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REPORT ON THE RELIEF OPERATIONS AT ABULOG, CAGAYAN PROVINCE

With the outset of the rage of Tropical Storm “Quiel” and upcoming fury of Tropical Storm “Ramon” in Cagayan Valley particularly in the northern parts of the region, several news on social, print and broadcast media about the devastating effects to the communities have touched the generous and charitable spirit of the Aldersgate College community to lend their helping hands. Through the Office of the Community Outreach and Extension Program and with the kind assistance of the school administrators, faculty, staff and students, several relief goods in the form of used clothes, groceries, and other useful necessities were collected to be distributed to the affected communities.

            The Community Outreach and Extension Team composed of the Program Director, Leticia D. Serrano as the Team Leader, Engr. Erlie Joy V. Bicera, CEIT Faculty Coordinator, Mr. Jayson P. Attaman, SOC Faculty Coordinator, Mr. Jerry Sampaga, School Driver; and seven students from various student organizations from the different departments: Cristina Opeña (SSC), Rustom Torres (Outreach Organization)  and Jennelyn Montejo  (SSC) from the CEIT, Mark Lester Tottoc (SSC) and Sunbeam Mendoza (Outreach Organization) from the SMS; Melchor Tuguinay (SSC/Outreach) from the SOC; and Ryan Ruiz (SSC) from the CASE, set off on the Relief Operations to Cagayan Province particularly at Abulog town on the evening of November 16, 2019. Prior to the travel, coordination was made by the Team Leader with the local officials for easy access to the affected areas. The team safely reached Abulog town early Sunday morning of November 17, 2019, at 3 AM and was gladly accommodated in their residence by Hon. Ely de San Jose, the Punong Barangay of Barangay Guimmad, Abulog town. After a few hours of rest, the team, together with the Punong Barangay, embarked on the relief operations to the first venue at Sitio Lanao where the Aeta communities reside. Goods such as slippers, clothes, and groceries were distributed to the residents of which they gladly accepted with much gratitude and a wide smile. After the distribution, the team proceeded to another affected area, the Sitio Pacupac, which according to one of the residents, was terribly affected because the houses of the residents were submerged in floodwater. Goods and useful necessities including cash assistance were distributed to the residents who likewise were very appreciative of the concern showed to them by the College. A resident was teary-eyed as she answers to the interview conducted by one of the student leaders on their ordeal during the calamity, expressing how thankful she is, that despite the distance, the Outreach Team from Aldersgate College were able to reach them to give assistance.  She was quoted as saying;  “Ang layo-layo nyo, pero naalala nyo kami, nagpapasalamat po kami sa inyo”. This was seconded by the Punong Barangay, Hon. Ely de San Jose, who extended his gratitude and appreciation to Aldersgate College for the acts of generosity and helpfulness.             The Community Outreach and Extension Team returned home fulfilled for the accomplished mission on November 18, 2019, despite the rough and stormy weather they faced along the way home. The activity has proven that no one indeed is useless in this world when you lighten the burdens of other people, even in your smallest ways and simplest means.

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