By Sir Bong Grajo
1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears it.
ERIC is an organization of IT Professionals who volunteer their expertise for Information Communication and Management during disasters. They believe that in a disaster situation, information is as essential as food and water. With timely and accurate information, sound decisions could be made, coordination is facilitated, and more lives could be saved. They are primarily a non-profit and non-stock organization and sustain their operations from their own personal savings and donations from good-hearted citizens and generous institutions. Sir Bong Grajo, the Founder and President of Emergency Response Integration Center (ERIC), has been working hand in hand with LASAC since January 23 due to the eruption of Taal Volcano. Let us hear his experience in working with Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission.
"Isang matingkad na gawain dito sa Taal Response ng Archdiocese of Lipa ay ang pagdarasal. Sentro ng Command Center ang Chapel. Bago magsimula ang gawain, sama-samang nagdarasal ang mga staff. Habang nagta-trabaho ang mga staff at maraming volunteers, mayroong ang sadyang gawain ay manalangin (prayer warriors at prayer volunteers). At tuwing 11:00 ng umaga, titigil ang lahat sa kani-kaniyang gawain at mag-mimisa kung saan ang pari ay regular na binibigyang tanglaw ang buong gawain sa emergency response ng liwanag ng Salita ng Diyos.
Nakakatuwa isipin na sa lahat ng Disaster Response na nasamahan ko, dito lang ganito. Nakita ko na pwede palang sabay ang Emergency Work at Contemplative Work. Everyone in the center compliments and reinforces one another like a cycle of life, one cannot be without the other. Now I understand why other operations fail; walang Misa na nagsi-synthesize ng dahilan at kaganapan (reason for completion) ng gawaing pagtulong sa Emergency Work."
Jesus is the motivation of everyone working in the Command Center. He is also the reason why everyone is doing what they are doing. And finally, it is through Him that they will continue works of goodness for His greater glory.