Rotary Homes (RH) is getting closer and closer to a state of self-containment, a community with its basic needs covered—decent shelter for its resident families, electricity, clean water flowing from taps, pathways with ornamentals, a multi-faith chapel, a multipurpose hall, a pre-school. And now, a two-story building that houses a health center and an e-library.
The two facilities, which were inaugurated and blessed last Saturday, March 26, fulfill two of Rotary’s six areas of focus—Disease Prevention and Treatment and Basic Education and Literacy. And because mothers and their children are sure to avail themselves of the services of the health center, a third area is covered as well—Maternal and Child Health. The e-library will get the residents onto the digital revolution bandwagon, the better to keep in step with change.
The building was funded by donations by Rotary Clubs from District 3490, with equipment, tools and materials to be funded by back-to-back global grants by two sister clubs—the library by RC Sanchung North of District 3490-Taiwan; the clinic by RC Paranaque St. Andrew (RCPSA) led by ASTP Edith Bernardo and PP Theda Collantes. D3490 Gov. Concrete traveled to Manila for the inauguration, where he shared the honors at the ceremonial ribbon cutting with PDG Sid Garcia, Rotary Homes Chairman, and PP Mario Jimenez of RC Palanyag Paranaque, representing Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez. PDG Sid, PDG Romy, DG Concrete and PP Mario Jimenez delivered brief messages.
Also present were PDG Bruce Allen of D9680-Sydney, past chair of The Rotary Foundation and current manager of Rotary Foundation business at RI’s South Pacific & Philippines Office in Parramatta, Australia; RH Trustee PDG Romy Cruz; our own Pres. David Ackerman, PE JunJun Dayrit, Dir. Chris Ferareza, and RCC vice-chair Manny Padiernos; RCPSA members; other RH trustees, and Stephen Rodgers, keynote speaker at the just-concluded 3830 District Conference.
PDG Sid later hosted lunch as the NYPD Restaurant of Resorts World.