AN OUTPOURING OF HOPE: Pilots’ Heroism During Typhoon Ulysses
Despite the maelstrom of devastation left by Typhoon Ulysses’ landfall in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on November of 2020, acts of kindness and stories of compassion took wings. Even as the aviation industry is yet to fully recover from the impact of COVID-19, two pilots were among those at the forefront of donation drives for Filipinos hard-hit by the typhoon and its aftermath.
Captain Jaimes Pagulayan, one of OMNI’s very own instructors and a resident of the highly-devastated province of Cagayan, took to himself to initiate relief efforts for his kababayans in his hometown of Enrile, Cagayan Valley.
“Being a first-hand individual who experienced this catastrophe, [I] had witnessed how people cry for help. In [these] trying times, who would one understand them, no one but who has the same plight like them. Being a true and full blooded Enrileno, my heart goes to them. At first, what only comes to my mind is to help my immediate family, but as we go along, many were devastated and even ask for help. My heart bleeds and cries as we witnessed how we were even more thankful and grateful that we were still alive,” Jaimes shared.
Cash donations for the said drive maybe coursed through:
Banco de Oro
Rene Hosmond Tallud
Land Bank of the Philippines
0127 2279 77- Savings Account
Donations in kind, on the other hand, may be coordinated with:
In a separate endeavor, Robert Longanilla, a pilot currently training at OMNI Aviation, also saw fit to render aid, particularly to the residents of the severely-flooded city of Marikina—in Barangays Tumana and Nangka.
When asked what urged him to extend help, Robert expressed: “It started with my brother in law being stranded. So we looked for a way to save him. On our way to rescue him, we saw how severe the situation is. We felt very blessed because we were not affected so we wanted to share that to the people who were severely affected. There were also other people who helped as well so it inspired me to also do it.”
Robert thanked the benefactors whose kindness brought hope to the victims of Typhoon Ulysses. “We are very thankful to the sponsors and donors because it wouldn’t have been possible without them. We thank them for trusting that their donations are with good hands.”
Meanwhile, Jaimes shared an uplifting message of inspiration in parting: “No one would ever deny that this would be a tiring one, but this selfless act would not pay any monetary value especially when you serve your fellow Filipinos. This is not a self-serving nor for personal advancement but witnessing how simple act of kindness would bring smile to their faces is very fulfilling and incomparable one.”