DACS Report on Relief Mission to Davao Oriental

ADDU is working with the Davao Association of Catholic Schools in relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Pablo. Following is a report on the last DACS relief mission to Davao Oriental. Pls note feedback from local people. My gratitude to all donors and volunteers. Please continue to help.

December 12, 2012

TO: FR. JOEL E. TABORA, SJ
President

I. First Relief Operations for COMVAL and Davao Oriental (December 11, 2012)
• Team of Volunteers were 7 from DACS Secretariat and @ 10 from Ateneo de Davao University. Davao City schools and universities were invited to send volunteers but all were busy organizing their own relief missions.
• Total amount of Goods delivered : P400,000
• Additional Donations delivered:
➢ 50 sacks of rice from NCCCCares and Supermarket,
➢ @ 200 boxes of bottled water
➢ 5 cartons of sardines

• Relief drop-off Centers:
➢ Assumption College of Nabunturan
➢ Maryknoll High School of Manay
➢ St. Mary’s Academy of Caraga
➢ St. Mary’s Academy of Baganga
➢ Maryknoll School of Cateel
• Difficulties encountered:
➢ Travel takes an average of grueling 8 hours to Cateel through Mangagoy, Bislig and about 6 hours to Caraga via Mati, Davao Oriental.
➢ Bridge connecting Caraga and Baganga is laid waste, pounded by huge logs swept by raging flood.
➢ Relief goods have to be hauled and transported by small motorized bancas charging high transport fares.
➢ Very few trucks or jeeps were available to transport people and goods

• FEEDBACK FROM LOCAL PEOPLE
➢ Government presence or coordinated emergency response not very evident.
➢ Temporary access bridge could be constructed to facilitate transport of relief goods
➢ Baganga , Cateel and New Bataan are howling wastelands with dead bodies still to be recovered
➢ Food, water and medicine still badly needed
• Recommendations, Action Plan:
➢ DACS schools to continue to do relief missions to the affected areas but coordinate with DACS for identification of schools and areas needing more assistance.
➢ DACS Central Office to organize another relief mission for Compostela and New Bataan
➢ Calamity Fund to be augmented for rehabilitation of schools
➢ Wish list of affected schools to be consolidated
➢ Enhance, promote use of website to generate resources

II. Total calamity fund donations received as of December 12: P1,161,620.
• Expected additional donations and pledges
➢ CEAP- P75,000
➢ NDEA and Notre Dame of Dadiangas University –

Prepared by:

JIMMIE-LOE P. DELA VEGA
Executive Director

DONATIONS STILL WELCOME AT:

BPI – Bank of Philippine Islands
Account Name: DACS
Acct No. 2081-0390-81

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About Joel Tabora, S.J.

Jesuit. Educator
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