All Things Work Together For Good…
After the Enhanced Community Quarantine was implemented in Luzon on March 15, 2020, a lot of good-hearted people immediately looked for what they can do to help. Although the quarantine meant that they should stay at home to be safe, for some people, it did not mean sitting back and relaxing. It meant squeezing their brains and working in order to help out those who are in the front lines in the fight against the pandemic, that is Covid19.
For Fai and Melody Chua of FMC Research Solutions, Inc., the burden began when they found out that masks and medical gowns were depleting at the Philippine General Hospital. They knew they couldn’t just sit and watch movies all day, while they see real-life news unfolding before their eyes. They shared their burden to friends, family, relatives, and church family. These trusted friends and loved ones immediately stepped up and offered many ways they can help. Some of them offered their trusted contacts, social media network, and eventually, orders were made in China, and the first batch of items arrived on March 23, 2020 in the Philippines. Many people helped, from the Customs, to the NBI, PNP, and other kind-hearted individuals who had their share of efforts, big and small, to make the donations, distribution, and audit possible.
That same day, with the help of the Philippine Relief and Development Services (PHILRADS) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), they were able to distribute 20,000 pcs of N95 masks to the following hospitals: Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Philippine Lung Center, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine General Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, PNP General Hospital, Amang Rodriguez Hospital, and San Juan de Dios Hospital.
As of writing, a second batch of donations (5000 medical gowns and 100,000 pcs of surgical masks) are already on its way to the country. These will then be distributed to the police, healthcare workers, and other front liners during this crisis.
Where it all Began…
FMC “For My Country” Research Solutions, Inc. is a Filipino Corporation that specializes in high security printing solutions against counterfeiting and forgery. It is the first and only ISO 37001:2016 (Anti-Bribery System) certified company in the Philippines. Their security features were adapted in the Philippine New Generation Banknotes, Philippine coins, Philippine machine-readable passport, E-passport, Marina’s New Generation Seafarer’s Identification Document (SID) and Record Book (SRB) and other important national documents.
FMC has its own projects in reaching out to others, such as scholarship program and relief during calamities. They call this their “5 loaves and 2 fish” project. Their recent relief efforts towards people affected by the Taal Volcanic eruption was done in partnership with the Philippine Relief and Development Services (PhilRADS).
Philippine Relief and Development Services (PhilRADS), on the other hand, is the relief and development arm of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches. For over forty years, they have served various communities affected by man-made and natural disasters, from typhoons, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruptions, and other calamities. They provide relief to the most vulnerable communities, and as more resources are available, they also help rebuild destroyed communities through their rehabilitation and livelihood projects.
PHILRADS Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ms. Rose Handog, is connected with the FMC through their Bible Study group. Having like-minded goals in serving people in Jesus’ name, they found themselves working together to respond to the needs of today’s crisis. By pooling together their strengths, resources, and connection, nothing seems to be impossible, as “all things work together for good for those who love the Lord” –Romans 8:28.
If you have the burden to contribute in helping others during this challenging time, you can reach out to people and share your burdens, because the people you share your burdens with, might just be waiting for someone like you to contribute your part in the greater work God is doing for all His creation.
*FMC wishes to thank the following for making the Covid Mustard Seed Project a reality: CKSC batch ’92, FOCIM/GCF/YGC family, MTN Esthetique Supplies, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Elwin and Arch Ann Chan, the China buyers (Amy, Danielle, Season), Mr. Joseph Bilangbilin of Reyes-Tacandong for offering his audit services pro bono, Ms. Ingrid Chua for offering her social media network, Idemia, JP Ting, Hugues, Annabel How, and many more. For colleagues in the FMC tribe, Jen, Hazell, Vanz, Mot. And for the government’s equal support: Bureau of Customs (Commissioner Guerrero, Ms. Mimel Talusan and team), the PNP, NBI, etc.