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Batch 7: Balayan, Batangas

“Help Us Help Them” has always been our plea to those who maybe able to join us in our effort to reach out to the less-fortunate. On Saturday Sept 18th 2021, we teamed up with the Democratic Independent Worker’s Association and changed our mission to “Helping Those Who Help Others” as we visited Balayan, Batangas to help the local Police Hotline Movement, Inc.

The town of Balayan has suffered massive destruction caused by the floods of Typhoon Kiko on Sept. 11th 2021. The town chapter of the PHMI was first on the scene to help it’s people during and after the flood. Performing their tasks even with their own lives, families and house going through the same ordeal as the people they were helping. People tend to forget that these volunteers are victims as well, and they deserves plenty of recognition and help.

1in3out teamed up with DIWA to give PHMI a little bit of help and relief. DIWA is a registered non-government party-list with a mission of ensuring the protection and upholding worker’s rights. They are heavily involved with independent workers who has no protection by organized labor groups and unions. Our collaboration is a perfect combination of each’s group idealism, helping the people who’s own task is to help those in need.

Due to the area’s quarantine rules, this is our first donation distribution since June. We met up with PHMI and was welcomed with their very organized and friendly members. Masks were worn, and we gave some to those who need one. Social distancing was in place both with the chairs and when standing in line. Due to the facility’s capacity rules, only the members/head of family was allowed to join the distribution. The majority can be seen wearing their blue uniform shirts with a couple bags of clothes.

Another successful distribution in the books. We would like to thank DIWA for giving us the opportunity to work with them, and get us connected with the hard-working people of Balayan. Thanks to PHMI for having us in their town and for all the volunteer work they do for their people. As always, thank you to all the donors and sponsors who donated clothes and financial he

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