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Disaster Response Update to Bohol Earthquake No. 2

October 19, 2013 – 12nn

As our quick assessment team continues to establish linkages and continue assessment from Bohol, we have also been receiving overwhelming support from friends and partners who also wish to extend their help to the areas stricken by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that occurred last Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:15 in the morning.

As of the latest NDRRMC report this morning (October 19, 2013 at 6am), a total of 695,466 families or 3,492,496 persons were affected in 1,373 barangays in 53 municipalities and 8 cities in 6 provinces of Regions VI and VII. Out of this, about one in every ten (79,009 families or 372,565 persons) were displaced and now located both outside and inside 86 evacuation centers. 175 individuals have been reported dead, 487 injured and 17 missing, most of whom are residents of Bohol.

In response to this, Balay Mindanaw has decided to carry on our learnings from our disaster response experience after the typhoon Pablo that devastated Davao Oriental, and the crisis of armed conflict followed by floods in Zamboanga City.

Among our first decisions was to go barangay-based and barangay-focused in order to utilize what limited resources we have in the most effective way. We have also decided to maximize local, Bohol-based resources, partners and volunteers so that Bol-anons may not remain victims of this calamity, but resources to their own recovery.

Yesterday evening, our quick assessment team sent this update from their first day on the field:

 

Day 4 Bohol Earthquake Updates from the Assessment Team

Before our first day of assessment here in Bohol ends, the team were able to go to Municipality of Maribojoc and Loon amidst the at least 6 aftershocks that we experienced. We hired two pump boats to reach the Municipality.  Although there is an alternative route from Tagbiliran to Loon thorough the mountains, we still have to explore this potential route. This will take us to Loon from Tagbiliran by land in at least 60 minutes. However there is very high probability to landslides due to aftershocks.  What was evident for us was the overall damage to infrastructure of the Earthquake and properties and houses. It also produced massive landslides.

As to query of Ate Bibing (Mordeno, Balay Mindanaw’s Executive Director), based on our assessment, Tagbiliran only suffered partial infrastructure damages in ports, churches and roads. Minor damages to houses. Electricity is also stable as of today.

There were no reported casualties and missing persons in Tagbiliran. Some malls were still closed and classes at all levels were suspended.

For the Municipality of Maribojoc, we were able to talk with Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. And 3 Barangay Captains. Mayor expressed that all goods and assistance should passed through the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) as to avoid conflict among the affected 22 barangays. The MLGU is dividing the goods equally among the barangays.

Mayor Evasco suggested that we visit the tents set up in Barangay Anislag, just 5 minutes away from Barangay Poblacion. After the Earthquake, people were setting up cluster camps in the schools and near their houses. We talked with Brgy. Captain Samuel Alderite of Anislag. He shared that around 200 households are camping in the oval and school grounds. People are still traumatized and they prefer to stay on open spaces.  Barangay Anislag has 3 Casualties and 70 Injured reported.

After Barangay Anislag, we also visited Barangay Lincod and Barangay Sn Vicente. The two Barangays have a reported a combined number of 59 injuries. Barangay Anislag expressed the need for tents, food, and water. Barangays San Vicente and Licod also shared their needs for food, water, and non food items. Some of the families were staying and camping outside their homes not in the evacuation centers.

We then went to Municipality of Loon. About 4 PM, we experienced a strong aftershock while taking pictures in the temporary tent shelters in their plaza. We were not able to talk to the Mayor of Loon as he was busy speaking with former Senator Dick Gordon at the time. We pulled out of the area by 5:30 PM.  Tomorrow we will go to Municipality of Cortes and meet with some partners. Bernard and Celoy were able to canvass some goods. We will send it tomorrow and hope to compare prices in Cagayan de Oro City.

 

As of today, we are working and coordinating with the following groups:

  1. Bangon Maribojoc
  2. Boholunteers
  3. Bangon volunteers
  4. Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)
  5. Civic education and democracy of Ate Mytee
  6. Marine conservation group of Jong Rojas
  7. Misereor partners c/o Ira Pamat and Francis of Bohol Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. (BIDEF). They are based in the cathedral working with Social Action Center (SAC) and the Bishop. Womens Development Center Bohol is focusing on San Isidro and Antequera. While BIDEF is focusing on Loon.
  8. Fr. Desidereo “Kiking” Magdusa of our Lady of Lourdes, who is also working with Bishop thru SAC.
  9. We have also coordinated with the ICP and local government units.

 

 Organizations noted to be on the ground in areas visited, also doing assessment:

  1. Habitat
  2. Plan international
  3. Save the children
  4. IOM
  5. Philippine red cross
  6. AMRO

 

Updates from the Support Team based in Cagayan de Oro:

 Available Resources:

Donations received for Balay Mindanaw Disaster Response:

  1. Tata Otero 4,000

Initial cash pledges for Balay Mindanaw Disaster Response:

  1. Oona Paredes – unspecified amount
  2. Vicky Walo – unspecified amount
  3. Corazon Zamora USD1,000
  4. Friends in US – unspecified amount
  5. Thomas Boehlke P10,000

From Partner Institutions:

1. Johanniter – 240,000 euros

2. DAI, Items ready to be sent:

  • 200 lifeboxes
  • TentsFamily packs
  • Schools / First aid stations
  • Sky Hydrants
  • Solar gems (solar powered lights)
  • DAI will also be deploying a team of volunteers to Bohol.

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

 

Summary of initiatives done to date:

  • Continuing resource mobilization.
  • Continuing assessment by QAT in Bohol.
  • Area visits done in two municipalities in Bohol.
  • Ongoing canvassing of sources of relief goods.
  • Continuing establishment of partnerships/connections with existing and potential local partners (see  QAT report above)

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)

 

Thank you very much.

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

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