(from left) Department of Science and Technology 7 Regional Director Edilberto Paradela, Department of Budget and Management 7 Regional Director Imelda Laceras, NEDA 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon, and Department of Social Welfare and Development 7 Assistant Director for Operations Grace Subong were the early birds in the ARENA 7 volunteer repacking activity.
The NEDA Regional Office 7 (NRO 7) led 18 regional agencies and state universities and colleges in repacking relief goods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Visayas Disaster Response Center in Mandaue City last 12 October 2018. Among the recipients of the food packs will be families affected by the landslide in City of Naga, Cebu.
NRO 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon, also interim president of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region 7 (ARENA 7), together with other regional directors, led the volunteer activity as one of the ARENA 7 Community Passion Projects of the Serbisyong CESO, Kalibre 45.
At day’s end, a total of 3,200 food packs were repacked for distribution.
The ARENA 7 Team joined other community volunteers to form a 140-strong repacking force for that day. DSWD 7 Assistant Regional Director Grace Subong thanked them for helping maintain the Center’s standby inventory of 50,000 food packs ready for distribution in times of need.
RD Carreon addressed the group, which included NEDA 7 staff, before they went to their respectively repacking assembly lines. He said the activity was one occasion where government employees and private volunteers get to help one another.
“It’s very good seeing public and private sectors working together, and this time to pack relief goods,” said Director Carreon.
RD Carreon and NRO 7 staff joined one of the three assembly lines to repack and seal bags of rice; box these together with coffee and canned goods; and secure, palletize, and haul these into the Center’s stock room.
NEDA 7 staff described their task as “quite tiring but very fulfilling, knowing that these food packs will go to our less unfortunate countrymen.” They were also impressed by the Center’s “very good repacking system which made packing fast.” Subong had explained that optimum performance was “in just two hours, a volunteer group of about 60 people could produce around 1,100 food packs that can already feed 5,500 family members.”