|Tacloban after super typhoon Yolanda.
Photo by William Hovland/Making Change – Norway
|Capt. Joeran Noesvik and Capt. Erik Blom while
donors started sending their donations to
NTC-M office in Taguig.
It was early morning of November 11 when all NTC-M employees got an email from Capt. Erik Blom; our Managing Director declaring the PHP 1 Million Pesos that our company will donate for the Yolanda survivors. He also stated that the KFO vessel chartered by the Norwegian Training Center for the maritime training of cadets will be utilized instead to transport life saving food and water to Tacloban.
Many have admired the quick response of NTC-M and all the people behind the relief operations as the Kapitan Felix Oca (KFO) chartered by NTC-M was the first vessel to reach Tacloban port. How the people behind the relief operations moved heaven and earth to organize the relief, gather donations, load tons of goods to the ship and repack thousands of family packs onboard can help me make a new book with several chapters of consolidated heroic acts worth sharing and worth reading.
I have a list of more than 100 corporations, government agencies, organizations and private individuals who have made the relief operations possible but it will take up the entire page trying to mention everybody; to those who have made their part, who have shared their time and their energy for this cause, you should all be proud of yourself.
The shipboard familiarization was the cadets’ first introduction to seaman’s life. It shall serve as their learning process to a deeper appreciation of their respective maritime courses.But due to the change of direction, they got more of what they supposed to learn. Capt. Blom refers to it as added value as they also learn to organize themselves in crisis, quickly manage to be of service to those in need and in unison made themselves a transporter not just of food and water but of hope to those who badly need it.
In the 3 legs of operations, 600 tons of donations, food, water, canned goods, clothes, medicines, mattress, toiletries and a lot more were safely delivered and reached more than 100,000 families in Tacloban and Coron.
To all the donors, cadets, organizers and everyone involved in this advocacy, I salute each one of you for your act of kindness.It is always true that giving is loving and not any amount is lost through such act of kindness for it will always return to you in hundred folds.