Tacloban City – The San Jose Central School received a typhoon-resilient Multi-Purpose Hall and Evacuation Center from United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in cooperation with Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). A Turn-Over Ceremony was held at San Jose Central School last February 8, 2016. It was participated in by the organization heads, school heads and the Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez.
The goal of both organizations – UMCOR and PDRF – is to respond the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis and disasters. These organization worked together to equip the people of San Jose in times of calamities.
Rene S. Meily, PDRF President said “When I was here last time I had the chance to speak during their graduation. I could not find the right words to comfort the students who have gone through the typhoon Yolanda. All I can think of was a verse in the Bible from the 23rd Palm, ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.’ To UMCOR you really put God’s words into actions through this building. So thank you UMCOR for making this a safe haven, a safe place even though many stormy days may come.”
In response, Assistant Gen. Secretary for IDRRR, Rev. Jack Amick said that all they ask in return is for the school to take good care of the building so it may last for many years.“Taking good care of this building means that we are also serving the Lord.”
Mayor Alfred Romualdez, in his message said, “Taclobanons are very thankful that we have Godly men who are helping us construct these buildings, not only to educate us or to give meaning to those who died but to do God’s words. Let me tell you that the ultimate purpose for all of us is to love our fellowmen and to bring them closer to God. Today it happened. We are very happy to inform you that the City Government of Tacloban is allocating budget to maintain this building and to make sure that it will always look new. We believe that this building is an investment not an expense. We will also make sure that we will continue to support the department of education in its future projects.” (JESSEL QUITORIO)
(Photo credits: Timothy John Canes)