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Tzu Chi Typhoon Ondoy Relief

Thursday, 30 September 2010 07:7 AM
September 26, 2009 Typhoon Ondoy (international codename Ketsana) brought the worst rainfall and flooding in the history of Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The floods rose from two feet to more than 10-feet high soaking residences, business establishments and other structures into floodwaters and mud. Just left about the time of the flooding, at about 6:30 in the evening, a fire reportedly broke out and consumed a row of shanties on Agno Street extension in Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City. More than 400 families were left homeless, several died and many injured in the incident.
September 27, 2009 Tzu Chi volunteers, some of whom were also victims of typhoon themselves, temporarily left their flooded homes for an early morning meeting at the Still Thoughts Hall to discuss the quick and appropriate response for the victims in Tatalon. Despite the absence of electricity, one group of Tzu Chi volunteers started to cook warm lunch meals for the flood and fire victims. Another group went to pack clothes and slippers, while another went to survey the disaster site. Tzu Chi volunteers gathered the fire and flood victims at the recycling station located in Tatalon, and distributed hot meals and goods. A total of 808 lunch boxes, 600 pieces of bread, 180 packs of old clothes, and 200 pairs of slippers are distributed. Tzu Chi volunteers headed to the homes of fellow volunteers which have also been flooded by the storm.
September 28, 2009 8 Groups of volunteers were mobilized to survey different affected cities and municipalities in Metro Manila…. Tzu Chi volunteers survey Barangay Silangan in Quezon City and visit the barangay gym. Half of the gym temporarily houses the evacuees while the other half is occupied by rows of coffins of the typhoon casualties. Tzu Chi volunteers also went to the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in the province of Rizal, and to Pasig City to conduct surveys on the damage of the typhoon.
September 29, 2009 Master Cheng Yen send two dharma masters from the Jing Si Abode in Hualien, Taiwan to convey their support and extend spiritual boost to Tzu Chi Philippines. They immediately visited the affected volunteers. PAL CEO, Dr. Lucio Tan provided Tzu Chi volunteers with his helicopter to assist in conducting aerial survey of the disaster. Brother Stephen Huang, Head of the Tzu Chi international volunteers and two Da Ai TV staff arrived at the hall, and accompanied Tzu Chi volunteers in the Philippines in conducting an aerial survey in Marikina, and Cainta, Rizal. The survey revealed that it is Marikina that has been hit the most. 430 boxes of relief items (instant rice and noodles) donated by Tzu Chi Taiwan, arrived in Manila via Philippine Airlines (PAL) Cargo tax free, and are safely transported to the Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
September 30, 2009 As early as 6:00 am, Tzu Chi volunteers, led by the dharma masters, carried on their pilgrimage of “three steps, one bow” to pray for the recovery of the typhoon victims and that there will be no more disasters to happen in the world. It was followed by a live video conference with Tzu Chi Taiwan to report the happenings and projected relief missions for the victims. A total of 146 Tzu Chi volunteers, youth members and staff here in the Philippines and from Taiwan attended the clean-up drive in Kaliraya Street in Barangay Tatalon Quezon City that aimed to give the residents dirt- and disease-free community. Payloaders and dump trucks were rented by the foundation for the clearing opearation. After the clean-up drive, Tzu Chi volunteers staged a relief distribution activity in the afternoon for the families who befell victims to the fire on Agno Extension. The event, which was staged at Dr. Josefa Jara Martinez High School, benefited 439 families who each received 10 kilos of rice, thermal blanket from Taiwan, basic household products, clothes and other personal effects Master Cheng Yen, Founder of Tzu Chi, instructed the Tzu Chi volunteers to also provide cash assistance to the said victims to help them in the construction of their houses, and in purchasing their other needs such as milk for babies and medicines. Tzu Chi volunteers issued cash certificates to the flood and fire victims this day, which they could claim the following day at the Still Thoughts Hall. Tzu Chi volunteers had a brief dialogue with Mayor Marides Fernando about the present condition of the locals of the city. Later in the afternoon, Tzu Chi volunteers head to Marikina City to see for themselves the damages brought about by Typhoon ‘Ondoy.’ Four dump trucks and one pay loader also arrived in Balubad Settlement Site in Barangay Nangka for the clean-up operations. The second batch of relief items (150 boxes of instant soup) from Taiwan is released tax-free and is transported safely at the TCGLC.
October 1, 2009 A group of Tzu Chi volunteers went to Marikina to survey Barangay Nangka. The volunteers also mobilized a number of workers who are also residents of Balubad Settlement to clean their community from the garbage and mud. A total of 443 families from Barangay Tatalon were given monetary aid at the Still Thoughts Hall. The families with at least four members each received P3,000, while those who have more than five members each received P5,000. After the cash distribution, another group of volunteers proceeded to Provident Village (one of the typhoon’s worst-hit areas) in Marikina to conduct a survey. Accompanied by DSWD officers, Tzu Chi volunteers went to Pinagbuhatan, Pasig to conduct disaster survey. The third batch of the relief items, which is composed of 76 boxes of reusable bowls, vests and chopsticks from Taiwan was released tax free, and delivered safely to the Tzu Chi Still Thoughts Hall.
