Silliman University is urging everyone to donate food, clothing, medicines or cash to the victims of typhoon Yolanda. We hope you can share your blessings with our brothers and sisters in the badly hit areas, particularly Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Mindoro and Palawan.

All donations are centralized to the Roman T. Yap ROTC Center at the Filomeno Cimafranca Ballfied of Silliman University. This area is selected for better mobility of transportation options. We have made arrangements for all donations to be transported from the Ballfield directly to the affected areas.

We also call on our partner establishments and merchants in Dumaguete and the pharmacies to pitch in.

For cash donations, click: http://su.edu.ph/page/194-Bank-Accounts-for-Donations

To help us quickly sort and endorse the donations, we request for the following steps to be observed:

1. Tagging. Indicate the affected area for which you intend to make the donation.
2. Sorting. Segregate donation according to the following (Boxes according to the grouping will be made available):
(a) Food items -- Packed items are appreciated.
(b) Clothing -- Segregate those for (i) children, (ii) men, and (iii) women.
(c) Cash -- Personnel at the Business and a Finance Office will issue official receipts.
(d) Medicines -- Check the expiry date; it should not be earlier than February 2014.

The University will send a rescue team to Tacloban City to assist teams already in the area. The same team will help locate families of our students and personnel with whom no contact is made yet. This, on top of a system developed by the College of Computer Studies where students can access names of individuals listed on websites established by search engine and media companies. Silliman also continues to monitor students who come from the affected areas who may be in distress due to loss or lack of communication with their loved ones, or the devastation in their hometowns.

Let us together continue to pray and extend a helping hand as a Filipino nation to our brothers and sisters who are in need. Let us make that difference in their lives. Let us be an instrument of God's care and love for them.

For inquiries, e-mail: crisisresponse@su.edu.ph.