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Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines get feted by Congress

MANILA, Feb. 27 – In recognition of its exemplary humanitarian services to the Philippines’ marginalized sector, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation was recognized and commended by members of the House of Representatives last Feb. 23.

Around 110 volunteers and staff of the foundation were present when House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte and Marikina Second District Rep. Romero Federico “Miro” Quimbo formally presented House Resolution 64 to Tzu Chi Foundation chief executive officer Alfredo Li.

“Today, Tzu Chi Foundation was honored in a proper venue, in this case, in the House of Representatives. I am very proud and happy that the invaluable contributions of Master Chen Yen and Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines for the past 17 years have been formally recognized by the Philippine government. As a volunteer, I am very much satisfied with this distinction and commendation,” Li said of House Resolution 64.

It was initially filed as House Resolution 662 last Nov. 18, 2010.

The said law expresses the appreciation and commendation of the House of Representatives to Tzu Chi Foundation for its valuable service and assistance to the Filipino nation.

Rep. Quimbo, in an interview, said that he felt duty-bound to author a resolution honoring Tzu Chi Foundation as the latter proved instrumental in assisting his district, Marikina, from the devastation brought by Typhoon ‘Ondoy” last September 2009.

“They (Tzu Chi Foundation) deserve all the recognition they can get as they provided valuable assistance in helping Marikina get back on track,” the legislator stressed in Filipino.

He also said that he finds the group’s teachings against gambling, gossiping, smoking, drinking, and eating of meat, and most especially the value of recycling and showing of compassion and charity to less fortunate individuals very timely in this time of calamity and natural disasters. (PNA)


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