December 16, 2011 will forever be remembered by those affected by Typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao and in the Visayas, Philippines. Sendong produced heavy rains. Major rivers swiftly overflowed causing deadly floods that resulted in deaths to over 1,200 persons in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City alone with over a thousand missing. The death toll is feared to reach 3,000.
Residents lost family members and whole families were lost. For those living there is the challenge of rebuilding their lives. Thousands are currently living in cramped evacuation centers which include covered basketball courts and classrooms. Those not staying in evacuation centers live in makeshift homes in less than ideal habitable conditions.
Many will be transferred to tent cities as temporary homes until they can live in permanent dwellings. Since many of the evacuees live in areas in danger of flooding, new relocation sites will have to be found and built.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 10 (DSWD X), various government units, international aid agency, and the private sector are all pitching in to address current and future needs of the flood victims. Yet more is needed and we are appealing for your generosity to help the victims of Typhoon Sendong.
The convergent players are using the internationally accepted disaster management cluster approach to help the victims rebuild their lives. This site provides information of the different clusters and their roles. You may be able to help in the rehabilitation through these clusters or through other means.
Other useful information is also found in this site.
SENDong+AID is the official website of the DSWD-Multi-Sectoral Relief Response Operation Center based in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. The Operations Center is arm to the partnership between DSWD Region 10 and various private and public organizations attending to the relief operations in the city; its primary function is to consolidate and disseminate data information for its end-users – government agencies, aid organizations, private donors and volunteers.
SENDong+AID encourages all other parties wanting to serve and offer help to coordinate closely with the center so that relief efforts can be organized and consolidated for a more efficient and effective delivery of goods and services to affected areas and evacuation centers.
We will also be posting updates on cluster meetings, and on special activities and events like soup kitchens, benefit concerts, and the like.
DSWD Report as of January 5, 2012
(1) Provision of limited financial assistance for the family of missing persons Php 5,000
(2) Emergency Shelter Assistance
Provision of limited financial or material assistance at Php 5,000 to Php 10,000 families with partially destroyed houses implemented in partnership with LGUs, NGOs and other key partners through resource sharing;
Released =Php 203M for 2,900 families for Cagayan de Oro
Released = Php 242 M for families in Iligan City
(3) Cash for Work is a short-term intervention through the provision of cash grants in exchange of community works and services rendered at P215.00/person or 75 percent of the regional minimum wage rate of P286.00/day for a 10-day maximum.
PhP14 M – given to Cagayan de Oro
Iligan PhP11 M for cash for work.