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Tzu Chi Typhoon Frank Relief

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 07:7 AM
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June 18 to 21, 2008 Typhoon Frank (Fengshen) unleashed heavy rains and strong winds that devastated the Philippines. More than 500 people reportedly died and thousands of families were affected by the typhoon as it dropped torrential rains that caused flooding and mudslides in the different regions in the country. The provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Antique in Region VI; and Leyte and Eastern Samar in Region VIII were among the provinces directly hit by Typhoon Frank.
June 21, 2008 MV Princess of the Stars, owned by Sulpicio Lines, capsized at Sibuyan Island, Romblon, while heading to Cebu from Manila. More than 700 passengers and crew members were reportedly on board the vessel. 
June 23, 2008 Ten volunteers of the Tzu Chi Foundation headed to the office of Sulpicio Lines in Port Area, Manila to gather information regarding the incident, and to extend sympathies and encouragement to the relatives.Fifty Tzu Chi volunteers held an emergency relief distribution in Dreamland, benefitting 273 families in the area.=14 Tzu Chi volunteers proceeded to the office of Sulpicio Lines after dawn to provide hot vegetarian noodle soups to the relatives and officials on site.
June 24, 2008 Upon learning that 28 survivors arrived in Manila, Ten Tzu Chi volunteers immediately headed on to PNRC to extend their warmest greetings to the survivors and their family and to distribute Tzu Chi back packs containing relief goods to the survivors.  
June 26, 2008 While waiting for their transit flight from Taiwan back to Malaysia, 22 volunteers from Tzu Chi Malaysia went to the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) in Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila to help 30 of their fellow volunteers in the Philippines to pack relief goods.
June 27, 2008 Tzu Chi volunteers distributed relief stubs to the families for the relief mission in Isla Puting Bato. 
June 28, 2008 Tzu Chi Foundation’s relief distribution activity for the residents of Isla Puting Bato was held at the Delpan Sports Complex, benefitting 470 families.
July 2, 2008 436 families in Barangay 275, District 3 in Parola, Tondo, some of which had their houses completely washed out by the big waves and strong winds caused by the typhoon, were provided with relief goods. 
July 3 to 5 2008 10 Tzu Chi volunteers arrived in Aklan for a preliminary survey of Kalibo, Numancia and Banga. 
July 10, 2008 Preparations for Aklan relief operations. The boxes of fine blankets made out of recycled PET bottles were sent to Aklan from Manila through Philippine Airlines and Asian Spirit. Several Tzu Chi volunteers went back to Aklan to distribute relief stubs to the affected families in preparation for relief distribution. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo granted permission for Tzu Chi to purchase rice at National Food Authority for disaster use.Cash-for-work program was applied to about 50 people to help Tzu Chi in repacking 1000 sacks of rice to 10kg per sack.
July 11, 2008 Sixty one Tzu Chi volunteers from the Tzu Chi main office in Quezon City and from its liaison office in Cebu, travelled all the way to Aklan to stage a large-scale relief operations for the families affected by Typhoon Frank.In preparations for Iloilo relief mission, four volunteers travelled to Iloilo from Aklan to conduct survey on the effects of Typhoon Frank.
July 12, 2008 Relief operations for 4995 families in Aklan. A total of 2731 families benefited from the relief distribution held at the gymnasium of the Aklan Catholic College, and attended by 214 Tzu Chi volunteers. Cleanup: Earlier that day, Tzu Chi volunteers arrived to clean the relief site from the debris of Typhoon Frank for the comfort of the relief recipients.Later that afternoon, the volunteers proceeded to the nearby municipality of Numancia for another relief activity for 1417 families from barangays Bulwang, Camansi Sur and Camansi Norte held at the Barangay Bulwang covered court.For their heartfelt charitable efforts, the office of Numancia Mayor Elverita Templonuevo awarded a plaque of appreciation to the Tzu Chi Foundation.
July 13, 2008 The relief operation ensued in Municipality of Banga in Aklan with 847 families served. That afternoon, the volunteers went back to Bulwang Elementary School and Camansi Sur Elementary School in Numancia to distribute Tzu Chi school bags and school supplies to a total of 700 students.
July 24, 2008 Seventeen Tzu Chi volunteers surveyed the districts of Jaro1, Jaro2 and Mandurriao in the province of Iloilo in preparation of another relief activity.During disaster survey at Jaro 1, volunteers spotted the totally washed out house of Proceso Jaro or Lolo Isoy, and decided to help the abandoned old man rebuild his house.
July 25, 2008 Stub distribution in Ilo-ilo where 21 volunteers split into four groups to cover the distant barangays of Jaro Districts 1 and 2. With the arrival of house-building materials and the presence of manpower, the construction of a new house for Lolo Isoy kicked off.
July 26, 2008 Stub distribution in Ilo-ilo in Mandurriao District specifically in the three barangays of Bakhaw, Bolilao and Taft North where 21 volunteers were divided into three groups.
July 27, 2008 Tzu Chi Foundation’s Relief distribution for Jaro1, Jaro2, and Manducrriao was held at Brgy Balantang covered court, benefiting 1762 families from 14 barangays. Eighty seven Tzu Chi volunteers, including 11 from Cebu and 2 from Taiwan, together with members of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce pooled in their efforts for the relief. The 101stMedical Mission was also conducted at Balantang Elementary School in Jaro district. A total of 895 patients in pediatrics, general medicine and ophthalmology received free check-up, treatment and medicines. Eleven patients who were found to have cataract and pterygium were turned over to the local doctors Tzu Chi Foundation would provide the medicines and lenses for cataract and pterygium patients, while the local doctors will perform the operation. With Lolo Isoy’s house finally completed and furnished, Tzu Chi volunteers held a simple house blessing for Lolo Isoy, and provided him with a wooden bed, household supplies such as mattress, pillows and blankets; new clothes, slippers, hygiene products; kitchen and eating utensils; basic food supplies such as sugar, oats, milk, juice and cooking oil; and, even helped shaved his beard.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 07 September 2010 07:7 AM

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