Typhoon Pablo

By: Gilbert Talavera, Thursday, December 13th, 2012 07:54 am PST
Filed under: Corkboard

Dear Friends and fellow Alumni,

Another recent storm, typhoon “Pablo” struck several provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao a couple of weeks ago and according to local news (NDRRMC-Nat’l Disaster Risk Reduction and management Council), 647 confirmed dead and 780 still missing as of Monday. To add insult to injury, our Gov’t is ill equipped to assist the thousands more that were hard hit.

A dear friend, Fr. Ben, who belongs to the arch diocese of Compostela Valley, a province of Tagum, Mindanao, one of the areas greatly affected by the storm, lost as much as 10 Parishes. Sadly, as the days and weeks go by, many more continue to suffer from shortage of food, water and medicine. Let alone many of whom lost everything including members of their family.

The military reported that 641 residents died due to falling trees, flashfloods, landslides and other incidents triggered by the powerful typhoon. A total of 487,364 families composed of 5,412,140 individuals in 38 cities and 30 provinces in nine regions were affected by the killer typhoon, which spawned floods, landslides and storm surges.

In the spirit of Christmas and giving to the less fortunate, I would like to reach out to each and every one of you to help by donating to this worthy cause. Your tax deductible donations, (in any amount), can be sent to:

DLSAANC (De La Salle Alumni Association of Northern California)
4102 Greenacre Rd.
Castro Valley, CA 94546.

Collected donations will be wired to:

Fr. Tomas Avila, Jr.
Diocesan Chancery Office, Rizal Street
8100 Tagum City, Philippines

Let us all join hands and reach out to our fellow kababayans, as One La Salle. Together, we can help a lot of people and save many lives.

May God continue to bless our families with happiness, love and good health, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all!

Maraming Salamat po sa inyong lahat!

Irvin Sevilla
LSGH GS’81 HS’85