New Barili is a community. They are indeed a unified body of individuals. It was such a sight to see the enthusiasm of the people attending the barangay assembly. Despite the heat of the sun, we had a good turn-out of 160 out of 175 households; a very impressive attendance according to Dra. MaitaLadeza, Municipal Health Officer of Tampilisan and our very own preceptor slash adviser slash community big boss and slash MOTHER. This community is indeed more than ready than what we imagined.
The game-plan was set. The tenting took ten million years to install(thanks to Rafshan, Richmond, Geode and the kagawads), but it looked elegant despite the big hole in the middle. The sound system was 60% bass, but you could hear us from the next mountain. The snacks we prepared somehow multiplied like the manna Jesus shared to the Israelites with special thanks to the BHWs and neighbor who helped us in the food preparation. Our energies were up to the roof. Footsteps started to be heard..
At 1pm, the barangay hall was flocked with men, women and children. All with warm smiles. A prayer blessed our assembly. The Barangay captain introduced us and the crowd accepted us. We divided the crowd and conducted a focus group discussion to get the insight of the people. We assessed their needs, wants, and problems. Then we presented our data in the most comprehensive and illustrative manner we could think of. One by one, we explained the health problems we saw according from the survey we conducted. I did not expect such willing participation. They were allowing us to help them. They understood our purpose. They supported and added to the data we presented. Our relationship strengthened. After sorting and taking note of all the input, we had a very special guest to summarize and give encouragement, Dr. Ladeza, our Municipal Health Officer, also known as our community big boss. She knows the people by heart. We saw how she connects with the people. It was inspiring.
Everyone stayed til the end of the assembly. And I'm pretty confident it was not just because of the free snacks. Everyone participated because they saw an opportunity for communication. An opportunity for improvement. They care about each other, that I saw clearly. It's not difficult to serve people who acknowledges the need for improvement. Assembly day gave us a glimpse of how the community is willing to let us into their life. So far, things are looking bright.
Princess Shelmerry Dawn M. Que
ADZU-SOM Level 1