A heavy rain that began on January 11, 2009, Sunday morning, caused a flash flood that spread to at least 23 barangays in Cagayan de Oro and caused a power blackout. The water entered many houses causing a lot of damage of properties. Tens of thousands people were affected by this calamity.
Also, the water entered the three houses of Kasanag Daughters Foundation located near the Iponan river. It reached the level of 1.5 meters destroying almost all the utilities and appliances. The girls had to be transferred to the temporary shelter at “Magis” in Manresa Retreat Center. As of January 17, 2009, the houses are being cleaned from the mud and getting ready for the return of the girls.
On January 12-13, 2009, the SCJ Philippine District held its annual assembly. This year the assembly took place in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Locuban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur and was attended by 19 SCJs.
The first day was dedicated to the personal sharing in the morning and formation related issues in the afternoon.
The second day of the assembly was divided into three major parts: financial matters, pastoral and social activities of the district and important issues to be decided. Among the topics tackled in the third part were: future Retreat Center in Dumalinao, new pastoral area in Manila, different issues from the District Chapter and District Agenda 2009. The assembly was shorter than usual due to the District Chapter which was held last October 2008.