Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lasallians Getting Together To Support

One La Salle Relief Drive: Yolanda (Haiyan). The Brothers and the Lasallian Family of the Lasallian East Asia District and the Sector of the Philippines are deeply grateful to all the Brothers, Lasallian institutions, and Districts from all over the world for their words of encouragement, prayers and pledges of donations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (locally named in the Philippines as typhoon “Yolanda”). !We mentioned in LEAD Story 123 that this Category 5 Typhoon is one of the strongest storms observed in world history. This year 2013 alone, the Philippines has experienced an unusual number of over 20 typhoons already but days of preparation and massive evacuations could not prevent the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan's strong winds and storm surges sweeping coastal towns of several islands. 
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates
about 9.8 million people are affected and more than 10,000 feared dead. !
The Sector of the Philippines has organised a disaster relief and rehabilitation operations called “One La Salle Relief Drive: Yolanda (Haiyan)”. 
Monetary donations can be made through: Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) Bank Account Name : De La Salle Brothers, Inc. - Yolanda Peso Account : 1296-714778
US Dollar Account: 8296-001156
Swift Code for Dollar Account: RCBC PHMM !
For tracking and monitoring purposes, donors are requested to send a scanned or photo copy of the deposit slip through e-mail: bee.cruz@delasalle.ph or fax: +632 721 5049 !
All 16 Lasallian Educational Institutions in the Philippines are coordinating their disaster response operations through De La Salle Philippines (DLSP). They have identified the University of Saint La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental to be the main relief centre. DLSP will be sending to USLS the donations received. !
The location of USLS is very strategic given that the Sector’s priority areas for relief operations are “Sagay" and “Cadiz” in Negros Occidental, “Bantayan” in Cebu, and “Estancia” in Iloilo. These areas are not as publicised in the news like Tacloban City in Leyte and other parts of Samar but are equally in need of relief goods. Currently, DLSP is also coordinating with communities in “Guiuan” in Eastern Samar, the area where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made its first land fall!
We have yet to receive more precise information as to how long will relief be needed. We expect that this will take some time since those drastically affected have lost their homes and that the evacuation centres will be their onlyrefuge for now. For the rehabilitation phase, DLSP is looking at rebuilding the public schools in the affected areas in coordination with the Department of Education of the Philippines!
Information on the relief efforts can be found in the De La Salle Philippines website:

Fraternally, !!
Br. Edmundo L. Fernandez FSC!

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