The Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. joins the world in congratulating Mr. EFREN PEÑAFLORIDA for being awarded as CNN Hero of the Year!!!
Efren or “Kuya Ef” to those close to him started a push cart classroom in the Philippines to bring education to poor children in the community as an alternative to gang membership.
Kuya Ef started the Dynamic Teen Company, a volunteer group of youngsters, to help alleviate the need for education of kids in the slums of Cavite, a province south of Manila.They recreated a school setting in the most unconventional setting like memorial parks and trash dumps, teaching basic reading and writing to impoverished kids.
CNN’s recognition of Mr. Peñaflorida’s achievement brings to fore the spirit of the volunteerism in the Philippines, where Government resources are limited in addressing the basic needs of the society.
MCFRVI salutes not only Mr. Peñaflorida, but the Dynamic Teen Company for keeping alive the spirit of BAYANIHAN in the Philippines.We are one with you in bringing public services closer to every sector of the community!!!
Pronounced like “buy-uh-nee-hun,” bayanihan is a Filipino word derived from the word bayan meaning town, nation, or community in general. “Bayanihan” literally means, “being a bayan,” and is thus used to refer to a spirit of communal unity and cooperation.
Although bayanihan can manifest itself in many forms, it is probably most clearly and impressively displayed in the old tradition of neighbors helping a relocating family by getting enough volunteers to carry the whole house, and literally moving it to its new location. They do this by placing long bamboo poles length-wise and cross-wise under the house (traditional Filipino houses were built on stilts), and then carrying the house using this bamboo frame.
It takes a fairly large number of people — often 20 or more — working together to carry the entire house. All this is done in a happy and festive mood. At the end of the day, the moving family expresses their gratitude by hosting a small fiesta for everyone.
It is in the same ideals that MCFRVI volunteers its services to the community.To serve as link in bringing supposedly Government Service, closer to every sector of the community.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Menevia in Wales, in conjunction with the Filipino Community of Port Talbot in Wales, United Kingdom headed by Ms. Leticia England and Gilbert Custodio has successfully launched a fund raising drive for the benefit of the victims of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.
The fund raising drive was an offshoot of an earlier drive that collected a considerable number of used clothes for distribution to typhoon victims left homeless and nothing but the clothes on their backs saved.
The fund drive was held last 25 October 2009 at the social hall of the Our Lady of Margam Church in Margam, Port Talbot.Part of the funds raised (£200.00) was coursed through the Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. to purchase medicines urgently needed by those still in evacuation centers.
Recipients and MCFRVI extends its utmost gratitude for the generosity of the parishioners of the Diocese of Menevia.