In todayâ€™s fast-paced world, having a healthy work-life balance may already be considered a luxury â€“ but then there are also those altruistic souls who opt to go the extra mile and share their time, resources and skills to make a difference in other peopleâ€™s lives.
Take for instance the life story of Elmer C. Perez, a registered nurse and concurrently Planning and Monitoring Officer, Research Officer and Quality Assurance Officer at St. Judeâ€™s College in Sampaloc, Manila. While fulfilling his job in the college, Elmer also serves as a faculty member and team-leader of the School of Nursingâ€™s community extension services. He is also an accreditor of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).
Despite taking on multiple roles in life, Elmer has never lost sight of one of his passions: community development. To assist the community at large, Elmer joins medical missions to poverty-stricken areas in Manila, Caloocan, Sta. Maria, Bulacan, and Mulanay, Quezon, among other provinces. At home, Elmer is a proactive resident-coordinator at Riverfront Residences where he has been residing for five years now. Riverfront Residences is a mid-rise community in Pasig that offers a 3,000 square meter manicured linear park by the developed and scenic Marikina riverside. The community was developed by DMCI Homes, a triple A property developer.
â€œI guess helping improve the community has already become a calling for me,â€ smiled Elmer. â€œIt has since become an innate passion,which I have developed in my over twenty years of providing health care services to people with little or no access at all to healthcare.â€
While delivering medical missions and other community development programs, Elmer has learned a lot about the value of understanding the communitiesâ€™ needs as well as the strength of building partnerships. â€œWe have to know first what the communitiesâ€™ â€˜felt needsâ€™ are, to ensure active participation among community members in the implementation of programs. Coordination with the local government, health unit, and other relevant agencies is essential for the success of community development programs gearing toward people empowerment. This way, our effort will become a more holistic development project for the beneficiaries.â€
In much the same way, Elmer and his fellow resident-coordinators at Riverfront Residences had actively been implementing programs in coordination with the property management office of DMCI Homes. One of these events was a seminar-workshop-drill on disaster and earthquake preparedness. Other programs that Elmer and his fellow resident-coordinators had undertaken were a family day activity at Riverfront Residences, a trick or treat activity during the Halloween season and a blood-letting activity in cooperation with the Philippine Heart Center, among others.
â€œI believe, community development starts at home,â€ he said. â€œOur group of resident-coordinators wants a healthy environment where our children can grow-up in. And that can start in as simple as getting to know your neighbours, sharing know-how on relevant issues, or helping others in their own little ways.â€
In early 2010, Elmer and his wife Imelda â€œEmyâ€ together with their teenage sons James Benedict and Paulo have moved in to their two-bedroom unit at Riverfront Residences from their previous apartment in Sampaloc, Manila. â€œUpon first visiting the condominium, we were immediately attracted to the peaceful lifestyle and intimate atmospherehere (at Riverfront Residences). The wide open spaces and various amenities such as the swimming pool and basketball court have also caught the attention and interest of our kids,â€ Elmer recalled.
The developmentâ€™s twelve low-density, mid-rise residential buildings, complete amenities and clubhouse are bordered by the nature-rich Sunset View Park which is set along the banks of the scenic Marikina River. It is also conveniently located, being near the Ortigas Center, Eastwood City, Tiendesitas and SM Pasig.
Although close to a stream, the development never experienced flooding. â€œWe would hear news that major parts of Metro Manila are already flooded, especially in Marikina. But the condo was built on high ground and was thus spared from super typhoons like Ondoy,â€ Elmer recalled.
Elmer and his family also trust in DMCI Homesâ€™ high quality property ideals that it meticulously applies to all its developments, thus, making Riverfront relatively safe not only from typhoons but also from earthquakes. â€œDMCI Homes is known for highly durable foundations. Though we should always be prepared, it takes some of the anxiety off for earthquakes that might occur,â€ he beamed.
Moreover, the trademark serenity and security of the condominium has since helped Elmer gets that peace of mind whenever he is away from home for days doing community work. â€œThe tight security assures me that my family is safe as security guards are visible most of the time. On the other hand, going home after a hectic schedule is relaxing. The overall ambiance of the development is very conducive for rest and leisure.â€
Elmer works six days a week, sometimes even seven, but doing what he loves most has never daunted him and he is still able to find time for his family despite all his activities. Having lots of personal leisure time maybe ideal for many, but for Elmer â€“ a man on a mission â€“ doing his own share for the community as well as helping others brings greater joy and fulfilment. ###