TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Some 200 families living at Utap village here received recently bags of foodstuff from Dr. Ernestina Mac, a Michigan-based pediatrician who has been helping victims of disasters in this city.
The recipient-families were victims of floodings caused by continuous heavy rains brought by typhoon Urduja late last year.
Doctor Mac’s gifts of foodstuff were handed over to the recipients by a group composed of her nephew Edwin Pulga, Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO) member Flora Teves, Michigan-based Filipino Star News publisher Tony Antonio, Doctor Mac’s sister-in-law Lily Mac Pulga and her daughter Emily P. Yu.
The foodstuff distribution was done in coordination with the Missionaries of Charity based in Sagkahan District, this city.
In January last year, Doctor Mac led the distribution of packed meals to some 1,200 children at Ridge View Housing, a typhoon Yolanda permanent resettlement site in this city. This was also done in coordination with the Missionaries of Charity.
A few months after super typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) devastated Tacloban City and other parts of Eastern Visayas region, the Filamcco Foundation, headed by Doctor Mac as president was among the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide assistance to the survivors of the killer typhoon, that left more than 6,000 people dead. The assistance was in the form of housing materials and livelihood projects.
Every year since January 2015, Mac has been coming to Tacloban to monitor the progress of the livelihood projects and to donate more funds from her pocket. The Missionaries of Charity identified the beneficiaries of her food distributions and prepared the packed meals. The Diocese of Palo-owned Assumption Academy in Tanauan town also received assistance funds from Doctor Mac in 2016, 2017 and this year.
The Michigan doctor has also been assisting the projects of Sister Eloisa David, who is helping groups of farmers replanting coconut trees in Barangay Divisoria, Alang-alang town, and a hog farm in New Era. Another beneficiary of Doctor Mac’s charitable activities is the Holy Infant Academy in this city.
Although she could not come here to lead the distribution of foodstuffs this year, she saw to it that the less fortunate people received the blessings she wanted to share with them.