LOOK: Leyte quake victims pay it forward to Mexico quake survivors

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 16) — Survivors of the magnitude 6.5 Leyte quake paid it forward by donating to other quake survivors in Mexico.

Over 120 families displaced in the Leyte quake were given housing in the villages of Rizal and Hiloctogan in Kananga, Leyte last November 5.

In turn, some of the beneficiaries donated coins and auctioned agricultural products. The proceeds, amounting to ₱29,722, went to Tzu Chi Foundation's relief funds for the Mexico quake survivors.

The series of tremors in Mexico — a magnitude 8.1 quake on September 8, and a magnitude 7.1 on September 19 — left 326 dead.

Rosalina Putoy from Barangay Rizal donated bananas and squash, which she grew herself.

"It is devastating to lose your home, and all of your possessions. It is harder if you don't have food to eat and water to drink. We experienced all of that when we were struck by an earthquake last July. I can say that we can really feel for the earthquake victims in Mexico. I have my donations here. This may not be much, but it comes from my heart," Putoy said.

Residents were thankful for the houses, which were built by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.

"Many of the housing recipients are farmers and are not well-off in life so for them to be able to come up with such massive donations, it means that they are really trying to give the best they can to help the victims of the earthquake in Mexico," said Tzu Chi volunteer Michael Siao.