ShelterBox Continues to Collaborate in Philippines

ShelterBox Response Team member Bjorn Andersson (SE) with beneficiary Analyn Cabiling as she receives her tent, Philippines, 2013.

ShelterBox Response Team member Bjorn Andersson (SE) with beneficiary Analyn Cabiling as she receives her tent, Philippines, 2013.

 

Almost four months have passed since Typhoon Bopha carved a path of destruction through the Philippines leaving thousands of families in desperate need of emergency shelter. 

An in-country ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) was mobilised immediately to assess the need. They found the worst affected areas to be on Mindanao Island in Compostela Valley and the more isolated coastal Davao Oriental province.

Trained Plan International team in Compostela Valley's New Bataan with SRT members Des O'Connell (UK) and Bill Woodard (US), Philippines, 2013.

Trained Plan International team in Compostela Valley’s New Bataan with SRT members Des O’Connell (UK) and Bill Woodard (US), Philippines, 2013.

 

ShelterBox has trained teams from Plan International in putting up disaster relief tents, enabling them to continue with distributions, bringing shelter, warmth and protection to hundreds of typhoon survivors like Analyn Cabiling, who was seven months pregnant when she lost her home in the storm.

‘Recovery’

‘When we met the Cabiling family, they had been living in an extremely small old hut with large holes in the roof, which did not keep out nightly rain storms,’ said SRT member Des O’Connell (UK). ‘Finding shelter was a huge concern for Analyn, her husband Raymond, and their two children both under seven years of age, as they needed to start buying materials to rebuild their flattened house. Therefore providing them with a tent has helped them make the next steps in their recovery.’

When the eldest son returned from school, he said: ‘Wow! Now we have a beautiful home. We are happy and we are so grateful to ShelterBox, Rotary and Plan International in providing us with support and shelter.’

Plan International continue to distribute vital ShelterBox aid to vulnerable families in hard-to-reach areas.

The huge scale of destruction caused delays in land clearance, as well as further flooding, which slowed shelter distributions. However, since the disaster, SRTs have been distributing much-needed emergency shelter to families in need, in partnership with aid agency Plan International.

‘We have worked with ShelterBox before and we know that ShelterBox do as they promote and responded to help the Philippines without any hesitation,’ said Plan International Coordinator Roy Soledad.

ShelterBox Helps Typhoon Survivors in Philippines

Jose and Protacia Ongcoy, a married couple in their late seventies who lost everything to Typhoon Bopha at the beginning of December in front of their new shelter, Philippines, January 2013.

Jose and Protacia Ongcoy, a married couple in their late seventies who lost everything to Typhoon Bopha at the beginning of December in front of their new shelter, Philippines, January 2013.

 

Terrified for her children as the heavy rains and violent winds thrashed down on her home in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, 32-year-old Marizmer Marquez hunted for a safe place to hide her baby and second youngest child as she feared her home collapsing. Knowing that Typhoon Bopha had cut the power hours before, Marizmer decided to hide baby Rodolfo in the fridge and Injeto in the washing machine to give them the best protection against the destructive storm. She took cover in the house with her husband Rodolfo and eldest child and waited until it passed.

‘Once the weather calmed, they saw that their house had been severely damaged to the point that it’s still unlivable but they told me at least they were safe, unharmed and all together,’ said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Alice Jefferson (UK).

The family had been living in a makeshift structure made out of debris, like hundreds of thousands of other people, when a SRT found them in Compostela Valley on 26 December, almost three weeks after Bopha struck.

‘Their home was stronger than the majority of other homes in eastern Mindanao as it was made out of concrete but they do not have the money at the moment to start rebuilding it,’ continued Alice.

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Bopha Destroys Livelihoods in Philippines

Destruction left behind in Davao Oriental Province along the eastern coast after Super Typhoon Bopha struck at the beginning of December 2012.

Destruction left behind in Davao Oriental Province along the eastern coast after Super Typhoon Bopha struck at the beginning of December 2012.

 

As ShelterBox relief efforts continue in Compostela Valley on Mindanao island, Philippines, another Response Team has been assessing the need along the isolated picturesque eastern coastal regions of Cateel and Baganga. 

Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, made landfall on the South Filipino island late at night on 4 December 2012. The eye of the storm struck the eastern coast causing widespread loss of life and destruction in Davao Oriental Province. In Baganga alone, 19,500 families lost their homes and 172 people lost their lives.

‘Never before have I seen such devastation caused by natural disaster,’ said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Sharon Donald (UK) who has been working alongside Bruce Heller (US) in the region meeting the local people and assessing the need for emergency shelter.

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Emergency Shelter ‘Biggest Need’ in Philippines

The first ShelterBox tent set up on 24 December 2012 in Compostela Valley at the Municipality of Monkayo in Township Banlag. The family will be able to rebuild their home whilst living in comfort and shelter.

The first ShelterBox tent set up on 24 December 2012 in Compostela Valley at the Municipality of Monkayo in Township Banlag. The family will be able to rebuild their home whilst living in comfort and shelter.

 

‘The biggest needs right now are emergency shelter… almost all the houses are destroyed,’ said David Carden, head of United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Philippines. 

Almost a month has passed since Typhoon Bopha made landfall in eastern Mindanao and the ever-increasing number of displaced people is currently around one million.

ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) have been on the ground distributing emergency shelter and other lifesaving supplies to families in need in the most affected areas including Compostela Valley.

‘There are thousands and thousands of people with nothing,’ said ShelterBox’s Operations Philippines In-Country Coordinator Alice Jefferson. ‘We have been working with the Government of Compostela Valley to find those families most in need. What’s more difficult though is finding suitable land to set the tents up on. It’s very hilly here, it’s constantly raining and flooding, and as there is so much debris, there’s little space.

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ShelterBox Response Team in the Philippines Told, ” Bopha the Worst Storm the Area Has Ever Seen”

Destruction left behind by Typhoon Bopha in Compostela Valley, Philippines, December 2012.

Destruction left behind by Typhoon Bopha in Compostela Valley, Philippines, December 2012.

 

‘As we were driving I saw miles and miles of people lined up on both sides of the road holding cardboard signs asking for donations of anything like food or water, eyes desperate and scared. I have never seen anything like it on previous deployments.’ 

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member John Cordell (US) describes his journey to Compostela Valley in Davao Oriental province, Philippines, one of the worst hit areas by super Typhoon Bopha on the island of Mindanao. He is part of a three-person team who has been assessing the need in the region.

Almost a quarter of the 4.1 million people affected by the destructive storm are in Compostela Valley, also known as Camval, with ninety per cent of the 7,200 totally destroyed homes being here. Out of the 800 people still missing, 500 are in Camval. Buildings have been washed away or buried by flash floods and mudslides. Food and water is scarce.

‘Worse storm ever’ 

‘We have been told that Bopha is the worst storm this area has ever seen,’ said John.

ShelterBox has aid pre-positioned in the Philippines (this is our 12th deployment to the disaster-prone country). SRT’s from ShelterBox Philippines responded immediately.

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