The Spirit of Brotherhood: KKK’s 3rd Wave of CleanUp Drive

3rd wave of clean-up drive led by KKK in Emily Homes marks true spirit of brotherhood in hearts & minds of Misamisnons.

A new wave of clean–up conducted by 1,060 volunteers of Kagay-anon Kami Katimbayayong Mo Misamisnon –KKK in Emily Homes Subdivision, Balulang that begun early morning last Saturday, highly marks the true spirit of “panagtimbayayong” and brotherhood in the hearts and minds of Kagay-anons and Misamisnons.

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In its 3rd and last clean-up, KKK cleaned-up a record of 156 houses and front yards, this time belonging to members of Emily Homes Subdivision Home Owners Association – home to fellow Kagay-anons for a long time, but are at present in different states of ruin, soiled and soaked in mud as Emily Homes Subdivision found itself submerged under flood waters when storm Sendong ruthlessly ravaged several barangays in Cagayan de Oro City.

Twenty-two municipal governments in Misamis Oriental, for the 3rd time, untiringly mobilized volunteers and resources from far localities who responded positively to a request for another clean-up asked by distressed families of Emily home owners. Led by mayors and vice mayors, volunteers composed of barangay captains, barangay kagawads, women, youth leaders, barangay tanods, barangay nutrition scholars and barangay health workers showed acts of great kindness straight from their hearts, when for the third time they converged at the clean-up site. They came ready with shovels, sacks, boots, power sprays and backed up by backhoes, dump trucks and bulldozers.

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Honorable Congressman Peter Unabia, Congressman Benjo Benaldo and Congressman Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, through their consistent participation in the three (3) successive clean-ups, demonstrated their dedication to help hundreds of families of survivors and help them gradually rebuild their lives.

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CDO City Crisis Committee on their part mobilized several dump trucks that hauled all day tons of soil and mud shoveled out by volunteers from houses and front yards in the subdivision. RG & K Construction & General Enterprise brought along eighty (80) personnel who joined the clean-up and generously mobilized heavy equipments of pay loaders, backhoe, truck mixer and power sprays. The use of heavy equipment easily disposed off soil, mud and garbage from houses, streets and canals.

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Forty strong Philippine Navy officers and men of BRP Enrique Jurado led by LCDR Primitivo Novo Jr., Philippine Navy-Patrol Gunboat 371 also joined Saturday’s clean-up. Working together with their team were officers and men of 73RD Naval Reserve Squadron and Phil Navy Marines Association–CDO Chapter who all supported the successive series of clean-up activities launched in Barangay Carmen, Macasandig and Emily Homes Subdivision, respectively. “Philippine Navy is supporting all disaster relief efforts and clean-up drive in our city. This is a positive way of helping people. Philippine Navy is deeply involved in helping distressed families and finding all means to be of service to our countrymen” LCDR Primitivo Novo Jr. said.

Jimmy N. Linan, a member of Emily Homes Subdivision was all smiles and full of gratitude as he saw hundreds of volunteers arrive in Emily Homes Subdivision. “Dako ang among kalipay nga gitubag gayod ang among hangyo nga tabangan kami malimpyo ang mga kabalayan ug dalan dinhi sa Emily Homes“. He added ”Among dugang hangyo ngadto sa atong halangdong Mayor Vicente Emano nga mabutangan unta og grabas ang kadalanan nga pita kaayo kung mag- ulan. Mahatagan usab og solusyon ang mga drainage ug canal nga ni clog-up sa pita dala sa dakong baha.”

It can be remembered that by pure coincidence, Joy Costales, daughter of Linan, a resident of Royal Palm Mansions, Macasandig was also profuse with gratitude when volunteers arrived in her doorstep and help cleaned her house and yard during the Macasandig clean –up.

As the clean-up came to its end, residents expressed great gratitude to all KKK organizers and volunteers for the labor that was extended and the spirit of “oneness” that was kindly shown at a time when it was most needed. “Nagpasalamat kami kay sila mihatag sa ilang panahon ug mitabang gayud kanamo sa paglimpyo sa among panimalay ug palibot”, Adela Gamolo, a business woman said.

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