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Hometown Heroes

Being a global citizen means to care for those closest to you. Being a global citizen means to be a hometown hero. You don't need to cater to the world to save it. The greatest compassion comes in the smallest form.

6 health workers, 1 midwife, and 4 Barangay Tanod have been saving the world each day. It is not an understatement to say that they have been risking their lives for the sake of others.

From 10:00 in the evening to 6:00 in the morning these workers intercept people coming through the Negros Oriental border, a Philippine province believed to have a positive case of COVID-19 according to Ma'am Susan Pesinable. The 4 barangays rotate on duty for 24 hours. Each with 1 midwife 6 health workers, and 4 Barangay Tanods with 2 Kagawads. They are on duty as our Barangay frontliners. Under an opened wall bamboo hut they remain on duty under the light of the moon, in order to ensure the safety of their community.

The spread of COVID-19 is an individual matter. It is what we do on an individual level that determines the course of the world. How can we expect to contain a pandemic, when the individual does not cooperate. As people move from regions to counties, to states, and to nations we connect to others unintentionally. This is the beauty and tribulation of interdependency. As one earth we are all closely connected. However, when it is the individual that causes the most slight imbalance of imbalances, the world as a whole will become the victim.

It is the volunteerism, the selflessness, the sheer compassion of the Bayanihan spirit to protect the lives of the world while risking their own. They are the reason why we feel assured. They protect their community, therefore they protect the world.

However, despite the sacrifice and tremendous aid they have given to the world, they only receive 900 pesos a month (about $37.45 U.S dollars), as most of the hours they put in are completely voluntary. But it is difficult for good works to go unnoticed.

The undying compassion that these people have for the safety of citizens they have never seen or met is something truly rare and special.

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