The Resilience of Filipinos
Renzelle Ann Palma | May 03, 2013
If you still have water, internet, in comfortable conditions and food after the monsoon surge that rocked our country this past week, consider yourself very lucky. Countless families are still suffering the aftermath of the endless rains and destructed water dikes in most of the towns in Pampanga. Waist to chest level water floods that is getting darker and more intolerable as the days pass still surrounds family homes and caused devastation to the various sources of income of the people.
In the advent of the worst monsoon rains that hit the country, Sagip Kapamilya had a firsthand look of the Kapampangans still living under these severe conditions. 1500 families in Barangay San Isidro, Minalin and San Bartolome, Sto Tomas, Pampanga were provided relief goods and a bit of hope by our Pampanga RNG Kapamilyas. With the help of the generous Clark Air Force personnel that provided manpower and military truck for transportation along chest level to waist level floods, Sagip Kapamilya wade the “water world” that are the towns of Minalin and Sto. Tomas.
It was not easy to get to the towns mentioned. Blocked roads, busted bridges and the flood that is almost 4-5ft high made it impossible for transportation. Even the military truck that we used had a hard time driving through the flood waters. But all these were worth it as soon as we heard the gleeful cheers of the people patiently lined up to claim their packages. The need for food, basic commodities and other necessities are evident as soon as we start giving out the packed goods that included rice, canned goods, noodles, water, coffee and towels. Food is scarce because transportation out of the town was close to impossible, electricity was down for days and the waters made the living condition unlivable.
1500 families were handed goods that can last them for a minimum of two days. The flood water is not giving any signs of receding soon. The unsanitary conditions and limited food made this unfortunate situation even more devastating. But despite all of these, endless smiles, laughter and gratitude were exchanged during the relief operations. Walking in the floods for only a day made me wonder how the people can last through it for weeks, even months for most. Filipinos are indeed resilient and blessed with insatiable spirit.
More people are still in need of our help. Let’s do what we can and continue to look for ways on how to give back to our fellow Filipinos.
Here’s how we can donate:
What they need:
Rice, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, coffee, sugar, water, clothes, blankets, mats, medicine and cash donations
ABS-CBN Foundation-Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse at 137 Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Eugenio Lopez Drive, Diliman, Quezon City.
For cash donations, interested parties may deposit to Banco de Oro under the account name “ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya” with account number 393-011-4199.
For international cash donations, Sagip Kapamilya’s BDO dollar account number is 393-008-1622 with a ‘swift code,’ BNORPHMM.
They may also deposit their donation through PNB and BPI which both carry the account name “ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya.” The account number in PNB is 419-539-5000-13; while in BPI (West Triangle, Quezon City Branch) is 3051-1127-75. The BPI Dollar Account is under the name ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya with the account number, 3054-0270-35.