Relief Operation for Typhoon Victims
Parents, teachers and students at Westbridge School in Iloilo mobilized quickly to distribute relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
November 21, 2013
Devastation in San Dionisio, a coastal town north of Iloilo City.
The staff of the Jaro Archdiocesan Action Center (JASAC), after making the rounds in the province, reported that many towns, especially in the northern part of Iloilo, were totally devastated by the super-typhoon. Among these are the towns of Janiuay, Barotac Viejo, Carles, Batad, San Dionisio, San Rafael, Balasan, Sara, Estancia, Concepcion, and Ajuy.
Typhoon Haiyan swept through the northern towns of Panay Island.
“The people of these towns are in urgent need. Whatever form of help you can extend, especially food, clean water and temporary shelters, such as tents or construction materials, will be highly appreciated.” Msgr. Meliton Oso, Director of the JASAC, broadcasted the appeal over local radio.
Immediately, the parents and students of Westbridge School, along with their friends, established a relief operation in the school lobby, receiving relief goods and packing them for the families in the typhoon-stricken areas.
On November 12 Lacaya, along with some parents and students, went to Ajuy to distribute food packs to 80 families. On November 13, Ronnie Gilles, with students and parents, delivered food packs for 200 families in the town of Batad. On November 14, Dennis Adolacion, Laurence Soteo and their students, delivered food and supplies to 200 families in 5 barangays of San Dionisio. An elderly woman in San Dionisio told the Westbridge team that the relief bag she received was the first they had received since the super-typhoon struck their town on November 8.
“So many people are still hungry and helpless in the north [of Iloilo],” Adolacion observed. “They’d smile and say thank you, but their eyes say that they suffered so much. Sometimes, merely looking at their situation is enough to make one cry.”
Westbridge parents, teachers and students mobilized quickly to reach the stricken communities.
The Iloilo Provincial Government sounded an urgent appeal for volunteers to pack relief goods. Westbridge teachers and students reported immediately to the Iloilo office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD). Hugo, Stephen and 18 other high school classmates joined the volunteers from all over Iloilo repacking clothes and foodstuffs for the northern municipalities. Romel, another classmate, was tied down that day as he was participating in a regional literary contest, which lasted until evening. As soon as the contest ended, he rushed to the DSWD to do his share of repacking relief goods.
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