By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Nov. 15, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT – The first team of nurses from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, with previous disaster experience, headed to Manila last night, to look into what medical relief operations in the some of the hardest-hit areas in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda.
“First and foremost, I’m a nurse and that’s second nature for us to help those in need, those who are sick,” Michelle Gutierrez, a nurse part of the delegation.
Another member of the delegation, nurse Joseph Catindig said he was moved to join the mission because, “It was heartbreaking to see the images of people I need on social media and on television.”
State Assemblyman Rob Bonta, the only Filipino in the California legislatur, were among those who sent off the nurses. Officers from the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns were also there applauding the nurses for taking time off work and volunteering to treat kababayans suffering from injuries and diseases.
“I’m proud and honored to be here with these brave and courageous nurses,” Bonta stated.
Zenei Cortez, co-president of the California Nurses Association said, “What we hope is to provide care for the wounded, the sick, provide them with food, water, clothing and shelter. As registered nurses, this is something we do everyday. We provide care.”
Delia Bernabe is a native of Tacloban City, the hardest hit of Typhoon Yolanda. She said she’s glad more medical help is on its way to the Philippines. She was at the airport last night to hand off a care package to a relative flying back to the Philippines, for her 93-year old father who survived Typhoon Yolanda.
“I’m so worried for my father because he’s alone there,” she lamented.
Bernabe said more help should come because people desperately need it. She concluded, “We should stand up for Tacloban. We should help each in bringing Tacloban back.”
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