Sunday, December 1, 2013

GLIMPSE OF STA. MARIA SCHOOL EVACUATION CENTER @ OCTOBER 2013

I would like to share images of the Sta. Maria Elementary School Evacuation Center.

I remember right after the height of the Zamboanga Crisis last September 2013 came the flooding in Zamboanga City, and this evacuation center had its own share of prolonged suffering with the flooded grounds in spite of the arranged shelter boxes throughout the grounds.
Can you imagine how wet they were?
This was taken already more than two weeks after the flood!

This end of October 2013, we visited the Sta. Maria School evacuation center (ably manned by the DSWD, ZCSWD and some of the faculty) where Ciudad Medical Zamboanga together with Bounty Fresh (Chooks to Go c/o Ron Natividad) shared food packs for the evacuees. This was still in line with the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Ciudad Medical Zamboanga.






Here is the Evacuation Center:


As viewed from the covered court!
And some close-up shots:

Shelter Boxes from Rotary International

taken from the covered court
 


Here are some of the people we met, although, we weren't able to stay to long to really socialize with them!
 
And here is Ma'am Juvy, CMZ HR Manager joining the kids play, while CMZ AO Ma'am Ruby looks on (probably, also wanting to join them!)!


I still think the Sta. Maria Evacuation Center is relatively arranged and organized as an evacuation center! 

We do hope, though, that they may soon be resettled in a better place!!!



Monday, November 18, 2013

A GLIMPSE OF TETUAN CENTRAL SCHOOL EVACUATION CENTER @ OCTOBER 2013

Ciudad Medical Zamboanga had a whole day affair at the Tetuan Central School for a composite program involving a Medical Mission including Breast Wellness - Psychosocial activities (for all ages graced by Jolibee) - Food and Relief Operations last October 2013 as part of the Tenth Year Anniversary of CMZ !
We made friends with amiable little girls called Charlotte and company.  I was asking how they lived there and they willingly invited us to check out their living conditions as they stayed in several classrooms of this elementary school.

So here is a glimpse of their life in an evacuation center. Most of the evacuees here are from Sta. Barbara, Lustre, Sta. Catalina and Mariki!

Welcome!
There are still signs of the several days with heavy rain. 
They also have stores around the place...
Here is Room 2 and Room 37 (I hope I remember the rooms right!). Charlotte shared that there are about 5 families living in each room.
The kids have already gotten used to their life in the center and have found ways to entertain themselves such as by games and dancing. But, they also shared that they were afraid of the MNLF and the exchange of fire during the Stand-off. They also sometimes fear the sound of the hovering helicopters! 

It was unfortunate, though, that the kids were afraid of having their heads chopped off because someone shared to the kids, a cellphone video of children who were beheaded. It seems the kids thought that this video is current, but, it this may have been an older video probably from another country because we did not hear this kind of atrocity during this Zamboanga City Siege 2013.

I would like to request the adults: Please do not frighten the kids in that way. Some kids verbally expressed that he couldn't sleep at night after watching the video.

Then, I was teasing Charlotte that she could be a beauty queen when she grows up. However, she said she'd prefer to be a soldier!!!

As we moved around the evacuation center, here are more scenes...
And this family lost their houses during the fire in the conflict area.
These are the portable comfort rooms for urinating only. They had other toilets nearer their rooms. 
Some can still relax in this times.
The situation in this evacuation center is still fine considering that the evacuees respect the places they are living in now.  They clean the place and the classrooms still look clean and arranged.  And, the families have learned how to live with each other. 

The kids' smiles are so sincere and it was so interesting that they could cling to me and yet, I still felt comfortable. (And, the JSOTF-P [American troops] have also mentioned that the kids were also so friendly with some of their members) Two of the kids smiled and said, "Can you take us home?"

One of the things the kids were really asking if there are toys to be given away...fortunately, we also distributed toys and clothes aside from relief goods! I realized even in dismal events, the children still needed things which could give them joy.
This was a very enlightening day for us. The kids can easily adapt against all odds. There are some who are still afraid, thus, the importance of Stress Debriefing should be emphasized.
It seems after the series of grave natural calamities such as the Earthquake in Cebu and Bohol and now, Super Typhoon Yolanda, we in Zamboanga City are now feeling blessed. We did undergo a very dragging and dangerous incident, but, it seems what happened in Zamboanga in three weeks happened to Yolanda's victims in just a few hours and sparing  no one.

We are now in the Rebuilding Phase, although, this isn't that easy either. Some of the evacuees may have gone home by now. We do hope that they too could rebuild their own lives and rise above this adversity!


P.S. Thank you to everyone from CMZ who participated in the Medical Mission including Breast Wellness - Psychosocial activities (for all ages graced by Jolibee) - Food Distribution and Relief Operations

      Thank you to our partners from the pharmaceutical industry and suppliers.

     Thank you to our partners from Chooks- to- Go! (through Ron Natividad) for our food.

      Thank you to the office of Senator Trillanes (through Cezar Carmel Tamba) for our relief goods.

        Thank you to the community partners and from the DSWD group.
  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CREATIVE ART: CMZ'S ROLE IN SOCIAL HEALING: JUDGES AND WINNERS @ OCTOBER 2013

We chose a very timely theme for our Creative Art Contest: CMZ's ROLE in SOCIAL HEALING.

As we recover from the effects of the societal and humanitarian crisis, the Zamboanga City Crisis 2013, our next goal is SOCIAL HEALING.

These artworks express this message of LOVE, PEACE, HOPE, UNITY in CMZ with the COMMUNITY as Zamboanga City TRANSCENDS and RISES to recovery!




For this contest, the message is as important as the visual impact.


We chose a diverse set of judges to gain a holistic choice...experts in the field of Art and in the advocacy for peace and healing.


Judges at work...The judges really had a difficult time in deciding the winners since they had to balance the value of creative visual art and the message of social healing!


And the WINNERS are:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
BOARD OF DIRECTORS' CHOICE
WARD ECHO: JUAN CMZ (JOIN US ACT NOW CMZ)
Winning Artist and Team: Ward Echo with CMZ Execom

Winning Team: Ward Echo with CMZ Execom







JUROR'S CHOICES
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT: REVERENCIA
 
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ADMINISTRATION/HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT:
VINDECĂ
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EMERGENCY ROOM: AMOR Y SERVICIO PARA NA MGA ZAMBOANGUEÑOS

Aren't you amazed by all the outputs?

We are very proud of all those who participated in the Creative Art Competition as well as all who supported the endeavor!

And since we also have a Facebook Like Contest, we are very happy for the intensive efforts of the teams to share our MESSAGES OF SOCIAL HEALING to all their families and friends!

Here are the top three for the online contest:
CONGRATULATIONS WARD ECHO !!!

Some might be wondering what the rationale is for the online contest: CLICK LIKE on FACEBOOKWith the marvelous Visual Art outputs the CMZ participants produced, CMZ proudly wants to share these with our families, friends and community in particular, and to the "internet universe" in general. 

And most of all, we also want to share the messages of SOCIAL HEALING through love, peace, hope and unity as expressed by our very talented workforce.

This Creative Arts endeavor is indeed a great venue for personal healing and stress debriefing in itself for the participants... social healing and social responsibility for CMZ... and for everyone else, we hope it  is a call and an inspiration for us to JOIN US ACT NOW (as Team Echo calls it) and contribute to the RISE OF ZAMBOANGA CITY in our own little way.