BGen Virgilio M Espineli, the Assistant Division Commander of 8ID assisted by Lt. Col. Leo Lorenzo Madronal, Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO, G7 handed over a wheelchair to one of the indigent beneficiaries of Samar. (AFP)
BGen Virgilio M Espineli, the Assistant Division Commander of 8ID assisted by Lt. Col. Leo Lorenzo Madronal, Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO, G7 handed over a wheelchair to one of the indigent beneficiaries of Samar. (AFP)

CATBALOGAN CITY – The One World Institute (OWI), a Northern California-based non-profit organization donated free wheelchairs to the “poorest of the poor” in the Philippines.

The OWI, which carry a slogan “charity is an act of love that seeks no reward,” handed over some 101 wheelchairs to the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines which likewise downloaded to their units in the fields for distribution in the villages.

Of the 101 wheelchairs, 24 were given to the poor recipients in Samar and Leyte.

In a Ceremonial Giving of Wheelchairs on Monday, the 8th Infantry Division thanked the OWI for such a generous act. A list of recipients was also prepared by the 8ID to be given during their Bayanihan Operations in the communities.

“I thanked the OWI especially soldiers of 8ID for choosing me to be one of the recipients of the free wheelchair. It is a big help to me,” said Angelo Gabiana, an indigent beneficiary from Brgy Dugongan, Jiabong, Samar.

“We will exert all our efforts through the support of other Stakeholders in the spirit of ‘Bayanihan’ in helping the community,” Lt.Col. Cerilo Balaoro Jr, Commander of 87th Infantry Battalion, said.

The 8ID said they will distribute the wheelchairs to the following areas in Samar and Leyte Provinces: ten (10) in Northern Samar; four (4) in Eastern Samar; six (6) in Western Samar; one (1) in Ormoc City; and three (3) in Southern Leyte.

Brig. Gen. Virgilio Espineli, the 8ID’s Assistant Division Commander officially handed over the four (4) wheelchairs to the recipients from Samar under the 87th Infantry Battalion as the supervising unit namely: Mr. Angelo P. Gabiana; Mr. Abelino C. Igdalino; Ms. Monica L. Gabane of Brgys Dugongan and Caulayanan, Motiong; and Mr. Ruben G. Gaben of Brgy Mercedes, Jiabong all of Samar.