Religious group campaigns for school supplies for typhoon survivors

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MANILA, Dec. 9, 2013—With classes already opening in a few weeks time, a religious group has launched an appeal for school supplies to benefit students of typhoon-ravaged areas. 

The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP-AMRSP), an inter-religious and inter-diocesan church based group has been conducting relief operations in Northern Cebu, one of the areas devastated by Yolanda. 

Dubbed ABAG Visayas, the group’s relief operation is particularly directed to far-flung villages of Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island and other several island barangays like Mambacayao and Lipayran Island. 

According to Fr. Gilbert S. Billena, O.Carm, RMP National Vice-Coordinator, the students from grade schools and high schools in these places are in dire need of school supplies, because they have lost all their possession to the typhoon.

With many schools badly affected, if not totally damaged by the typhoon, some have resumed having classes under the tent. 

Billena said providing students with school supplies needed in their studies will help in their recovery as many of them are still struggling and needing help. 

He said they are still traumatized by what happened although some understood that they need to move on by starting their classes. 

Billena also said that the Holy Cross College in Carigara, Leyte and St. Joseph High School in Dagami Leyte devastated by the typhoon are likewise asking help for their students who survived the calamity as they are going to start their classes on January 8, 2014. 

“Thus, as part of our relief and rehabilitation campaign, we humbly ask your help for donations like note books, pencils, ballpens and bags and other necessary school supplies for the students,” Billena appealed.   

For additional details, contact Bro. Jon Niel Perfecio, Lay RMP Co-Worker (09339442564) or Fr. Gilbert Billena, O.Carm (09104166446). 

Those interested to donate may drop their donation in one of the dropping centers at San Alberto Carmelite Formation Center, Nasipit Talamban Cebu or look for Fr. Salvic Pajarillo, O.Carm (Landline 346-27-22, 346-55-73), Nuestra Señora de Regla Parish, Lapu-Lapu City Cebu and look for Sr. Felipa “Fheng” Galleon, MSM (09218174967).

The RMP is a mission partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines. (CBCPNews)

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