By James Bernard E. Relativo
Various UP student organizations and formations have extended help to communities affected by Tropical Storm “Falcon”.
The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), UP ALYANSA and the Asian Institute of Tourism Student Council, among others, have set-up donation boxes for typhoon victims.
Several boxes have been placed around different colleges around the University for receiving donations such as rice, canned goods, noodles, bottled water, blankets, coffee, and medicines.
Youth volunteers also helped in packaging the donations and delivering the goods to affected families through NUSP’s Task Force Tulong Kabataan.
“We’re still working with regional chapters to determine which areas are in urgent need of relief. Let us continue what we started during Ondoy,” said Issa Baguisi of NUSP.
The NUSP is a nationwide alliance of more than 650 student councils committed to the advancement of the students’ democratic rights and welfare.
NUSP placed donation boxes at the Vinzons Hall Lobby. Donors may also place their donations at the NUSP Command Center in Scout Rallos in Quezon City.
“Giving and helping our fellow Filipinos is not an exceptional, one-time-only act. Let us show to them that it is inherent in the youth to take part in nation-building tasks like this,” Baguisi added.
UP ALYANSA, a political party in the University, also launched their “Pahinugod ni ISKO”. Donation boxes were placed in UP dormitories such as Kalayaan, Molave, Ipil, Kamia, and Ilang-Ilang Residence Halls.
Falcon left the country this week and brought P54 M in damages to infrastructure,P48.97 M of which were recorded Bicol region, the hardest hit area in the country. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported three fatalities as of June 27.
The NDRRMC also said that the storm left 17 people missing: 13 of which are in Bicol, two in Central Luzon, and one each in Calabarzon and Cordillera Region.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs has not received reports of damages caused by Falcon within the UP Community.