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Davao Cash for Work Cleanup Drive Day 2

September 05, 2019 | Anna Geronimo

One of the block leaders, Florencia Salva, cries during meditation.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

Story Highlights

  • On the second day of the Davao Cleanup Drive, more people and heavy equipment join in the cleanup of Barangay Talomo.


On the second day of the Cash for Work Cleanup Drive, 22 volunteers and 5 staff head to Purok 62, Barangay Talomo. They were greeted by so many residents, hearing the news of what happened on the first day.

Assembly started and more blocks and block leaders were added to accommodate the mass of people teeming the area. They were so enthusiastic that even children wanted to help clean the place. A total of 894 residents of the Barangay registered and after being given wheelbarrows, shovels, and gloves, they perform a rousing cheer of “Tzu Chi, Tzu Chi, Tzu Chi! Go! Go! Go!” then disperse in lines to start the cleanup.


The work was grueling, as it had rained the day before and made the mud wet and a slog to get through. Many of the residents who did not have boots carefully maneuvered through the muddy road so that they will not to cut their feet on debris. With the assistance of 5 dump trucks, 4 mini dump trucks, 3 mini pay loaders and 1 mid-sized pay loader, the debris that was piled on the road in sections began to clear.

As soon as junk and most of the mud is taken by one team, another team comes in to clean the road with water to make it easier for the wheelbarrows and heavy equipment to pass. This made the work go even faster than the day before to the point that only the mud in hallow areas has to be addressed.


Lunch was prepared by teams of Tzu Chi volunteers and women of the village to accommodate the mass of people that came.


By mid afternoon, residents cheered when the last dump truck hauled away all the debris.

Before the day ends, Tzu Chi volunteers explains the mission vision of Tzu Chi with the residents and hope that they can share the same attitude with others. They perform a sign language song dedicated to the volunteers, and then joined everyone in prayer before the distribution of cash assistance. Many of the residents cried and some of the volunteers cried too when they went to comfort the residents.


Small coin banks, the foundation of Tzu Chi itself, were passed around to remind the residents to share whatever kindness they can in helping Tzu Chi help others. A lot of the residents willingly give what they could to show their gratitude.

Before the residents leave, many of them approach Tzu Chi volunteers to bid them good night and give their heartfelt thanks.

  • One of the heavy machinery small enough to fit on the roads carries the mud and debris back to the dump trucks.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • To make the work go faster, men shovel the mud on one of the heavy machineries.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • Joven Uy, a Tzu Chi Bohol volunteer, speaks the local vernacular and makes it easier for the crowd to understand him.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • One of the participants cry during prayer as a Tzu Chi volunteer comforts her.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • Nelson Chua offers the coin bank to some of the participants and they reciprocate in kind.【Photo by Anna Geronimo】

  • The little chapel is clean on the inside after only two days of work. What a difference team work makes! 【Photo by Anna Geronimo】