Where are the volunteers?

I made several recommendations last night after my first day at the controversial DSWD/UNICEF warehouses regarding the need to optimize the packing lines so we can move goods faster. The critical need, however, are warm volunteers, a lot of able hands, because without them nothing will get packed. The optimized lines will be like online commentaries, nothing but air.

In the morning, there were only 4 volunteers who came to help Ensha at the UNICEF warehouse. My good ole friends from Microsoft days Marvin and MR Cruz were there from 8AM. They worked for 12 hours with Marvin supervising the operations after Ensha left. 12 hours! Marvs, MR, you guys are my heroes. With Ensha was Elay from Antipolo. And if this doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what would. An American film maker, Ian, flew from Cebu to just help. He’s flying back tomorrow. I will repeat that. Ian is not even Filipino and he is based in Cebu. He flew all the way from Cebu, pack and go back. Can you imagine that? And some can’t even be bothered to get off their comfortable seats but I’ll stop the bitching here.

DSWD had many volunteers. The UPS guys were still there. DSWD kindly sent 16 Singles for Christ members to help the 5 guys slaving away at the UNICEF warehouse.

At around 2PM, 41 Army reserve soldiers and 3 officers headed by Col. Javier and Master Sgt. Penafiel arrived and things started moving faster.

In the afternoon, Carla Sta. Cruz of ADB, Martha Sapalo of the Air Force, my friends and fellow Red Cross Rizal volunteers Chef Christine Zarandin and Benjo Ramos arrived. I was the last one to arrive.

My hats off to everyone who came and helped.

I’m deeply concerned though if we want to move these goods where they are needed. I’m no logistics expert but in order to move these goods, we need people and an efficient process. But we need people first. It’s a weekend and only 8 volunteered. If not for the military and the Singles for Christ, they couldn’t have packed over 800 starter kits to families displaced by the floods. I cannot count the Facebook posts, twitter RTs and online commentaries on the issue. It even made a trending topic in twitter which is not as easy feat. But only 8 came.

Many reacted to Ella’s blog whose photos are taken from the UNICEF warehouse. Many reacted passionately crying why the goods are not moving. You know why the goods are not moving? It’s not because DSWD personnel are corrupt or incompetent. It’s simply because YOU, yes YOU are doing nothing but cry, complain, criticize from your air-conditioned rooms, pointing your fingers, devising your conspiracy theories and blaming. If Ian can take the plane from Cebu so he can contribute, what can you contribute? Instead of saying what else is wrong with our government, ask yourself: “What can I contribute?”

Just a volunteer,


Video. Photos.

To volunteer, please let us know:

For UNICEF: Ensha: 0917 577 4108 or me 0917 577 7602.

For DSWD Ms Fabian: 8528081 or Gang: info@rockedphilippines.org.

We need the following:

  1. Your name
  2. Contact info
  3. Days and times you can commit. (This is very important because we are coordinating with DSWD and UNICEF and they need to know how many people are they expecting at which times so they can also inform their staff, eg security guards, warehouse managers, etc. It will just make it easier for everyone, most especially you when you get there.)


  1. Sonny


    Good Job bai for “talking the talk” and most importantly “WALKING THE WALK”.

    You must be the change you want to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

    God Bless !!!

  2. Thanks Sonny. Just doing what I can.

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