Sa gitna ng init sa pulitika, medyo nalilimutan ng publiko ang mga biktima ng baha sa Eastern Samar. Narito ang panawagan ng Simbahang Lingkod Bayan na kinopya ko sa So Far, So Good:

We would like to appeal to your or your organization for immediate assistance as we respond to the call for relief in the province of Eastern Samar.

Eastern Samar was placed under a state of calamity last February 19 due to continuous floods and landslides. Although no typhoon has passed the region, 15 days of non-stop downpour affected thousands of families; damaged millions of crops and destroyed hectares of agricultural land.As of February 25, 2008, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Eastern Samar reported:

Affected: 33,385 families or 165,930 persons

Casualties: dead: 11; injured: 28; missing: 3

Damaged houses: destroyed: 498; partially damaged: 2,913

Damages to agriculture: No rice production harvest expected due to 100% of their ricefields submerged under the floods.

Health concerns: Cases of diarrhea were detected in all localities in Eastern Samar due to the contamination of water sources.

To ensure reliability of the report, the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Borongan confirms these numbers through the parishes for reliability.

With disaster relief only trickling in, we need all the help we could get. Please send your donations through Ayala Foundation’s Relief ops via:

Type DONATE_amount_mpin_AYALAFOUNDATION and send to 2882.

BPI Direct Deposit:
Ayala Foundation – Social Development
Account # 0011-1490-22
Fax your deposit slips to (02) 813-4488, Attn: Ayala Young Leaders

In-kind Donations: Only the ff. items will be accepted: medicine, rice, canned goods and water. (drop off point still under coordination)

For more information, please contact Ayala Foundation at 752-1065 or 752-1084. Look for Ralph Morales or Tin Feliciano.

Thank you very much.

Ederic Eder

Ederic is a Filipino communications worker in the telecom, media, and technology industry. He writes about K-dramas and Korean celebrities for Hallyudorama.

He used to be a social media manager for news at GMA Network, where he also headed YouScoop, GMA News and Public Affairs’ citizen journalism arm.

He was with Yahoo! Philippines for more than three years before returning to GMA Network, where he was also previously part of the News Research section.

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