By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Richard J. Gordon has commended members of the
Rotary Club of the Philippines for its invaluable role and
contribution in providing humanitarian and community services to
Filipino communities, especially during this pandemic.
Speaking before the members of Rotary District 3810 during its recent
Community Service Webinar Project, Gordon urged Rotarians to step up
to the plate of rendering assistance to Filipino families during the
“What a great thing to be able to serve our fellowmen, especially
during this pandemic. Let us start the revolution from within
ourselves,” he said.
“Dapat tumutulong tayo sa ating bayan. Hindi lang sa salita pati na
rin sa gawa. We want to see a Rotary Club that is vibrant, always
there for others,” he added.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Philippines has struggled to stem
the further spread of the new coronavirus that infected more than
2.7-million Filipinos, 43,172 of whom have died.
The pandemic-induced lockdowns have also resulted in the displacement
of millions of Filipino workers and the closure of many business
establishments here and abroad.
Gordon pointed out that the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the country’s
largest humanitarian organization, has responded to the challenges of
the COVID-19 pandemic through its “predict, plan, prepare, and
Under his leadership, PRC has augmented government response by
establishing the largest testing facility in the country, accounting
for almost 4.8 million swab and saliva tests since April 2020.
The PRC has also put up 70 field hospitals across the country and has
administered vaccines to over 400,000 individuals through its “Bakuna
Bus” initiative. It has also granted financial aid to retrenched
workers and has provided hot meals.
Gordon said Rotary Clubs can work together in reaching out to those
who are most vulnerable sectors not only through blood donation
program but also through other services, programs, and projects.
“In helping others, you are helping yourselves kasi ‘di tayo
mauubusan. ‘Yan ay magagawa natin kung tayo ay magsasama, kung tayo ay
may partnership, we already have a partnership, pairalin na lang
natin,” said Gordon.
According to him, the two organizations could go beyond the donation
of blood because there are other immediate issues that need our
immediate attention, like COVID-19 response and alleviating the
suffering of the less fortunate.
The Rotary Club of the Philippines is a local chapter of Rotary
International in the Filipino community known to be the first Rotary
Club in Asia. To date, there are around 800 Rotary Clubs in the