Posts Tagged ‘typhoon Ondoy’
Dear Kiki and Donors,
I do apologize for the delay…
Finally, here is the story of where all your generous contributions for the flood victims in Rizal province went exactly.
Kiki sent me $350…
…which as you can see came to P14,444.09.
LittleTwinBokal also gave me another P3,000 from a LittleTwinTita so I had a total of P17,444.09 to use! That is NOT bad for a LittleTwinBlog such as ours.
I gave P7,000 to LittleTwinBokal’s office to cover the cost of gasoline for the van and to buy rice.
So P17,444.09 – P7,000.00 left me with P10,444.09 to shop for relief goods!
I went to two supermarkets.
In Makati Supermarket, I spent…
The items on this bill included approximately:
- 60 instant noodles cup
- 100 cans of sardines
- 44 toothbrushes
- 30 packs of biscuits
- 10 packs of toothpaste sachets
- 50 bars of soap
- 6 packs of diapers
There were no small bottles of water in Makati Supermarket so I headed to S&R.
My total bill there was… P4,366.45
And with that I was able to buy:
- 210 bottles of water (350ml each)
- 100 cans sardines
- 84 noodle packs
- 102 tetra packs of milk (110ml each)
And when we put all that together… this is what it looked like…
So thank you once again to our donors – you know who you fabulous people are! – for opening your hearts and pockets for the people of Rizal province. As you can see, a little can go a long, long way.
Rizal is still recovering from this disaster, there is still a lot of work to do and we hope you can help us help the people there.
Maraming salamat, po!
As the talk over there has shifted from distributing relief goods to rebuilding affected communities, there is actually a great opportunity to improve inefficient practices or outdated systems in government, both local and national. I think our resilience as a people puts us in the perfect vantage point to see opportunities in the face of heart-wrenching tragedy.
As you join Flower and Litte Twin-bokal in discussing ways to rebuild Rizal’s 2nd District, I thought I’d share with you some of the brilliant ideas that have arisen from unimaginable calamities and devastating tragedies.
Four years ago this country got a nasty whipping from Katrina, Ondoy’s big sister perhaps. For many Americans, the sights and sounds coming from the remains of New Orleans were just too painful to associate with such a resource-filled and powerful nation like the US. I’m not going to get into the “what happened?” and the “who is to blame?” rant because past is past, what happened happened. I will however share with you how some pioneers who found opportunities floating (pun!) in the murky waters that flooded New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.
Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation unveiled a new house design that can withstand floods. What makes it special from all other houses? It floats! Yes Lala, just like hope. Here’s a prototype below.
The Float House, as it is called, was designed by Morphosis Architects headed by this guy called Thom Mayne, a progressive and multi-awarded architect with a range of high profile projects under his belt. In a non-technical nutshell, Mr. Mayne and his team designed a house that has a “raft”, like a chassis really, made of polystyrene foam and covered it with glass-reinforced concrete. This chassis allows the house to float once the floods set in. So as the water rises, so does the house, as high as 12 feet. The house also has guideposts that prevent it from drifting. Very out-of-the-box dont you think? Here’s the house from another angle.
When designing this house, they wanted to marry keeping a sense of community and continuity in a neighborhood and addressing the flood problems that many communities experience today. With the opportunity that Mr. Mayne seized, he has created a little miracle for those who were left homeless by Katrina.
After 9/11, New York City embarked on an ambitous plan to connect the city. The objective was to equip the city to be more responsive to its citizens’ needs (urgent and otherwise) as well as introduce a new culture of efficiency and transparency in government services. When Michael Bloomberg became mayor he established the NYC 311 Hotline. Think of this as a customer service hotline for New York residents. Any non-emergency concern or complaint goes through this hotline. With the advent of the iPhone, New York City users can now file complaints, with a photo, to 311. The city will know the location of the complaint based on the iPhone’s GPS capabilities and respond more quickly. Efficient don’t you think? Here he is launching the Conncected City Initiative, which will connect and inform New York City.
The objective here is to make information available to New Yorkers using all available communication channels – emails, text, iPhone Apps, etc. You can receive traffic, weather, transportation or public health alerts in your email or your cellphone. They even have “Silver Alerts” for missing senior citizens! So in the event we lose Lolo in NYC, our neighbors will keep their eyes and ears open!
Being informed and connected, the city is now compelled to respond faster and residents are now compelled to help each other. From the ashes of 9/11 rose opportunities seized by Mayor Bloomberg to create a culture of collaboration, cooperation and compassion. In a city that is rough and jagged around the edges, don’t you think this is nothing short of a miracle?
On Thursday, we headed out to Tanay, Rizal to give out relief packs to those affected by the floods of Typhoon Ondoy (known internationally as Ketsana). Because our usual route was closed we had to make a detour through Cainta, Taytay, Binangonan and Baras (I think!)
Here’s what we saw on the way…
We went to an elementary school-turned-evacuation center in Barangay San Isidro first. It’s actually our voting precinct! Do you recognize this as the place we go to on election day??
Even before we got there, those living in the evac center were eagerly awaiting the supplies.
There was a pretty good system in place. Each family staying at the school was asked to register the day before so on our end, we prepared one care package per family.
It’s always the kids that move us most in situations like these…
This is Jolina. She’s 7 months old and at least looks content with the cracker she’s snacking on.
This little guy is MJ. He’s four months old and though you may not be able to tell from the picture, he has developed a rash on his face and bites on his arms since staying at the evacuation center. He is the youngest of four kids who all looked like they were under 10 years old. His mom told me, their house was completely washed away.
Some people complained that they weren’t able to register as recipients of relief goods because they weren’t staying at the evacuation center, even though their homes were still flooded.
As you can imagine it’s hard to turn people away – especially since we were with LittleTwinBokal. However, we were able to make arrangements for extra care packages to be delivered to their homes which you would need a rubber boat to get to. This responsibility was left to the heads of the Barangay so I do hope the aid got to where it was needed.
Thankfully, there is always room for smiles…
After I took this someone asked, pang facebook ba yan o friendster? I guess, they’re not as rural as we think.
After the first school, we made our way back to the HQ to load the truck with the next mountain of relief packs.
We formed a line from the receiving area of the HQ, through the hallway, past the kitchen, to the back door and to to the truck to load over 500 bags. It turned out to be a very substantial work out.
And just in case you were wondering what the street right outside the HQ looks like:
It was actually quite dry when we got there but it rained after our first drop off and the water collected very quickly since the earth was already saturated.
Here’s Lala stuck in the mud – literally…
Moving on… out next stop was actually a barangay hall more than an evac center. Barangay Tandang Kutyo was one of the worst hit. Fifty people lost their lives here because the area is right by a creek.
There seemed to be more people here though the system was more or less the same. The recipients were given stubs a day or so before the good were delivered.
The throngs of people had been waiting and there didn’t seem to be a well-formed line but they had to be parted in order for us to swiftly unload the relief packs.
And here were are passing the goods down the line.
Most of us were dressed in yellow. And as a result we heard someone say, Ay, siguro galing kay Noynoy yan kasi naka dilaw eh. (Umm… ok…)
Unfortunately, there are some areas (so far, not in Tanay) that the barangay captains or politicians who are meant to distribute the care packages are hoarding them for themselves or saving them for the campaign period!! There must be some way of controlling this.
Not sure if these guys can actually help.
We didn’t stay for the distribution of all the goods so I do hope they got to those who needed it.
On the way home, I felt good about what we did but there were some sad reminders about the effects of the storm.
So as you can see, relief goods are great for the moment but there are problems that will persist long after the ground has dried.