COMMUNITIES devastated by Typhoon “Lando” will benefit from cash donations raised by the UST Simbahayan Community Development Office under the “Tulong Tomasino para sa Luzon” project.

Simbahayan Director Mark Abenir said the project was meant to address the disaster rehabilitation and recovery needs of Simbahayan partner-communities in Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.

“Dahil sa nagdaang bagyo, nasira ang mga kabahayan at pananim na nagsilbing pangkabuhayan ng mga nasalanta. Ang perang ating nalikom ay gagamitin upang maiayos ang kanilang bahay at pangkabuhayan,” Abenir said in an interview.

Typhoon “Lando” (international name: “Koppu”), which hit the country in October, damaged P6.57 billion worth of infrastructure and agriculture in provinces across Central and Northern Luzon.

With the help of student organizations and student councils, Simbahayan collected donations from Oct. 26 to Nov. 6 and raised a total of P172,979.25.

Central Student Council President Anna Mariz Mangalili said the project was a call for Thomasians to be compassionate.

“Through Tulong Tomasino, Thomasians are able to extend help to communities who are in need,” Mangalili told the Varsitarian, adding that Tulong Tomasino provided assistance to the communities beyond financial support.

“More than the financial or in-kind support we provide, it is the moral and spiritual help that matters most to them. Tulong Tomasino helps the communities beyond UST to recover, not only physically, but also spiritually and psychologically,” Mangalili said. Alhex Adrea M. Peralta

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