Yolanda fundraiser: Sagip Migrante relief report
We hope you had a happy Christmas, despite the tragic and calamitous event that preceded this. We thought it fitting that we send to you our updated Sagip Migrante report before the year ends. The swift kind and generous support you gave for the survivors of the Supertyphoon Yolanda is somehow a symbol of hope for the new year’s challenges.
To date, we have delivered approximately over 2000 relief packs and almost 50 balikbayan boxes to various affected communities in Tacloban and Ormoc in Eastern Visayas, in Cebu, in Coron, Palawan, in Mindoro Occidental and in Iloilo. We have done this through the combined efforts of the Home Office and in coordination with our chapters in Cebu and Southern Tagalog and other organizations like Balsa and Serve the people Corps of ST.
Together with visiting members from abroad, we have formed two teams of Brigada Migrante. The first brigade went on the first wave of relief to EV, together with the historical relief caravan that brought many people’s organizations from Metromanila, Bicol and Mindanao. Apart from the distribution of relief packs for Sagip Migrante, they were also tasked to help in the search of many missing relatives of our members (both here and abroad). It was both a heartwrenching and heartwarming effort for the Migrante team.
The 2nd team went with on the Dec.4-9 relief operations which Sagip Migrante solely conducted in Samar. This time, Sagip ensured the reunion of families from Manila and Samar. We had members in Manila who had relatives who were affected in Samar but didn’t have the funds to travel to Samar, thus Sagip added this as a component in this particular relief operation.
Meanwhile, our chapters in Southern Tagalog and in Cebu were also able to conduct their relief operations. This way, Sagip Migrante was able to cover a wide area for its relief operations. On top of that, we also were able coordinate with the National Council of Churches and the CDRC for the sending of balikbayan boxes to affected areas by plane.
Though the conduct of relief operations are now a little bit more complicated, we are learning new more efficient and cost effective methods in service delivery. We are planning a third wave of relief operations in January and will be focusing more on rehabilitation efforts such as the building of boats and delivering much needed seedlings to selected communities. We are also intending to look into how we can help schoolchildren in some communities.
Lastly, we want to thank all of you once again. Your prompt response and outpouring of concern have shown once again how migrant Filipinos can be counted on when their kababayans at home are suffering . We know that one way we can really thank all our members, friends and supporters is by ensuring that their generosity will, indeed, reach those who are truly in need.
Here’s to a more hopeful and joyful New Year!
Para sa Migrante International,