Sol Sagadal’s volunteerism has not been in vain

    Soldelicia “Sol” Valera-Sagadal, a nurse who has worked in Manila, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, volunteered to accompany an ailing Pinay in Riyadh on her trip back to the Philippines on Dec. 20, 2022.

    She was responding to a call from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh (POLO Riyadh) for volunteers to assist medically incapacitated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in their flight back to the Philippines.

    Sol was happy to perform a task for which she made an oath when she joined the ranks of professional Filipino nurses.

    Her family was happy that she would  do  a humanitarian ac.

    Her husband Cenon “Nonie” Cometa-Sagadal, Jr., a bank marketing representative in Riyadh, said, “My wife Sol’s gesture of volunteerism just shows her love for her profession and readiness to serve when the need arises.”

    Many lauded her.

    Resurreccion O. Ramos, a community leader in Dammam and a medical doctor, said,”Volunteerism is such a noble endeavor. Kudos to all Pinoy volunteers around the globe. The joy  they get in return is beyond compare.”

    Perla Bermudez Santos, Los  Angeles-based Pinay who founded the MOTHER movement in Riyadh, added, “I can relate. Volunteerism is laudable.”

    In Riyadh and Jeddah, her MOTHER movement did a lot of volunteer work.

    Antonio A. Alabastro, a veteran journalist now based in Manila but who worked for a long time in  a Brunei daily, added, ”Soldelicia soldiers on for the sick from Manila to Kuwait  and Saudi Arabia.”

    Relatives were equally appreciative of Sol’s humanitarian act.

    Khalid Mulpon Ebrahim said, “Kapatid po kami ng pasyente. Maraming salamat po sa pagboboluntarismo sa kapatid namin .”

    (We are siblings of the patient. Thank you very much for volunteering to help our sister.)

     But they were saddened by the fact that, although their sister made it back to her home country, she passed on two days later (Dec. 23).

    Abdulwahid Ibn Ebrahim, a brother, said, “Pero nakakalungkot lang na umabot lang siya ng dalawang araw sa ospital sa Cotabato.”

    (What saddens us is the fact that she passed on after only two days in a hospital in  Cotabato.)

    Sagadal was also understandably saddened by Norhaida’s passing but she draws consolation from  the fact that Norhaida was able to come home. “Kahit papaano sa Pinas na inabutan,” she said

    Soldelicia’s volunteering to bring home Norhaida had not been in vain.

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