ASEZ Cleanup near PUP Manila
ASEZ Cleanup near PUP Manila

Top Universities in One Goal through ASEZ

185 students from the Elohist University Clubs Association in Metro Manila joined the 3438th Worldwide Cleanup Campaign, entitled “Green Campus Cleanup” launched by ASEZ in celebration of winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, near PUP Manila on the 15th of January 2017.

On the same day, the National University of Singapore, ranking 12 in the world, Germany’s Humboldt University of Berlin, Paris Descartes University (Paris V), Chung-Ang University of Korea, USA Seattle’s University of Washington, Republic of South Africa’s University of Cape Town, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mongolian State University of Education, Australia’s Western Sydney University, and around 80 international universities, simultaneously conducted a cleanup drive in and out of campuses, in accordance with this event by ASEZ.

In the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) spearheaded the event, and Elohists from the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UP); National University (NU); University of Caloocan City (UCC); Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), Systems Technology Institute (STI), and Marikina, put on their gloves and brought sacks to transform the PNR railways near PUP Manila. They were joined by personnels from Manila City Hall, Barangay Officers, and PNR policemen.

150 Sacks in Only around 2 hours despite Trains and Trolleys

Despite PNR trains passing by the cleanup area every hour, and trolleys every now and then, the disturbance did not stop the Elohists to still remain energetic and joyful throughout the duration of the cleanup, from 9AM until before 12NN. In order to ensure the safety of the valiant students, 13 policemen from the PNR station stayed and guided them. Even children from the nearby residential area couldn’t help but join. As they saw the zeal and kindheartedness of the students, they became curious and consequently started to follow them. They were provided with gloves as well. The kids’ help and fun chatting provided Elohists with more motivation and spirit so they filled sacks much faster. In only around two hours, 150 sacks were collected.

Unity even after event, not only among members but with everyone else

In bringing the sacks of garbage to the assembly place, unity is evident among the members. They formed a line from the railways and passed sack after another until it reached the dump area. They cleaned themselves through the provision of the Barangay Hall. Afterwards, they were provided with food at the tent put up by the organization for the event.

Even the Manila 6th District Councilor, Carlos “Caloy” Castañeda, showed support as he sent Miss Angela Castañeda on his behalf. Nine officers from the Barangay Hall came to the event as well.

RPO Orlando Bolima
RPO Orlando Bolima

RPO Orlando Bolima commented, “This is no small thing! Even though you covered only a small portion of the PNR railways, a lot of garbage were already removed from the area–it looks over a ton already! Maybe this time, this event would engrave in the hearts of the residents that they themselves should have the initiative to clean their surroundings, because even you, who are not from here, willingly cleaned their garbage for them. This is a good example. Your activity is very meaningful.”

ASEZ, Students in Unity for a Good Cause

ASEZ is a university student voluntary organization of the Church of God. The members are working to help and give hope to people in the global village. They do so in terms of environmental protection and emergency aid activities and social welfare and awareness enhancing programs. All these are to ultimately practice the love of God the Father and God the Mother. Elohists hope to encourage students to work with them in unity towards achieving one goal: a better world, starting from their own campuses.