Two teams composed of faculty members from different departments, staff, and graduate students of Miriam College went to Bohol last January 3 to 6 to give direct service and train volunteers in two of the hardest hit municipalities in Bohol—Antequera and Calape. The activity was called “Padayon: Psychosocial Care for Earthquake Survivors in Bohol.
Team 1, led by Dr. Grace Evangelista, gave direct service to children and trained local volunteers for children. The main facilitators were Theology Faculty Clint Gamboa, and MAE Guidance Counselor Reymily Sta. Ana, while co-facilitators were Psychology Faculty and Asian University Digital Resource Network Director Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, Psychology graduate students Rachel Peddy, Cathy Pestano, and Barbara Paragas.
Team 2, led by Dr. Rachel C. Reyes-Laureano, gave direct service to adults and trained local volunteers for adults. The main facilitators were Social Work faculty Jowima Reyes, MAE Student Affairs Coordinator Emma Igos, Psychology Faculty Samantha Mendez, while co-facilitators were Psychology graduate students Grace Lee, and Cathy Pestano.
Hannah Abellera of the Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA) provided logistical support and served as process documenter. Prof. Al Leonidas, Social Science professor, provided a magic show that was highly appreciated by the local community.
This initiative was a joint venture of Dr. Caridad Sri Tharan, Dean of the College of International, Humanitarian, and Development Studies; the College Faculty Association headed by its President, Dr. Victoria Narciso Apuan, the Bohol Local Development Foundation headed by Dr. Nestor Pestelos, and INSA, headed by Malou Turalde-Jarabe.