[Blueboard] Task Force Noah: Pablo Pagbangon sa Bagong Taon

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Fri Dec 14 10:24:15 PHT 2012

Task Force Noah: Pablo

Pagbangon sa Bagong Taon

A Humanitarian Assistance for the Survivors of Typhoon Pablo

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan in partnership with Ateneo de Davao University






On 02 December 2012, Typhoon Pablo- international name Bopha entered the Philippines, traversing the islands of Mindanao, Visayas and then Luzon in a little over a week. It is the 16th typhoon and so far the most devastating to hit the country this year. It has made its first landfall in Surigao del Sur, in the CARAGA region and then followed by three more in Bukidnon, Siquijor and Palawan respectively. As of this writing, Pablo is still within the Philippine area of responsibility even as it weakens into a low pressure area.


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) reported a total of 487, 364 families or over 5 million people affected by the typhoon in several villages, municipalities, cities and provinces across Regions IV-B, VI, VII, IX, X, XI, XII and CARAGA. Six hundred forty seven (647) people have been reported dead, 1, 482 are injured while almost 800 people are still missing. (NDRRMC, 10th Dec, 2012). These figures are still expected to increase in the coming days.


The intensity of the typhoon also caused severe damages in over 70, 000 houses, lifelines and other critical structures such as roads, bridges, and power and water supplies across the aforementioned regions. Over 3 billion pesos has been damaged in the Philippine agriculture. Due to the extent of the damages, several provinces have declared a state of calamity.


Consequently, on the 07 of December 2012, a State of National Calamity has been declared by His Excellency himself Benigno S. Aquino III.

Project Summary 


Pagbangon sa Bagong Taon: A Humanitarian Assistance for the Survivors of Typhoon Pablo will be Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan's (SLB) Early Recovery Project in response to the needs of communities that are severely affected by Typhoon Pablo. The assistance will be given primarily to the barangays that are hardest hit but least served in the province of Compostela Valley and/or Davao Oriental. 

Compostela Valley (Comval) and Davao Oriental are the most devastated places among those that were affected by the typhoon. Both located in Region XI, the 2 provinces are also the first ones to declare a state of calamity. Almost 1 million families were affected in the region and many of them had their houses either totally or partially damaged. Aside from damages and losses in houses, livelihood and properties, flash floods in these provinces also caused almost 90% of all recorded losses in human lives. 


While recognizing the urgency of the situation in these areas, SLB, more importantly, also wants to be able to provide a holistic and more sustaining form of assistance in order to ensure the well-being men, women, children, elderly and differently-abled members of the community. Thus, a rapid assessment of the damages, needs and capacities of the areas will be conducted. Special attention will be given to not only to the affected families' food needs, but also to other non-food needs to help them recover faster. Special attention will also be given to the needs of more vulnerable men, women, children and other members of the community such as the elderly and people with disability.


The project will be implemented in partnership with Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) through the Office of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council. This unit within ADDU has been very active in assessments and relief operation and SLB has been in very close coordination with the unit even since the onset of the typhoon. Through this partnership, we hope to be able to inspire local and multi-stakeholder participation. 


Thus, in the spirit of New Year, this project will be aimed at


1.     Increasing the beneficiaries' access to food and water.

2.     Preventing the deterioration of public health by providing the families with essential household items and/or emergency shelter and hygiene kits.

3.     Augmenting the efforts, primarily of church networks and/or the local government units (LGUs), social welfare agencies and other humanitarian institutions in providing for the needs of disaster stricken communities.

4.     Promoting and reinforcing the virtue of volunteerism among the Filipino citizens and other concerned individuals and groups.



Planned Activities


A relief delivery operation will be conducted on the first week of January among the IP communities (Mangguangan and Dibabawon families) in Compostela Valley, providing for their most immediate needs. This will be followed by a more detailed assessment of the families' other needs for faster recovery. Other communities considered to be hardest hit and least served would also be considered for the early recovery program.


The specific activities for the early recovery project include:


a.      Rapid Assessment


b.      Household Screening and Validation


c.       Procurement of items


d.      Arrangement of distribution


e.       Transport of items


f.        Implementation of distribution


g.      Assessment with partners/local partners


h.      Reporting


Initial Beneficiaries


As per the assessment of ADDU who is actively conducting on-going relief delivery operations, the IP communities include:


1.     Tribal Village - 100 families

2.     Banglasan - 200 families

3.     New Cebulan - 100 families

4.     Camance - 150 families

5.     Bankerohan  - 150 families

6.     New Calape - 100 families

7.     Proseperidad - 300 families


The families in these areas are in need of food, water, candles and matches. 


**Photo credits: Google           

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