When super typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in various communities in Eastern Visayas on November 8 last year, the devastation, as massive as it was, was outweighed by the outpouring of assistance and response to the calls for solidarity and social responsibility.

 

And as it always does during disasters, the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute community banded together to reach out and extend a hand to the survivors.

 

Day after day, students and members of the staff came in droves to volunteer to pack relief goods which came insuch abundance that the volunteers never ran out of things to pack. Cash donations from here and abroad also kept pouring in, though we haven’t even finished the drive for the earthquake victims in Cebu and Bohol.

 

Relief for Guiuan and Coron

On November 14 and 15, we were able to send 200 family packs of relief goods to Guiuan Eastern Samar through De La Salle Philippines while on November 21, 500 family packs were dispatched, this time to Coron in Palawan. The bulk of this delivery was funded by the budget for DLSUMC’s annual Christmas Party for the underprivileged, which was cancelled to channel more funds for the Yolanda survivors.

 

Survivors on our doorsteps

The exodus of typhoon survivors from their ravaged communities to Metro Manila and its neighboring suburbs gave our community an opportunity to provide direct and specific assistance. When some survivors from Guiuan went to DLSUMC for medical attention, we found out that they are among 23 people who have taken shelter at a private house in nearby Windward Subdivision. Members of the community readily responded, with Mrs. Mabini Leveriza of the Leveriza Canteen sponsoring for their food. Relief packs and toys were also shared with them. Meanwhile, through the call of Lasallian Mission and Linkages Vice Chancellor Dr. Charles Yu on the community to share the annual Christmas pack of goodies with the families that were adopted by the community of Rosario, Cavite, we were able to give 48 Noche Buena packs with ham to the survivors.

 

Baby Mila at DLSUMC

A few days after Super Typhoon Yolanda destroyed her home in Tacloban City, one-month old Maria Mila Ragot was suffering from neonatal pneumonia due to extreme heat. She, along with her mother and other relatives, left Tacloban and stayed with a relative in Imus, Cavite, while her father stayed in Tacloban to help in the rehabilitation of their community.

Mila was brought to the De La Salle University Medical Center after her mother Prosperity spoke with DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro to claim her teacher’s salary so she can bring her daughter to a doctor. Br. Armin quickly referred her to the De La Salle University Medical Center so that immediate medical attention can be afforded to young Mila. Under the care of two specialists, Pediatric Immunologist Dr. Vicky Biñas and Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Ruzenette Hernandez, Mila quickly recovered.