SENDONG UPDATES (as of 27 January 2012)

Balay Mindanaw Disaster Response Report
As of 27 January 2012

We gladly and humbly share with you this first report two weeks after we decided to temporarily stop posting daily updates/reports on Balay Mindanaw’s Disaster Response activities as we transition from primarily relief and rehabilitation work to a more long-term programmatic package of interventions.

We have formulated a two-year program we now call the Balay Mindanaw Post-Disaster Recovery, Adaptation and Resiliency Building Program. We will be utilizing the remainder of your generous donations for the initial implementation of this Program. AUSAID has also expressed interest to provide some initial funds. We are now reaching out to you and other resource partners for possible partnerships.

While mapping out strategic long-term interventions, we have also sustained our support work for the three tent communities and five barangays, expanded and strengthened partnerships, and continued exploring and mobilizing more resources.

Our Continuing Work: Accompanying the Barangays and the Tent Communities

Up to this day, we have never stopped in our efforts at responding to the needs of the communities assigned to our care. We have been conducting regular monitoring and needs assessment to ensure that resources are utilized in the best possible way. Balay Mindanaw teams have been assigned to give special attention to the three tent communities.

January 18 was a special day for the Balay Mindanaw Peace Center as it marked the 7th year of its journey. We celebrated the day by sharing lunch with 600 residents in the two tent communities in Indahag, and enjoying the magic entertainment shows with them.

During that day, we also distributed 69 packs of used clothing with sanitary pads, slippers, and underwear in Tent Community 1; 79 packs (16 pieces each pack) of Sanitary Pads in Tent Communities 1 and 3; and school supplies pack to 115 school children in Tent Communities 1 and 2.

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, we also distributed 200 repair kits in Zone 6, Barangay Kausawagan. We will distribute more repair kits to at least 700 residents of Barangays 17 and Bonbon.

For more than three weeks now, we have been providing water to the two tent communities in Indahag since their establishment, in partnership with FIBECO. We also distributed bottled drinking water (2 liters each ) to 127 families in three tent communities last January 21. Water testing is also being conducted regularly in the 3 sites.

Balay Mindanaw Peace Center Celebration at Barangay Indahag.

Balay Mindanaw Peace Center Celebration at Barangay Indahag.

The residents of the Indahag Tent Community 1 had a general meeting attended by various support groups like CRS, All Hands Together and others, and discussed WaSH concerns, and the importance of community working together to maintain sanitation and hygiene (proper waste segregation, usage of water, maintenance of toilets).

A pilot squat latrine was already constructed with the help of HRC-Oxfam in Indahag Tent Community 1. We did a rapid latrine assessment for 20 men and women in the commune who used the latrine. CRS consolidated the data and respondents preferred the squat latrine, than the ecosan and portalets. This will be made basis for requesting additional 3 latrines for TC1.

The Balay Mindanaw Team (led by KPMFI) is working with the three tent communities as they prepare for the implementation of various appropriate livelihood and social enterprise projects.

January 25 was another significant day as it marked the 40th day after the Sendong devastation. Residents in the tent communities and the barangays commemorated the day with prayers, songs and reflection sessions.

We were also able to provide 30 school supplies kits, and food packages of sardines and noodles to affected DAR personnel. We also partnered with 4th ID in providing snacks (spaghetti and chicken) to 500 persons at 2 tent communities. Twelve radio sets were also distributed in Gusa.

Our volunteers have been tapped in Shelter Assessment by the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED).

We also continue to provide Psycho-Social support to the survivors. Our BM-KPMFI Teams organized and offered free massage, haircut, and cleaning to the residents of the tent communities and of Barangay Consolacion.

Some of the key activities conducted in relation to PSS were: Psycho Social Executive Session with MINCODE partners in CDO and other CSOs. There were 14 participants who joined the session who are heads of organizations operating in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City; Women Survivors Meeting: Tent Community 1 January 22, 2011 (Indahag); and meeting with the Barangay Council regarding some PSS cases.

A clown magician entertains children at Indahag.

A clown magician entertains children at Indahag.


