Responding to the concern of DepEd Usec Lino Rivera for the plight of Public School Teachers in Tacloban and Palo, Leyte, who daily had the added burden of wading through thick mud left behind by Typhoon Yolanda storm surges; Tanging Yaman Foundation arranged for the timely delivery of 2,000 pairs of rubber boots for said field personnel and teachers. (As with most relief items sent to the affected regions, the rubber boots also became the subject of pilferage and theft such that the acknowledgement receipt from DepEd Region 8 shows only 1,932 rubber boots received by them. A deficit of 68 pairs).
As though symbolically depicting the strength and resilience of Taclobanons, the seemingly unscathed façade of the San Jose Tacloban church belies the massive internal damage wrought by Typhoon Yolanda’s winds and 20 foot sea storm surges. A mere prelude to the shock and awe of progressively destructive scenarios unfolding as the succeeding photos suggest
Singapore Charis & Jesuit Mission Singapore to Mull Reimbursement of TYF “Bag-to-School” Program for 1,211 Children of Bantayan Island, Cebu
The “Bag to School” program for children of Bantayan Island who survived Typhoon Yolanda, was almost just an afterthought.
It came amidst the hustling and bustling & the many twist and turns of frustrated efforts to bring shelter relief and rehabilitation to damaged houses and forlorn families on Typhoon-Yolanda-ravaged Bantayan Island.
Midst the struggles that required an unscheduled personal visit from TYF and the many stop and go efforts to finally jump start the housing rehabilitation – there came a call from beleaguered Parish Priest Father Roy Bucag. “School is opening in a week” he implored. “the children need school supplies and schoolbags”. He did not need to say another word.
The beloved limestone Loboc Church, originally built in 1602, was totally destroyed by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013. Fr. Andy Ayco and his parishioners are building an alternative church through the help of donors from all over the world.