Tagbilaran City – International development and relief organization, World Vision, distributed emergency food packs to 627 families in Pilar, an interior municipality in Bohol last January 4, 2022.
The said municipality is one of the towns that are affected by Typhoon Odette which hit the country last December 16 and left a massive trail of destruction.
The food aid distribution is part of World Vision’s Typhoon Odette Emergency Response to assist the families affected by the typhoon. Each family received 10 kilos of rice, 6 canned sardines, 3 corned beef, 10 instant noodles, 1 kilo of brown sugar, and 10 liters of mineral water.
“Most of the families here in Pilar are struggling to buy their food supply after the typhoon affected their livelihood,” said Mark Francis Nasayao, the team lead of the World Vision Typhoon Odette Response in Bohol province.
He also highlighted the importance of the distribution of 10-liter mineral water after the residents expressed that they don’t have a proper source of water after the typhoon.
“They expressed that the water coming from the deep wells has a different color and it has a bad smell,” Nasayao added.
The food packs recipients in Pilar belong to the 6,661 total families reached by World Vision’s emergency response wherein the organization also provided 1,690 emergency shelter kits, 1,612 hygiene kits, 1,378 kitchen kits, 2,009 non-food items including mosquito nets and blankets, and 906 water purification packets in Bohol, Cebu and Surigao del Norte provinces.
More help is needed
While World Vision response teams continue to assist the affected families, they also observed pressing challenges that the families face every day.
“Many families lost their homes after the typhoon. Some of them approached us and asked about shelter assistance because until now they don’t have a proper place to stay,” said Demetrio Sobrevilla. a member of the World Vision Typhoon Odette Response in Bohol.
According to the NDRRMC’s latest sitrep, there are 175,346 houses that are totally damages while a staggering 407,279 homes are partially damaged.
The families also have to face the daily struggle of getting clean drinking water. The government declared that there are 18 cities and municipalities which experienced water supply interruption and outage brought by the typhoon and as of January 3, there is just one that has restored its water supply.
Appeal for more support
The World Vision’s Typhoon Odette Emergency Response will continue in the next two months. It plans to reach 10,000 families or 45,000 individuals by the end of February. It targets to cover child protection and cash programming sectors aside from the existing WASH, shelter, and non-food items interventions.
With this response plan, the organization appeals for more support and donation to reach more families in need.
For more information on where to donate, visit www.worldvision.org.ph.
[Article submitted by Krizia Vega, World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.]