KOPEC, Songgok University conduct community programs

The Korea-Philippine Cultural and Educational Exchange Center Corporation (KOPEC) Seoul Chapter President GimGwang Su donated two wheelchairs to residents in the Municipality of Boljoon, Cebu last February 23.

The recipients of the wheelchairs were Ranny Gaco, 31 and a resident of Sitio Kalumbuyan, and Joseph Joy Ruela, 24, from Barangay Poblacion.

In a phone interview, Luisita Gaco, wife of Ranny shared that her husband’s condition was due to injuries obtained in the chest and back area in 2013.

“The injuries appeared out of nowhere. We don’t know for surewhy he can’t walk anymore but we believe it was because of those wounds,” the 28 year old housewife added.

Gaco worked as a construction worker before his disability.

“Thank you so much KOPEC for giving us a wheelchair and the health kits. It is a very big help to my husband,” Mrs. Gacoexpressed.

Meanwhile, Ruela was born with cerebral palsy.

His mother, Euphenia Ruela shared that because of the said disease, his son was not able to go to school and just stays inside the house every day.

“We are very thankful to KOPEC for the wheelchair plus the health kits and also to our beloved Mayor Merlou Derama for hearing our request. Now, Joseph can go outside the house conveniently.”

KOPEC Philippine Chapter President Dr. Choi Hoon Young conveyed that he likes helping people with disabilities.

“PWD’s are also created by God. Somebody should help them. I like to be one of those people that help them,” he explained further.

Furthermore, Dr. Choi also thanked Cebu Vice-Governor Agnes Magpale for introducing to him the medical situations of the two men and his companions Choo Seung Hwan and Jang Mis Ugfor helping during the distribution.

Feeding Program

Moreover, Songgok University together with KOPECPhilippines conducted feeding programs for single parents, persons with disabilities, and fire victims last January 25 and 27.

On the 25th, the feeding activity was held at Cebu Cherish School, and international Chinese School headed by KOPEC Adviser Dr. Ester B. Velasquez.

A total of 200 students and single parents attended the said feeding activity.

While 300 people joined the feeding program at San Nicholas Elementary School on the 27th.

According to Dr. Choi, donuts and cakes were made on the spot by the beneficiaries.

“What we do before is we buy food for them, now we teach them how to make food,” he explained.

The feeding program activities were sponsored by Air Busan, Koreana Grocery, Busan Happy Bakery, Mr. Choo Chul Ho, and KOPEC.

Songgok University’s Vice President Wang Eun Sook also graced the feeding events.