Masons volunteered to put back the big clock that is at the top of the facade of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Chalan Kanoa.
Members of the Emon Lodge No. 179 gathered together to haul the clock and install it back into place on Tuesday afternoon.
The clock was removed from its place when Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan in August.
Worshipful master Romeo “Bong” Malasarte said they just wanted to volunteer their manpower after knowing about the church’s need.
“A maintenance guy told me that they were looking for a contractor to do the job. So instead of having the church spend money for it, we just did it voluntarily,” Malasarte said in Filipino.
He said they did it for free as a service to the church.
Together with Malasarte were senior warden Peter Crisostomo, past masters Casiano Bostre and Wilfredo Ching, and masons Pete Reyes, Joel Subang, Val Bolivar, and Ronnie Ano.
Malasarte said it took them about an hour to do the work as they didn’t make use of any equipment and only utilized their manpower.
He added that Fr. Ryan Jimenez of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa thanked them for their volunteer work.
Aside from rendering service, Malasarte said they did it as they also want to show their support for the church in which most of them are also faithful believers. He hopes that this would further foster their good relationship with the church and the community.