know there are a lot more things to be done and that we can only do so much. 

We are indeed grateful to all volunteers and the RCCM family and members for giving their precious time and resources at this event.  We can all make a difference in the lives of people, no matter how small or simple it is. We just have to do it. Let’s all be helpful, especially at this time of uncertainty.

We will carry on. RCCM Yes We Can!