Disaster Response Update to Bohol Earthquake, No. 5

October 23, 2013 -12nn

Dear Partners and Friends,

As Balay Mindanaw enters our sixth day in the area following the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol and other areas in the Visayas on October 15, 2013, our team on the ground has sent back word that we have identified a focus barangay-based and barangay-focused disaster relief operations. However, we will not be limiting ourselves only to this barangay. Some of our relief goods will be channeled to other barangays as well. Our team has also expressed that, while we are still conducting continuing assessment of the area, our actual relief operations will be starting today. Please read the team report below for more information.

As of the latest NDRRMC report this morning (October 23, 2013 at 6am), a total of 597,598 families or 2,991,143 persons are affected in 1,319 barangays in 54 municipalities and 6 cities in 6 provinces of Regions VI and VII. Out of this, about 12 percent (66,717 families or 344,347 persons) were displaced and now located both outside and inside 99 evacuation centers. 195 individuals have been reported dead, 651 injured and 12 missing, most of whom are residents of Bohol.


Bohol Earthquake Updates and Plans from the Team:

Mga Kauban,

We intend to begin our real intervention today. After the series of on-the-ground visits and consultation with the community, LGUs, and other stakeholders, the BM DREAM Team Bohol has decided to focus assistance on Brgy. Sto. Rosario in the Municipality of Antequera.

1. Shelter:

In Brgy. Sto. Rosario, instead of setting up temporary shelters (tents), we have decided to go straight to the distribution of shelter repair kits for 80 totally damaged and 20 partially damaged houses.

We will also provide “one shot” assistance to 20 survivors in each of 6 other barangays in Antequera in the form of shelter repair kits.

2. Food, water, and other non-food relief goods:

We will begin purchasing packing relief goods today. We intend to distribute 1,000 packs for our first wave.


  • Rice 80 sacks (to add to the 20 sacks from Cag de Oro LGU brought by Chris)
  • Corned Beef
  • Beef loaf
  • Noodles
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Milo
  • Milk


  • Mats for 1,000
  • Blankets 1,000
  • Mosquito nets 1,000
  • Bath soap big 1,000
  • Detergent powder 2,000
  • Toothbrush 4,000
  • Toothpaste sachet 3,000
  • Sanitary Napkins 2,000

We will distribute the initial 173 six-liter containers of Tubig Mindanaw to Sto. Rosario. We will wait for more shipment of water from Top Water.

3. DAI Tents

The Bohol Governor requested us to set up our tents in the Municipality of Loon – one of the hardest hit areas. Ed, Bibing and Bau will proceed to Loon today to conduct on-the-ground assessment. The other DAI DART volunteers Cliff and Chris will arrive in Bohol on Friday.

4. Jojow and Chris Lapez will be setting up our operations center today. Bernard, Celoy and Richard will do the canvassing and purchasing of relief goods. Maite Palo will mobilize volunteers for repacking work. Bibing, Bau and Ed will continue doing field assessment.

GO Team!!!


Immediate needs identified:

–       Food

–       Temporary shelters/tents

–       Hygiene kits and non-food items

–       Blankets

Additional logistical needs as we continue with our emergency response:

–       Printer with extra ink

–       Solar lights

–       Generator set

We are working and coordinating with the following groups:

  1. Disaster Aid International Response Team (DART)
  2. LGUs (Barangay Chairs, Mayors, Governor), AFP, CSOs, other institutions and individuals on the ground
  3. Bangon Maribojoc
  4. Boholunteers
  5. Bangon volunteers
  6. Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)
  7. Civic education and democracy of Ate Mytee
  8. Marine conservation group of Jong Rojas
  9. 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.
  10. Fr. Desidereo “Kiking” Magdusa of our Lady of Lourdes, who is also working with Bishop thru SAC.
  11. We have also coordinated with the ICP and local government units.

 Organizations noted to be on the ground in areas visited, also doing assessment:  (as of October 18, 2013)

  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 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. Janette Abando – P4,152.06

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


  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:

  • Purchasing of goods for first wave of relief ongoing
  • 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 by QAT in Bohol.
  • Area visits done in three municipalities in Bohol.
  • Canvassing of sources of relief goods done.
  • 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)


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



Thank you very much.

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


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