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October 10, 2009

Hands On Manila Holds Service Marathon

Contributed by Arch. Rex Tamase, BS Architecture

Some 1,150 volunteers from Hands On Manila (HOM) and its partner corporations logged a total of 12,815 hours during the annual Service Marathon (Servathon), rehabilitating and repainting schoolrooms and libraries, hospital examination and treatment rooms; providing relief goods; extending free legal assistance; teaching basic cooking skills; even constructing houses at Habitat for Humanity sites.

At the Isaac Lopez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City, volunteers from the Bank of the Philippine Island and the law firm Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and De Los Angeles built tables and shelves for the school’s computer room and library; while at the Plainview Elementary School, also in Mandaluyong City, volunteers from the Far Eastern University, Globe Telecoms, Philippine Transmarine Carriers and Central Azucarera Don Pedro refurbished schoolrooms and tended the garden. Some helped in separating the pages of school documents which were submerged by floodwaters brought by typhoon Ondoy.

The Servathon, which was held on October 10, 2009, is an annual event to mark HOM’s anniversary.

HOM, established in 2001, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing members with diverse, flexible volunteer opportunities that address the needs of the community. Membership is free and is open to all interested individuals, groups or corporations. For more information on HOM, visit http://www.handsonmanila.org.ph/.

(A comprehensive list of Servathon 2009 activities and the partner corporations that undertook them may be found at http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20091012-229610/32-firms-join-annual-Servathon)