Here is a bit of news from Fr. Sam Cuarto, MI -a member of CTF Philippines. He is responsble for the Marikina Project that is supported by CTF Central and SOS DRS. Fr. Sam is also implementing much of the CTF rehabiliatation project supported by the Italian Episcopal Conference. Both of these CTF projects began in the wake of the September 2009 typhoon that struck Manila. Fr. Sam writes:
“Dear Fr. Scott, our rehabilitation activities are still ongoing. We had to slow down for more than one week as the Philippines held its election of national and local officials. Philippine elections are a big thing here. Five houses are part of our ongoing rehabilitation project in Laguna courtesy of the funds sourced by Fr. Aris in Canada. We are procuring school supplies for school children of affected families in Barangay Nangka who until now could not recover financially from the flood. We have to remember most of the belongings of these affected families were washed out and it is like they have to build from scratch. We are using the CEI funds for this. This is still part of relief and soft rehabilitation work. Pray we are doing fine with our ongoing activities. Salud!”Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
The work of CTF Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Ketsana that struck in September 2009 continues. Much has taken place since our last update – Ketsana 7. I witnessed that firsthand during my recent visit to metropolitan Manila (December 15-20). At that time I went to all 3 sites where CTF Philippines is working: Marikina, Cainta, and Boso-Boso.
Similarly, I had an opportunity to participate in a joint CTF-RMMF medical mission in Marikina and to meet with the members of CTF Philippines to discuss their implementation of the CEI and Marikina Projects in the wake of Ketsana.
Fr. Sam Cuarto, who is coordinating the Marikina Project, wrote in February: “We organized relief activities for families which are members of our Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program. Instead of bringing the relief goods to the community, we organized the distributions at the compound of Camillus MedHaven so that those who wanted to be seen by a medical team could avail themselves of the medical services we made available. We have done three distributions so far and we still have around 40 packs to distribute. We intend to carry out our 4th distribution within the week, during my birthday, February 16.
A total of 18 families are being assisted in the rehabilitation of their homes devastated by the typhoon. We bought the construction materials at a maximum of Php12,000.00 per beneficiary. Then we hired 4 skilled workers (carpenters and masons) to assist the families in fixing their homes. Labor requirement is the counterpart of the recipient family. Construction is still going on. We intend to cover more recipients when the next funds are sent to us here in Marikina City through Father Ivo Anselmi.
Marikina City has been hit very hard. And urban families who are doubly burdened by the care of a handicapped member take too long to recover from the devastation. And we happen to have a long-term relationship with these urban poor families that have handicapped children through our Community Based Rehabilitation Program at Camillus MedHaven.
We intend to continue with the relief operations and most of all in our reconstruction activities. We are looking forward to getting the remaining resources soon. I have volunteered to help in putting together the final narrative and the financial reports for the project on behalf of the Philippine Province.”
I am confident Fr. Sam will continue to keep us updated on developments concerning the Marikina Project that is scheduled to continue through the month of April.
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Wysłane Grudzien 24, 2009
Służba CTF Filipiny idzie naprzód w ślad za Tajfunem Ketsana który zniszczył Miasto Manila w końcu Września 2009. Ostatnio, Kamilianie i ich współpracownicy dostarczali pomoc żywnościową i inną oraz pośrednietwo. Dzielnica Filipiny oraz Kamilianie utrzymują 2 szpitale (Calbayog i Matte) oraz szereg klinik. Również utrzymują bliską współpracę z wieloma organizacjami w dziedzinie zdrowia.
Listopad 22, CTF Filipiny usługiwały w sitio San Josep , Baso Baso, dając pomoc medyczną 1543 pacjentom i pomoc dentystyczną, 163. Dwadzieścia-osiem osób zostałoz skierowanych do polyklinik lub szpilali, 79 pracowników medycznych i ochotników było obecnych w tej misji. Niektóre dzieci opartrzone będę skierowane do dalszej pomocy w Poliklinice Sw. Kamil, Cogeo. Koszła medyczne tych dzieci będą pokrtyte przez CTF Filipiny.
Grudzien 13 i 14, CTF Filipiny przeprowadzały program medyczny w Centrum Zdrowia Sw. Kamiliana w Sto. Domingo, Cainta. Zespół 47 pracowników medycznych i ochotników zoopieował się 1,146 medycznymi i 210 denstysticznymi pacjentami. Dwadzieścia-jeden operacji zostało wykonanych i 45 pacjentów zostało skierowanich do polyklinik lub szpitali.
Serdeczne dzięki dla Ks. Meng Barawid za informacje w tym artykule i za pracę którą on i jego
CTF wspólpracownicy prowadzą śladami Tajfunu Ketsana.
The mission of CTF Philippines continues in the wake of Typhoon Ketsana that devastated Metropolitan Manila at the end of September 2009. Most recently the Camillians and their collaborators have been supplementing their food-and-nonfood- distribution relief efforts with medial assistance. The Philippine Province of the Camillians operates 2 hospitals (Calbayog and Matte) and several medical clinics. And they work in close collaboration with many in the healthcare field.
