NAGA CITY, July 10 (PIA)—The Camarines Sur Chapter of Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has joined the bandwagon of organizations and groups seeking to extend help to residents of Marawi City displaced by the ongoing war to wipe out the Islamic State-inspired terror groups.
Caught in the strife between state forces and Maute terrorists and their Abu Sayyaf allies, Marawi residents are left with no choice but to stay in evacuation shelters and wait until the hostilities subside.
With the cooperation of various Red Cross youth councils based in various schools and universities in Camarines Sur, PRC Chapter Administrator Maria Theresa S. Bongiad began gathering as many donations as possible, either cash or goods for assistance to families dislocated by the clashes.
“Tabang Para sa Marawi is good project initiated by our Red Cross Youth Councils here in the province which shows positive characteristics of our Bicolano Youth: empowered, responsible, compassionate and resourceful,” Bongiad explained. “Young people from different academic institutions coming together to help is also a good indicator of the formation they get from their schools enhanced by the Philippine Red Cross’ principles and values.”
With PRC are Ateneo De Naga University, Ateneo De Naga University Senior High, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, University of Nueva Caceres, Naga College Foundation, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation , Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Camarines Bicol State University of Agriculture in Pili, Calabanga, and Pasacao campuses, Baao Community College and University of Saint Anthony.
Bongiad said that whatever will be generated from this campaign will surely make a lot of families in Marawi happy.
“On this note, may I express my gratefulness to all who already showed their support and we are still accepting donations until July 28. May I also appeal to everyone to continue his support to Philippine Red Cross, Camarines Sur Chapter so that we may carry on the ministry of alleviating the suffering of the people.”
Those who want to be part of this endeavor may offer food (halal approved), clothes (t-shirts, pants and shorts), beddings, basic over-the-counter medicines and cash. Cash generated will be used to buy hygiene kits like shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and face towel.
The relief drive was organized by Ateneo de Naga University College Red Cross Youth Council (RCYC) in partnership with other RCYCs and in coordination with Civil Military Office.
Generous persons may also bring their donations to the PRC chapter office at Panganiban Drive or get in touch with the organizers via cellphone nos. 09065923303 / 09197178391. (LSMacatangay/PIA5-Camarines Sur)