Acts of kindness and generosity from friends and strangers continue to amaze, humble and inspire us. Arthur Neame personally came and spent weeks with us as he guided us in the formulation of our long-term plan. Sarangani Governor Migs Dominguez visited us to personally deliver more cash donations, and give words of encouragement and support. Barry Hicks and the various Rotary Clubs in Australia continue to mobilize and send resources, the emails and pictures showing their dedication and commitment to help, are truly touching. Mariz continues to raise funds among her family and colleagues to send to us. Azon and Jasper sent 30 gift certificates for Thai massage for the staff and volunteers. We continue to receive gifts, donations, text messages even from strangers expressing their appreciation and solidarity

To date, a total of P10,769,835.33 cash and non-cash donations have been received by the Balay Mindanaw Operations Center:

Cash donations received (Cash, Cheques, Bank Deposits) of P2,504,688.33

Non-cash donations received: P8,265,147.00

We are still expecting a total of P1,440,926.75 cash and non-cash donations from generous friends and organizations from here and abroad:

Cash Pledges: P81,426.75 (including dollars, yen and euro)

Non-cash pledges: P1,359,500.00

Details of these cash and non-cash donations received and pledges are the following:

Cash Received:

P22,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 18)
P1,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 21
P20,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 21)
P5,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 21)
P17,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 22)
P14,780 from anonymous (received Dec. 22)
P3,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 23)
P3,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 23)
P4,400 from anonymous (received Dec. 26)
P1,500 from anonymous (received Dec. 27)
P5,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 27)
P5,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 28)
P5,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 28)
P4,000 from anonymous (received Dec. 29)
P3,330 from anonymous (received Jan. 2)
P40,001.43 from anonymous (received Jan. 2)
P43,400 from anonymous (received Jan. 4)
P6,000 from anonymous (received Jan. 4)
P5,608.43 from anonymous (received Jan. 13)
P5,000 from anonymous (received Jan. 20)
P10,000 from anonymous (received Jan. 20)

USD 106.40 from anonymous (received Dec. 26)
USD 376.92 from anonymous (received Dec. 28)
USD 146.46 from anonymous (received Jan. 3)
USD 75 from anonymous (received Jan. 11)

Distribution of Shelter Repair Kits.

Distribution of Shelter Repair Kits.

P5,000 from Pat Sarenas
P3,000 from Raissa Jajurie
P5,000 from Amy Salas and Family
P5,000 from Goldie Chan
P11,550 from MINCODE
P15,000 from Marcia Tadulan
P5,000 from Azon and Jasper Llanderal
P10,000 from Gerry and Sally
P10,000 from Karen Ta–ada
P1,000 from Joy HabocP10,000 from FPSDC
P15,000 from Teody Pe–a
P5,000 from Baht Latumbo
P5,000 from Fred Torres
P10,000 from Butch Bartolome
P12,301 from CODE-NGO
P10,000 from Hec Soliman
P5,000 from International Movement of Development Managers
P2,000.00 from Medardo Babista
P5,000 from Melot Atillo
P50,000 from NATCCO Network
P50,000 from KRDFI
P50,000 from Philippine-Misereor Partnership
P3,000 from Anna Laylo
P2,000 from Mr. Haboc
P35,000 from Dave Carter (Philippine Judo Federation)
P2,500 from Joseph Lubrico
P23,656.13 from Emma Leslie, Ngarm, Rita and friends from Action Asia
P10,000 from Ben Aspera
P30,000 from Ed and Girlie
P10,00 from Dan Songco (Pinoy ME)
P6,400 from DMMMPSC Batch 1990
P1,790 from Christ the King College Batch 2002
P2,000 from Daniel Paclihan
P100,000 from Theosophical Society of the Philippines
P10,000 from IID
P5,000 from Aying Asis
P5,000 from Apple Oreta
P11,761.70 from ACT/CPCS
P2,000 from Grace Abesamis
P1,500 FROM Uriel & Miguel Galace
P23,498.81 from Lootah BCG
P2,000 from Gay Arenal
P10,000 from Sulong CARHRIHL
P13,000 from Action Asia-Nepal
P3,000 from Elsie Meimban
P55,174 from Mercedita de Jesus (FEDFAB & ALAB)
P5,630 from Generoso de Jesus
P19,743 from Filipino & Irish Friends in Mullingar, Ireland
P12,000 from Boyd & Bautista Family
P500,000 from American Chamber Foundation Philippines, Inc.
P16,582.50 from Rainier Kalis
P16,000 from Dr. Dennis Batangan
P395 from KHOA 1
P5,000 from Katilingban para sa Kalambuan
P8,600 from Corazon Zamora
P50,000 from Mindanao PeopleÕs Council
P3,346 from PDRRMO-Sarangani
P66,370 from Australia / Bohnockns 2
P2,000 from Quing Romero-Barregreen
P5,000 from Sr. Ma. Rosario Gaite & Sisters of Mercy of Guam
P100,000 from Habitat for Humanity
P35,450 from Leon and Milagros Garcia Foundation

USD 383.50 from Gary Hawes and Rose
USD 793.50 from Simon Brook
USD 300 from Juvy Loyola
USD 122.18 from Dr. Beth Mangrobang
USD 143.50 from Francisco Runas
USD 460 from South Georgia Filipino (PT/OT) Therapists Community
USD 2,272.04 from Japan-Philippines NGO Network / Asian Community Center 21 (ACC21)
USD 6,391.32 from The Imai Memorial Charitable Trust for Overseas Cooperation
USD 211.49 from Paul Clifford

EUR 4,953.66 from MISEREOR
EUR 100 from Sally & Joaquim Dengg

Thomas & Ning Bhoelke

Children savouring locally produced ice cream at Indahag.

