NEU Cares: University and Alumni Association Unite in Extending Relief to Taal Volcano Eruption Victims

January 27, 2020 | Information Office

As the Taal Volcano continues to wreak havoc and disrupt the lives of those who live close to it, the need for extending whatever assistance grows stronger. The New Era University is one with the Filipino nation in helping out our fellow men affected by the volcanic eruption.

On January 25, 2020, NEU, through its Alumni Association, made the trek to the province of Batangas to hand out relief goods to the victims of Taal Volcano. In an interview with Atty. Randy B. Escolango, President of the NEUAAI, the relief efforts were borne from the desire to help out fellows in need. "When we heard that many of our fellow Filipinos were left homeless by the eruption, we felt that we had to give them the assurance they won't face this crisis alone." Atty. Escolango is no stranger to such a calamity, since he hails from Olongapo, one of the provinces hardest-hit by the Mount Pinatubo eruption. Within days of the Taal Volcano seismic activity, he called his fellow NEUAAI members to action. In a matter of days, they were able to amass enough relief goods; the NEU School of Management became the base of operations for the repacking of necessary items.

The first relief effort was held at the Batangas City South Elementary School, where 168 families were given relief goods, which included hygiene kits; after the goods were handed out, the group fed the more than 700 evacuees stationed there.

Later, the contingent went to NEU-Lipa Branch to hand out relief goods and food to more then 320 evacuees. As part of the upliftment to the brethren gathered there, parlor games were held, lending to the positive and joyous atmosphere to the proceedings.

Bro. Jay Cosme, Resident Minister of the Local Congregation of Batangas City, commented that "Masayang-masaya ang mga tao dahil sa pag-lingap ng Unibersidad.(The people here are very happy for the help extended by the University).

Added Bro. Mario Torres, Minister of the Gospel, "Maraming nakakita ng kaayusan ng pamamahagi, at dahil sa ang Unibersidad ay itinayo ng Iglesia Ni Cristo, marami ang kababayan natin ang nagtatanong na ng ukol sa Iglesia. (Many people have seen the orderliness of the relief efforts, and since the University was founded by the Church of Christ, many people have begun to inquire about the Church).

Maligaya ang mga kapatid, dahil sa sandaling oras ay nawalan sila ng pagod and dismaya (The brethren are happy, because for a brief moment they let go of their stress and dismay), said Bro. Eliezer Ortiz, Branch Director of NEU-Lipa.

In all, though the trek was under the grim shadow of the threat coming from Taal Volcano, the relief efforts were successful. Atty. Escolango, for his part, claims that there will be more relief efforts to be arranged by the NEUAAI, for the benefit of those victimized by this calamity.