Story By: Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga Photos By: Ma. Nita V. Bolo
Thomasian community responded to the call of brethren in Talisay City, Negros Occidental who have recently suffered from massive flood due to the northeast monsoon (locally known as Amihan). The Community Extension and Development Office (CEDO) of Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos turned over the relief goods to Rev. Fr. Niño Cesar Ruiz, OAR, Parish Priest of San Nicolas de Tolentino , Talisay City on January 15, 2021.
Last January 11, 2021, CEDO opened the donation drive for canned goods, noodles, milk and coffee powder, biscuits, rice and basic toiletries such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Donations from the Secular Augustinian Recollect Fraternity (SARF) San Carlos City Chapter, parents and guardians, Supreme Student Council, Girls Scouts & Boy Scourts (CST-R Chapter), students, alumni, administration and faculty and staff then started to arrive.
While several towns of Negros Occidental were affected by the flood, CST-R’s outreach office focused on helping the Talisaynons since many of them are patrons of the Recollect Parish of San Nicolas de Tolentino. The parish is now handling the distribution of the said goods to affected families.
CST-R’s newly established CEDO is headed by Rev. Fr. Monday Benjamine Edobor, OAR. CEDO also involves extension programs for the spiritual development of those from the community in San Carlos City. It is currently organizing a partnership with selected public elementary schools for skills-training exchange and basic education development from the grassroots.