Last February 17-19, 2012, the University of the Immaculate Conception – College Department had an opportunity to extend help for the Sendong Victims in Cagayan de Oro City. This outreach activity was spearheaded by the Office of the Student Affairs and Campus Ministry in coordination with BALSA – Mindanao. BALSA Mindanao (Bulig alang sa Mindanao/Help for Mindanao) is a broad Mindanao-wide network of church and church-based organizations, schools, disaster response NGOs, local executives, professional groups, youth and students, women, partylists, and concerned individuals. It is a citizen-led response to the immense humanitarian crisis brought about by Typhoon Sendong.
Twenty faculty members from the different programs of the university and ten student volunteers were sent to the different areas in CDO to distribute relief goods. Two volunteers from BALSA-Mindanao assisted the group in going to the areas.
A total of seven (7) centers were visited by the group:
- Indangan Camp 1
- Indangan Camp 2
- Puerto – Isla de Oro
- Agusan Elementary School
- Bugo Elementary School
The group also visited Sitio Kala-Kala and Tibasak that were extensively hit by Sendong. It has been two months since the incident happened. Despite of this, remnants of the disastrous storm still remained.
Distribution of relief goods from the Sendong victims at Consolacion and Indangan Camp 2.
- (upper left) A grieving mother visiting on what was left on their home in which two of her children went missing after the storm.
- (upper right) A public elementary school served as one of the evacuation centers of the Sendong victims.
- (lower left) Big tents served as shelters in the relocation areas for 1-4 families.
- (lower right) Families in the relocation areas make rags to earn for a living.
After effects of Bagyong Sendong..
Reaching out to the Sendong victims – Distribution of relief goods..
- (upper left) BALSA- Mindanao Operations Center
- (upper right) – riverside community
- (lower left) – distribution of relief goods for the evacuees at Bugo Elementary School
- (lower right) – signature campaign for the areas visited by the group
with the kids at Indangan Camp 2 relocation area
It was an exhausting trip. Nevertheless, I survived! 🙂 It was a very fulfilling trip after all. Having witnessed the remains of Bagyong Sendong in CDO made me realized that we, davaoeños were really blessed for not experiencing the rage of this ruthless storm.
Moreover, it gave me the urge to help more people and be one of those active volunteers for community outreach. I hope I could join BALSA-Mindanao.. (*searched over internet for some info.. found one.. tried to email the org about my intention to volunteer..waiting for reply) 😀 😀
Photos taken by Sir Anton
- [In the news] Group says ‘climate and economic justice’ needed to prevent repeat of ‘Sendong’ – MindaNews.com (hronlineph.com)
- Sendong: A Call for Help (akosiisko.wordpress.com)
- An Outpour of International Aid Funds Massive Philippine Disaster Relief Operations (prweb.com)
- LET’S HELP SAVE ILIGAN CITY AND CAGAYAN DE ORO: Northern Mindanao, Philippines (wheretheblog.wordpress.com)