The ‘Eagles’ brings pantry to remote Pangasinan village

May 25, 2021 People's Tonight 350 views

A REMOTE village in San Fabian, Pangasinan was finally reached by a civic organization which brought in the now very popular community pantry.

The Fraternal Order (Philippine Eagles), a nucleus group, believes that strong fraternalism should characterize humanitarian service. Its guiding principle is “service trough strong brotherhood.”

Bgy. Chair Remedios Enriquez of Bgy. Bolaoen, said they gladly welcome the offer from ‘The Fraternal Order of Eagles,’ (FOE) “Maagap NCR Super Eagles Club,” in partnership with Mrs. Globe Philippines 2019, Mariz Songcuan; San Fabian PNP Chief Maj. Hermelita Guitering. There are other stakeholders, sponsors, donors. LGUs provided the logistics.

Enriquez said the bgy. population is more than a thousand but the pantry could only afford to provide for 300 residents. “We gave out stubs to those very indigent families. I even talked to my beneficiary friends to give way and I retrieved their stubs,” she added.

Guitering who led the giving out of goods said Sitio Tablon, Bgy. Bolaoen is a ‘forgotten’ village when it comes to relief goods or aid because of its distance from San Fabian proper. One has to pass through dirt road and only accessible by big cars or four-wheel drives. There is an ongoing road construction in the village.

Guitering and Enriquez, a former Aviation Security Group member, claim the village has zero crime, “not even simple theft.”

Songcuan who hails from Bgy. Haway in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, said her heart is for the poor. “Naalala ko pa nung maliiit ako, lubak-lubak ang daanan sa lugar namin. Mas malala pa dito. Laking bundok ako.”

Songcuan, an IT graduate, is now connected with the Bureau of Customs as its representative.

FOE “is an international fraternal non-profit organization founded in 1898 in Seattle, Washington. It unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.”

‘Eagles’ was born in the Philippines in 1979 during a rendezvous of a group of men in Aberdeen Court in Quezon City. Several succeeding meetings saw the increase in membership.

The group adopted the name ‘Fraternal Order of Eagles (Philippine Eagles)’ because the Philippine Eagle is an indigenous but endangered bird but is after all “a majestic bird, courageous, noble and possessed the keen foresight.”