ILIGAN CITY, Apr 29 (PIA) — The Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology Developmental High School (MSU-IIT DHS) Batch ’77 distributed five kilograms of rice and P1,000 each to 27 ‘kutsiros‘ (coachmen) here in the city.
The relief giving is an outreach program of MSU-IIT DHS ’77 to help the kutsiros, as well as their fellow batchmates, who are in an economically-challenged situation caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
John Genosa, a kutsiro for more than 30 years, expressed his gratitude to the DHS alumni.
“Dako kaayo ning pasalamat namo labi na panahon karon nga dili mi ka-biyahe tungod naay mga panghitabo nga pait. Pasalamat intawon mi sa dakong ayuda,” Genosa said.
[“We are greatly thankful for this, especially nowadays that we cannot drive for a living because we are facing a bitter situation. We deeply thank them for this big help.”]
Genosa also shared how much the pandemic affected the health of the horses and his family unfavorably.
“Ang amu-a man gud nga pang-kaon sa kabayo, ang uban nanga-yayat kai walay tarong kaon lageh, unya amung pamilya mukaon pa pod busa dako kaayu ni’g matabang sa amu-a sa sunod nga mga adlaw,” he said.
[“What we are worried about is the food for the horses, their bodies are already sagging because of malnourishment, and for our family, we all need food and this will help us cope for a few days more.”]
Rex Razo, the President of MSU-IIT DHS ’77 said the main goal of the activity is to provide the kutsiros an honorable token as a tribute to the city’s cultural heritage, the tartanilla.
“Sa uban ang tartanilla kay for sight-seeing lang, pero sa Iligan mode of daily transportation gyud siya. Mao nang naka-hunahuna mi nga ang mga kutsiro nalang ang amung tagaan isip pag-tubag sa atung kaakuhan nga kita muhatag ta sa atung mahatag didto sa mga angay tabangan,” Razo explained.
[“In other places in the country, the horse carriage is used only for sight-seeing, while here in Iligan we use it as a mode of daily transportation. That’s why we thought that these coachmen should be our beneficiaries as an answer to our goal that we should give to those who needed the most.”]
On behalf of his batchmates, Razo wished the kutsiros good health and to have faith in God. He added that all the hardships that the beneficiaries experienced will soon be returned as blessings, and all will thrive for a more prosperous life when things go back to normal.
“Sa ani na mga panahon, maningkamot mi na makahatag mi sa amung mga tabang og unsa among ma-share sa community,” Razo assured.
[“In times like this, we will try our best to give what little we could contribute and share with our community.”]
The MSU-IIT DHS ’77 also gave additional fast-food packs when the kutsiros left homeward bound. (CLV / PIA ICIC)