ORAS, E. Samar- With this town devastated in successions by typhoons “Ruby” and “Seniang,” a relief operation was conducted by graduates of several high schools of this town on January 2. Graduates of the Holy Cross Academy, Oras National High School and Nicasio Alvarez Memorial High School, raised funds to conduct their January 2, 2015 relief operations in Barangay Naga, a remote village that is about 10 kilometers away from the town proper.
The members of the relief mission to Naga all finished their high schools in 1999. They received donations from their former classmates now living abroad and in Metro Manila. About 122 families benefited from this food relief operation. “This is in our personal capacity as part of the community of Oras to help our people hit by calamities,” Angeli Maiso, one of the co-organizers, said. She added that giving hope among these affected families may bring a better start for the new year. Despite her aching back, she endured a 4 kilometer walk to reach the village. Naga could be reached via a boat ride to Barangay Agsam.
Irvin Pormida, who is a member of the Sangguniang Bayan of Oras, happily went through the sacrifice. “Giving back to the community and adopt-a-barangay is our theme for this and this is in my own personal capacity” said Pormida. “We tend to continue this every holiday season here in Oras, of course with the help of batch mates and maybe from other local Orasnon” also added Maiso. According LGU-Oras, Mayor Viviane Alvarez stated that there were 1,952 totally damaged houses, 6,316 partially damaged houses, and 9,776 total number of families affected. (ALJIM ARCUENO)