On volunteers’ day, Gordon pays tribute to Filipino humanitarian workers
Senator Richard J. Gordon today paid tribute to the heroism and sacrifices of Filipino volunteers who risk their lives and safety in comforting the sick and aiding victims during disasters and emergencies, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gordon, a known advocate of volunteerism over his five-decade public service career, made the recognition as the country joins the whole world in commemorating the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development.
“Today, we honour millions of volunteers here and around the world who work selflessly and untiringly in building our communities a safer and better place for everyone, especially among the marginalized groups,” he said.
“Maraming salamat sa inyong walang-sawang paglilingkod at pakikipagkapwa-tao. Ang inyong kontribusyon sa ating lipunan ang ang nagbibigay sigla at pag-asa sa ating lahat, lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” he added.
Gordon also thanked the efforts of the thousands of volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the country's largest humanitarian organization, which will mark its 75th year in April 2022.
“I'm very grateful for our volunteers as they have been working hard every single day through the many ongoing programs of the PRC towards COVID-19 response. I admire your commitment to helping build a better and safer future for us all," he said.
The PRC has always been at the forefront of the country’s response to disasters and emergencies, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic where its largest testing facility recently breached the five-million-mark last Nov. 30.
“Our Filipino volunteers have strived to alleviate human suffering and uplifting human dignity by providing cash assistance and hot meals through its programs at the height of the pandemic,” he noted.
It may also be recalled that Gordon was also able to lead successfully around 8,000 volunteers to rehabilitate the former US Naval Base into the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), which he chaired from 1992 to 1998.
“Halos tatlong dekada na ang nagdaan na napatunayan natin ang boluntarismo ay nagbangon sa ating ekonomiya,” recalled Gordon during the SBMA’s 29th anniversary last Nov. 24.
“Ang tagumpay sa Subic Bay ay isang buhay na testimonya ng galing at sipag ng Pilipino upang makipagsabayan sa mga tigre ng Asya,” he added.
Over 200,000 jobs courtesy of multinational corporations such as FedEx, Acer, Thomson Audio, BICC Cables, Omron Mechatronics, Volvo Penta, Hitachi, among others, were created because of the effort of these volunteers to make SBMA an attractive destination for foreign investors.
Gordon said he hopes that more and more Filipinos will continue to step up to the plate in helping others as nation-building requires the effort of all.
“As we head at a crossroads in our country’s history, let us never forget to act on helping others and creating positive change for all. Let us continue to volunteer for our future,” he said.