Thank you once again for supporting us in our relief work for Madalag. As our partner community, we have committed to see them through from relief to rehabilitation. We are working directly with 60 families in rehabilitating abaca stands and starting indigo farms.
Status of Madalag, Aklan
While local and international aid have flocked to help the devastated Visayas, some harder-to-reach areas have had no external assistance, particularly Madalag, a fourth class municipality in Aklan province with a total land area of 26,960 hectares and a population of 18,160 (based on the 2010 census), 1,400 of whom are our partner harvesters, processors and weavers. Hard hit by typhoon Yolanda, the town was only able to communicate late afternoon of 11 November 2013, three days after the typhoon passed over the Visayan islands in the Philippines. NTFP-TF staff in Manila only knew of the desperate situation from our field-based staff, Norli Colili, who also had to evacuate.
In cooperation with the mayor and local government agencies, Norli and Beng Camba, who flew from Manila as soon as the Kalibo airport (at the capital of Aklan) became operational, were able to gather the following data:
• 4,333 families directly affected
• 2,040 houses totally damaged
• 1,781 houses partially damaged
• 41 school buildings damaged
• 52,169,705 estimated damage on agriculture
• 22,399,000 estimated damage on infrastructure (excluding houses)
• 0 casualties
• 0 missing
• 84 cases of disaster-related injuries but these were immediately taken care of by the barangay (village) health unit and the local social welfare department
• Water source is from deep wells; this may be safe as there was no massive flooding, but there is need to check for contamination (no reported water-borne diseases so far)
• PhP 52,169,705 estimated cost of damage to agriculture (rice, coconut and banana)
• PhP 22,399,000 estimated cost of damage to infrastructure (schools, day care centers, hanging bridge, multi-purpose buildings, street lights, etc.)
Our efforts so far
As a first response, these resources have been provided:
• 4000 food packs from the municipal government
• 350 food packs from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
• 50 food packs from the Congressman
• 1,500 food packs from donations from friends
• 200 food packs and 50 gallons of purified water from Globe Telecoms CSR
• 10,000 nutritious snacks for children (for delivery) from NTFP
• 30 evacuation centers provided by the local government but people just go there to spend the night and return to their respective places in the morning to tend to their farm lots and farm animals
• 30 pieces of tarpaulin as temporary shelter from DSWD
In assessments and discussions with the local government, the following have been identified as the needs of the community following immediate relief:
• Stress debriefing support
• Hygiene kit
• Mats, blankets, mosquito nets
• Funds to support rebuilding of shelters and partially damaged schools
Professor Lorelie Vinluan of UP Diliman and her graduating students volunteered to organize a team to help in the stress debriefing activities of DSWD. Initial assessment will be conducted this week.
Long-term commitment and plan
We will soon be starting rehabilitation efforts, with funds for semi-temporary shelters provided by ICCO. Apart from continuing with our enterprise projects, we will integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR/CCA) capacity building. We estimate that rehabilitation work will continue for a year, but we aim to have a sustainable enterprise beyond that.
For your continued contributions
Please get in touch with our office in Manila at (+63) (2) 4262757 (lo ok for Ruth), our facebook account at NTFPEP, or email at email@example.com. For cash donations please deposit to the following accounts, and inform us so we can give you a receipt.
Account Name: Non Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme Incorporated (NTFP-EP)
Name of Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands, 114 Kalayaan Ave., Quezon City, Philippines
In EURO: 1994-0659-78
In US DOLLAR: 1994-0637-97
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Name of Bank: Banco de Oro, Tomas Morato cor. Kamuning Branch, Quezon City, Philippines
In PESO: 1150-136-756
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
From the NTFP family,
Maraming salamat po!