Caraga State University established a compassion center that collects any form of assistance from benefactors for the survivors of typhoon Pablo. CSU cancelled the Christmas party of the faculty and staff and donated the budget allocation for the party (P50, 000.00). Collected donations from the faculty and staff during the 2nd anniversary of the University reached the amount of P24, 000.00. The total amount collected was used in buying 36 sacks of rice, boxes of sardines and salt.
The NSTP-CWTS component, through the generosity of the students and the CWTS facilitators, donated more than 1,000 cans/ pcs. In kind donations like toys, clothes and coffee were donated by the CSU Laboratory High School students. Some toothbrush and toothpaste were also donated by UNILEVER Philippines, Inc. to the survivors of Pablo in New Bataan.
The whole CSU family spearheaded by Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca collaborated to realize this activity; from the donation campaign, collection of resources, packing and distribution. The office of Butuan City Mayor extended its support to the activity by providing CSU the vehicle that transported the relief goods from CSU to New Bataan. The CSU team who took charge of the distribution of relief packs in New Bataan also collaborated with a missionary group of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley named God’s Shoestrings Inc. (GSI) that shouldered the fuel of the vehicle provided by the city mayor of Butuan.
The CSU outreach team is composed of 17 volunteer/members from GSI and the following representatives of CSU: Dr. Danilo Gaas from the Office of Resource Generation (Director); Adrilene Mae J. Castaños, the NSTP Director; Ordem Kitchie Maglente, the NSTP-CWTS Coordinator; Jeremy Bernados and Mercie Cagas, NSTP-CWTS Facilitator/ NSTP staff; Annalyn A. Masing from CSUCC Guidance Office/ faculty member and Joe Allado , the CSU driver.
The team was assisted by the local police officers, the camp manager and volunteers. There were around 3,000 people at the New Bataan Grandstand; some availed of the health services but most of them were waiting for assistance.
Four hundred fifty six packs from CSU and three hundred fifty packs from GSI were distributed at the Pablo survivors at the New Bataan grand stand.
To have a firsthand perspective of the devastation of Pablo in Compostela Valley, the team went to see Andap, the most affected barangay. Brgy. Andap now appeared as a deserted place. Terrifying stories of the people’s experience of Pablo’s wrath are often heard. Standing on the ground covered with very large rocks and boulders and knowing the possibility of dead bodies buried underneath, makes the experience more hair raising and emotionally draining.
Other areas less damaged by Pablo were also under the state of calamity. They need help because the primary source of livelihood in the area which is farming is no longer feasible. These areas include part of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur of Caraga and most of Compostela Valley including those along the highway. Victims of Pablo are still in state of hopelessness. Some beg on the streets, squabble over limited resources from relief assistance. Some share their stories even if nobody solicits it from them.
The CSU team is deeply touched by the experience and would like to recommend advocating the campaign for more assistance from other areas not affected by Pablo and from students, faculty and staff, who wanted to share their resources, be it material or non-material. The NSTP –CWTS office expresses its all out support to all efforts to help the Pablo victims recover and stand on their feet again.
By : ambjcastaños