Wednesday, December 6, 2006

A Call for Help


Allow me first to take you out of your comfort zones and together let's journey through what is left of Bicol, particularly Albay, Legazpi City, Camarines Sur, and Naga City after Supertyphoon Reming ravaged our place.

The country has been declared to be under a State of National Calamity. This is practically due to the destruction brought by Super Typhoon Reming in most parts of our country, especially in the Bicol region which turned out to be the most devastated. As of December 4, 2006, more than a hundred dead bodies were buried in a mass grave in Legazpi City. The Philippine National Red Cross believes that death toll may reach more than a thousand. Records of the Office of Civil Defense show that 201,927 families of 832,549 individuals were affected. Of this figure, about 16,710 individuals are currently sheltered in evacuation centers. A big part of the region suffers blackout and is most likely to spend Christmas in total darkness.

Photo above shows a young survivor in tears. She lost her relatives to the mudflow that was triggered by the supertyphoon. More photos are uploaded here.

The Ayala Young Leaders Alliance (AYLA) has begun to collaborate with Ayala Foundation, Ateneo's Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, Ayala companies, schools, organizations and institutions in launching a relief campaign to aid the victims of the super typhoon. We are one to encourage you to take part in this relief operation and be a channel to urge as many people to help.

Below are options to send in donations:

1. Thru Ayala Foundation's G-Cash:

Type DONATE_amount_mpin_AYALAFOUNDATION and send t0 2882.

Example: DONATE_50_1234_AYALAFOUNDATION and send to 2882.

2. Thru Direct Deposit Payment:

Deposit your cash donations to Ayala Foundation - Social Development, BPI account number 0011-1490-22.

Please fax us a copy of your deposit slip at (02) 813-4487, Attention: Operation Reming.

3. In Kind:

Donations in kind such as: Rice, noodles, canned goods, coffee, sugar, medicines (vitamins, paracetamol, mefenamic acid); bath and laundry needs (hygienic materials and detergent bars).

For Metro Metro Manila schools/companies, please advise the Ayala Young Leaders Secretariat of preferred dates for pick-up schedules. Manila Water Company's Sagip Buhay Team has once again expressed their willingness provide vehicles to pick-up donations.

Relief drive until December 15,

"Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree."
~ Charlotte Carpenter

Thank you very much in advance. Dios po an magbalos!


Ayala Young Leaders Bicol-Uragon (AYLAB-U)

thru yours truly, Donald Bercasio, Regional Coordinator


Ayala Young Leaders Alliance (AYLA)

thru Ralph Reuben C. Morales, Alumni Relations Coordinator

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