By: Ellaine Kryss Hubilla
During the crisis brought by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not new for the public and private sectors to send assistance to their constituents and members respectively, as well as to those in need. One example is Regina Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia (RICA), a religious organization which has distributed vegetables and sacks of rice to their stakeholders.
On Regina RICA’s Facebook page, a post reads: “We distributed vegetables and sacks of rice to our out-of-job employees and volunteers. Our heartfelt thanks to all the donors. May God bless you all,”
According to Sr. Mary Epifania Brasil, OP Founder and Superior General of Regina RICA, “This is a joint venture with the ICA ROOKIES -74 from Canada. But in fairness, of all our distribution of relief goods through all our lockdown days, this distribution of vegetables is the one that gave us so much delight. We are very grateful to our farmers who shared us the fruit of the earth.”
The Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA Canada) is an international organization dedicated to “transforming lives for vulnerable people and communities.” The ICA ROOKIES ‘74 is the benefactor of the vegetables which was distributed by the Dominican Sisters and Regina Rosarii Contemplative Association members, while their lay mission partners were the benefactors for the sacks of rice.
Sr. Brasil, on the other hand, shared that vegetables were sourced from local farmers of Barangay Sampaloc in Tanay Rizal. “We are so happy to help our local farmers and share the bounty of the earth to our out of job employees and RICA volunteers,” she said.
One sack of rice was given to each stakeholder. While, vegetables that were given are squash, bottle gourd, chayote, silk squash, onion, garlic, camote, cassava, bitter gourds, ginger, string beans, coconut, okra, and many more.