Additional Funding Needed in the Wake of Bopha
After Bopha made landfall over the Baganga municipality of Mindanao’s Davao Oriental region on December 4th, it tracked across the island through Compostela Valley, crossing over to Negros Oriental on the island of Negros.
In the aftermath of the typhoon, roads, bridges, telecommunications, and electrical and water systems have been negatively impacted.
As of January 11th, 6,243,998 people in 711,682 families have been affected by the storm. In total, 1,067 people have been confirmed killed, 2,666 have been injured, and 841 people are missing. In addition, the typhoon has destroyed over 66,469 homes and has damaged over 178,704. As a result of the devastation, 985,000 people have been displaced from their homes.
While Plan is currently assisting those affected in the Philippines, additional funding to aid Disaster Relief & Recovery efforts is still needed. Current needs in the areas affected include: shelter, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, education, and child protection.
Plan’s current response in seven municipalities in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley include:
- Providing psychosocial support to teachers and daycare workers
- Setting up temporary learning centers for elementary and high school children
- Distributing Back-to-School kits
- Conducting Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) sessions and providing daycare workers with an ECCD kit.
- Promoting supervised neighborhood playgroups
- Toy production training using indigenous materials
- School Construction
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene:
- Promotion of the importance of sanitation and hygiene
- Distribution of hygiene and water kits
- Rehabilitation and construction of water points and communal restrooms
Child Protection and Gender-based Violence:
- Offering psychosocial counseling and support
- Setting up community surveillance and referral mechanisms
- Providing emergency assistance to unaccompanied children
- Strengthening of community-based child protection mechanisms
Health and Nutrition:
- Promotion of breastfeeding
- Bringing health issues and victim needs to the attention of the national government and other institutions
- Raising community awareness on the importance of nutrition
- Strengthening local capacity to manage the emergency operations
- Strengthening local capacity for Disaster Risk Management (DRM)
Food Security and Livelihood:
- Creation of Cash-for-Work programs
- Food production
- Creation of community savings and loans groups
- Providing emergency shelter tents and kits
- Distribution of non-food related items (NFIs) such as: baby kits, family hygiene kits, and solar powered emergency lights
How You Can Help
Plan’s initial duration plan is 18 months. Interventions in each area will include both immediate and long-term emergency recovery and rehabilitation components.
Plan has currently allocated 5 million dollars to aid those affected and is working to finalize negotiations for a 1.5 million dollar award for Emergency Shelter, Family Hygiene Kits, and Safe Water Kits in three of the worst-affected municipalities in Davao Oriental: Baganga, Boston, and Cateel and Negros Oriental around Dumaguete City.
This project will benefit over 38,165 people in the affected areas, including approximately 34,150 people that have been displaced from their homes.
While Plan has launched emergency response teams to aid those affected, additional funds are still needed.
To help us provide Disaster Relief and Recovery support to victims of Typhoon Bopha and other relief and recovery efforts, please visit our "Disaster Relief & Recovery" donation page.
Funds raised in excess of the amount needed, or which for unforseen reasons cannot be used as intended, will be applied to similar relief and recovery efforts.