De la salle university together with de la salle philippines spearheaded the relief effort for the survivors of the onslaught of super typhoon yolanda/haiyan in the visayas. Using dlsu as the hub of operations, in kind donations were sorted and repacked by a steady stream of volunteers coming from the general public. Repacking was conducted in a manner consistent with the dlsp family relief pack standards of rice, noodles or munggo beans; cans of sardines or corned beef; bottled water; biscuit; coffee; sugar; salt; candle; match; slippers; clothes; and toiletries.
As a result, the volunteers were able to repack and load a total of 12,000 family relief packages onto container vans bound for guiuan (samar), coron (palawan) and leyte. Our local contacts include diocese, parishes and church based groups who in turn would be incharge of distribution to the communities.
Donations are still arriving and repacking is still on-going at dlsu. By the 1st week of december, we will be shifting to the second phase of our assistance. this now would entail the conduct of psychological first aid. We are currently consolidating our human and logistical resources for this.
Our planned third phase is rehabilitation of schools.
We still need your help.
The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:
When I arrived at the coastal community in Lian, Batangas, the first thing I saw was a basketball court. No community in the Philippines, no matter how poor, is without one. But what many communities do lack are adequate resources to prepare for floods and typhoons. De La Salle University has helped equip this community with the education and resources to survive floods, typhoons, and tsunamis.
I didn’t have the energy to hike up the mountain, but the villagers assured me that they had a path up if a tsunami were to hit. They also had rescue boats and an early warning system – provided for by De La Salle University. Disaster preparedness can mean the difference between life and death for these people, and nothing is more essential in the Philippines right now.
APPEAL FROM THE VICTIMS OF TROPICAL STORM MARING ENHANCED SOUTHWEST MONSOON
The southwest monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by tropical storm “Maring” (international name – Trami) brought heavy rains during the last three days (from Aug 19 to 21, 2013) causing widespread flooding in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that approximately 223,991 families were badly affected translating to 1,06,094 people in 1,028 barangays from 80 municipalities and 35 cities in five regions. Of these, 29,041 families or 132,969 individuals are sheltered in evacuation areas while 30,754 families or 148,157 persons were housed with friends and relatives. It also reported that 8 persons died, 41 were injured, and 4 others missing. Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Regions I, IV-A, IV-B, and the Cordillera is initially estimated at PhP 66,763,939.
Call for Support
Partner communities of De La Salle University also appeal for support after their homes were flooded or washed away. The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) issued a call for cash/check and in-kind donations using various means. Donations may include any of the following:
FOOD ITEMS: • rice • canned goods • dried fish • mung beans • sugar • vegetable oil • coffee • milk • bottled water • noodles;
NON-FOOD ITEMS • clothes (pants, t-shirts, shorts, underwear) • plastic sheets • sleeping mats • blankets • kitchen utensils • medicines • water containers • laundry soaps • sanitary napkins • tissue; and
OTHER MATERIALS INCLUDE • construction supplies (housing repairs) • fishing nets • seeds;
Donation boxes are found along the DLSU campus. Donors may also opt to donate items to La Salle schools nearest them. Please contact Ms. Mei Guanzon, CMSD Program Manager at (02) 525-4267 to coordinate cash and check donations.
The Center for Social Concern and Action tries its hands on pilot testing a food security approach at Lian, Batangas.
COSCA continued its support and monitoring activities to three (3) pilot barangays of Bungahan, San Diego and Cumba last June 2013.
It is in Brgy. Bungahan that COSCA introduced the concept of food security by encouraging the local residents to establish a vegetable garden. The idea is simple. Have the residents grow typical vegetables they use as viands for their meals. They tend it like the usual garden. Fruits and other produce can be harvested during lean season or during periods of typhoon. Vegetables and root crops include Eggplants, Squash, Corn, Okra, and Sweet Potato.
A tree planting event was conducted in Brgy. San Diego and participated in by its local residents and members of the BDRRMC. Native tree species were used and planted along critical areas within the brgy to help prevent the effects of floodings, soil erosion and others.
Farm tools and a tree planting event was done in Brgy. Cumba.
The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lian, Batangas, in partnership with the De La Salle University-Center for Social Concern and Action (DLSU-COSCA) conducted a series of orientation training on the salient features of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Act of 2010 (Republic Act No. 10121). The orientation which primarily aims to enhance the capacities of local government units such as the LGU Lian focused particularly on two major topics: a) Relief Delivery Operations (RDO) and b) Evacuation Management
Eighteen (18) Municipal DRMM Officers participated in the orientation training held last February 5 to 6, 2013 at the municipal conference hall of Lian, Batangas. A similar series of training participated by the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Officers (BDRRMOs) were conducted in the session halls of Barangay San Diego, Lian, Batangas (attended by 31 BDRRMOs) on February 11 to 13, 2013, Barangay Bungahan (attended by 26 BDRRMOs)on February 21 to 21, 2013, and Barangay Cumba (attended by 25 BDRRMOs) on February 28, 2013.
Mr. Norman Mendoza, Lian’s Municipal DRRMO shared that the orientation which aimed at informing the local DRMMOs on the major changes and improvements on the disaster management system in the country was relevant. According to Mr. Mendoza, the training served as venue for them as Municiapal DRMMOs to better understand and appreciate the new DRRM Law.
The said series of Disaster Preparedness Training were implemented by DLSU-COSCA in partnership with the LGU Lian (Batangas) to help facilitate the institutionalization of relevant systems and mechanisms for better disaster risk reduction and management at the local level. The sessions paved the way for the establishment of Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMC’s) in the three (3) pilot barangays of Lian. Major output of the training includes the following: a) the development by the local councils of their own evacuation management plans, b) drafting of resolutions/ordinances for the formation of the organization of the Barangay DRRM Council for each barangay, and c) development of the Disaster Risk Reduction Plan for 2013.
In 2011 to 2012, members of the Municipal DRRMC attended an orientation conducted by the DLSU-COSCA on the DRRM Act of 2010 (RA 10121) and on Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 for them to appreciate the new law and its implementing rules and regulations. Relative to this, the DLSU-COSCA Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coordinator Maria Isabel B. Lanada has conducted an executive forum for Lian’s local chief executives (LCEs)in the municipality. The forum for the LCEs aimed to inform them on the relevance of organizing the MDRRMC, the need to establish the DRRMOs and the Operation Centers (OPCENs) in their respective localities, on the utilization and allocation of the local DRRM Fund and on the interventions that need to be sought from the national and other funding sources.
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Director, Center for Social Concern and Action
National Capital Region