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Valenzuela’s Physical Therapy paints Homes with a Smile
September 26,2017

 

“It is a pleasure to take on this lifetime experience of reaching out to our community even with simple work. This is improving man as man.” – John Vincent Pajarito,  PTCAG Officer

 

“There is a sense of fulfillment in helping other people, so I want to be a volunteer”– Laureen Cu, 3rd Year PT student

 

“It would be a great experience for us to participate in this kind of community service. It is like actualizing what we want in the future.” – Renz De Leon,  2017 APPTS representative

 

 

These are statements from students of the College of Physical Therapy (CPT) of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU), Valenzuela Campus, when they took part in the University’s 50th founding anniversary project, “50 Homes for Fatima’s 50 Glorious Years”. The said initiative entails OLFU’s funding of 50 homes, and the involvement of its employees and students in the construction of these homes. In partnership with the Habitat for Humanity, it will be remembered that a memorandum of agreement was signed last 21 October 2016, thereby putting the project into motion.

 

So on a bright and early Monday morning last 18th of September 2017, 20 volunteers from OLFU’s CPT Valenzuela responded to the challenge of painting three house units in Barangay Bignay, Valenzuela City. Comprising of 17 students and three faculty members, the compact team gave their best efforts as they aided in completing homes; each, good for a family of four. A gift from OLFU that could potentially change the lives of families for the better. The Monday activity also marked the beginning of the 2017 Physical Therapy Week which ran from September 18 to 23, 2017.

 

 

 

It took almost an hourto reach the construction venue where a warm welcome was laid out for them by coordinator and organizer, Vhing Mayoralgo. Assisted by barangay officials, he oriented the volunteers about the current status of the advocacy, the recipients, and the task that must be accomplished that very day.

 

Immediately after the orientation, work ensued in groups of three’s; with each group assigned to paint a specific house. The five hours of work was physically taxing, but spiritually fulfilling. There were the rounds of group photos and selfies but, perhaps, the most meaningful was a photograph together with a recipient of one of the houses, Porfiria Vinluan, whose daughter is an alumnus from OLFU’s College of Nursing and who now works in the Middle East. Vinluan expressed her deep gratitude for all of OLFU’s efforts, and said she hopes that the University continues with similar advocacies.

 

By noon time, the team called it a wrap, and were enveloped with the most profuse “thank you’s” from the residents of Barangay Bignay. And this was CPT Valenzuela’s uplifting experience of OLFU’s “50 Homes for Fatima’s 50 Glorious Years.”

                           

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