The continuous rains at the beginning of the year 2021 caused massive flooding in the cities of Victorias, Silay and Talisay, rendering numerous communities under water and families forced to evacuation centers.
In response, last January 3, 2021, Bishop Buzon has called for “a second collecta to be organized in all anticipated and Sunday Masses in the parishes and chaplaincies of the Diocese to help flood victims.” The proceeds were to then forwarded to the Office of the Diocesan Treasure for use in relief efforts.
Bishop Buzon has also directed the Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC) to lead the relief operations. Youth volunteers from the San Sebastian Cathedral came to the DSAC to sort out used clothing, ready to be deployed to affected areas.
As the flooding continues, a number of parishes have also taken their call for help on social media.
For one, Fr. Ermen Bimbao, parish priest of the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish in Brgy. E. Lopez, Silay City, at the height of the continuous downpour, has announced in his parish’s official Facebook page that “the parish church is open for those in need of shelter”. "Ang parokya ni Sto. Tomas de Villanueva padayon nga nagabulig sa panahon sang kalamidad…Maayo lng kay ang baha wala nagsulod sa simbahan," Fr. Bimbao said.
The Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish community has also organized the distribution of food packs to families in need. Around 70 families have benefited from this initiative.