BISCAST, Naga City – The Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) launched an outreach program on January 11, 2019, at Barangay Tambo, Buhi, Camarines Sur aiming to help families gravely affected by Tropical Depression Usman.
Dubbed as “Tabang sa Satuyang mga Tugang”, more than 300 packs of food and non-food items were distributed to affected families wherein most of these came from the prizes bagged by different groups during the College’s 6th Charter Anniversary, and 2018 Culminating Activity last December.
Different groups donated their prizes for the purpose of sharing love and blessings.
The BISCAST Faculty Alliance (BFA) and Non-Teaching Employees Association (NTEA) initiated the activity after the invitation of Fr. Rex Palaya, a BISCAST alumnus.
NTEA President Ms. Xiela Patricia Azañes said, “It was Fr. Palaya who has a direct contact and assessment to people of Tambo, and we were informed that during that time, the area was still inaccessible to any vehicle due to massive flooding.”
She also thanked Dr. Richard H. Cordial, BISCAST President for supporting the worthy-cause activity which is the institution’s way of sharing blessings to the affected residents.
Furthermore, BFA President Mr. German Rodriguez considered said outreach activity as heartwarming.
When asked about his experience in the area, Rodriguez said, “Magian sa puso and sa buhay na makatabang. Sa dikit na kontribusyon, nakadagdag kitang pag-asa saka buhay sa mga tao duman”.
Meanwhile, the associations deemed it wise to hand over the packs of goods to Fr. Palaya for distribution.
BFA confirmed that BISCAST Alumni Association Inc. also joined in the personal distribution of goods to residents of Barangay Tambo.
It can be remembered that TD Usman left more than 50 dead in Bicol due to drowning and landslide while damage to agriculture reached to million.