A group of over 30 students and employees of the university distributed relief goods and gave lectures on stress management, hygiene and sanitation, and food preparation to the victims in the municipality of Tayasan.
The group was composed of members of the Silliman University Volunteer Fire and Rescue Unit, students and teachers of the College of Nursing, Psychology Department, Nutrition and Dietetics Department, and a team from the University’s Counseling, Advocacy, and Research & Evaluation Education Services unit. Coordinating the relief operations was the Institutional Advancement Office.
Mark Raygan Garcia, Silliman info director, said each family received a pack containing noodles, coffee, and rice while another pack contained clothing, shoes, blankets, towels, pillows, kitchen wares, and toys.
The items were donated by friends and alumni, from media outfit ABS-CBN, Children’s Hour Philippines, Inc., Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the Kalihukang Bisaya and Panday Tinig Ensemble in Quebec, Canada, said Garcia.
Lectures were also given on different topics aimed in helping the earthquake victims maintain good health and a clean environment.
The Silliman volunteers talked on how to recover from trauma, prepare for a disaster, and how to prevent sickness and diseases.
Silliman played an important role in generating public support during the two recent tragedies that hit the province: tropical storm Sendong in December 2011 and the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in February this year.
Garcia said thousands of relief goods and cash donations had already been coursed through Silliman by alumni and friends and big organizations.
On May 11, Silliman will culminate its relief operations in the same municipality, Tayasan, in order to focus on reconstruction. (www.ugnayan.com)