In response to the different calamities (floods and typhoons Rolly and Ulysses) that struck parts of the country last November and out of solidarity for all those affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Prior Provincial has instructed all the Communities and Residences of the Province to give donations and support the initiatives of the Augustinian Relief Services (ARS), the humanitarian arm of the Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation or SNAF led by Fr. Aladdin P. Luzon, OSA. The donations received were used to procure relief goods and other needed supplies for affected individuals, families and communities in Quirino and Isabela provinces in northern Luzon. ARS and SNAF has partnered with Saint Augustine of Hippo Parish in Saguday, Quirino in the delivery and distribution of the relief goods to more than 500 families in the municipality of Tumauini, Isabela province and another 50-plus families in Nagtipunan town in Quirino province.
Other Communities of the Province also initiated their own relief operations– Saint Augustine Parish Community for those affected in the Bicol region and a call for donations from the Colegio San Agustin – Biñan and the MGCP Youth Ministry. In addition, the friars from Monasterio de Guadalupe in Makati City have partnered with UHelp (a local charitable organization), the Cofradia del Santo Niño chapters in Mayao and at the Univeristy of San Agustin with Fr. Harold Ll. Rentoria, OSA in bringing those relief goods to Oas in Albay province. The biggest benefactor for all these relief efforts is, of course, from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City. Recently, Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod through its Community Extension Program Office has also called for donations for flood-stricken families in Negros Occidental. Northern Negros island suffered great floods last January 1 and 8, 2021 affecting and even submerging many houses and buildings. Cash and in-kind donations were accepted.
The Province appreciates the collective effort of all the friars, the institutions attached to the Communities and the undying support of all collaborators in these humanitarian efforts. Indeed, through all these works of love, the friars and their lay counterparts were able to share the true spirit of Christmas to all our needy brothers and sisters.