We refuse to be Victims! We choose to be resources!

…a collective call for collective effort of local and international resources…

Consolidated DREAM Update No. 2

17-18 November 2013

It’s been ten days after the Supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda seriously hit the Eastern and Central Visayas, and yet severely affected communities in remote places in Leyte and Panay Island have yet to be provided with necessary emergency assistance. The total shutdown of communications and infrastructure in worst-hit areas may have hindered the speedy rescue and relief operations, taking into account the massive scale and magnitude of the destructions and deaths. The official death toll, as of Nov 18, has reached to almost 4,000 while many fatalities are still unaccounted for.

Following an on-the-group quick assessment in Ormoc and Panay Island, Balay Mindanaw is bringing in its community-based and multi-stakeholders approach of its disaster response program, dubbed as the Disaster Risk-Reduction and Resiliency-building and Emergency Assistance Program (DREAM).

With inspiring group of local volunteers, Balay Mindanaw adopted a number of isolated communities and made collaboration with the barangay officials and local government units, mobilized resources to complement such immense task of relief operations. Balay Mindanaw is thankful for the local and international resources, believing that local communities should be empowered in the process.

First waves of relief packages kicked off for distribution in Ormoc and in Capiz this past 2 days.

DREAM Team Leyte

Focused Community: Barangay San Juan, Ormoc City, with 700 Households

Additional Areas: Baranagys Margen, Liloan and Libertad and the Ormoc City Elementary School which is now serving as evacuation center with 200 families and Linao Elementary School with 245 families


  • From the joint efforts of Balay Mindanaw and PRWORKs in Cebu, together with 2Go Freight for free container van and shipment, OPASCOR for loading & unloading, Cebu Evergreen for free transfer and Talisay Malayan Academy for repacking venue and student volunteers, 1000 relief packs were transported by boat from Cebu to Ormoc, including the medical goods of the Johanniter Medical and Emergency Response Team (MERT) from airport in Cebu which came all the way from Germany
  • Distribution of relief packs was done in Barangay San Juan and in Ormoc City Elementary School
  • Immediate need for clean-up of debris, rehabilitated the Barangay Health Center and temporary shelter for elderly people
  • Medical mission of MERT on-going in Ormoc Elementary School and Linao Elementary School (assisted 100 patients) including nearby barangays with the volunteer nurses from PNA-Cagayan de Oro Chapter
  • Disaster Aid International plans to send 50 tents and shelter repair kits as needed (those repositioned in Bohol)
  • Assigned Carmi Porre as the DREAM Field Coordinator, based in Ormoc City


MEDICAL MISSION IN SCHOOL. Barangay Linao, Ormoc City, 18 Nov 2013. The MERT and PNA assisted 100 wounded and injured. Around 245 families seek out for safety and shelter inside the Barangay Linao Elementary School at the height of supertyphoon Yolanda


DREAM Team Panay

Focus Communities: 6 barangays of the Municipality of President Roxas in Capiz Province

With the support of the soldiers and military trucks of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, Balay Mindanaw and Disaster Management Community of Reconciliation (DM-CoR), member of VOICE Network, 1000 relief packs were transported from Iloilo to President Roxas in Capiz.


LOCAL VOLUNTEERS: NGO, MILITARY, PULIS AND LGUS. A multi-sectoral cooperation for the relief operations in the Municipality of President Roxas, one of the worst hit in Capiz.

In collaboration with the local government units of the Province of Capiz and the Municipality of President Roxas, the following communities were identified by the team and barangay officials for immediate relief distribution:

  • Barangay Mandulano, with 200 Households
  • Barangay Marita, with 303 Households
  • Barangay Pandan, with 114 Households
  • Barangay Sankal, with 86 Households
  • Barangay Pinaminagan, with 53 Households
  • Barangay Gosi, with 257 households


Balay Mindanaw would like to thank the following for the commitment and support the DREAM Initiatives, especially for Leyte and Panay.

As of Nov 18, 2013

  1. Disaster Aid International – Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) headed by Ed Cox
  2. PRWorks Doris Mongaya – logistics hub in Cebu
  3. 2GO Freight Services for relief goods– free container van and shipment Cebu to Ormoc
  4. Talisay Malayan Academy – student-volunteers for the repacking of relief goods
  5. Dr. Cagape and Dr. Deleon – Provincial Govt of Sarangani
  6. Phil. Nurses Association of CDO – 10 volunteer-nurses for Ormoc
  7. Judge Azon Llanderal and Family (Peso 10,000)
  8. Nina Martinez and Friends
  9. Reggie and Luz Villasanta
  10. Julla Palacpac and Friends (Eur 5,000)
  11. Cindy Maya and Noel Vergara with the Philippine Aid Team in Ireland
  12. Ramon Ramiro and Family (P10,000)
  13. The Johannitter – Germany (EUR 300,000)
  14. JIN Corporation – Japan (YPY 100,000)
  15. Marc Tagub and Friends in Australia
  16. Doughtery Foundation – Filipino Women’s Council – Italy – c/o Charito Basa
  17. Cindy Maya Vergara and Philippine Aid Team- Ireland
  18. Disaster Management Community of Reconciliation (DM-CoR) – volunteers for relief operation center in Iloilo
  19. Medical and Emergency Response Team (MERT) of Johanniter-Germany
  20. 3rd Infantry Division, PA – MGen. Aurelio Baladad – Panay Island – transportation (military truck) and manpower
  21. Visayas VOICE Network (P10,000)
  22. Mariza Dacuron and the Masters of Public Health Class- United Kingdom
  23. Inaki Larrazabal – accommodation and facilitation of team’s assessment of Ormoc
  24. JVP Alumni: Atty. Nolito and Jen Quilang – ground volunteers who connected us with LGU and Yol Resource Net. They were also by our side during visits to evacuation centers and barangay consultations.
  25. Msgr. Dido Arroyo of Fatima Vicariate – lent transportation and helped assess barangays Cogon, Mergen, Liloan, Curva and Merida.

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