Reaching Out in Tacloban City after Yolanda
On 8 November 2013, super typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, particularly the Visayan region. According to the news, almost almost 90% of the localities where the typhoon made its landfall washed out. Those who survived the ravaged had nothing left but the dead bodies of their loved ones scattered around.
Cong. Arnel U. Ty of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers Association (LPGMA) partylist immediately assembled a team composed of medical doctors, nurses, paramedics and fire volunteers and went to Tacloban by land on 20 November 2013.
Upon arrival on 22 November 2013, the LPGMA Party List team coordinated all their activities to Msgr. Alex Opiniano, the Parish Priest of Sto. Nino Parish Church of Tacloban City. LPGMA delivered relief goods, conducted feeding programs, medical missions, water distributions and even fire fighting activities for one (1) week. They also welcomed residents to use their generators and tents to charge cellphones.
From November 22-29, they have conducted a Feeding Program accommodating more than 20,000 individuals in different towns of Leyte. They reached Tacloban City, Tolosa, Tanauan, Alang Alang, and Palo Leyte.
Another operation held was water distribution. The team distributed water through the office of the Vice Mayor of Tacloban City and supplied local officials and Non Governmental Organizations who helped in the repacking of goods. They also served the Redemptorist Church under the supervision of Ms. Angelica Avelino of D.S.W.D, San Jose Parish Church in Tacloban City, Philippine Science High School which was used as the evacuation center of some survivors.
Cong. Ty also gave instructions to the team that since there was no electricity in the whole devastated area, they brought 7 units of portable generator sets to provide and serve as battery charging station.
Typhoon Yolanda was very devastating that the survivors had no food to eat, water to drink and no shelter to stay at night. Later on, people became ill and those who were wounded had no medicines. The LPGMA medical and paramedic team bought along with them medicines and other trauma kit supplies and provided treated those who were sick and wounded. The LPGMA team conducted joint medical mission with the Medical Doctors from Acts Harvard like Dr. Gary Yu, Dra. Ana Marie Javelosa, Dr Hezel Diwa, Dr. Vincent Alimunung, Dr. Allen Mallari and Dr. Glady Diaz.
After a week of their stay in Tacloban City, Leyte, the LPGMA Team decided to return to Manila on 29 November 2013. Because there were still many things to be done, the team donated 3 portable generator sets, 4 units of Tents, 52 sacks of rice and ingredients, some relief goods and 1 drum of gasoline and turned these over to Msgr. Alex Opiniano to continue the outreach and relief operations.
Cellphone/Battery Charging Station