Yolanda survivors exhibit bayanihan for Typhoon Rolly victims

Nyphlainne Leigh Capungcol ||

As Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) made its landfall in the Bicol Region twice on November 1, 2020 and two more times in the Calabarzon Region, many were left homeless, and several deaths were recorded. People from all over the country sympathized with the victims while donation drives and rescue operations were conducted. 

With the recent landfall of Typhoon Rolly, victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) remember its wrath. Various groups and organizations from Region 8 – Eastern Visayas held donations and fundraising drives to help the devastated victims of Typhoon Rolly.

The city of Tacloban rolled out a donation drive as Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin stated in an interview with SunStar Tacloban, that it is their way of expressing their gratitude to the people who helped and assisted during Typhoon Yolanda. 

Edwin Ongchuan, the governor of Northern Samar, also sent relief assistance such as instant food, bottled water, clothing, blankets, and other necessities that would be of use to the provinces of Catanduanes and Albay. By doing so, Ongchuan hoped to convey his gratefulness to the provinces who extended their hands to Northern Samar whenever the province needed help.

Additionally, a charity ride conducted by the Navara Nation Philippines – Eastern Visayas Chapter also extended their hands. They successfully brought through ten vehicles loaded with relief goods. Donations from various groups, organizations, and Yolanda survivors were delivered to Tiwi, Tabaco, Malinao, Jovellar, Plangui, and Daraga in Albay. Plywood and roofing sheets were also donated to Catanduanes.

Schools in Eastern Visayas, specifically the Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHS-EVC), conducted donation drives. The PSHS System organized a system-wide drive named “Pisayuda” to aid PSHS Campuses ravaged by the recent typhoons including Typhoon Rolly. The drive was initially directed specifically towards the PSHS Bicol Region Campus, but it was delayed due to the arrival of Typhoon Ulysses. During the initial drive, all the recent funds of PSHS, including PSHS-EVC, were directed towards this campus. The PSHS-EVC sent their donations in the forms of monetary donations, either through Bank transfer or GCash, and in-kind donations, specifically, on food, clothes, and sanitary commodities.

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