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October 27, 2013

Disaster Response to Bohol Earthquake Update No. 8

October 27, 2013 – 8am (update for October 26, 2013)

Team Updates for October 26, 2013: 

Highlights for the day

We finally have done the distribution of food and water, non-food items, and hygiene kits to some 120 families in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Antequera today that was supposedly done the other day. The BLGU has not readily provided their commitment for the trucking service as agreed upon; it was also raining heavily that we weren’t advised to travel in the afternoon for possible landslides along San Isidro and Antequera stretch.

We were surprised of the newly-built road for the passersby bound for Antequera to Loon. We were informed by soldiers in an outpost that blasting is ongoing as few landslides happened as a result of the heavy rains; back to normal routes, early next week.

Eighteen (18) sacks @7 food packs and 120 hygiene kits have been distributed. It was the Barangay Council leaders who are not running for any position in the upcoming Elections that facilitated the distribution. The activity was done quick and easy as the master list has already been prepared by the Barangay Secretary.

Each family received 5 kilos of rice, 6-liter alkaline water, 3 corned beef, 3 beef loaf, noodles, coffee and milo sachets, toothbrush/toothpaste, napkins for girls or women, and bath and detergent soap.

Some 6 youth volunteers from Barangay Taloto, Tagbilaran City simultaneously played with the children; various games were conducted.

There were minors who went to get their family’s share; their parents, they said were preparing modest lunch for their fiesta celebration. If without the quake, the celebration could have been full of fun games and surprises, they said.

Seven food packs have also been provided to relatives in Barangay Toril, Maribojoc who also lost their houses during the magnitude 7.2 quake.

The three-member DAI Team chose to stay in Tagbilaran City for their team meeting as well as prepare the site map for the proposed three tent communities in the Municipality of Loon.

Some officers of the Rotary of Tagbilaran City including the Congressman, Mayor Lopez of Loon and others committed to help set up the tent community. A formal meeting with them shall be held on Sunday, 27 October for a briefing on the site plan, and leveling off on their participation in the entire tent coordination and management.

The Provincial CSO Coordinator called us up for the conduct of CSO meeting on Monday afternoon at the Governor’s Mansion.  This, in response to what we have raised with the Provincial Administrator during our courtesy visit, with Ed from DAI.

 

27 October Planned Activities

  1. Meeting with some Rotary Club Officers in Loon, Bohol
  2. Preparations for the SRK distribution next week
  3. Preparatory meetings for the CSO meeting on Monday
  4. Admin-related tasks

 

Updates from the Support Team based in Cagayan de Oro:

The support team is now working on the following issues:

–       Immediate acknowledgement of donors

–       Posting additional donation information on the website, particularly for international donors

–       Exploring other options for donation

Note: As of now, the preferred avenue for international donation is via Western Union.

–       Options for transportation of relief goods

 

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:

  • 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

Email: tindogbohol@yahoo.com

 

Thank you very much.

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

October 27, 2013 BMFI

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