Tweet from Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Mobilizes Thousands of Volunteers

Eric Olsen
September 18, 2013

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman used her twitter account to find volunteers.
In the wake of torrential rains and typhoons throughout the Philippines, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), called on citizens to aid their fellow Filipinos.

To meet the growing demand for relief packages, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman turned to social media to find volunteers.

On her personal twitter account she tweeted, “VOLUNTEERS! NROC needs you! Pls call 851-2681 / 511-1259 #reliefPH #rescuePH please share MAP ->”  Her call for volunteers was retweeted 109 time and the news also spread quickly across other social media outlets. Thousands of volunteers flocked to the NROC to help repack food and other relief goods.

Global Peace Youth Corps Philippines joined thousands of volunteers

On August 24th, Global Peace Youth Corps Philippines joined thousands of volunteers.  5,179 volunteers packed 116,202 family food packs and 2,884 non-food relief items.

Volunteers stood on their feet for hours, but they felt a sense of accomplishment, as each pack brings a small level of comfort and relief to families affected by the major storm.  DSWD Secretary Soliman commented that from August 20th to the 25th, the volunteer turnout was amazing. It was a display of true Filipino character.

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