COTABATO City (November 19, 2013) — “Ito po ang paraan para makalikom kami ng pera na atin pong itutulong sa mga kapwa nating Filipino na dumaan po ng unos o trahedya sanhi ng super typhoon Yolanda,” said Radzma Kudarat, a BS in Civil Engineering student of Notre Dame Cotabato City (NDU) when asked about their school initiated efforts to extend help for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
She disclosed that, on Monday hundreds of NDU students deployed in the City of Cotabato to knock the hearts of the commuters for one peso coin donation.
Zulkarnain Kudto, North Cotabato Provincial Deputy Secretary for Administration (standing fifth from right in the photo), who was tasked to interview some of NDU students, said that despite the heat of the sun they are very energetic doing their work…waving their hands to commuters (passing by) asking for help,” he said.
One of the students said, “Kailangan magtyaga kami upang makakuha kami ng piso-pisong donasyon at kapag maipon ito ay malaking tulong na ito sa nasalanta ng bagyo sa Visayas.”
Asked on what they want to recommend to the government, the students said, “Dapat laging handa ang mga rescuer hindi yung saka nalang sila tumutulong kung halos patay na ang mga tao, may kasabihan na ‘aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo’ habang wala pa ang bagyo maglagay na po tayo ng alarma.”
Meanwhile, the UNYPAD leadership through the office of the Secretary General, Yusoph Lumambas, extended sympathy, offered prayers and mourned the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). (UNYPAD News)