Quezon City – San Antonio Maria Claret Theology community here has been aiding all possible help for the victims of the recent Supertyphoon “Yolanda” that struck central Philippines particularly Leyte last November 8, 2013. Through Maryhil School of Theology (MST), some of the Claretian scholastics were able to volunteer for the relief operation initiated by ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Sagip Kapamilya at the company’s warehouse in Quezon Ave. last Nov. 13.
On the other hand, the Task Force Bangon Pilipinas 2013 Simbaahang Lingkod Ng Bayan through Ateneo de Manila University and Loyola School of Theology (LST) conducted its relief operation at the Richie Fernando, SJ covered court inviting volunteers where some of the Claretian scholastics were able to render their service since Nov. 14.
Last Sunday (Nov. 17, 2013), Bros’. JM, CMF, Earl, CMF, and Jacob, CMF, who are having their apostolate ministry at Task Force for Urban Conscientization (TFUC) in New Manila spent their time packing goods for Yoland victims. “We started to pack basic commodities at 10 a.m. and brought it at United Christian Churches in the Phiippines (UCCP) office,” Bro. Jacob, CMF said.Bro. Jacob added that he is fulfilled that he was able to extend his help to the victims in Leyte.
It’s the little things, too
Since the ordained members of the Theology community were not around due to the Provincial retreat that lasted for a week, the scholastics were given the task to decide an immediate and timely aid for the typhoon victims, particularly in Milagro, Ormoc where the Claret Novitiate house is structurally affected. Decided by consensus, the scholastics would give P500.00 each from their P1, 600.00 December allowance. Aside from that, they were able to fund P30, 000.00 plus used clothes and sacks of rice from their friends and relatives. The goods are intended to be transported directly to the Novitite house while the cash was forwarded through Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF, provincial superior.
Indeed, a thousand miles away from the typhoon victims could be that far… but not the act of good deeds. It’s not only the big things, but the little things that are sometimes never fully appreciated. As the Claretian adage goes, “With all possible means…”