Disaster Response Update to Bohol Earthquake No. 11



Maayong adlaw, mga kauban!

Here are our team updates from our base in Tagbilaran, Bohol: 



Yesterday (October 29, 2013), Ed and Lala attended a Shelter Cluster meeting in Tagbilaran City. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was secretariat to the activity, and several different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) were in attendance. The main concern of both the DSWD and CSOs was validation of houses categorized as partially or totally damaged. The DSWD has currently deployed some staff to do the validation, although CSOs could keep in touch with municipal engineers for this purpose already. However, this would not be a problem in Santo Rosario, at least, since validation was done the previous week.

The meeting also reflected the provincial government’s target to move from relief operations to early recovery. This was because one of the general observations was that families were already starting to do demolition and repairs of their old houses, or setting up transitional shelters. They were using materials provided by the DSWD or CSOs, or those salvaged from their own houses.


Shelter Repair Kit Distribution in Antequera

Chris and Lycel have departed for Santo Rosario with Shelter Repair Kits in preparation for the distribution today. The actual distribution will be taking place this afternoon.

We will be distributing 120 shelter repair kits in the barangay of Santo Rosario. As you may remember, during our community consultation with them, shelter repair kits were the primary need identified by this community. During a meeting with the Provincial Governor Chatto and other CSOs the other day, this was a common sentiment in many of the communities in which CSOs are operating.


Food packs and Hygiene kits

Ani and the Boholunteers have done an inventory of the remaining food packs and hygiene kits at our office. They are also continuing to pack these remaining relief items for distribution.


DAI Visit to Loon

When Regine and Disaster Aid International accompanied PHIVOLCS to check on the potential tent communities in Loon yesterday, one of the areas identified in Moto Sur was deemed potentially unsafe. While a portion of it was still usable, the remaining area would still not be enough to house the target of 50 families.

Today, Regine, Bibing and DAI will be visiting Loon to do an ocular of an area suggested by Mayor Lopez. They will also be taking a look at a community in Loon which, according to input from the Shelter Cluster Meeting yesterday, has received very little aid to date.


Arrival of Myrna Siose and Co.

Today, we will be happily welcoming Ate Myrna of the VOICE Network, along with two volunteers. We look forward to what we know will be their valuable contributions to our team. Ate Myrna and the volunteers of the VOICE network have also been our partners in our relief operations for Tropical Storm Sendong and Typhoon Pablo.


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. 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



  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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