Thank you so much for your support to our project. There is still great unmet need for basic needs like food and shelter in many parts of the devastated provinces in Central Philippines. We hope to raise more funds so we can continue working with our local partners to deliver not only emergency goods but also help survivors recover in the mid-term.
We are sending this update from the field.
Delivering relief packs in Alangalang, Leyte
On a rainy morning on November 23rd, Civic Force's Program Coordinator Fumi Nakagawa traveled to Alangalang, Leyte and worked in cooperation with local partners CDRC and LCDE to deliver relief packs to 840 families. Recipients from 6 communities started queuing early in the morning and waited patiently despite the slight rain.
The team arrived before noon after experiencing difficulties on the road on the way to the remote communities in Alangalang. Program Coordinator Fumi Nakagawa recalled "The dirt road where the distribution point was located was barely wide enough for our two trucks and we couldn't pass through the roads with ease." The road sitation continues to be problematic as the team had to stop many times along the road to clear away the dangling wires and fallen telephone poles that obstruct the passing of heavier vehicles.
One of the biggest disaster relief organizations in the country, CDRC and its regional center working in Leyte and Samar LCDE helped coordinate the local distribution and mobilized volunteers on the site. In addition to shelter kits, 840 families received food and hygiene kits good for one week. There were many that day who have not received any form of aid since the typhoon devastated their area.
One of the survivors who received our relief packs had this to share:
"My house was completely destroyed so now I'm living in a a school that serves as an evacuation center. I thought of buying a sleeping mat yesterday but where before the disaster I could buy one for 250 pesos, now the price is 550 pesos. It was so expensive so I didn't buy one, but I'm so grateful now that I received a sleeping mat from Civic Force. I used to sell brooms for a living and I would like to sell brooms for a lower price so I can help people somehow. Even though I myself was a victim, I wouldn't want to take advantage of the situation." - Helen, 55 years old, Alangalang resident, Civic Force relief pack recipient
Civic Force has shipped its first batch of relief goods from Manila on November 20th. The goods are accompanied by Civic Force and CDRC staff who are making their way to Leyte to distribute the packs to 840 families in Alangalang, Leyte province.
The second batch will be shipped to Cebu within this week and distributed early next week in Albuera and Tanauan. The emergency tents will also be arriving on the 25th in Cebu and will be distributed to 960 households in the affected area.The relief distributions will be coordinated with CDRC’s regional center LCDE (Leyte Center for Development, Inc.).
The logistical coordination and planning required to ship goods from Manila to Leyte has been a struggle for the Civic Force and CDRC team the past few days, but they are doing their best to bring in aid as quickly as possible to the most affected areas.
On Wednesday, November 13, Civic Force staff oversaw the transport of 960 emergency tents from a storage facility in Fukuroi-shi to Nagoya port where they were loaded onto a cargo ship heading for the Philippines. The ship departed on November 15th and is expected to arrive in Cebu on November 25th where Civic Force and CDRC staff will receive the shipment and load them onto trucks that will take them across the sea to Leyte province. 960 families will benefit from these emergency tents which are big enough to accommodate a family of 5-10 persons. Civic Force will be distributing the tents in 3 municipalities in Leyte province.