Super Typhoon Egay brought with it heavy rains that caused floods and landslides in Central and Northern Luzon. Among the places where Super Typhoon Egay left its wrath was Bangued, Abra. Without hesitation, the Angels in Green of the Pines City Colleges (PCC), headed by the PCC Extension Office, gathered donations from the PCC community and distributed relief donations to the victims of the Super Typhoon in Barangay Cabuloan, Bangued in Abra on August 19, 2023.
PCC Angels in Green handed relief goods to some 80 families from 19 different barangays and municipalities. Relief goods were food packs, kitchenware, blankets, clothes, toys, and hygiene kits donated by students from different college departments, employees, alumni, and friends of PCC.
Project Angel is a program of the PCC Extension Office upholding advocacies in networking and linkages, green and clean environment, education and health, and livelihood. The PCC employees and students also called “Angels in Green” organize activities and generate resources for Project Angel helping communities in need and stake holders.
“We are thankful that the students and the entire PCC community are active in extending their hands in times when other people need our help,” PCC Extension Coordinator Rowena Acacio said. She reported that the constituents were happy with the presence of the team and the relief packs brought to them. Many of the residents came from the inner communities of Bangued, which are not commonly reached by relief distributions.
Bangued is an agricultural municipality with a small manufacturing sector along the Abra River. Despite the rich agricultural land, its communities are one of the most affected during the rainy season or typhoons when the water level of the Abra River or Lagben River rises. During their visit, the PCC Angels witnessed what Egay left in the Municipality such as hardened mud covering the surroundings, including the roadsides, trees, cars, and even the houses of the residents, among others. “Bangued was devastated, and so were its people. We hope that they will again recover and continue their normal lives very soon. We hope that with the little help, we have given them hope in moving forward for their lives,” Acacio added.
“Thank you ma’am ti inted yo kanyami (Thank you Ma’am for what you have given us),” Nova Mae Bolor, a mother and a student-resident, messaged Ms. Acacio.
Aside from the distribution of relief packs, the PCC Angels in Green also listened to the stories of the affected residents as part of their emotional and experiential therapy. The team was composed of Sir Arlhan Ramos, PCC Disaster Control Group Chairman; Ms. Buna Racal, College of Nursing Dean; Ms. Robbea Pacursa, College of Nursing Office Assistant; Sir Rolly Agoot, from the PCC Maintenance Department; and Ms. Acacio.#