October 2, 2009 Amidst preparation for Ondoy relief missions and the observance of precautionary measures for the imminent danger of typhoon Pepeng, Tzu Chi volunteers made way to go back to Brgy. Bagong Silangan and give cash assistance to the families of typhoon casualties. A total of 2, 296 families in Balubad Settlement in Barangay Nangka, Markina, who suffered a sad fate from typhoon ‘Ondoy,’ received hot meals and 1,216 pieces of bread from the Tzu Chi volunteers.
October 3, 2009 25 Tzu Chi volunteers staged the second hot meal distribution in Barangay Nangka, Marikina. Tzu Chi volunteers woke up early in the morning to prepare the instant rice that came all the way from Taiwan. Tzu Chi volunteers distributed the bowls of rice and sets of stainless spoons and forks to 2, 028 families of Balubad Settlement. Several boots were also given to the block presidents to be distributed to needy Balubad residents who have been suffering due to the dirty mud that cover their homes and streets. Another meal distribution staged in Malanday, Marikina benefited 2,617 families with the hot curry-flavored instant rice from Taiwan. A total of 720 pieces of bread were also distributed to the children. Tzu Chi volunteers also distributed hot meals to 1,396 families in Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City.
October 4, 2009 Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines held its 119th medical mission at the Camacho Covered Court where a total of 1,142 Typhoon ‘Ondoy’ (Ketsana) victims in Barangay Nangka, Marikina City were given free medical services in general medicine, dermatology, pediatrics, ophthalmology and minor surgery. TIMA doctors also conducted house-to-house visits for residents who could not come out of their houses because of either severity of their illness or old age.
October 5, 2009 Clean-up drive in Agno Extension, Tatalon, Quezon City is completed. Streets are totally cleared of mud and trash.
October 6, 2009 157 residents were mobilized by Tzu Chi Foundation on its sixth day of cleanup in Balubad Settlement Site, Barangay Nangka, Marikina City. Barangay Malanday started its clean-up operation. Volunteer dentists from Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) spearheaded the 38th Mobile Dental Mission in Brgy. Nangka. The clinic, which was also attended by 20 Tzu Chi volunteers and 20 staff, benefited 34 residents with free tooth extraction. Tzu Chi volunteers also distributed a total of 1,952 pairs of boots to the typhoon victims in Barangay Nangka.
October 7, 2009 Tzu Chi Foundation hired 274 disaster relief workers in Barangay Malanday, Marikina City to perform clearing operations in the community that has loads of garbage and mud blocking every pathway. 14 Tzu Chi volunteers, with the help of 20 residents, setup a makeshift kitchen in front of Malanday National High School to cook and distribute hot meals to the workers and some other residents. A total of 323 bowls of instant rice from Taiwan were distributed. Allowances of the workers in Barangay Nangka were adjusted to Php400 a day.
October 8, 2009 Tzu Chi volunteers surveyed another hit area of Barangay Tumana to assess what kind of aid is needed by its residents. Meal Distribution in Balubad Settlement in Barangay Nangka where 660 bowls of hot lunch meals and 700 bowls of oatmeal were distributed. Tzu Chi Taiwan’s donation of 1,000 bags of instant rice arrived at the Manila South Harbor.
October 9, 2009 Tzu Chi added 30 more workers to help clean Nangka High School. Volunteers also gave the NHS teachers and principal hot meals for lunch. Tzu Chi Taiwan’s donation of vests for disaster relief workers arrived.
October 10, 2009 About 1,700 people from different walks of life lent their helping hands for Tzu Chi Foundation’s clean-up activity benefiting thousands of residents in Balubad Settlement Site in Barangay Nangka, Marikina City. Tzu Chi volunteers and TIMA volunteer doctors also conducted house-to-house medical visits and distribution of hot meals.
October 6, 2009 157 residents were mobilized by Tzu Chi Foundation on its sixth day of cleanup in Balubad Settlement Site, Barangay Nangka, Marikina City. Barangay Malanday started its clean-up operation. Volunteer dentists from Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) spearheaded the 38th Mobile Dental Mission in Brgy. Nangka. The clinic, which was also attended by 20 Tzu Chi volunteers and 20 staff, benefited 34 residents with free tooth extraction. Tzu Chi volunteers also distributed a total of 1,952 pairs of boots to the typhoon victims in Barangay Nangka.
October 11, 2009 Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines staged its 120th medical mission held at the Malanday National High School. The medical mission benefited a total of 552 patients needing consultation and treatment. Fifty staff of Mitsukoshi Motors Philippines and 300 students of Sisters of Mary Boystown also participated at the foundation’s clean-up drive in Barangay Malanday. A total of 1,862 more workers were mobilized by Tzu Chi for a more extensive clean-up in Balubad Settlement Site, as it was Master Cheng Yen’s fervent wish to hasten up the clean-up to avoid the spread of an epidemic. The cleaning operations were also extended to the streets of Camacho, Bayabas and Balubad. Tzu Chi volunteers also conducted a survey in Nangka Covered Court in preparation for a relief distribution activity. Nangka Covered Court serves as an evacuation area for more than 100 families whose houses were totally washed away by the floods.
Last Updated: Thursday, 30 September 2010 07:7 AM

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