Various groups are collaborating to gather one million volunteers to support the government’s rehabilitation and recovery efforts in areas struck last year by Super Typhoon Yolanda, an official of Philippine Medical Association (PMA) said on Tuesday.
PMA President Dr. Leo Olarte said the volunteers have started coordinating with other non-government organizations and the private sector for a multi sector initiative that would field volunteers who have the expertise in different fields, particularly housing, health, livelihood and education.
“We plan to begin on April 9 and will volunteer until June 12—or 60 days—from the Araw ng Kagitingan to the Araw ng Kalayaan. This will be known as Bayanihan Challenge 2014,” he said.
The PMA president explained it would take just a few months to rebuild the homes of the typhoon victims, but they need volunteers.
“This is why we need volunteers and private sector help,” he said.
Olarte added that the recruitment of one million volunteers could set a new record as the most number of volunteers in the Guinness Book of Records.
“We are doing this to refocus and let the people know that there is much to be done. We must put an end to the negative propaganda and instead concentrate on helping our fellow countrymen who had been gravely affected by Typhoon Yolanda,” he said.