STI Steps Up to Aid Typhoon Victims
In an effort to help rebuild the nation after the devastating typhoon Ulysses hit the country, STI Education Services Group, Inc. and its campuses nationwide responded to the needs of the affected families and communities through donation drives and fund-raising campaigns.
A number of villages and residential areas in Metro Manila and Rizal experienced severe flooding, with the Marikina River reaching water levels worse than its peak at the height of the typhoon Ondoy in 2009. The typhoon Ulysses also submerged a majority of Cagayan province and the whole Cagayan Valley region.
With thousands of homes in low-lying suburbs immersed in floods and families who scrambled onto rooftops to save their lives, STI with its network of schools and partners have initiated donation drives and relief operations to quickly rush aid to individuals affected by the typhoon.
In partnership with PhilPlans, one of the leading financial solutions companies in the country, STI donated 600 sacks of rice to distraught families and employees of the Department of Education (DepEd). On November 16, a total of 100 sacks were already distributed to DepEd CALABARZON. As of this writing, DepEd Central continues to give out the sacks of rice to different DepEd regions.
STI also joined forces with Manila Bay Spinning Mills, Inc. to donate 300 sacks of 50kg rice to the Marikina City Government to aid in their recovery.
Meanwhile, STI College Marikina was also in the frontline of assisting their fellow Marikeños stricken by the calamity. Headed by STI College Marikina’s President Vilma Caparros, the school donated 300 sacks of 50kg rice to the Marikina City Government and provided 50 cleaning and hygiene materials and blankets to the students, faculty, and staff on November 18.
On the other hand, STI College Ortigas-Cainta with STI Foundation provided 500 shirts to the Municipal Government of Cainta, Rizal Mayor Kit Nieto, as provisions for the typhoon victims on November 13.
STI College Ortigas-Cainta Deputy School Administrator Jezreez Rodavia with the Mayor of Cainta, Kit Nieto
Students and faculty members from STI West Negros University also put up a donation drive and received canned goods, hygiene kits, and other grocery items to be distributed to the victims of the disaster in Luzon through their partner cargo shipping company, PassFast.
In addition, other STI campuses who joined the country in assisting the afflicted individuals and families to rise up from the onslaught of the typhoon were STI campuses in Bacoor, Balagtas, Balayan, Cubao, Dasmarinas, San Jose Del Monte, Sta. Mesa, Vigan, and among others.
This is not the first time that the STI community have stepped up to help fellow Filipinos who were going through hardships brought by calamitous events in the country.
In 2017, following the siege of Marawi by the Maute group, STI held a benefit school concert aimed to assist the Maranao refugees in Marawi. The proceeds of the program were used to buy clothes, basic necessities, and footwear for the victims of the war in Marawi.
While in 2013, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) performed before hundreds of audiences during the event of "Himig ng Pasko: Celebrate the Harmony of Christmas" at the grounds of STI College Ortigas-Cainta. The 77-piece orchestra played Christmas songs such as "Joy to the World," "Hark the Herald," and "Kumikutikutitap" under the baton of the Director and Principal Conductor of PPO, Maestro Olivier Ochanine. The benefit concert spearheaded by STI was staged to help rebuild the lives of the super typhoon Yolanda survivors.