Typhoon Mangkhut Emergency Response in Cagayan

by Global Peace Festival Foundation Philippines, Inc.
Typhoon Mangkhut Emergency Response in Cagayan
Mrs. Obispo shows the water filter they received
Mrs. Obispo shows the water filter they received

Gifts are treasures. It can’t be equaled to any monetary favors. With that reason, they should be taken cared of and used carefully for lasting usage. Amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, our team, with the support of the Teacher-In-Charge (TIC) of Santiago Elementary School, Mrs. Baltazar, was able to monitor the family of Mr. and Mrs. Obispo who are residing at the mountainside in Cagayan Valley, Philippines.

Mrs. Baltazar conducted the short interview to evaluate the impact of the project to the Obispo family. Based on her assessment, the assistance such as insulating mats, water purifiers, solar lamps, and first aid kits given by GlobalGiving and the Global Peace Foundation made the life of the people in Santiago, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan convenient:

  • The pitcher-water purifier given has a strainer which filtered the brownish water they used to drink. The pitcher-water purifier filtered the dirt and clays from their water source.  As a result, the water became clearer and safer to drink.
  • The mat served as protection against cold when they sleep, most especially during the current rainy season.
  • First Aid kits were used immediately for emergency purposes. They already have something to use when someone have cuts or bruises.
  • Solar lamps are great source of light at night. The community is situated in the mountain where there is no access to electricity. With the gift coming from GlobalGiving and Global Peace Foundation, the parents can now assist their kids with their homework at night. In the case of Mr. and Mrs. Obispo, their three daughters could study well and improve their academic performance.

These are the gifts treasured by the families of Barangay Santiago, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan. It gave them convenience in life which they have not yet experienced before. The Indigenous People Families of Barangay Santiago are expressing their never ending thanks to all donors at GlobalGiving and Global Peace Foundation for the love and care extended to them.

Charging the solar panels under the sunlight
Charging the solar panels under the sunlight
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Giving: the key to success, fulfilment, and a life of prosperity. The world needs more compassionate people who go into the world and give their all for the betterment of less privileged in the society. They are the ones who have the desire and confidence to stand up and add value to other people’s lives by being a blessing to others.

Barangay Santiago, a hidden paradise behind mountain ranges, is considered an indigenous community where there is a limited source of living. No current, no clean water source, rough roads and the like. Limited in all sources in the sense that the produce in the rice fields and the river are the only source of income they could turn to. Some are engaged in carpentry and other jobs but seasonal in nature.

GlobalGiving and Global Peace Foundation helped the community and its people in particular through the gifts given in 2019 which provided them with solar lamps, water purifiers, disaster kits and other basic needs. These pieces of blessings helped the families realize some of what they previously considered as only dreams in life. Solar lamps became important tools so their children can do their assignments, while it also helped them carry out household chores more conveniently when the night comes. More so, the water purifiers filtered their cloudy water to be safe for drinking, and the disaster kits provided them the necessary basic tools and materials to help them prepare in case they become vulnerable to calamities.

These significant blessings gave the people more positive outlook in life: to work harder, do greater, and aim higher. They now have high hopes for a brighter future, thanks to everyone who helped provide what they consider as great blessings, and those who embodied how humanity is truly the greatest gift from God.

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The Philippines is prone to many types of disasters due to its location in the globe as part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Therefore, it is vulnerable to natural hazards and climate change related disasters. Disaster are major restraining factors in the development process that can eradicate years of local development investments just in few minutes or hours. Disaster risk reduction is an integral part of the development efforts through equitable and inclusive mechanisms that are designed to protect people from harmful effects.

After the distribution of disaster preparedness kits last August 28, the Global Peace Foundation and the Municipal Government of Sanchez Mira collaborated in capacitating the 50 families in Barangay Santiago. During the seminar, the Honorable First Councilor Napoleon Sacramed delivered his inspirational message encouraging everyone to always be grateful with all the love and support of their stakeholders towards the community's development and take ownership of the kits donated by Global Giving and Global Peace Foundation. Hon. Sacramed cited the vital role of Indigenous Peoples in Climate Change Mitigation and Environmental Protection. IPs play key roles in combatting the effects of climate change and global warming and even our increasing problems in managing environmental problems. Mrs Sheila Pascual, Barangay Santiago Elementary School Principal, shared practical and basic first aid techniques that can help them cope with emergencies using indigenous materials and the kit provided to them.

The Municipal Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Council (MRRDMC) Officer of Sanchez Mira, Mr. Jovi Biado, conducted the training on disaster preparedness and environmental management to increase the participant’s capacity to analyze different crises and risks that are prevalent in their everyday environment. Families were happy to learn basic and important techniques for their lives and for the safety and security of the environment.

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On August 28, 41 families in Barangay Santiago, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan received their disaster preparedness kits, solar lighting system, and water purifiers, thanks to the donations received by Global Peace Foundation Philippines from Global Giving. Global Peace Foundation Philippines received a $5,000 donation from Global Giving which helped achieve the goal of providing assistance to 41 families affected by Typhoon Mangkhut.

When Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines last year, Sanchez Mira was one of the devastated municipalities. Families in Brgy. Santiago were left without access to electricity and clean water at the aftermath of the typhoon.

The Municipal Government of Sanchez Mira, represented by Councilor Napoleon Sacramed and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management (MDRRM) Officer Mr Jovitor Biado Jr., joined the Global Peace Foundation in the turnover. MDRRM Officer Jovitor Biado spoke on the importance of the donation from Global Giving and he reminded the families to be disaster-ready. Barangay Chairman Orland Sienda was also present to warmly welcome the families.

Ms Ana Marie Mira, President of Inner Wheel Club Pasig, also contributed additional hygiene kits to the disaster kits received by the families and inspired the participants to collaborate with the disaster-preparedness initiative. Mr. Mon Milante, GPF officer, led the demonstration of using and maintaining the solar lamps while I explained the use and maintenance of the water purifier. The turnover ceremony ended successfully with grateful partner-beneficiaries.

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After the distribution of disaster preparedness kit last February 10, the Global Peace Foundation and the Municipal Government of Sanchez Mira collaborated in organizing a disaster response and preparedness training for 150 families in two communities in Cagayan Province. During the seminar, the Honorable Mayor Asela Sacramed delivered her inspirational message encouraging everyone to always be grateful and to take responsible ownership of the kits donated by Global Giving and Global Peace Foundation.

Her message was followed by a “first-aid training” facilitated by the Municipal Nurse, Mrs Bambie Fuertes. She shared practical and basic first aid techniques that can help them cope with an emergency using indigenous materials and the disaster preparedness kit which was provided to each family. She emphasized that first aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery. 

In addition, the Municipal Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Council (MRRDMC) of Sanchez Mira, through RESCUE 18 Assistant Mr. Ridel Cabulisan, conducted a training on disaster preparedness and management to increase the participants’ capacity to analyze different crises and risks that can be prevalent in their everyday environment. He also introduced the detailed procedures of maintaining and using the portable water purifier included in their kits. At the end of the training, the families from two local communities in Sanchez Mira were grateful to learn basic and important techniques on safety and security in their daily lives and during times of disaster.

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Global Peace Festival Foundation Philippines, Inc.

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