As mentioned in my post just below, a very strong typhoon Frank hit the province of Capiz and its capital, Roxas City. The whole province and the rest of the Panay Island were caught unprepared because the typhoon unexpectedly changed its path and went straight to Panay Island and wreck havoc from where we are.
Damage to properties and infrastructures were estimated to amount to millions of pesos.
Our organization, the Katibyugan Inc., immediately prepared for a relief operation. We targeted seven municipalities in Capiz with about 4800 families and started giving out relief goods since June 24. The packs consist of 5-10kgs of rice (depending on family size), 2 large cans of sardines, and packs of instant noodles. By any standard, the goods were not much but it’s enough to tide the family over for one or two meals. So far in the seven municipalities, we have covered 29 barangays, plus a total of adopted barangays in the municipalities of Pontevedra, Panay and Sigma.
Here are some photos of our relief operations in Brgy. Amiligan, Pontevedra, Capiz. This barangay is a coastal area where most of the population rely on fishing and looking after fishponds. This barangay has a special place in my heart because we used to spend our summer holidays here with my elder sister, fishing and playing in the fishponds. It is sad to return there to see hundreds of houses flattened to the ground, the fishponds gone, and the sadness in the people’s faces are clearly reflected in their eyes.
Pontevedra, Capiz is about 40-50kms from Roxas City and usually takes an hour or so by jeepney to get there. The goods were taken there by trucks that we rented:
From the trucks, the goods were transferred to the barotos(boats). It takes about 15-20mins to go to Barangay Amiligan…
And once the barotos docked, the people helped in carrying the goods to the barangay hall for distribution…
If you are interested to donate or give assistance, there are still thousands more families needing your help. Kindly email me for more information.