SEARCA joins relief efforts for Typhoon Yolanda victims
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna — The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) joins the international community in efforts to help the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (also known as Haiyan) which battered the central region of the Philippines, the Centerâ€™s host country, on 8 November 2013.
One of the strongest typhoons ever recorded to make landfall, Yolanda caused catastrophic destruction that left thousands of people dead, injured, and homeless.
SEARCA is responding by providing assistance through personal donations of cash, food, toiletries, and used clothes from its staff. These were turned over to the Philippine National Red Cross on 20 November 2013.
In addition, SEARCA's management and staff have decided to forego their anniversary and Christmas parties this year as well as the Center summer outing in 2014 so that the funds for these activities can be diverted to relief and recovery efforts. A portion of these funds was used to purchase six tons of rice, which were turned over to the Philippine Red Cross-Rizal Chapter, Muntinlupa City.
Moreover, 17 SEARCA staff members assisted the Philippine Red Cross in repacking relief goods at its Alabang office on 22 November 2013.
Other members of the SEARCA family, including scholars, alumni, and members of its Governing Board, are also contributing personal resources to the relief efforts.
Meanwhile, two long-time collaborators of SEARCA in its human resource development program — Georg-August University of Göttingen (UG) in Germany and Nagoya University (NU) in Japan — have also been moved to send financial aid to the typhoon victims and are looking to course their support through SEARCA.
Beyond the immediate crisis that requires emergency provision of basic necessities, SEARCA is planning to set up a rehabilitation project in an area severely affected by the typhoon.
Volunteers from among the SEARCA staff helped the Philippine National Red Cross in repacking relief goods at its Alabang office on 22 November 2013.
The Vietnam University of the Philippines Los BaÃ±os (UPLB) Alumni Association joins SEARCA in its efforts to provide relief contributions to survivors of Typhoon Yolanda through the Philippine National Red Cross-Rizal Chapter, Muntinlupa City. The Associationâ€™s representatives on hand for the turnover of donations on 27 November 2013 were Ms. Tran Thi Thu Trang (center), Mr. Hoang Ha Anh (leftmost), Mr. Nguyen Duc Truong (second from left), Mr. Mac Nhu Binh (second from right), and Mr. Le Phuong Nam (rightmost). The donations were received by Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration, together with other SEARCA officers, namely: Dr. Editha C. Cedicol (third from left), Program Head for Graduate Scholarship; Ms. Ma. Margaritha B. Romero (third from left), Unit Head for Human Resource Management; and Ms. Adoracion T. Robles (fourth from left), Executive Coordinator and Officer in Charge, Management Services Unit.