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Oplan yolly@st.scho The official publication of the relief operations for typhoon Yolanda victims Volume 1,
Oplan
yolly@st.scho
The official publication of the relief operations for
typhoon Yolanda victims
Volume 1, Issue #4
November 21, 2013
St. Scholastica’s College, Manila
2560 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Metro Manila
Philippines | (632) 567-7686 | http://www.ssc.edu.ph

Timeline and status of relief operations

(As of Nov. 19, 2013; continued from last issue)

Shipment and monitoring team:

Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB, President, St Scholastica’s College, Manila Sr. Celine Saplala, OSB, Head, Institutional Social Action Center Sr. Mary Emmanuel Espera, OSB, Coordinator, College Outreach

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Benedictine Sisters donate farm lot for Leyte evacuees

In line with the school’s transition, from providing immediate relief goods for

typhoon Yolanda (international name:

Haiyan) survivors, to the long-term reconstruction of the damaged communities, the Benedictine Sisters have donated a one hectare farm lot in Leyte for the construction of housing settlements.

The lot, located in the town of Alang-

alang, Leyte, will initially be developed as a housing site for around 30 families from the nearby fishing village which was totally destroyed by the typhoon. “We are grateful to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters who have generously donated this farmland, for us to utilize in

our rehabilitation efforts,” said Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB, President of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. “It will not be able to accommodate all the survivors, but it is a simple start in rebuilding people’s lives and starting new communities.”

St. Scholastica’s College, Manila is set to conduct a round table discussion with experts on land use, engineering, architecture and construction, in order to plan out the best way to maximize the area. “We will start with constructing houses for around 30 families, broken into 10+10+10 segments,” said Sr. Mary Thomas. “From these houses, we hope that a new community can organically grow.” “When we finish with the resettlement, we can slowly start with livelihood projects, a chapel, cooperative stores, communal gardens, and the like,” she added. “Starting with this one community, we can replicate and expand this model in other areas in Leyte.” “We are now calling on the continued support of the Scholastican community, friends and partners, as we undertake this new mission.”

From the President Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB Rebuilding homes is hard. But rebuilding a
From the President
Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB
Rebuilding homes is hard. But rebuilding a person’s
broken spirit is the hardest thing to do.
Everyday, we are still besieged with news reports and images of death, destruction and
tragedy, arising from the effects of typhoon Yolanda. From the reports and videos, it is
almost impossible to picture the island of Leyte ever rising again from the magnitude of its
destruction.
And yet, even amidst this grim situation, we also see many reasons for hope and inspiration.
Schoolchildren donating their allowances for the typhoon victims. Volunteers coming in
droves to help repack relief goods. Filipino migrant workers all across the world pooling their
resources to help their country. Aid workers sacrificing personal safety in order to reach as
many victims as possible.
We believe that even small steps, made steadily and with a clear direction, can eventually
lead to big changes. This is why St Scholastica’s College is starting its rehabilitation efforts
with a one hectare farm lot, donated by the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of the Manila
Priory, and develop it as a resettlement community for displaced fisherfolk and their
families. This lot can by no means accommodate the thousands of dislocated survivors in
the Visayas, but it is an initial step in providing the people with the hope that there is life
after the storm.
Again, I would like to issue a call to all Scholasticans, their friends and our school partners.
As we face the task of rebuilding, we would like to hear your ideas and suggestions on how
this could be done, and how we can harness the strong spirit of volunteerism that this
typhoon unleashed. Please feel free to approach our Social Action Center, in person or by
phone and email, and let us all band together again. Let us unite, not just in the face of
calamity, but also in the face of healing.
Oplan yolly@st.scho The official publication of the relief operations for typhoon Yolanda victims Volume 1,
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The official publication of the relief operations for
typhoon Yolanda victims
Volume 1, Issue #3
November 19, 2013
St. Scholastica’s College, Manila
2560 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Metro Manila
Philippines | (632) 567-7686 | http://www.ssc.edu.ph

St. Scho ends relief drive, shifts to reconstruction

After more than a week of relief operations, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila is wrapping up its collection of relief goods and in-kind donations, which

have been arriving all over the country

and abroad since the school announced its collection efforts for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (international name:

Haiyan) on Nov. 9. The last day of receiving in-kind donations is on Wednesday, Nov 20.

“After November 20, St Scholastica’s

will accept only foreign donations of goods that are still in transit to the Philippines, as well as cash donations,” said Sr. Celine Saplala, OSB, the head of the school’s Social Action Center (SAC). “In the meantime, the school will ship

all remaining goods to Tacloban and

Ormoc (in Leyte),” she added. “Much as we want to continue accepting the donations, it is getting more expensive to transport them to the

Visayas,” Sr. Celine further revealed.

