The third episode of the Haiyan Conversations, themed Resilience and Sustainability, commemorates the tenacity and sustainable development of Typhoon Haiyan victims during their dimmest days. The activity was hosted by the Office of Research and Development and Extension Services on January 8, 2022, from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Ms. Peggy Sy Jiang, a representative from the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, was the episode’s major conversationalist, recalling how the foundation helped Leyte’s development during its darkest hours. A Taiwanese Buddhist nun, teacher, and philanthropist, Master Cheng Yen, founded the Tzu Chi Foundation. It is evident in Leyte how the aforementioned foundation has helped Leyte get back on its feet by providing different forms of support such as monetary, medical services, cash for work, shelter, essential relief operations and even renovated the Santo Niňo Church with a major refurbishment. The funds allocated by the Tzu Chi operations were raised through their modest efforts to solicit charity from people all over the world. During this online event, viewers expressed their appreciation and gratitude via messages in the chat box.

The activity was likewise participated by two invited reactors who were victims and beneficiaries of typhoon Haiyan particularly Mr. Jodel Barbosa, an accountant at SGB Accounting Firm and Mrs. Maria Victoria Arevalofrom the office of Civil Service Commission.  “For me, it was not just the monetary value but Tzu Chi gave hope to save us from those hard times…”, said Mr. Barbosa in favor of the foundation’s passionate charitable effort in Leyte after the typhoon’s damage. Mrs. Arevalo also seconded the generosity of the Leyte’s “Good Samaritan” during the typhoon’s havoc with an excerpt from her statement, “Whenever I hear Tzu Chi, I can easily relate it with compassion. Today, I am reminded again that love sets no boundaries…”.

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