A helpless elderly joyful after receiving goods
The relief operation is a response to the urgent needs of the communities affected by the series of magnitude 6 earthquake on the month of October in Tulunan, North Cotabato, southern part of the Philippines. Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc., together with several agencies, combined its volunteers and resources to provide the needed relief assistance.
It was the first time that these communities experienced an earthquake. The first earthquake hit the areas including other major parts of Davao Region on Oct 16. It was followed by another magnitude 6 on Oct. 29. The last and the strongest was on Oct 31. It caused severe damages to the houses and facilities of the barangays. An elementary school of Barangay Daig was still standing after the first two earthquakes but was flattened after the Oct 31st 6.6 magnitude. An estimate of over a thousand families were affected in Barangay Daig. Hundreds of houses were ruined. The covered multipurpose court was severely damaged. The roofing collapsed. The barangay hall and daycare center are unusable after the earthquake. In Barangay Magbok, two school buildings collapsed and hundreds of houses were unlivable due to major destruction of the structures.
The relief team traveled from Davao City to the site for more than three hours. The team arrived at the first relief distribution site at about 8:00 o'clock in the morning. The people were in the area already waiting for the relief team since they were informed a day before. They were so happy when the team arrived. Everyone was eager to receive his share of blessings.
The barangay captain was so thankful to CJFI and SPM for the support. He said, “salamat gyod kaayo sir ug kang Pastor Quiboloy. Dili gyod mi makalimot ninyo” (Thank you so much to Pastor Quiboloy, we will never forget your kindness.) A mother of four children the organizers and said, “salamat kaayo sa tubig sir. Lisod gyod mi tubig mainom kay nadaut ang reserbwa.” (Thank so much for the water. Drinkable water has been difficult for us lately because of the damaged reservoir)
After the relief distribution was done in Barangay Daig, the first distribution site, the team proceeded to Barangay Magbok. Like in Daig, the residents were also waiting for the team to come. This time, the barangay captain was in control of the victims because they were organized. There was no hassle in the distribution. Every family victim was in line and waiting for his name to be called. At the end of the distribution, everyone has received their share. About 200 hundred families received a relief food pack.
The last relief site was in Barangay Paraiso. About 200 families received the relief food pack. It was already past 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon the entire distribution was completed. The barangay captain heartily expressed his gratitude to CJFI and SPM and to Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy.
The team was only able to report back to Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. Davao City headquarters past 7:00 o’clock in the evening.
Happy CJFI volunteers coming from the city
CJFI Project and barangay leaders of the area
A flood of blessings for the affected families
Grateful families in the remote areas
Once suffering now blessed by CJFI