At 4AM this morning, Task Force Children of the Storm and Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Foundation hit the road to make it at 8AM in Parish of San Pascual Baylon in Obando, Bulacan before “high tide” gets real high (4 meters deep).
Four hundred packs of relief goods were distributed to children of sitios San Pascual, Paliwas, Catanglan, Panghulo, Hulo and Pag-asa.
We didn’t have rain today. In fact, it was sunny.
However, since typhoon Gener and the August moonsoon rains, “high tide” as part of life in this side of Central Luzon is not a joke.
Years ago, Bulacan was dam(ned) with the construction of Angat, Ipo and Bustos. People struggled against the construction for fears of disturbance in natural trails of rivers and seawater as well as the destruction of biodiversity.
Years later, residents of Bulacan, Pampanga and Bataan would suffer its ill effects: salt-making became difficult while tilapia farming was impaired with the eventual anarchy of freshwater and seawater; rice yield was also greatly affected while flooding had become constant.
During the short program before relief distribution, children, along with their parents were reminded to reflect on why disasters happen, why we ought to care for the environment and how we can lobby for government attention because we have the right to.
Task Force Children of the Storm is an initiative of organizations for children’s advocacy in concerted effort for the relief and rehabilitation especially of child victims of natural disasters. First formed in 2009, it conducted relief operations and psycho-social therapy for victims of tropical storm Ondoy. Among members of the Task Force are Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns,Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC), Parent’s Alternative on Early Childhood Care and Development, Inc. (PAECCDI), Samahan ng Maagang Pagkatuto ng mga Bata (SMPB),Association for the Rights of Children in Southeast Asia (ARCSEA) and Concerned Mother’s League (CML).
Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Foundation was established in 1986 and Kaibigan envisions communities in which poor children and their families are empowered, productive,
and responsible members of society.
See more of my photos:
- Urgent Appeal for Victims of Flash Flood (juanalily.wordpress.com)
- Task Force Children of the Storm Relief Mission in Olandes, Marikina (youtube.com)
- Batibot Children’s Learning Center Devastated (juanalily.wordpress.com)
- Appeal for Medicines (Task Force Children of the Storm)
- Obando seeks salvation from floods (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Floods hit Bulacan villages (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Classes suspended in Obando (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Wind, rain from offshore storm batter Philippines (sacbee.com)
- Typhoon Saola leaves 24 dead in Philippines, 5 in Taiwan – thousands displaced (sott.net)