I remember when I first heard of Habitat for Humanity was at the Jimmy Carter Project way back 1999 in Marigondon, Naic Cavite, where 190 houses were built by more than 5000 volunteers coming from different sectors of the society. There was even a period during the house build where VIPs actually spent a few hours of hollow block overlaying, cement mixing and other basic carpentry work. Popular personalities such as ambassadors of different countries, celebrities and former Philippine and US presidents dipped in together and got their hands dirty as these personalities side by side with ordinary volunteers worked together in building decent houses for poor families. Since then, Habitat for Humanity has been very visible in building houses in poor communities all over the country.
This year Habitat is celebrating its 25th years in the Philippines and part of its one long year celebration was the recognition of 11 staff who have been serving the organization for more than 10 years. Yesterday, May 24, 2013, the rest of the staff in the Habitat’s national office ceased the regular working day to celebrate and recognize these special people who have shown integrity and commitment in the organization. These dedicated employees are: Boyet Macorol, Anne Nagtalon, Joe Saguing, Sharon Magat, Nova Concepcion, Alfonso Masangkay, Ving Mayorlago, Flora Enriquez, Marcia Yogore, Maleleel Pedroso and Teresita Soriano.
(from left to right - top row) Mr. Charlie Ayco- CEO, Joe Saguing, Boyet Macorol, Alfonso Masangkay, (from left to right - bottom row) Marcia Yogore, Inday Pedroso, Ann Nagtalon, Tess Soriano, Loi Enriquez, Connie Nova and Ms. Yvonne Lih - CFO
These people of Habitat were the once who have stayed and continue to serve even during the tough and dark days of the organization. After we ate lunch, the program in charge Ms. Angie Cloa, of HR Department, called each recipient of the award and was ushered in front of everyone. Ms. Cloa cited some of their exemplary achievements, anecdotal learning and experiences in the field through the years of their unwavering service. After which, Sir Charlie Ayco, CEO and Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines shared to everyone a run through of HFHP history, form its struggling days where they transferred from one office to another, employing 25 staff doing multi-tasking from driver to photo-copier to Project engineer and site manager. Some were even gone a little emotional as they recollect those days where HFHP faced and battled the challenges and adversities.
Awardees enjoying their tokens, Casio G-schock
As Habitat for Humanity celebrates its 25 years of hard work and miles-stone achievements, the organization likewise remained to be steadfast in its mission and that is to gather more people together in building homes community and Hope for those who have none.
Bistek Vill in Payatas, QC
Happy 25th Year Anniversary Habitat for Humanity Philippines! Here’s to 25 years more in building more dreams for the Filipino people.