Emergency Aid Needed as 40,000 People Flee Mayon
Up to 40,000 people fled their homes and farms as ash and pyroclastic materials continued to endanger the lives of people living around Mayon Volcano, according to Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara. The volcano began its eruption on January 14, 2018, and continued with increasing intensity since then.
Evacuees are now scattered throughout Albay – in Legazpi, Camalig, Guinobatan, LIgao, Daraga, Sto. Domingo and Tabaco. They had brought their own food when they fled but their supply easily ran out.
Government and private sectors gave emergency help, but the need was unprecedented as the evacuations lingered. Our local churches started giving out food rations and even offered their homes as temporary refuge, but massive amount of relief is still needed in the next few days.
It would be difficult for the residents to immediately return to their homes, even if the volcanic activity subsides. The ash fall covered their homes and especially their farms which would require time to rehabilitate.
Let us help these suffering families survive difficult times. Let us pray that God will continue to bless them and comfort them and provide for their needs.
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The relief and development arm of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches is PHILRADS, established in 1980 to serve the poor and needy of the Philippines through PCEC’s network of local churches. PHILRADS (Philippine Relief and Development Services), the holistic ministry arm, responds to the emergency needs of disaster victims, provides assistance for their rehabilitation, implements sustainable community development projects (including long term poverty alleviation projects in depressed or disaster-stricken communities), and conducts disaster management seminars for local churches and communities.
The Philippines is known as one of the most hazard-prone countries in the world. In a study conducted by World Bank in 2008, the country was identified as a natural disaster hot-spot with approximately 50.3 percent of its total area and 81.3 percent of its population vulnerable to natural disasters. Based on the 2012 World Risk Report published by the United Nations University Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Philippines is the third most disaster risk country worldwide. The most disastrous year was observed in 2011 with 33 disaster events mostly attributed to tropical storms and floods.
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PCEC-PhilRADS has provided shelter repair kits (SRKs) to thousands of victims of Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda”) in Central Philippines through the gifts of many generous donors. Watch below the latest video and get details. Donate now and join PCEC-PhilRADS’s work to provide transitional shelters for Filipino families who lost their homes due to the super typhoon on November 8, 2013.
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Philippine Typhoon Haiyan Update
On November 8, 2013, typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) swept portions of Central Philippines. It hit land on several places starting 4:40 am on November 8 and left the Philippine area of responsibility on November 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm. The Philippine government has estimated 11.3 million people (or 13% of the Philippine population) in the 9 regions hit by Typhoon Haiyan. There are 673,000 estimated to be displaced by the typhoon, 55% of whom are in evacuation centers, and the rest in host communities or makeshift shelters. The provinces of Leyte, Samar, Cebu. Aklan, Iloilo, and Capiz were hardest hit. Lack of sufficient food is an item in the list of most immediate threats to life.
The immediate response of the Philippine Relief and Development Services, Inc. (PHILRADS), the relief and development arm of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), was to provide cash assistance to the pastors and their communities who can still access some food through traders, from its internal funds. PHILRADS also coordinated the network of churches and ministerial fellowships to response to the survivors’ immediate needs.
Through the aid and speedy assistance of donors, we were able to mobilize the Cebu Province Ministerial Association (CPMA) to respond to the needs of survivors in the northern parts of Cebu. They were able to distribute 2,500 food packs to the affected towns of Daanbantayan, Malapascua Island, Medellin, Bogo, and San Remegio. Each pack contained food items that would help them survive for 5 days (rice, noodles, sardines, detergent soap, coffee, choco drink and biscuits).
Relief distribution was also done in the province of Leyte. The first distribution was done in the towns of Ormoc, Kanangga, Capookan, Barugo, Carigara, and Tunga were 1,600 food packs were given to churches and their members. The second distribution of around 1,000 food packs were given to church members in the towns of Jaro, Alang‐alang, Sta Fe, Palo, and Tacloban. The food packs contained rice, sardines, canned goods, noodles, coffee, choco milk, and detergent bar. Clothing and blankets were also distributed.
To maximize the reach of disaster response efforts, the evangelical community has organized the Philippine Evangelical Disaster Response Network (PEDRN) comprising of different Evangelical disaster relief organizations nationwide in order to avoid duplication, eliminate competition and enhance strategic cooperation. We hold regular weekly coordination meetings in Manila and from the field, give updates on our accomplished responses, answered needs and on the planned responses in the days to come.
As we grieve for families of the thousands dead and millions who are displaced, we are humbly appealing to you to support our goal of providing 30,000 shelter repair kits. Each kit consists of GI sheets, ridge sheets, nails, coco lumbers, marine plywood, saw and hammer. It costs Php15,000 inclusive of shipping and other related expenses.
After giving out more than 80,000 food packs, 5,000 shelter repair kits and close to 100 tons of various non‐food items, medical teams serving 3,963 patients and trauma counseling teams debriefing 2,817 persons, and training 420 pastors to give counseling to their communities, the need is still persistent. The need is a whole ocean and it seems that we are pouring only buckets of the solution to it.
We ask for your continued partnership and prayers as we continue the rehabilitation work, particularly in shelter repair, food, medicine and trauma counseling.
Again, thank you very much. We look forward for a more fruitful partnership with you in helping our countrymen in need. God bless!
BISHOP EFRAIM M. TENDERO, D.D., D.L.
National Director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches