Iloilo youth, bishop appeals for help for ‘Ursula’ victims

Iloilo youth, bishop appeals for help for ‘Ursula’ victims

Destruction caused by typhoon “Ursula” in Roxas City, Capiz.  Archdiocese of Capiz

By Fr. Mickey Cardenas

December 28, 2019

Jaro, Iloilo City

True to the Year of the Youth’s theme song “One In Mission” the Jaro Archdiocesan Youth Commission (JAYC) has launched a Call for Donations to help the victims of Typhoon “Ursula” (International name “Phanfone”) in Northern Iloilo.

According to Fr. Mark Lester Senina, Chairman of the Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese of Jaro, the primary aim of the Call for Donations is to help especially children who will return to school in January.

“We encourage donations of hygiene kits (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, napkin, bath towels, etc.), and school supplies,” the Youth Commission Chairman said.

Typhoon “Ursula” made landfall in northern Panay Island past 2am on Dec. 25 and ripped through the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique.

“Ursula” dumped heavy rains and wind for about seven hours that left a trail of destruction.

At the end of Christmas Day the death toll from the typhoon has risen to 16 in Panay Island.

Photos sent by the diocesan youth directors of the Archdiocese of Capiz and the diocese of Romblon, and others shared through the social media, show several areas in the northern part of Western Visayas suffering the similar type of devastation that was brought by the super typhoon “Yolanda” in November 2013.

The JAYC Chairman advised benefactors to send donations in kind to the Immaculate Conception Parish in Tanza, Iloilo City and to deposit cash donations thru:

BPI Bank:
Account name: (Fr.) Mark Lester Senina and Ada Marie Kristina Gabanes
Account number: 002833-0239-02

or thru Palawan Express Pera Padala
Name of Reciever: Jackelyn Maghopoy (JAYC Secretary)
Contact number: 0912 965 3517

“For cash donations, kindly inform the Secretariat once the donation has been deposited thru mobile number 0912 965 317 or 0915 625 9367,” the priest added.

In a related development Jaro Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo turned to the social media to broadcast his appeal to the faithful to “open their hearts and hands to help our brothers and sisters who were deeply affected by Typhoon Ursula”.
The Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Jaro produced the Archbishop’s video message and disseminated it through Facebook on Dec 27.

“In the midst of this Christmas cheer, let us remember our brothers and sisters affected by Typhoon ‘Ursula’, most especially those who are in the northern parts of Iloilo.”

“It is good that, in keeping this Christmas spirit of giving and sharing, we offer our prayers and help to our brothers and sisters who are in need,” the Archbishop’s appeal said.

People are encouraged to donate canned goods, water, clothing and other relief goods either at the Jaro Archdiocesan Pastoral Secretariat (JAPS) at the Archbishop’s Palace, through Rev. Fr. Robert Amalay, or at the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Commission (JASAC) at the Pius X Catechetical Center Compound through Rev. Msgr. Meliton Oso.