Almost two weeks before Christmas, Typhoon Nona with international name “Melor” hit some areas in the provinces of Northern Samar, Sorsogon, Masbate, Romblon, and Oriental Mindoro from December 14 to 15, 2015.
In response to the call for assistance of the victims of Typhoon Nona particularly in Sorsogon province, the Feed the Hungry, Inc. (FtH) through its Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Endeavors (C.A.R.E.) funded the implementation of a calamity relief operation on 21 December 2015. In coordination and cooperation with Mr. Vincent Nato, Assistance Regional Director of Land Transportation Office Region 5 (LTO R-5), Ms. Ma. Regina Angela Galias, Ms. Evelyn Duriman, and Mr. Erwin Paul Cristobal of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) facilitated the sorting and distribution of relief items to the typhoon victims.
Gisele Bundchen once said that “Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted.” This is why Dr. Dominador “Sonny” Genio/USTMEDCLASS’76 through the Feed the Hungry, Inc. (FtH) sponsored a gift-giving activity for selected families in San Pablo City, Laguna on 16 December 2015.
The Umalbong Elementary School (UES) in Hingyon, Ifugao and Awayan Elementary School (AES) in Aguinaldo, Ifugao received books from the Feed the Hungry, Inc. (FtH), an organization of Filipino-Americans in United States of America, through the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) Program of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.
The delivery of these books from Manila and its distribution to the above-mentioned public schools in Ifugao was facilitated by the Empowering the Young to Read (ETYTR). The ETYTR is an informal group with 15 volunteer-members and a personal cause by Ms. Ermelinda K. Bahatan that facilitates requests from public elementary schools that needs reading materials and school supplies by connecting with potential donors from local and overseas.