BULACAN, Philippines — After typhoon Pedring and Quiel brought strong winds and rains to different parts of the country leaving millions without their homes, it is nice to hear good news for a change.
A group of activist, calling themselves PLANTSA or Planking for National Teamwork & Stability Alliance with the help of the Philippine National Red Cross went to inaccessible areas that were hit hardest by floods. And in an act of humanity and sheer talent, one by one, PLANTSA members lay on the ground until forming a “human bridge” so that army trucks and volunteers could cross the flooded river where a bridge once stood.
Millions of evacuees were given bags of clothing, blankets, canned goods and rice as part of relief operations to the remote locations. “We are glad that PLANTSA members could extend a helping hand, I mean extended feet, during our kababayans time of need,” said a Red Cross representative.
Group Leader Tabunsio Lagdameo explained to the media on how their group was formed. “We kept seeing planking shone in the bad light in the news. Here in our country, planking is known to be used in demonstrations, often disrupting traffic in the metro and the like. We at PLANTSA are here to show everyone that not all trends are bad. Our aim is to remove the negativity from planking, first and foremost and other internet memes second and introduce alternative usage to them that are humanitarian and at the same time useful.”
“We are also planning to volunteer in the 2013 national & local elections with the help of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), to ensure the integrity in the counting of votes. We are going to introduce the “owling” method in guarding the ballots. This will guarantee that every single ballot would be counted with the watchful eye of PLANTSA in every corner of the nation,” added Lagdameo.
The approval for the petition of PLANTSA as election volunteer is still pending at the office of COMELEC and still subject for review.