Cagayan de Oro City after Typhoon Sendong

January 11th, 2012
( Me with KEDRN and OB Executives)

“Government should not stop at merely giving relief goods. It is their responsibility to give the flood victims a chance to rehabilitate their lives and start over again”. These were the words I’ve heard during a forum sponsored by the Kagay-an Evangelical Disaster Relief Network (KEDRN). As an NGO and private institution, KEDRN has been helping the flood victims the day after December 17, 2011. As a relief volunteer myself, I have witnessed the quick response and organized relief operation of this group. Operation Blessings , CBN Asia and the Philippine Relief and Disaster and Development Services are the KEDRN’s partners in providing blankets, mats, mosquito nets., household wares , food and drinkable waters for the flood victims since day 1 until today. A temporary relocation area was given by the city government to KEDRN to facilitate and build temporary shelters for the 500 plus families affected by this tragedy. The group will stop from there. KEDRN and its willing partners envisioned and committed to build permanent shelters for these victims so that they could be assured of a safe place to live in.

Other groups including some NGO’s are offering assistance to these flood victims and it really touched my heart. They even would not want any media exposure and gave according to their convictions. Resources are pouring in and will be pouring soon as we unite to commit to this noble cause in helping our city get back to its feet. How I wish that some business establishment will reach out too and create a business funding and credit institution with credit card factoring as part of the rehabilitation of these unfortunate families so they could again go back to their normal lives. We are all very optimistic that this endeavor will greatly affect the lives of our fellow Cagay-anons. The act may not be published in the news or T.V. but the legacy will remain. Yes, a calamity hit us, Typhoon Sendong destroyed a large part of our city…but we will all rise up again and see the dawning of a new Cagayan de Oro.

One Response to “Cagayan de Oro City after Typhoon Sendong”

  1. Nice post. Thanks for sharing. I hope that preventative measures can be put in place soon. One thing that can be done which costs nothing is each individual take responsibility for their garbage and put it where it belongs instead of throwing it all over the streets, rivers, and everywhere else.

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