UPDATES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
CONTINUING CALAMITY RESPONSE PROGRAM
(as of March 22, 2014)
The creation of a relevant and pro-active disaster relief and rehabilitation program is anchored on the University's mission of extending services to communities in need. The recent calamities experienced by our neighboring communities of Bohol and Tacloban has spurred the University to institutionalize a Continuing Calamity Response Program (CCRP) designed to provide continuous and timely assistance in the form of psychosocial support, relief and student aid (special scholarship).
To date the following have been accomplished:
1. Financial Relief to Students
A special committee composed of chairpersons/officers of the Budget Office, Scholarship Committee, Registrar's Office, SUFA, SUSA, Student Housing, SU Search and Rescue Team and the Alumni Affairs Office was formed to process student application for financial aid. The applying students were interviewed and requested to submit 2 certifications from their local church and government confirming that the students' families have been affected by typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake. A Policy and Guidelines for Relief Assistance was used to give out assistance to the 46 applying students.
Of the 46 students that applied, 39 were from the tertiary level while the 7 were from SBE with a total remaining balance of P 911,791.00. Of the total, P 144,018 was waived while P 767,773 was deferred until May 15, 2014..
Also from the applying students, 9 students (3 boys and 6 girls) were endorsed for aid in the form of (special) scholarship. The students recommended for scholarship until they graduate presents a wide range of profile with a total cost of P 1,500,461.51 ranging from the 1st year to graduate studies. These students come from the different colleges and schools of the University.
2. Psychosocial Relief, Livelihood Advice and Legal Services
2.1 Psychosocial Program (PSP) Bohol - Per recommendation, a 2nd engagement was conducted in December 2-5, 2014 to reinforce what has already been started and to expand training of trainers including pastors to sustain the psychosocial services extended earlier. A team of 9 volunteers were sent at a cost of P 228,000.00. 21 pastors were also debriefed and trained to continue the psychosocial support to their respective congregations.
2.2 Psychosocial Program in Ormoc and Kananga Leyte - Similar to the above service, a team of 32 volunteers were sent to Kananga Leyte for 6 days from January 5-10, 2014 costing P 269,700. The intervention was able to benefit 509 individuals and debriefed 25 faculty and staff of NHI. Tandem to the psychosocial intervention extended by the volunteers, they also handed out relief good, loot bags and school kits for 163 children of UCCP Kananga, and sitios Kasagingan and Mahayahay donated by the College of Business Administration, Graduate School Student Organizations, Salonga Center and the Antonios.
All pupils and adolescent students of NHI were given toys and school and sanitary kits provided by the SU-SBE students. Also, letters from the SUHS students were given out to NHI and in return, reply letters were also given back to the SU-SUHS students. Together with the letters, SUHS also turned over several books, dictionaries, maps and related teaching and learning materials.
3.1 Mabuhay Philippines - A team of volunteers were also sent to Kananga, Leyte to guide and assist 15 German foreign students in their relief and rebuilding efforts. 530 students form the National Heroes Institute have benefited from the materials donated by the Ingolstadt University students through the Mabuhay Philippines Program. Of the total NHI students, 74 are elementary school pupils while the remaining 456 are high school students. Aside from the school kits given to each of them, chairs, kitchen utensils for home economics, 2 personal computers with printers and rebuilding materials worth P 348,858.25.
3.2 Water Purifier - A water purifier system was donated to Bethany Hospital from the Advent Presbyterian Church in Tennessee, USA. The Portable Water Purifier system includes: 1) Generator for electric power; 2) Trash Filter and Water Pump; 3) Two (2) Sediment Filters & UV light for bacteria. The said donation costed US $3,000.
4. Model Classroom and Church Building
With disasters and calamities as the "new normal", the need to integrate adaptive solutions to development interventions is a must. The College of Engineering has drawn up plans and designs for a calamity resistant classroom and church. Testing the designs to withstand a category 6 typhoons and a 300 km/hr. wind speed is underway.
Silliman is committed to build a model classroom made of container vans that are disaster resilient at the National Heroes Institute in Kananga, Leyte while a site for the church in Bohol has been initially identified. A proposal has been submitted to a funding agency to build 5 calamity resistant classrooms for public schools.
Similarly, fund raising events (i.e. concert for a cause) are being organized in partnership with a UCCP Church in Cebu (Mathilda L. Bradford Memorial Church) pastored by Rev. Haniel Joses Taganans.to support the construction of storm-resistant UCCP churches in areas badly hit by typhoon Yolanda.
The University is committed to continuously level-up assistance to go beyond relief and aid to build resilient and self-sustaining communities.
Silliman and our Dumaguete community were spared of the most destructive wrath of Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake. Many elsewhere were not. This is most heart-warming as it is most heart-wrenching. Others may want to engage in debating theological and political issues on the whys or what-could-have-been-done-better about them (which Silliman would certainly join in the future), but for now our students, faculty, staff, alumni and leadership community in our campus, church and community, have decided to first do what we believe are two most urgent things: PRAY and ACT. (Read full text: Pray & Act) -- Silliman President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III
Note: Click on the title in red to access the link.
(NEW) Letter to Alumni and Friends on the "Continuing Calamity Response Program"
How to Donate: Call for Donations for the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda
Cash Donations: How to Make Cash Donations
List of Donors: Click Here
As of November 24: Silliman Establishes Continuing Calamity Response Program
As of November 16: First Batch of Donations Hits 13 Tons; SU Makes 2nd Appeal
As of November 16: Psychosocial Intervention Eyed in Disaster-Stricken Areas
As of November 11: Call for Donations for the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda
- Relief Packing at the Silliman Hall (first batch of donations)