Children savouring locally produced ice cream at Indahag.

Non-cash items received:

14 big bundles of clothing, blankets, etc. from See Joo Won
1200 bottles of 1L water from AIM-MiRANT
3 sacks of clothes from Balay Mindanaw Friends
2 boxes of sardines and 3 boxes of noodles from Zamboanga Marines
70 bottles of 500ml water and 2 boxes of biscuits from MSU-IIT
Clothing & medicines from Dr. Jojo Aguirre
8 boxes of clothing, blankets, sorted kitchen items and toys from Kids for Peace
5 sacks of clothing from Land Care
4 boxes of noodles from Atty. Juvy Arubio
Noodles, sardines and clothes from Dr. Cagape
3 boxes of clothing from Alpha Phi Omega Ð CDO
5 big boxes of mixed non-food items from Gen. Gurrea
5 boxes of medicines from Dr. Jane Rafanan-Dy
10 packs of mixed non-food items from God is With Us
1 big box of clothing, shoes and toys from Dodo Macasaet
4 sacks of clothing from KPMFI
168 boxes of high energy biscuits from World Food Program
25 boxes of plumpy Ôdoz from World Food Program
4728 bottles 1.5L, 6160 bottles 500ml, 4728 bottles 330ml water from World Food Program
60 kettles, 86 frying pans, 146 cooking pans, 238 basins from Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
7 boxes clothing, 1 box male and female underwear, 3 boxes of biscuits and water from Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
15 sacks, 6 boxes and 1 bag of clothing from Fast Cargo Logistics, Corporation
5 big boxes of mixed male and female undergarments, slippers, mats, clothing, shoes, food items, medicines and
vitamins from Dra. Marilyn Arguillas, IID, Mindanao Times and Mindanews
1 box of mixed good from Memen Lauzon
2 boxes of medicines from Honmar & Eleonor Que
144 pcs of toothbrush from Jun Gueverro
100 boxes of Family Sirvival Kit from Disaster Aid International
1 box of medicine from Dra. Jocelyn Ypil-Gargantos
4 boxes of clothing from dela Vega & Villa Family
15 boxes of family life straw, 13 boxes of solar bulbs w/ one solar lantern & solar panel inside of one box, 6 sacks of assorted clothes, and 2 packs/sacks of TEFI relief bags from Team Energy Foundation
100 packs of hygine set from Sebolino Family
6 pcs of solar lamps from Peace and Equity Foundation
24 boxes of clothes, sanitary napkins and shoes from Suwon St. Church (Korea)
4 sacks of clothing from Suico Family
1 box of clothing from Melot Atillo
16 cascets, 101 boxes of drinking water, 50 boxes of sardines, 726 sacks of clothing, 2 sacks of rice, 3 boxes of shoes and sandals, 5 sacks of assorted kitchen utensils, 6 boxes of assorted canned goods from the Provincial Government of Sarangani
Medicines from Davao Medical Center
Repair kit for 200 families from Habitat for Humanity (@ P3,000 per family)
Repair kit for 165 families from International Organization for Migrants (@ P7,000 per family)
Goods from Sally Bellosillo
4 boxes relief goods from IPER
30 gift certificates from Azon and Jasper Llanderal
50 pcs flashlights from GBMLT Manpower Services

Cash Pledges:

USD500 from Marcelino Zamora
USD810 from friends from the USA
USD50 from Juvy Soria
USD100 from Alice Colina
USD100 from Ms. Rita

Eur100 from friends in HamburgEur60.85 from Mariza Dacoron

Cash Pledges with unspecified amount:

Luz Mojica US
Christian Herbolzheimer/Conciliation Resources
Sally Bellosillo
Tony Canta–ana
Simon Fischer

Non-cash pledges:

Medicines from FPSDC
Goods from Kidlat de Guia
450 boxes of clothes, new shoes and new blankets from Barry Hicks
Repair kit for 165 families from International Organization for Migrants (@ P7,000 per family)
19 sacks of goods from the Province of Basilan

Daghang salamat sa tanan.

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