Tragedy struck Naga City in the province of Cebu last September 20, when more than 30 homes in two rural villages were buried in a landslide. More than 70 people were declared dead and more than a thousand residents lost their homes and were brought to evacuation centers.
The Bayanihan Spirit was very much alive at Rose Pharmacy when everyone supported the donation drive for Naga City. Donations poured in from all over the nation, and in less than a week, the Rose Pharmacy family collectively came up with almost P100,000 worth of cash donations and cash pledges along with some donated essentials such as pre-packed foods and clothing. Brand medicines were also given to help victims cope with health problems such as diarrhea and cough, which were widespread among the evacuation centers. Rose Pharmacy was also able to contribute to Barog Bai, an initiative from Bai TV aimed at reconstruction and debriefings.
The team was able to pack a total of 85 bags full of starter items such as sleeping mats, blankets, towels, utensils, medicines, personal grooming kits, and other necessities. Around 27 volunteers donned their “We Care Passionately” shirts and gathered to help in distributing the packed items.
Our team members at Rose Pharmacy were among many ordinary and everyday heroes who created a powerful image – of the Bayanihan Spirit, of people who will go out of their way and work together to help those in need, and of caring passionately.