Disaster Response Update to Bohol Earthquake No. 12

Maayong buntag mga kauban!

Here are the team’s updates from yesterday:

 

Shelter Repair Kit Distribution in Sto. Rosario, Antequera

Today, we distributed 120 shelter repair kits to one of our focus barangays, Sto. Rosario in the municipality of Antequera. The community themselves did their own weighing, counting, repacking and segregation of the materials that we distributed. Led by the Barangay Captain, it was a very orderly process that was participated by an array of community members – men, women and even the elderly and the children. It culminated in thanksgiving and prayers by the Barangay Captain Meliton Tulop, our dedicated volunteer Chris  and Myrna of the VOICE Network. Erwin helped document the activity, while John Ray was able to mobilize the children to help clean up after the packing.

 

Groundwork for setting up tent community in Loon

Ed, Chris and Cliff have excellent news for us. Since one of the original identified tent community locations was deemed unsafe by the PHIVOLCS, the DAI team along with Bibing and Regine had a look at several other potential locations. After looking at locations which didn’t seem promising, they found two big, open spaces very close to each other that were very good for tent communities.

In addition, the lifeboxes have arrived at Manila and arrangements for transporting them to Bohol are underway. The host community was also very positive and welcoming to the team. As Ed excitedly said, “we’re starting to visualize what’s going to happen and it’s just within reach.”

 

Operations Center

Our operations center here in Tagbilaran City headed by Ani and Bernard received 1,114 6L containers of water yesterday from Top Water in Cagayan de Oro. A recount will be done today to check this number. We have also released 20 food packs to Nilo of Sagbayan. We expect to extend help to more Balay Mindanaw family and friends in the coming days.

 

Others

We are currently doing groundwork and data gathering for the conduct of medical and psychosocial activities for our partner communities.

We are also coordinating with a generous  group of private individuals in Manila represented by Nina Martinez who have offered a package of relief distribution, psychosocial activities and a dental mission for children.

 

Plans for today

–          Ed, Chris, Cliff, Bibing and Myrna will be going back to Loon for meetings and preparation for the setup of the tent community.

–          Ani, Regine and Bernard will be doing purchases for our remaining relief items today.

–          Lala, Erwin and John Ray will be going to Antequera to handover the shelter repair kits to the municipal LGU for distribution to 120 more households in Antequera.

–          Meeting with Volker and his team from Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED), who are also partners of Johanniter.

 SALAMAT!

 

Updates from the Support Team based in Cagayan de Oro:

Available Resources:

Donations and Pledges for Balay Mindanaw Disaster Response:

  1. Tata Otero 4,000
  2. Oona Paredes – unspecified amount
  3. Vicky Walo – unspecified amount
  4. Corazon Zamora USD1,000
  5. Friends in US – unspecified amount
  6. Thomas Boehlke P10,000
  7. Goldie Chan – P5,000 c/o km
  8. Anonymous – P20,000 delivered to BM
  9. Ramon Ramiro II – P10,000

From Partner Institutions:

1. Johanniter – 240,000 euros

2. DAI, Items ready to be sent:

  • 200 lifeboxes
  • Tents
  • Family packs
  • Schools / First aid stations
  • Sky Hydrants
  • Solar gems (solar powered lights)

3. Del Monte committed to give juices as relief goods

 

Others:

  1. Logistics: 2GO committed to allow us to use scat – to transport relief goods, volunteers, light equipment
  2. Logistics: KOC Parish offered by Fr. Magdusa as operational center together with other volunteer groups
  3. Human Resources: local volunteers ready for mobilization
  4. Resource Mobilization: Tindog Bohol – a joint movement by KPMFI/BMG, Gingoog CDRRMC, Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish of Gingoog City, the Philippine Red Cross – Gingoog City Chapter, and the Gingoog Bay Rotary Club
  5. Human Resources: VOICE Network volunteer deployed to the area, more standby volunteers are availablec/o VOICE Network through Myrna Siose

Summary of initiatives done to date:

  • Areas for tent communities in Loon identified
  • Shelter repair kits distributed to focus barangay of Sto Rosario, Antequera
  • First wave of relief goods distributed in Antequera, Taloto and Maribojoc
  • Focus barangay identified, as well as additional recipients of relief
  • Ongoing coordination with other CSOs, LGUs and relief groups
  • Exploration of routes for transport of volunteers/goods done
  • Continuing resource mobilization.
  • Continuing assessment.
  • Area visits done.
  • Canvassing of sources of relief goods done.
  • Continuing establishment of partnerships/connections with existing and potential local partners.

For those who wish to extend assistance, and who already have direct links with local groups already operating in the disaster areas, we suggest that you send your support directly to them.

For those who wish to send their financial support thru Balay Mindanaw, kindly send your donations to:

Peso Account
Account No. 1768022630
Account Name: Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc.,
BDO Xavier Branch Cagayan de Oro City

Dollar Account
Account No. 101760196639
Account Name: Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
BDO – Xavier Branch – Cagayan de Oro City

Euro Account
Account No. 301760191866
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Account Name: Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.
BDO Xavier Branch – Cagayan de Oro City

You may also send other forms of support to:

Balay Mindanaw
53A, 12th Street, Zone 2, Upper Bulua,
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

You may also call:

Landline: +63 8822 735946
Mobile phone: +639189182864 (amy salas)
+639177176000 (kaloy)
+639399151592 (bibing mordeno)
+639278165957 (pinky fabe)

 

For those in Gingoog City, you can donate through the Tindog Bohol Movement:

Cash donations:
Drop in any TINDOG BOHOL bottles located near you

(Bank details to follow)

 

In kind donations:
City Disaster Risk Reduction Office
Ground Floor, New BFP Building
Barangay 23, Gingoog City

 

Or you may also contact:
Mobile number: 09363361211
Email: tindogbohol@yahoo.com

 

Thank you very much.

We refuse to be victims. We choose to be resources.