nandito lang kami mga padi’t madi

Last December 6-10, Simbahang Lingkod Bayan (SLB) together with the Ateneo de Manila Disaster Response and Management (DREAM) Team headed to Bicol to support Ateneo de Naga’s “AGAP Bikol” relief operations.

Two separate teams were deployed: one to Legazpi, Albay; the other to Naga City.

I joined to group that went to Naga City to help document the operations.

In Naga, I joined Ateneo de Naga University’s Center for Community Development (CDC) and Ateneo de Manila University’s Office of Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI) in surveying various areas in the region, particularly Camarines Sur, which were destroyed by the recent super typhoon Reming.

Houses (nipa huts) were both blown and washed away.

Schools were flooded.

Power lines snapped in two.

Roads rendered impassable.

Sea water gushed inland and mixed with fresh water; thus rendering rice fields and farmlands unusable for a very long time. Their only source of livelihood is veritably destroyed.

On our last day in Bicol, another strong typhoon (Seniang) arrived. This, given that Bicol has yet to recover from the last one.

Please help in any way you can:

Ateneo de Manila University

Direct deposits (online from any of the BPI branches) may be made to:

Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
BPI Peso Checking Account Number 3081-1111-61
BPI Dollar Savings Account Number 3084-0420-12

For proper acknowledgment:
– Please fax a copy of the validated deposit slip to SLB through telefax 426-5968
– Kindly indicate contact information: Name, Address, Email, Mobile
– Those who wish to remain anonymous may skip this procedure

Should there be any concerns, please contact:

Telephone Number 426-6101 local 3440 (Office Hours)
Telefax 426-5968

UNICEF Philippines

UNICEF 758-1000.

For those abroad, you can help by donating to their website at

A brief anecdote:

While traveling en route to a disaster area, ate Bench (of OSCI) says, “parang tamang-tama dito ang kantang Natututulog ba ang Diyos?” Kuya Larry (of CDC) answers, “hangga’t may batang nakangiti, merong Diyos.”


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