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October 27, 2013

Disaster Response Update to Bohol Earthquake No. 9

We CARE for Bohol: 27 October (Sunday) Updates

The day started with everyone preparing for the team’s visit to the Municipality of Loon and to attend meetings with partner CSOs.

On Shelter Concerns

After 4 hours of float from CDO to Tagbilaran City, the new team (Lala, Ani, Regine, Lycel) with the DAI Team and Bau went to attend a meeting with a group of Rotarians headed by Mayors of Panglao and Loon. There they met the MSWDO for the list of potential beneficiaries to the three tent communities. Mayor Lopez was having relief distribution that he wasn’t able to come as agreed upon.

The team proceeded to have an ocular inspection of the sites, finding out cracks along the area where the latrines are supposed to be installed. They came up with a suggestion to either look for another site or ensure fencing of the area to avoid causing potential harm especially among children. Cliff has prepared a site map of the three potential tent communities.

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They then went to see Tatay Billy in Antequera for their plan about the 120 SRKs for the 6 priority barangays.

On networking and partnership building

Bibing and Bernard had meetings with CSO partners. Fr. Kiking of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish shared about how CSOs worked immediately after the quake; that they mobilized their own resources and did distribution of goods – with or without the LGUs.

We shared to him our actual experience, challenges encountered as well as lessons learned aftermath Sendong and Pablo. We also cited to him the important role of Abp. Tony Ledesma, which encouraged interfaith groups to participate in the entire work. That overall, CSOs despite the differing appreciation of the political environment in CDO moved to prioritize reaching out affected families – conscious in making them active participants in the process such as managing their tent communities, attending meetings and most importantly, discussing about permanent shelter and setting up their urban container gardening projects. Fr. Kiking told us to share all this in the scheduled CSO meeting in his office.

Over dinner, the team was able to listen to Maytee’s (Bangon Bohol) sharing about their ER work. Being first timers to this situation, she said they had extra challenges experienced day-by-day however, with the strong force of the youth calling themselves “Boholunteers”, every work has become easier and faster.

Salamat!

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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