Tag Archives: Ondoy

Nine years ago this happened…

A little  girl is carried to safety through flood waters in  Manila.

People wait for rescue on the top of their submerged houses in Cainta of Rizal

People wait for rescue on a submerged bridge also in Cainta, Rizal

We have been sleeping in our living room since Saturday night and might still be the setup in a few more days until our roof is fixed. We were roused from sleep by the drizzle emanating from the small holes in our roof the morning typhoon Ondoy hit the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces. We are thankful that it’s only holes that we are dealing with here. We still have a roof over our head unlike thousands of our kababayan left homeless by Ondoy? Its heart breaking to see people (on TV) scamper to their safety. At the makeshift evacuation centers people are crying begging for Good Samaritan to donate food and clothing, the immediate concern of evacuees especially for their youngster.

We were eating dinner then and saw this man crying for food. Hubby and I pause for a while. He said if only we can donate something for them to eat like canned goods. But we can’t go out as we have no means of transportation to get to the site. Our motorcycle has yet to be registered so hubby would not be able to drive it to the national road. Maybe I can use my site to spread the words by urging people to donate for the flood victims. Word of advice: make sure that the foundation/organizations/individuals receiving donations in cash and in kind are legitimate ones. We would not want our hard earned money to put to waste or end up in the wrong hands.

When the actual calamity hits, you will be left only with your faith in God! No matter how strong you think you are, it will only be the mercy of God that will sustain you! (Source)

Pictures not mine.

More volunteers needed for typhoon victims

Even before thousands of typhoon victims could recover from the devastation brought by Ondoy, another super typhoon has already entered the Philippine area of responsibility. We can only pray  typhoon Pepeng would not cause as much damage as Ondoy…

Aside from volunteers who will help in the repacking of goods, social welfare and development authorities are requesting assistance from individuals, group of friends, corporations and organizations and even families who have the desire to contribute knowledge, skills, time and resources.

Authorities are needing the services of people (elder volunteers) who can provide advice and comfort to victims of disaster. Experts call it stress debriefing session.

Volunteers at work. 
Interested workers may contact the DSWD-NROC located at Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of Air Transportation Office), with telephone number 852-80-81. (Photo source: DSWD website)

From what I’ve heard about disaster victims, it may take months or years before survivors can fully recover from the physical and emotional trauma caused by the tragedy.

 Woman grieves in Pasig City (photo source: Maya.Sindu )@yahoo.com>

Stress debriefing session allows survivors to ventilate or pour out his or her feelings and fears to lessen his emotional burden.

For those who are willing to serve as volunteer may visit www.dswd.gov.ph. Click the icon on Bayanihang Bayan Volunteer Registry to know about the program and fill-up the DSWD Volunteer Registration Form (VRF).

The registry of volunteers is part of the national data base of volunteers for disaster operations and facilitate the deployment of appropriate volunteers to an emergency or disaster operation.

Now, do you have what it takes to be a volunteer?