Yesterday evening the UUA received news that Typhoon Pablo had impacted the UU Church of the Philippines headquarters in Dumaguette City. News from the UU congregations throughout Negros Island is still coming in, but so far most of the damage reported by them is to agricultural projects such as rice, corn and banana trees. In Siapo and Upper Nato some houses lost their roofs, and at least one UU family's house, in Dumaguete, was wrecked. Describing the situation, UUCP President Rev. Rebecca Sienes wrote: "There is so much damage in the city of Dumaguete. The pier was greatly damaged; storm surged occurred in the pier area; some of the pine trees by the boulevard were uprooted, the roof of some of the shops by the boulevard were blown away by the wind; the boulevard was filled by ocean water up to knee high. The wind was very strong." UUCP headquarters staff have already been hard at work clearing damaged trees, and they are making plans for necessary repairs. UUA President Peter Morales offered words of support: "My caring thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by Typhoon Pablo, especially the leaders and members of our UU congregations in the Philippines. The UUA will partner with the UUCP in all recovery efforts." Further news will be posted as it arrives. Please hold our UU brothers and sisters, and everyone effected by Typhoon Pablo, in your thoughts and prayers. The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) is currently collecting donations to support recovery efforts:
- Online donations can be made by credit card/bank account via PayPal by sending to treasurer [at] icuu [dot] net
- Checks may be sent to the ICUU Finance Office, attn: Susan Greenberg, P.O. Box 300, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706 USA
- Be sure to indicate that your donation is for UUCP Pablo Relief
- Kalomoyan congregation - All's well
- Cansauro congregation - Some damage to member's houses and agriculture
- Nagbinlod congregation - Lost electricity, but UU families are fine and no building damage. The UU Mango farm has suffered.
- Culipapa congregation: All's well.
- Samoyao congregation: Some damage to member's houses, and agriculture damage.
- Nataban, Bagong Silan, and Ulay congregations are doing fine.