How a Local Lions Club brought service to the rest of Luzon
Updated: Nov 23, 2020
From the Desk
The last weeks have been marred with disasters. Typhoons barreled Luzon while the country is still fighting the CoVid 19 Pandemic. Everyone is helpless as we all fall victim to an enemy that cannot be evaded. As Filipinos, we have the capacity to rise from any defeat and though ill-bred politicians continue to romanticize the triumph of the Filipino Spirit, an organization in Pasig City has toiled so much in the service of the people.
The Pasig (Host) Lions Club since last week have been giving donations and organizing donation drives not only in the affected areas in the city but also in three major areas namely, Cagayan, Rizal and Bicol area. The Lions movement founded by the American Melvin Jones aims to support the people’s plight in different core areas such as hunger, environment, vision, pediatric cancer among others. The Philippines suffers from all these troubles adding up with the nation’s susceptibility to natural calamities. With that in place, Lionism scores high as an organization built and founded as a means to serve and uphold the humanity of peoples.
The Lions Club of Pasig is one of the few clubs in the Philippines that was able to maintain its firm grip in public service. The organization is indeed traditional but still regarded as a torch bearer of change and reform in the Lions District of 301-D2. Their impeccable manner of raising Lionistic Awareness is laudable as they do it their own way and lead by example.
During the onslaught of the Typhoon Ulysses which saw the repeat of the Ondoy-like situation in the Metropolis, The Pasig Lions Club was the first to respond. They organized soup kitchens in some Barangays in Pasig and quickly visited and coordinated the safety of their members amid the floods in Marikina and Pasig. This Lions Club is not a club of spectators, they do it and they do it their own way. Massive donation drives were organized by Lion George Ong-Tan and wife Rose to ensure delivery of donations to Ilagan, Isabela and Solano, Cagayan. The couple through their networks was able to pull out perhaps one of the most efficient and generous donations in the first 48 hours after the typhoon. Their support is not actually founded on their monetary contributions but on how they are able to balance their business and even use it to help the people. Lion George currently serves as a Global Action Team Leader for the Philippines and Guam and so far have been very active in the organization and even elsewhere promoting Lionism in every way he can. As of press time, the Ong-Tan family of the Lions Club of Pasig have organized another mission this time to Bicol Area with the help of the different Lions Members of the club.
Lion Rodolfo See and wife Leticia of Buting, also from the Pasig Lions Club have been very active in the causes of Lionism through their unconditional support to all the donation drives and missions of the club. Their help can be traced back on their early years as Lions and they were able to keep the flame and the flare of active membership intact. As they meet members, their warmth and genuine support inspires the club to continue in their quest for service. This recent calamity only proved of the couple’s generosity in the objective of the club, that is to serve.
The youth arm of the Pasig Club, the Leo Achievers of Pasig headed by Rachel Soliven and Eisenhower Carlos, II have been very busy in visiting covered courts both in Pasig and Antipolo. They have so far organized community kitchens as well as distribution of milk to the infants in the evacuation sites. In their youthfulness and vigor, the Leos are a concrete example of how the old was able to be a good model for the future.
Pasig as a town of champions can add the Pasig Lions Club as one of its laurels. For 70 years the club endured and grew out of service and unity to their fellowmen. Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations’ Safety! As what Lions stands for is lived out by the Pasig Lions in their different projects and programs for our fellowmen.