St Scholastica’s College has been availing of free shipping services by partner companies since Nov 10, but this privilege ended last Nov. 17. Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB,

President of St Scholastica’s College,

Manila, has also announced that the school is shifting its operations, from

providing immediate relief, to reconstruction efforts in the heavily- damaged cities of Ormoc and Tacloban in Leyte. “We now turn to the challenge of helping the people and their communities to recover and rebuild their lives after this calamity,” she explained. “We hope that all those who supported us during the relief drive, and selflessly gave their time and resources, will still be there for the long-term rebuilding process that we are committed to,” Sr. Mary Thomas added.

From the President Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB Now the real task begins – restoring
From the President
Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB
Now the real task begins – restoring the survivors’
dignity, hope, and faith in each other and in God.
To all the individuals, groups and communities who responded to our call for donations in
the wake of typhoon Yolanda, may I again extend my gratitude. Your outpouring of support
has shown the beauty of the human spirit in the midst of devastation and death.
Even as the Visayas region starts to rise from the ashes of the calamity, I would like to
reiterate St Scholastica’s College’s commitment to continuously extend assistance for the
long-term task of reconstruction which lies ahead. Thus, we are now entering Phase II of our
operations, which focuses on the rebuilding, not just of physical structures, but of people’s
lives and dignity.
We are currently conceptualizing the best ways in which our community can help the Visayas,
especially Leyte. The Benedictine Sisters have just donated a one hectare land in the town of
Alang-alang, Leyte, which we can use to develop a housing site for around 30 families from
the destroyed fishing village. Hopefully a self -sustaining and empowered community can be
developed and nurtured there.
We also plan to have a round table discussion and consultation with architects, engineers
and contractors with whom we can partner in the housing project, and experts with whom
we can brainstorm on possible livelihood projects for the farming and fishing communities
along the washed-out shoreline, who lost their means of making a living.
This time, we welcome donations of a different kind – that of ideas, of contacts and partners
we can work with, of time and energy, and the dedication to see this process through. We
hope that the spirit of volunteerism that brought us all together a week ago will keep us
connected in the months, and years, ahead.
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Priority: Get Tacloban hospital up and running

Relief operations continue at St Scholastica’s College, Manila, even as the school president focused the distribution efforts in the devastated city of Tacloban. Sr. Mary Thomas, Prado, OSB, identified two immediate goals - to deliver relief goods and medicines to the people of Tacloban, and to get the school’s hospital in the city to resume operations. Tacloban bore the full force of typhoon Yolanda’s winds and storm surges, and is considered the hardest- hit city. Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban is the

biggest and most complete tertiary hospital

in Region 8, but it quickly ran out of medicine and supplies when people seeking food and shelter started to arrive. The hospital also sustained structural damage from the typhoon. The Sisters had to stop operations of the

hospital on November 10 when they

ran out of electricity, medicines, supplies and food to feed the patients. “It is essential for Divine Word to resume operations, so it can serve the thousands of injured, and provide for the needs of the evacuees who have

taken shelter there,” she added.

However, problems plagued the delivery and distribution of relief goods to the city. The uncleared roads, lack of electricity and communication facilities, and the breakdown of local governance resulted in several

deliveries not arriving at Divine Word

Hospital. The supplies sent to neighboring Ormoc City have safely arrived, with the Benedictine sisters of St. Peter’s College leading the relief goods distribution in the affected areas of the city.

relief goods distribution in the affected areas of the city. The overwhelming response of the Scholastican

The overwhelming response of the Scholastican community to the school’s call for donations.

From the President Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB We are exhausting all possible means to
From the President
Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB
We are exhausting all possible means to
ensure that your donations reach the
people who need them most.
To all our donors, from the Philippines and the rest of the world,
who have generously shared with us their resources to help the
typhoon Yolanda victims in the Visayas, may I again extend my
heartfelt thanks.
Since Friday , St. Scholastica’s College has been receiving, repacking
and preparing your donations for shipping and distribution to
Ormoc and Tacloban, Leyte. However, we encountered a multitude
of problems in sending them there.
To date, we have sent a total of nine shipments, using air freight,
land cargo and by sea, tapping our friends from the public and
private sector to help us. We have done our best to monitor these
shipments, to guarantee that they safely reach their destinations.
However, we were frustrated by the lack of communication
channels with which to contact our partners in Ormoc and
Tacloban. Worse, the breakdown of peace and order in Tacloban,
brought on by the desperation of the hungry, the thirsty, the
grieving and the sick, further exacerbated the problem of the
delivery of the supplies and their efficient and just distribution.
These are the challenges we face as stewards of your donations. But
please be assured that St. Scholastica’s College is endlessly looking
for ways to get around these difficulties to ensure that these vital,
life-giving resources are equitably and fairly shared by all who need
them.
For donations in cash or in kind, please contact the Social Action Center c/o Sr.
For donations in cash or in kind, please contact the Social Action
Center c/o Sr. Celine Saplala, OSB, at 567-7686 local 223

Partial list of donors

St. Scholastica’s College

‘88

Yolanda Pimentel

S. Andrea Ecito, OSB, Holy

Minette Alonso

Family Academy

Charie Lim

Ceatle Fernandez

Sheryll Pabalan

Ivy Amante Emilia and Pia Maghirang Jhea H. medina Andrei Fei Esclavia Joy Cruz Vell Baria Nastashja Melevo

