ONE low-profile player has been anything but idle in this typhoon-induced PBA break.
Meralco Bolts forward Sunday Salvacion is busy taking care of some 50 families left homeless by the rampage of typhoon Maring in his neighborhood in Bayugo, Buliran in Antipolo.
Since Tuesday morning, Salvacion and his family have been providing shelter and food to around 300 neighbors affected by the raging flooding that have hit their area.
“May ilang families kaming tinutulungan, kasi nakakaawa sila. Nawalan sila ng tirahan tapos karamihan sa kanila walang naisalba kahit ano,” said the player's wife, Hazel Buerano-Salvacion.
Hazel told Spin.ph that Sunday even went to the point of opening the doors of his sister’s newly built house in Antipolo to provide temporary shelter for the affected families.
“Sa kapatid ni Sunday yun … kay Leonette. OFW sa Singapore. Hindi pa nga nagagamit yung bahay, pero nag-decide kami na ipagamit na lang muna,” she said.
“May mga bata pa kasi yung mga pamilya na aming pinatira. Alangan namang hayaan nating mabilad sa ulan,” added the Infanta, Quezon native, who was at the grocery shopping for more basic goods when Spin.ph caught up with her on the phone.
Asked why they decided to help, Misis Salvacion replied: “Kung tutulong tayo, hindi na natin iisipin yun. Kung nakita niyo mga bata na dala nila, makukurot din puso niyo!”
Meanwhile, the sweet-shooting forward from Surigao del Sur will also be taking part in relief efforts organized by Meralco and the rest of the companies under Manny V. Pangilinan.
Meralco governor and PBA vice-chairman Ramon Segismundo bared that the company has tapped its players to provide assistance in its relief programs.
“Marami kaming relief efforts by the Meralco Foundation, like the whole Bolts team, we will have packing of relief goods sa loob ng Meralco mamaya,” said Segismundo, who bared that other MVP teams like Talk 'N Text and MVP-backed collegiate squads Ateneo and San Beda will take part in the relief efforts.
“Mismong si Chairman MVP is spearheading this program. We will provide assistance. Naka-schedule na kami sa Cavite, Pampanga, Bataan. Chairman MVP himself is in Baseco to give away goods,” he added.
“Even our national boxers are in Bacoor distributing relief. And we have a Meralco rescue team out there,” he added.
The relief efforts are under the 'Tulong Kapatid' and 'Alagang Kapatid' program of the companies controlled by the business magnate, who is coming off a successful stint as top backer of the Gilas Pilipinas team that snared a seat in the 2014 world championships.