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Yolanda survivor to return to teaching

24 November 2013 No Comment

Not even a supertyphoon can stop her from teaching.

When Ma’am Maria Luz Buclatan reached out, after surviving Yolanda, through the survivors page of online news network Rappler, her only wish was to return to her students at Commonwealth Elementary School, QC.  The disaster left her with neither opportunity nor means to get back by C-130 or commercial plane.

Rappler photo of Ma'am Buclatan

Ma’am Buclatan with her brother at Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City (Photo credit: Rappler)

ACT Teachers national and local staff quickly got in touch with the maestra, and arranged for her to be able to leave Tacloban as soon as her brother’s condition enables them to travel.  He was hospitalized due to an accident after the typhoon.

Ma'am Buclatan (center) with her fellow Yolanda survivor, ACT Teachers Region VIII coordinator, Dr. Efleda Bautista (right) and Rep. Tinio (left)

Ma’am Buclatan (center) with her fellow Yolanda survivor, ACT Teachers Region VIII coordinator, Dr. Efleda Bautista (right) and Rep. Tinio (left) who is in Tacloban as part of BALSA ACT’s relief efforts.

Maestra Maria Luz, 59, is a Teacher III with 23 years of teaching in her belt.  Also a Girl Scout District Coordinator, she was in Dulag on family matters when Typhoon Yolanda struck the provinces of Leyte and Samar.

Our deepest thanks to Rappler.  (Here’s how you can help bridge the gap between someone searching for their family in the affected areas or a survivor trying to reach out.)

BALSA ACT also continues its relief efforts, both at the National Headquarters of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers in Vasra, Q.C., and at our Teachers’ Building at Tacloban, which now functions as center of relief efforts for Eastern Visayas by ACT and local progressive organizations.  Regional coordinator, Dr. Efleda Bautista, herself a Yolanda survivor, oversees operations there.

BALSA ACT, with the networks of Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan (BALSA), Tulong Kabataan, Citizens Disaster Response Center, and other organizations, has released directly to the ravaged towns of Samar, Leyte, Cebu, and other areas around 1,000 food packs as well as mission, including medical teams, to aid in the relief effort. ###

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