By: Catherine P. Uayan

December 2011 when the city of Cagayan de Oro experienced a very tragic typhoon named “Sendong”. The said typhoon destroyed the houses of some Kagay-anon families, that is why the Habitat for Humanity initiated to establish their organization in the city. The program is composed of people working in a private and government sectors, local and international volunteers and other organizations throughout Philippines. The program aims to build houses at the safest area in Cagayan de Oro City for those affected families during the said typhoon.

Last May 1, 2013, the College of Business Administration (SBO, JMA, JFINEX, and JPMA), Criminology, Maritime Education, Lotus Sutra Research Group, and Working Scholars Association of Capitol University voluntarily joined the said activity at Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro City.

Capitol University students were divided into different groups at different blocks to do back filling. Under the heat of the sun, almost 120 volunteer students of the University successfully finished the back filling the two blocks (Block 9 and 20) in just one hour. According to the volunteers, those kinds of help are also a good exercise that’s why they enjoy the group work. After the group work, Professor Clifford Jose G. Roa (Capitol University Alumni Association President) received the Certificate of Appreciation in behalf of CU volunteers. All the volunteers during the activity also received a free lunch pack provided by Jollibee Foods Corporation.

This year’s Habitat for Humanity was participated by more than 6,000 volunteers all over Cagayan de Oro City. It makes the activity fun and at the same time it also shows the “BAYANIHAN” nature of Filipinos.

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