“My dear family of WMSU, we will always take care of you.”
Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, University President, heartily eased the distress of the students, faculty and employees of the Western Mindanao State University as she welcomed them back home to give them special donations in kind during the WMSU “We Care” Love Drive on Thursday, September 3.
The beneficiaries of the love drive were students, employees and faculty members of the University who were gravely affected during the Zamboanga siege that lasted for more than three weeks.
They were either displaced from their houses or left with barely anything because of the series of fire incidents that broke out during the crisis.
Among the donors that provided the assistance for the affected individuals were the Tzu Chi Foundation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports and the academe in general. Food, blankets, toiletries and donated clothes were of the many contributions given by the sponsors.
Emotions arose as some of the student victims were sent to tears during the reading of the solidarity prayer—recollecting their experiences of vacating their houses, running for their lives, leaving all their belongings in their now burnt houses, and their hopes swept away with the ashes of their so-called homes.
The College of Education witnessed the heart-warming distribution of blessings where the WMSU Jambangan Cultural Dance Troupe has also appeased the affected WMSU employees and students by staging a pop dance presentation with the special participation of WMSU officials—Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, President; Dr. Ederlinda M. Fernandez, OIC Vice President for Planning, Administration and Finance; Prof. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena, Dean of Admissions; and Prof. Milagros F. Yosores, Dean of Student Affairs.
“Ta sinti kame para con ustedes” was the tagline of the cause initiated by the concerted endeavor of the different offices of WMSU. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO/WMSU)