Roofless, Homeless but not Hopeless..

Consolidated DREAM Update No. 4

21-22 November 2013

Truly an inspiring appeal made by the residents themselves, placed on top of one of the remaining structures in Ormoc City so that others may know.  RISE UP ORMOC! (Bangon Ormoc!)

Indeed the survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda are not hopeless. They understand their needs, put courage in their hearts and minds amid the impact of the disaster, they smile and say thank you for the assistance given to them. They now seek for means not just to repair their homes but also to rebuild their lives.

(See also OCHA Sit Report  No.16 as of Nov 22, 2013)

And this conviction is where the Disaster Risk-Reduction and Resiliency-building and Emergency Assistance Mission (DREAM) Teams of Balay Mindanaw and partners in Ormoc and Panay gain greater sense of humanitarian service.  They have these reports:

Roofless but not Hopeless.

Bangon Ormoc!

DREAM Team Leyte

  • The first group of the Balay Mindanaw DREAM team wrapped up their Medical Mission and their relief distribution in Barangay San Juan. A short farewell program was presented and led by Pastor Kai Gusek of the MERT.
  • In Barangay San Juan, the community now plans to rebuild their health center so that the medical assistance will be a continuing effort of local and international health and social workers
  • As these first activities of assistance concluded after 7 days of operation, the team is now planning to mobilize shelter repair kits for distribution as local residents are ready and more than willing to restore their homes and community. They have expressed immediate rehabilitation of their houses for security, better protection from the heat of the day and coldness during the night, for safer and sounder temporary dwelling.
  • The team was also offered in Barangay San Juan an old and abandoned rice warehouse to make use of this as an operation center in the meantime. A quick repair will likewise be done. At the height of the supertyphoon, some 1,000 people were said to have taken shelter inside this warehouse.
The Balay Mindanaw, Johanniter Medical and Emergency Response Team and volunteers nurses from Cagayan de Oro City.

The Balay Mindanaw, Johanniter Medical and Emergency Response Team and volunteers nurses from Cagayan de Oro City.

For repair and rehabilitation -  Health Center of Barangay San Juan and a warehouse to be used as Operation Center.

For repair and rehabilitation – Health Center of Barangay San Juan and a warehouse to be used as Operation Center.


DREAM Team Panay

  • The team made connections with Mayor Rene S. Cordero of the Municipality of Estancia. This northern stretch of Iloilo has been seriously hit by Supertyphoon Yolanda last Nov 8. As per assessment of the team, 99% of the households were damaged (9,254 HH). The oil spill of a barge also made bigger danger to the fishing communities, which until now there is no move of clearing it, not even the owner National Power Corporation.
  • Aside from food, shelter repair kits (preferably nipa and bamboo) are equally needed in all the 24 barangays. The team is now scouting for possible sources of nipa and bamboo.
  • Since there are coastal communities mostly not being reached by relief, the fisherfolks need to restore their livelihood soon, they said, so that they will not be dependent on the unguaranteed delivery food relief. And so, they needed fishing boats also including fishing gears and equipments.
  • The team is also in close coordination with the Fr. Macky Sortido, Parish Priest of Estancia who link them to two of the barangays in Estancia (Brgy. Manipolon and Brgy. Bayas).They will also meet the LGU Council, other NGOs and some local and international responders on Monday, 25 Nov, for updating and effective collaboration of interventions.
  • The team has established an operation center in Jaro, Iloilo. This space was offered by the Concepcion Family through Bishop Gerry Alminaza with the GAMOT Resources Inc.
The Concepcion Challet in Jaro, Iloilo as an Operation Center of DREAM Team Panay

The Concepcion Challet in Jaro, Iloilo as an Operation Center of DREAM Team Panay


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

  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.
  26. Action Aid
  27. Pag-Laum Multi-Purpose Cooperative – P40,000.00
  28. JBrothers Reloaded –P5,000.00 cash donation
  29. Edwin Castejon and Bobby Jasareno – P8,000.00 cash donation
  30. Pahinungod and UP Iloilo –VOICE Network members in Iloilo – local volunteers and logistics support
  31. Concepcion Family – use of Concepcion Chalet as the Operation Center of Balay Mindanaw DREAM Team Panay

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