Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) hits the Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit  (Ruby) has made its first landfall in Dolores, Eastern Samar and is expected to affect many areas in the Philippines.

File Photo: Sr. Carmelita Arenas watches as fisherfolks try to build their new fishing boat.

Earlier during the day, Sr. Regina Kuizon contacted Good Shepherd  Sisters in Legazpi and other provinces. As of December 5, Good Shepherd Home welcomed evacuees  in the Center. Sr. Alicia Andres, local leader, said some 34 families, 120 individuals have been occupying the Center.

In St. Bridget School , Buhi, Camarines Sur, the sisters have also accepted evacuees who are now occupying classrooms and the auditorium.  Sr. Christina Sevilla, local leader,  said 147 families, more than 550  individuals are now in the school. They also refer evacuees to the parish and many are now at the Pastoral Center. The local government officials visited the school to thank the sisters for helping the evacuees. They also gave rice to the evacuees.

Sr. Edna Fuentes of Villa Maria Cebu said the place and  relief goods were readied for those who would seek refuge in the convent and seminar house.

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Virac, through Sr. Socorro Galvez, who was earlier contacted, said the area was still experiencing good weather.

Good Shepherd Sisters, apostolic and contemplative, in the different communities assured those who are on the path of the typhoon, prayers for their safety.

Sr. Ananita Borbon and Sr. Ailyn Binco who were earlier scheduled to leave for Samar to bring goods to  families who a year ago suffered from the wrath of supertyphoon Yolanda, were advised not to leave due to Typhoon Ruby.

Good Shepherd Sisters have continued rehabilitation efforts in Samar by providing fishing boats with motor to fisherfolks, seeds to plant in people's backyard gardens, housing and reconstruction of San Lorenzo Ruiz parish church, thanks to the kindness of  sisters, friends and benefactors in many parts of the world.