DONATION DRIVE. The Sangguniang Kabataan Council of Canramos in Tanauan, Leyte turns over the relief goods donated by households in their village to the Junior Jaycees (JJC) Tanauan Molave chapter on Thursday (Nov. 12, 2020). The youth organization launched a donation drive dubbed "Isang Delata Para sa mga Nasalanta," to help victims of Super Typhoon Rolly in the Bicol Region. (Photo courtesy of JJC)

TANAUAN, Leyte – A youth organization here has launched a donation drive to augment relief operations in areas affected by Super Typhoon Rolly (international name Goni) in the Bicol Region.

The project dubbed “Isang Delata Para sa mga Nasalanta,” of the Junior Jaycees (JJC) Tanauan Molave chapter and JJC Metro Tacloban Ruperto Kangleon in Tacloban City, is a house-to-house donation drive which aims to collect at least one canned good per household in selected villages.

“This is actually our first major donation drive. This is our simple way of giving back to those who have extended help to us when the world’s strongest typhoon hit our region,” Jacob Villas, JJC Tanauan Molave president, said in a phone interview on Friday.

Since the start of the campaign last week, the organization has already collected boxes of used clothes, various canned goods, rice, coffee, and noodles, among others from households in the villages of Canramos, Mohon, Calogcog, San Miguel, San Roque, San Victor, Pago, and Balud.

Villas said all cash donations would be used to purchase additional relief items.

“We are still accepting donations. These goods will be sent to our counterpart in Legazpi City in Albay who will also lead the distribution in identified communities,” he added.

The organization has assigned drop-off points and in Tacloban or they can contact Villas through mobile no. 09267229345.

“Rolly”, the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, left thousands of families homeless and killed at least 25 people. It left damage to agriculture and infrastructure worth nearly PHP18-billion.

“We send our heartfelt gratitude to all the youth organizations, village, and SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) councils who heeded our call for help. God is indeed so good that He sent all of you to bring His love and mercy to His people. To our brothers and sisters in the Bicol Region, you are not alone and we stand with you in fervent prayer during these challenging and difficult times,” Villas said.

The JJC is a special affiliate of the Junior Chamber International-Philippines, a nationwide youth leadership development organization. (PNA)