By Brenda Legarda Del Rosario
MANILA — If there’s a will, there’ a way.
Behind the budget crisis that most barangays face amid the pandemic, a Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in Parañaque found a way to solicit funds and other relief items for the victims of Typhoon Ulysses that rammed through Luzon and Metro Manila.
Barangay San Antonio SK Chair Katrin E. Buot and her council came up with a project aptly named “P10 Para kay Pedro,” a fundraising activity and part of their relief operation for Typhoon Ulysses victims.
Under project “P10,” they asked everyone who can read their post in social media to donate at least P10 and/or groceries, used clothing, hygiene kits and pet foods.
They also conducted “live selling” of t-shirts and other items whose proceeds also went to the relief operation.
The BSA-SK also tied up with Rotaract Club of Parañaque Metro South (RCPMS), a youth organization organized by Rotary Club of Parañaque Metro South (RCPMS).
“Gustung-gusto po talaga naming makatulong sa abot ng aming makakaya. Nung i-suggest ni SK Kgwd Patrick James Beltran na gawin namin ito pero piso lang pumayag kami agad. May nagsabi lang sa amin na gawing sampung piso para raw mas malaki kaysa piso,” Buot told Maharlika TV.
“At dahil sa FB po kami makaka-reach ng maraming donors, dito po kami nag-post. Katulong po namin dito ang Rotaract kaya tuwang-tuwa po kami dahil maraming nag-response kabilang na rin po yung aming counterpart sa barangay na pinamumunuan ni Kap Pol Casale (barangay chair of San Antonio) pati yung nasa ibang bansa dahil naman po sa Rotaract,” Buot continued.
The Barangay San Antonio SK chair said that youth in times of disaster or calamities must show how they can help to others by using social media and other means.
“We can really help if we really want to.” (AI/MTVN)