Photo Caption: Student Volunteers from CU – College of Maritime Education and College of Business Administration pose for a photo with the organizers from CU Alumni and Habitat for Humanity

The Capitol University Alumni Association and Rotary Club of Carmen Valley (RCCV) recently teamed-up in mobilizing volunteer network for a one-day home-building activity for Habitat for Humanity (HFH) project in Sitio Calaanan, Brgy. Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City last March 3, 2012.

More than 180 volunteers showed-up to extend a helping hand to build permanent and decent houses for the victims of TS Sendong (International Name: Washi).

Ms. Jan Awitin, the volunteer coordinator of HFH Philippines started the activity with a ‘pre-deployment briefing” in CU Campus.

A total of 200 houses are expected to be given to the victims of the December 17, 2011 massive flooding in Cagayan de Oro.

“The RCCV is very much privilege to be chosen as a partner of this worthwhile activity”, Incumbent Club President Andrew Neri said.

“The Rotary International’s theme for this year is “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity” and it aptly applies to this activity as it relates to our objective”, he added.

RCCV was organized 31 years ago and is one of the most active clubs in District 3870.

RCCV Past President Celso Gaabucayan  and Rotary Club of West CDO President-elect Lito Busgano provided for the transportation of the volunteers in addition to the bus provided by CU President Atty. Casimiro “Jun” B. Juarez, Jr.

Mr. Paul Juarez, the university Human Relations Officer attended the activity and even took-part in the “back-filling” activity, one of the tasks that lets the volunteers do a team-work while having fun and camaraderie.

Dr. Alice Diel of the CU Extension Office said in her testimonial sharing that “we are part of the home-building and development of each family here and that we should be proud of”.

Dr. Beth Figueroa and Mr. Aldrich Palarca of College of Business Administration brought in the most number of volunteers with 84 students while College of Maritime Education led by Second Mates Suganob and Gurrea led 44-able bodied future sailors and deck officers.

College of Engineering was led by Engr. Kim Cagata.

At least 18 graduating students of Mindanao University of Science and Technology – Food Science Technology also attended the whole-day activity.

RC West CDO Immediate Past President Engr. Ferdinand Espiritu of F4J Ventures duly provided the water station for the “home-builders”.

The activity was also supported by Cebu Gems Innovation and Career Development Center, CU High School Batch 1994 and KC Optix.

First aid station was provided by Ms. Rebecca Jadol, RN and the President of the CU Nursing Alumni Association.

Those who wish to join the activity may contact this writer at 09164922911 or 09228263275 or follow his twitter posts at @CliffordRoa.

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