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Appeal for Help in the Aftermath of Typhoon Bopha/Pablo in the Philippines

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18 December 2012

Dear friends and partners of IID,

We are making this APPEAL on behalf of the thousands of victims of the devastating TYPHOON BOPHA (International Name) aka PABLO (Philippines ) that wrecked havoc in  several towns of the Provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley in Mindanao, Philippines.

Allow us to quote the Editorial of Sun Star Davao of its December 13,2012 Issue, as a situationer:

"AS DAYS progress, we come to realize that there is more to the devastation than just the towns of New Bataan in Compostela Valley and Cateel in Davao Oriental.

As of December 12, 5 a.m., the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that a total of 528,822 families with 5,474,673 members in 1,947 barangays, 252 municipalities, 37 cities and 30 provinces of Regions 4-B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and Caraga were affected by typhoon Pablo. So wide a destruction, so many people to help.

The biggest percentage of those numbers is in Davao Region.

More than just being “affected” as reports would say, what really happened is that thousands lost homes, properties, and source of livelihood. The rich, the poor, and the middle-class. Pablo did not pare them. The enterprising buy and seller lost all his inventory and shop, the rich haciendero now has vast lands of bald mountains, the poor farmer now has no food and no source of income in the next several months, if not years.

Immediate help needed is food and medicines and repair of hospital facilities and schools.

Then there is the need for regional and government officials to gather their heads together and find immediate projects that will stimulate the economy. People have to earn, and they have to earn from what wasn’t there before.

We know that everyone who has seen the devastation, bringing in tons of relief goods in the belief that they have enough for all, have returned home panicking and in tears after realizing that what they brought there was just a drop in the bucket of urgent needs. But let us not allow ourselves to become weary from helping. Let the season of giving spur us on to give and give, because even as tons upon tons and truckloads upon truckloads of relief assistance have been rolling in, there are still thousands more who have not been reached."

In this connection , IID has partnered with other civil society groups in the region in helping mobilize much-needed resources to  procure relief goods and other rehabilitation materials.

We appeal to your generous hearts to assist us in this endeavor. 

For any donation, kindly transmit this to:

·         Name of Bank :   Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Inc.

·         Address of Bank:  Matina Branch, Matina , Davao City, Philippines

·         Account Name :  Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)

·         IID Office  Adddress:  27 Galaxy Street, GSIS Heights, Matina Davao City Philippines

·         Type of Account:  FCDU-US$

·         Account Number:   358-2-35800172-0

·         Swift Code:  MBTCPHMM

Any amount of support will go a long way in lending succor to the victims and hopefully help them move on with their lives and emerge from this catastrophe a stronger people. 

 Our sincerest thanks and gratitude in behalf of the peoples of the Provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, Mindanao.

Sincerely yours,

 

Gus Miclat

Executive Director

IID

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