Three thousand shirts were donated by the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) to 381 families from the seven (7) zones of Brgy. 107, Santa Elena, Tacloban City last February 14. The barangay was among those communities heavily affected by Typhoon Ursula just two days before Christmas last year.
According to the Punong Barangay, Mrs. Letecia C. Olino, some of their houses were totally damaged by the strong winds, and their agricultural areas were washed-out by the heavy rains. She added that public facilities, which remained intact after Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013, were partially destroyed – to everyone’s surprise.
That was the case with their basketball court, where the distribution of the shirts took place. She recounted how thankful she was when the Supervising Administrative Officer of UPVTC, Mr. Telesforo S. Sales notified sometime in the first week of February that UPVTC intended to donate shirts from Gaisano Davao, shipped all the way from UP Iloilo. Mrs. Olino then informed her constituents through their Public Service Announcement of the distribution and instructed each household to send a representative. Expressing her gratitude towards the UPVTC administration, Ma’am Letecia shared that their barangay is proud of being a part of the UP Santa Elena community.
UPVTC Associate Dean, Prof. Arvin T. De Veyra, who joined in the distribution, reiterated the idea of the UPVTC Dean, Dr. Patricia B. Arinto, regarding Extension Programs led by the institution: if UP Tacloban seeks to provide other public welfare assistance or social awareness programs, it must first take place in our own neighborhood.