In the aftermath of Super Storm Yolanda, the stories of tragedy, grief, and resilience abound, and in the midst of these, no one can just stand around and watch. Everyone can do something to help the survivors in rebuilding their lives.
In coordination with the whole Lasallian community of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), De La Salle Health Sciences Institute has launched a relief drive to make a substantial contribution to the support that the Lasallian community is reaching out to the survivors.
As of November 16, the Lasallian Formation and Social Action Office (LFSAO) has reported a total cash donation of Php320,071.50. This includes the budget of the De La Salle University Medical Center for its annual gift-giving program for underprivileged children, which the management has decided to donate to the relief drive.
“We have also sent six vans containing assorted goods and 200 5-day family packs to the centralized relief center at De La Salle Zobel. These goods, along with the goods from other La Salle schools, were shipped to Guiuan, Eastern Samar on Saturday, November 16,” says LFSA Director Myra Patambang. More family packs are also being prepared to be sent to Coron, Palawan, another community hit hard by the typhoon.
DLSHSI is also organizing a medical team that will be sent in areas where they are needed most. “We would like to thank the community for their overflowing generosity. We need to do more,” says Patambang.
According to Patambang, the Lasallian Justice and Peace Commission of the DLSP has enjoined all Lasallians to take part in this massive effort of providing support to the survivors. Here are four ways:
• Deposit your cash/check donations to this account:
BDO Peso Savings Account
Account Name: HERMANO (SAN) MIGUEL FEBRES CORDERO MEDICAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC
Account Number: 004300244165
• Hand in your cash/check donations at the following offices
1. Lasallian Formation & Social Action Office (4th Flr, Old College of Medicine Building, local 1393)
2. Lasallian Mission and Linkages (Room 8109, Ground Floor, Wang Building, local 3000)
3. Hospital Information Office (Lobby, Building 3)
All donations will be properly acknowledged with receipts. For deposits, pls fax or email your deposit slips with your name and contact info to the following:
FAX: (+6346) 481-8003
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
• For ONLINE DONATIONS, visit the calamity fund donation page at
2. PACK RELIEF GOODS
DLSHSI is continuously packing donated goods at the basement office of DLSUMC. Those who want to reserve a schedule may call the LFSA at 046-4818000 local 1393.
You can also join the DLSHSI team on November 20 to help pack goods at DLSU in Taft. Assembly is 8am at small canteen. You can sign up at LFSA (local 1393 for transpo arrangement).
3. VOLUNTEER AT VILLAMOR AIRBASE
Hundreds of survivors who left their homes in Visayas are arriving at Villamor Airbase everyday. Many of them will need various forms of support to get to their destination. Here are ways by which you can help:
• Help in soup kitchen for disembarking evacuees
• Shuttle them to their intended destination
• Engage in friendly talk with them. Counseling professionals may offer counseling skills.
On Nov. 23, Saturday, DLSHSI will shuttle to Villamor Airbase volunteers who wish to help in the processing and de-stressing of arriving survivors. All DLSHSI Faculty, healthcare staff and employees are invited to join. Students (all colleges) who want to join in the mini-mission and hop in the bus to and from Villamor Airbase will be permitted only upon presentation of signed waivers (the waiver form can be downloaded from our website). THe Lasallian Formation and Social Action Office will provide essential goods for the survivors too. To sign up, contact Ms. Mel Mendoza, local 3000.
4. COUNSEL VICTIMS
Licensed counselors who want to volunteer for Cebu, Bohol, Samar, and Leyte to counsel the earthquake and typhoon victims can coordinate with the LFSA (local 1393). DLSP will provide for the airfare.