Alay Kapwa Solidarity and PhP 7.9 M reach 11 affected Dioceses

Tolosa, Leyte

ONE week after Typhoon Yolanda landed on Guiuan, Samar, and ploughed through Leyte, Cebu, Panay and Palawan, on 8 November, official records reported 2,357 deaths, 77 missing and 3,853 injured (as of 14 November).  Around 8M people are estimated to be affected in 574 municipalities/cities, with 112,962 persons displaced and 130,074 houses were totally destroyed.

Most roads still remain impassable and with markets destroyed, food shortage is another major concern. While most areas still experience power outages, and municipalities in Capiz, Iloilo and Antique lack running water, network signal is still interrupted in Samar, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Biliran, Masbate and Coron in Palawan and thus they are still out of touch for gathering information on their situation.

The CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/ Caritas Philippines, together with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Diocesan Social Action Centers, started initial rapid assessments in Leyte and Samar provinces on 10 November, and on 11 November, Task Force Yolanda(**) was convened for strategic planning of response from Manila and at the national level.  Initially, NASSA, Caritas Manila and Quiapo Church released a total of 2.8M to 9 Dioceses(***) directly affected by the disaster and relief packs to 2 Dioceses. Upon Coordination, it was agreed that all donation in kind for the Dioceses will be directed to Caritas Manila for repacking and distribution.  NASSA committed to continue to conduct assessment in Mindoro, Masbate and Palawan.

As mobile phone signal became better, and with constant communication and assessment with the Dioceses, NASSA disbursed another PhP 7.4M on 13 November (on top of the initial PhP 400,000 for Palo) to 7 Dioceses (Palo, Borongan, Naval, Antique, Capiz, Kalibo, Cebu) to add to the initial relief.

The total of PhP 7.9M disbursement is expected to reach more than 36,000 households in 11 affected Dioceses.

NASSA is grateful for the generous response of the Dioceses and local, as well as international network. As of 14 November, the Caritas Confederation pledged EUR 1.7M for victims of Typhoon Yolanda, and commitment poured in from OBOS (Caritas Seoul, Korea), Indonesia, Czech, Scottish International Aid Fund.  From other local and international network, a total of PhP 6.8M has been acknowledged to date, from Germany (Aid to the Church in Need) and Macau (Pastoral Care for Filipino Migrants), as well as from Dioceses and individual donation, and online remittance. Many Dioceses have also sent their donation or coordinated other possible assistance directly to the affected Diocese, such as the Dioceses of San Pablo.  Phone inquiries from New Jersey have also been received asking for donation details for cash and containers with various relief goods.

Shipping and trucking companies have also responded to the Yolanda disaster by offering their services to ship to affected areas.  Caritas Manila also coordinated with SM Branches all over the country, to be the collecting point for donated items from outside of Manila.

Alay Kapwa Solidarity

In the spirit of Alay Kapwa, relief for Palo Archdiocese continued through the neighboring Diocesan Social Action Center of Maasin, and for Guiuan (Diocese of Borongan), through Archdiocese of Caceres in Bicol region.  They are coordinating the procurement and delivery of relief items to the affected areas in the Dioceses. Social Action Center of San Jose Mindoro reported that Yolanda’s there is minimal and are now seeking to help support Tacloban.

Dioceses appealed for donation among their local network.  Food packs arrived in Tacloban from Caritas Manila, Dioceses of Tagum and other NASSA network, and medical teams from the Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Center was also deployed there. The Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) also undertook the needs of 2,200 households in Taytay, Palawan.

Meanwhile, NASSA deployed a volunteer to the Dioceses of Borongan, and assessment teams are on-going in Cebu, Samar, and Palo (including Ormoc and Tacloban) and teams to Palawan, Jaro, Capiz, Aklan and Antique will be deployed in the following week.

Diocese of Masbate reported that they are affected but support from various communities are adequate for the relief stage, and they currently need assistance for rebuilding, such as roofs for houses.

The distribution of the DSACs so far has been a blanket distribution of food, non-food items and water. As the assessment and coordination proceeds, other specific needs identified include cooking pots (“No. 2”) and tarpaulins (4m by 6m Maruyama/ S400 or 0.45mm was distributed to the families affected by the Bohol earthquake for temporary shelter while they rebuild their houses).

International presence

Technical staff from Caritas Internationalis (CI) and other member countries started to arrive to assist in communication, finance, assessment and operations, as well as plan international emergency appeal. The International Humanitarian Team, composed of Caritas Internationalis, NASSA, Cordaid (Netherlands), Trocaire (Ireland), Caritas Germany, Caritas Czech went to Cebu on 13 November, to commence the assessment in affected and unreached areas from there.  Caritas representatives from Austria, Switzerland, Australia, Luxemburg, Canada, Italy also informed they will join the team and assist various efforts.

With the presence of Caritas Internationalis and various Caritas country teams worldwide, as well as other Catholic relief institutions, a levelling-off conference will be held to discuss Caritas role in bringing humanitarian aid to victims of Typhoon Yolanda through a more coordinated and effective relief and rehabilitation action. The Conference, for all the Caritas country teams present in the country for Yolanda response, will be held at the Archbishop’s House in Cebu, at 2:00pm

(**) Task Force Yolanda is composed of NASSA/ Caritas Philippines, the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Manila, and Dioceses of Paranaque, Pasig and the Quiapo Church. 

(***) NASSA initially sent PhP 400,000 to the Archdioceses of Palo (for Tacloban, Palo, Ormoc in Leyte province) through the Social Action Center of Maasin which coordinated food and non-food items to be sent to St Nino Shrine in Tacloban (the designated command center for relief goods in the area).  Caritas Manila disbursed PhP300,000 each to Borongan, Jaro, Antique, Capiz and Kalibo, while Quiapo Church was in charge of initial disbursement to Taytay (Palawan), Naval and Cebu.

Donation in kind (for Metro Manila and nearby areas) and volunteering:

Caritas Manila is the designated drop-off point for receiving, re-packing and distribution to affected Dioceses.  You may drop your donation to Caritas Manila (2002 Jesus Street, Pandacan, Manila), or inquire at SM Branches (outside Manila) to send your donation there.

They are also in need of volunteers for re-packing.  Please contact them at (02)5620020 (to25).  Web site:http://www.caritasmanila.org.ph/

Donation in cash

Donation can be sent through CBCP-NASSA/ Caritas Philippines.  They will be sent through the affected Diocesan Social Action Centers or neighboring Dioceses that provide the needed relief goods.

For donation in PhP from overseas/ local:

Bank Name:               Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Branch:                      Intramuros

Account Name:         CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation Inc.

Account Number:     4951-0071-08

Swift Code:                BOPIPHMM

For Donation in USD or EUR from overseas:

Bank Name:               Philtrust Bank

Branch:                      Head Office

Account Name:         CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation Inc.

DOLLAR Account:   00340-001751-9

EURO Account:        0035-0000009-9

Swift Code:                PHTBPHMM

For those with internet access, you may also go to the link below for online donation:

<http://ushare.unionbankph.com/caritasfilipinas/(CBCP-NASSA)

 

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