Ormoc City government and the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the latter’s recycling program in the city, Monday morning, March 20.
Tzu Chi Foundation’s deputy CEO Alfredo T. Li said that his group was supposed to be still on a medical conference in Malaysia, but found time to adjust their schedule just to be present during the ceremonial signing of the MOA.
“Ormoc City will become the role model for recycling in the whole Visayas and Mindanao,” said Li as he disclosed that the city is the first one to sign a MOA with them for the recycling program. He also lauded the city council for unanimously approving a resolution for the MOA signing passed by SP member Gregorio Yrastorza III, committee chair on environment and natural resources.
Furthermore, Li also recalled the time when Leyte 4th District Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez personally appealed for help from them for the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda, which since then, the foundation continued to provide assistance and charitable missions in Ormoc City.
“Be the first to be there in any disaster and the last to leave,” Li quoted Master Cheng Yen, founder of Tzu Chi foundation, adding that they never left but continued to help those in need. He mentioned that their foundation is open to implementing more projects for the city, should there be a “transformation [of attitude/behavior]” of the people.
Mayor Richard Gomez, together with the city’s elective officials thanked Tzu Chi foundation for their strong partnership with the city government and their continued support to the people of Ormoc.
Tzu Chi foundation would be establishing recycling stations through its volunteers who would also collect recyclable materials from different sources citywide. The recycling program, aside from strengthening the implementation of R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, would help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.
–Joseph Pilapil / City Media Relations Office