LOOK: Jennica Garcia joins #UlyssesPH rescue operations in Rizal, Marikina

Actress Jennica Garcia surprised netizens when she was seen joining rescue efforts for victims of Typhoon Ulysses in Rizal and Marikina as part of the volunteer group Alliance Search and Rescue.

Early Thursday morning, the daughter of veteran actress Jean Garcia called for prayers as her team was deployed in Rizal, one of the areas hardest hit by severe flooding that was triggered by the typhoon.

“Presence of mind, liksi ng katawan, lakas at ang kakayahan na mag improvise sa mga pagkakataon kung sakaling may kailangan na gamit ngunit hindi sapat. Higit sa lahat panalangin po sana ninyo na wag kami tamaan ng kahit anong uri ng sakit,” she wrote, while paying tribute to other rescue teams who responded to calls for help.

By late Thursday night, Jennica shared their experience of retrieving a lifeless body of a homeless woman in Barangay Tumana in Marikina City.

“A few hours ago, we retrieved a lifeless body of a homeless woman who drowned at Dona Petra, Tumana, Marikina. Napag alaman namin na ang kanyang pangalan ay ‘Terry’,” she said.

She narrated how difficult it was to carry the woman to their boat due to lack of equipment and the strong current of flood waters.

“We didn’t have a stretcher and other equipments needed to transport her to land at that exact moment. May alon kaya hindi na namin kinayang balikan ang mga gamit. We had to improvise to get her inside our boat.

“Ang bangka na gamit namin ay hiram lamang at hindi de-motor. Sinagwan namin ito at itinutulak hangga’t kaya pag ang tubig ay mas mababa sa aming dibdib.”

She continued, “Manang Terry, alam ko pong nakita ng Panginoon ang buhay ninyo bilang isang homeless dito sa mundo. Naway nasa tabi na po sana kayo ng ating Tagapaglikha.”

In her latest post, Jennica updated her followers that they were just having a quick bite before heading for another affected area when kindhearted people gave them more food to eat.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami dahil may tumigil sa kalsada kung saan kami kumakain para bigyan kami ng J.CO. Ang dami! Walo lang kami pero ang daming box ang sa amin ay ibinigay. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng mabubuting loob na nagbibigay ngiti at lakas sa amin. Tuloy pa po ang pag responde. Maraming salamat po ulit.”

But the day has not yet ended for Jennica as her eight-member group was going next to Cainta.

It’s not clear how she became a search and rescue volunteer, but this is not the first time Jennica became involved in such activities.

Last January, she was also part of the medical team sent to check on evacuees in the aftermath of the Taal volcano eruption.

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Sila ay ilan lamang sa napakaraming mga Nanay na nabigyan ng tulong dahil sa inyong mga donasyon. Kami po sa Alliance Search and Rescue ay taga dala, nagbibigay ng serbisyo patungkol sa pangangailangang medikal at nag rescue ng mga kailangan ng tulong para lumikas mula sa ground zero patungo sa evacuation centers. Marami nagawa dahil sa tulong ninyo sa amin po talaga. Sa bawat medical missions na aming ginagawa, isa po sa mga sinisigurado kong makarating ay ang importansya ng patungkol sa pagpapasuso ng sanggol. Hanggat may gatas pa ang isang ina mainam talaga ang pagpapasuso. Walang kapantay ang breastmilk. Lalo na po sa panahon ngayon kung saan ang lahat ay na a-alarma sa Corona Virus at ash fall sa hangin. Higit pa sa kayang ibigay ng over the counter vitamins o formula milk ang nutrisyon at bitamina na kayang ibigay ng BREASTMILK kaya kung kayo po ay nagpapasuso pa ng inyong anak, ipagpatuloy po natin ito. Hindi lason ang formula milk, I am grateful that it is readily available when needed. I myself, give growing up milk to my eldest who is 4 and is already weaned from my breast. HOWEVER, if you have the means to produce breastmilk for your child, I encourage you to continue feeding from the breast. Hanggat kaya, sige lang inay dahil walang kapantay ito. The Lord designed it to be PERFECT for your child. Kapag ang laway ng ating anak ay in direct contact with the nipple. The nipple sends a signal to your brain and your body produces the needed antibodies of your child. Nagiging akma ito sa kanyang pangangailangan, the moment the saliva touches the nipple. Sana po ay matapos na ang Corona Virus sa lahat ng parte ng mundo at patuloy na maging kalmado ang lupa ng hindi na pumutok ang bulkan. I also want to thank my husband who is doing all the housework and switching roles with me in caring for my children when I am out to be of service to mothers from different districts in the province. Mahal, your heart to offer help in your own way makes me love you more. You are very easy to love. Napapadalas ang ating arguments lately but I know that it is only because we are both exhausted. Thank you for being the best father to my children. I love you always, Alwyn.

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A mother of two kids with actor husband Alwyn Uytingco, she is also known in the online community as a vocal advocate of natural childbirth and natural parenting.

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