Emergency Response in Cagayan

by Global Peace Festival Foundation Philippines, Inc.
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan
Emergency Response in Cagayan

The emergency response efforts of GlobalGiving and Global Peace Foundation Philippines to hundreds of families affected by Typhoon Ulysses is a substantial relief assistance and an impactful project that empowers and assisted them in their efforts to recover and rebuild their lives from the disaster. Beyond disaster recovery, GlobalGiving and GPF Phils empower Agta tribal communities on an on-going basis to support their own efforts to flourish and be sustainable.

Through the seminar and training conducted by the local government of Sanchez Mira, it helped them increase the degree of self-determination in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way while acting on their own authority. Agta tribe families residing at Purok 4, barangay Langagan, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan were happy and grateful with all the gifts they received like the solar lamps, water container, disaster kits, food packs and others. These pieces of blessings helped them realize some of their dreams in life. A 67 years old, widow, is one of the beneficiaries of the emergency response. Four of her grandchildren stay with her and she testified that the gifts she received are great blessings for them. The solar lamp helped them a lot, they could breathe fresh air and could save money from not buying kerosene, they could come together and enjoy eating in a bright dining table and helped them do some household chores at night easier.

A Grade 7 granddaughter became more enthusiastic in her studies, with the help of solar lamp she can do her written works and performance task even at night. 

The youngest grandson was happier to have a safe and more convenient water container that he can manage in getting his drinking water. 

These gifts of service from the GlobalGiving and GPF Philippines gave the people more positive outlook in life to work harder, do greater and aim higher and to hope for a brighter future. 

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The Importance of Being Prepared before a Disaster Strikes

The risk of wide-spread suffering and loss from natural and human-caused disasters is rising. Disasters disrupt every aspect of individual and community life, with especially deep-cutting and serious consequences for vulnerable populations. Indigenous Peoples in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan is one among the vulnerable groups that needs to be trained. LGU Sanchez Mira and GPF Philippines collaborated as partners to capacitate IP tribes to be prepared for whatever disaster that will hit them. With GPF’s provision of emergency kit, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer , Mr Jovi Biado conducted a disaster preparedness training on July 31, 2021. 

A lecture on the importance of being prepared before disaster strikes was presented. Disaster preparedness refers to the preventive measures taken to reduce the severity of a disaster’s effects. The goal of disaster preparedness is to lessen the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations, to ready an organization for an influx of activity, and to design a coordinated plan that reduces the waste of resources, time, and efforts. Disaster preparedness has the potential save the maximum number of lives and property during a disaster, and it aims to return the affected populations to normalcy as quickly as possible.

During and after a disaster, volunteer managers collaborate with local governments, emergency managers, and with other nonprofit organizations to save lives and provide aid.

When any disaster strikes, whether it be a typhoon, flood, domestic terrorism, earthquake and fire, the situation has the potential to create chaos and confusion. Effective disaster preparedness helps alleviate some of the chaos wrought by the unexpected crisis. It is critical to have a written plan in place, and for all staff to understand their role within the plan. Disaster plans should be revisited regularly to ensure complete understanding within the organization. If you follow your disaster plan, it is possible for your nonprofit to be able to get back up and running quickly and begin serving the populations affected by the disaster.

 The opportunity to explain  and demonstrate how to use the emergency kit provided by GPF took place. The goal of the training was for each family representatives to gain preparedness skills that increase community effectiveness in responding to disaster in order to reduce, or avoid losses from hazards, assure prompt assistance to victims and achieve rapid and effective recovery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Global Peace Foundation Philippines raised funds through the platform of GlobalGiving in order to provide relief assistance and long-term impact projects that will assist survivors in their efforts to recover and rebuild lives from disaster. This project provided food, clothing, plastic mats, medicines, solar lamps, water containers, face mask, face shield and emergency kit to 200 Indigenous Peoples’ families in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan Province who are among minorities left without electricity and access to clean water when Typhoon Ulysses hit the Philippines.

Through the collaboration of Sanchez Mira local government and the support of our public-private partners and volunteers, this project will help Indigenous Peoples families to fully recover from the disaster in their community by addressing their urgent needs to be healthy and safe.

On May 28-29, the social preparation facilitated by MDRRMO Mr Jovi Biado and PESO Manager Mrs Bambie Fuertes and Jocelyn Remigio, GPF Program Director was conducted from mobilization, orientation and repacking of donations. Due to pandemic, the province was always on a lockdown situation. Through the help and support of our GPF Board of Director, Mr Ed Castro, GPF could secure the support and sponsorship of AIR21 where all the goods/donations from Manila were transported to the Municipality of Sanchez Mira. The donations arrived on May 28, 2021 and it was received by no less than the Municipal Mayor, MDRRMO and PESO Manger. 

Ten interns from the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Municipality of Sanchez Mira volunteered to do the repacking of donations.  The Local Government of Sanchez Mira took charge of the social preparation, food and accommodation of stakeholders and partner-beneficiaries, transportation and training education. 

On May 30, the turnover ceremony of all the donations was held at the Evacuation Gymnasium of the town. A ceremonial program was conducted at 8AM-11AM, facilitated by Mrs Bambie Fuertes and Mr Jovi Biado. The program held was in compliance of the minimum health protocol. Two hundred Indigenous Peoples families from six barangays were benefited. Honorable Mayor Asela Sacramed delivered her inspiring and encouraging message. Highlight of her message was for them to be grateful to God for the blessings they received and for having partners like Global Peace Foundation, GlobalGiving, and Air21 as support system of LGU Sanchez Mira for the Indigenous Peoples community. Chieftain Randy Tiene delivered his encouraging words in their own dialect ended with his song of gratitude to all who cared for them.  In the presence of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Cagayan staff, Mrs Esther Tayam, an Agta tribe member from Sanchez Mira, the turnover ceremony happened and IP families were thankful and happy to receive their gifts of donations.

Beyond disaster recovery, we also empower Barangay Langagan Agta Tribal community through the All-Lights Village program of GPF and livelihood assistance and training of different government agencies to support their own efforts to flourish and to be sustainable.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management conducted a disaster preparedness training to equip them as rainy season started and their places are prone to calamities. Mayor Asela Sacramed was so supportive and collaborative for the success of the project. 

At the end of the program, LGU Sanchez Mira through Mayor Asela Sacramed awarded a certificate of recognition to partners as their simple token for this important project.

 

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This March, a virtual meeting was conducted to coordinate with the local government of Sanchez Mira, Cagayan the upcoming project implementation. Sanchez Mira is a 3rd class municipality of Cagayan and one of the areas hit hard by super typhoon Typhoon Ulysses and the opening of Magat Dam. GPF Philippines also partnered with the country’s leading airline to transport the donations from Manilla to the province of Cagayan this April.

The local government of Sanchez Mira committed their cooperation and support to the project implementation.

GPF Philippines also procured the first batch of donations for the community.

The families are grateful and excited to learn about the development, and with your continuous support, we will reach more families affected by the calamity.

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Global Peace Festival Foundation Philippines, Inc.

Location: Pasig City, Metro Manila - Philippines
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Leonard Faustino
Pasig City, Metro Manila Philippines
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