Rosario Briones Hanna Cua Katherine Michelle Lucena Danielle Victoria Meer Robelyn Aranas and family Sister Fely Ashley Erras

Carol and Albert Sy Ria Japzon Ana Confiado SSAM Batch

Maria Louisa Liong Cel Rodriguez Gulliana Manzano Mitch B. Lazaro, HS ‘85

C. O. Negada

SAFFI Monasterio de Sta. Clara Nelson and Monet Balingcos

Kaela Tabanan Faye Cruz Nelda Magsalansan

Holy Family Academy c/o

International Labour Organisation

Sr. Edna, OSB Celine San Miguel Gurleel K. Dhaliwal

UNICEF Pauleen Velvez Mira Belbes

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SSC community unites to aid Yolanda victims

Students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and school partners immediately responded to St. Scholastica’s College, Manila’s call for relief goods and volunteers in the aftermath of one of the most destructive typhoons ever to hit the country. Help came pouring in in the form of donations of cash and relief items, including food, bottled water, clothes, blankets, medicines and other necessities, which volunteers then

repacked and readied for shipment to

the typhoon-ravaged areas in the Visayas region. The focus of the school’s relief operations is on the Benedictine school in Ormoc, and the school and hospital located in Tacloban.

The school encourages the

community to continue sharing their resources to the estimated 5,000,000 people directly affected by typhoon Yolanda. “We would like to appeal to everyone to continue supporting our

relief efforts, and join us in the long-

term rebuilding and rehabilitation of these devastated areas,” said Sr. Celine Saplala, OSB, head of the school’s Institutional Social Action Center. St Scholastica’s College’s sister schools in the Visayas include St.

Peter’s College in Ormoc and St.

Scholastica’s School of Science in Tacloban and Divine Word Hospital, also in Tacloban. The initial batch of relief goods sent to the Visayas was flown via Asia Air, courtesy of its chief executive officer, SSC alumna Maan Hontiveros.

of its chief executive officer, SSC alumna Maan Hontiveros. Students, staff and volunteers sorting and packing

Students, staff and volunteers sorting and packing relief goods for the victims of Superstorm Yolanda at the pergola of St

Scholastica’s Manila.

From the President Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB The response to our call for aid
From the President
Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB
The response to our call for aid
for the victims was immediate
and overwhelming.
After super storm Yolanda hit the Visayas, particularly Leyte, St.
Scholastica’s College at once called for relief assistance from all
sectors and members of the community. The outpouring of
support was tremendous. What followed was the concern of
shipping and transporting the goods to Leyte.
On November 10, 2013, the first shipment of 58 boxes of relief
goods was transported via Asia Air, in collaboration with its CEO,
Maan Hontiveros, a Scholastican. The goods were flown to Cebu,
and from Cebu were transported via PAF C130. The next day,
another shipment was sent using the same route and
arrangement. This time 80 boxes were sent.
A third shipment was made on the same day, of five sacks of rice
and 16 boxes of goods . These were sent to Legaspi via land cargo.
The goods were to be distributed to the victims located in the
coastline of Albay, upon the request of the sisters in St. Agnes
Academy, a branch of SSC in Legaspi City.
On Nov.12, 2013, Sr. Emmanuelle transported food items to
Ormoc, via Asia Air to Cebu and Super Cat to Ormoc.
I would like to thank the St. Scholastican community and friends in
the Philippines and abroad for their overwhelming support. We
would like to assure you that we are safeguarding all your
donations, and doing our best to ensure that we succeed in
providing for the needs of the victims at this difficult time.
For donations in cash or in kind, please contact the Social Action Center c/o Sr.
For donations in cash or in kind, please contact the Social Action
Center c/o Sr. Celine Saplala, OSB, at 567-7686 local 223

List of donors (Partial)

Grade School students High School students College students Faculty Employees SSC Alumni Foundation The Flower Farm Corporation Maan Hontiveros Sharmaine Animas Keisha Bajetha SSA Marikina

Daniela A. Belizario Michael Reies Mitch B. Lazaro HS ‘85 Christine C. Choile Soleil Manara Marimi Dela Fuente Gigi Prats C.O. Negado & M. Miranda St Scholastica’s Academy – Marikina GS Department Abiegail Bonifacio Liza Abulad

Dr. Luis C. Limcaco SSAM ‘86

3 Saints Apparel

Ma. Teresa Batican

Beth Arroyo Angel Cailles Vicky Crisostomo Vangie Austria Krissy Amo Eileen Alcaraz

Wilfredo Batican Ana Confiado SSAM Batch ’88 Celine San Miguel Alex & Linda Geronimo Vilma Buenaventura

Anna Alcaraz Sta. Clara Monastery, QC John Vergel de Torres Yuki Abion Joy M. Gozala

Connie Macaturo SSAM ‘86 Gigi Majua ‘83 Anna Chincuana-Bautista HS ’83 Paula Leynes-Felipe HS’87 Carego De Castro Banizon

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