On November 22, CTF Philippines served in Sitio San Josep, Boso-Boso providing medical care to 1,543 patients and dental care to another 163. Twenty-eight people were referred to a polyclinic or hospital. In total, 79 medical staff and volunteers were present for the mission. Some of the children attended to will need follow-up at St. Camillus Polyclinic Cogeo. The medical expenses of these children will be covered by CTF Philippines.
On December 13-Dec 14, CTF Philippines carried out a medical mission at St. Camillus Healthcare Center, Sto. Domingo, Cainta. The team of 47 medical staff and volunteers attended to 1,146 medical and 210 dental patients. Twenty-one surgeries were performed, and 45 patients were referred to a polyclinic or hospital.
Many thanks to Fr. Meng Barawid for the information in this article and for the work that he and his CTF confreres are doing in the wake of Typhoon Ketsana.
CTF Philippines has been active in responding to Typhoon Ketsana since it struck at the end of September. Together with CTF Central, SOS DRS, the Italian Episcopal Conference and Salute e Sviluppo, the Camillians in the Philippines are carrying out projects in Marikina, and in Cainta and Boso-Boso.
While the disaster has disappeared from the news, its effects have not. Let us continue to pray for the victims, their families and those that are helping them.
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Anticipated Rizal-MaCarthur Memorial Foundation Medical Mission (2010)
In a recent correspondence, Dr. Jazmin Parcon-Sandoval, an obstetrician/gynecologist and the co-coordinator of the RMMF medical mission writes:
After Typhoon Ondoy [Ketsana] devastated Manila and neighboring areas, Filipino-Americans in Milwaukee responded overwhelmingly with donations of cash and goods. The Filipino American Association of Wisconsin (FAAWIS) sent 22 boxes filled with canned goods, blankets, clothes, etc. to Manila while the leaders of many organizations decided to channel the cash donation through SOS DRS to benefit the affected families in Marikina, one of the hardest-hit suburbs.
The volunteers of the 2010 medical mission, sponsored by the Rizal-MacArthur Memorial Foundation (RMMF) and the Philippine Medical Association of Wisconsin (PMAW), hope to see first-hand the rehabilitation efforts done in Marikina. This type of follow-up was done in Guimaras Province when Milwaukee, in 2006, responded to the call of the fishermen and their families affected by the oil spill on their shores. A Medical Team visited Guimaras after relief donations were sent and conducted a Medical Mission on the island of Panobolon and two other venues. The island province was also the site of a surgical/medical mission in 2000.
As of 12/10/09 here is the anticipated itinerary of the 2010 RMMF medical/surgical mission:
Saturday, January 16, 2010- Leave Milwaukee for Manila
Sunday, January 17, 2010 [early morning Monday] - Arrive Manila. Lodging at Traders [Roxas Blvd] or in Marikina if possible.
Monday, January 18, 2010- Visit to Marikina – possible joint medical mission [consultations and free meds].
Tuesday, January 19, 2010- Medical Team to Pangasinan. Surgical Team to Kalibo, Aklan [Ibajay District Hospital.
Wednesday-Friday, January 20-22, 2010 – Medical Mission in Urbiztondo, Lubas, Labrador, Pangasinan
Surgical Mission in Ibajay District Hospital Saturday-Sunday, January 23 & 24- Post-op surgical Rounds. All are invited to attend the Town Fiesta and Ati-atihan Parade. A religious/cultural event celebrating the arrival of the Senor Santo Nino on the island.
Monday, January 25, 2010- Medical Mission All Day in Ibajay.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010- R&R in Boracay Wednesday, January 27, 2010- Return to Manila.
Thursday, January 28, 2010- Manila
Friday, January 29, 2010- Manila
Saturday, January 30-2010- Return to U.S.
Let us keep the RMMF team in our prayers as they travel to the Philippines and provide medical and surgical care for many Filippinos.
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Ks. Sam daje nam “widok z lotu ptaka” na katastrofę.
Jest to sprawozdanie z miejca wydarzeń i obraz dokładnej pracy wykonywanej przez CTF Filipiny.
Drogie Ks. Łukaszu i współbracia,
Bardzo diękuje za waszą odpowiedź przerz e-mail. My właśnie przybyliśmy tu z naszej akcji wspomagającej. Jutro jest nowym dniem. Mamy jeszcze dosyć produktów do rozdziału aż do Niedzieli. Dziękujemy stowarzyszęniu scholastycznemu (Ks. Evan i Ks. Dan) za dobrze wykopaną prace w zapoczątkowaniu dóbr wspierajacych. Cześć dla nich!
Dziękujemy także za calą waszą pomoc szybką orientację i silne przewodnictwo które okazujecie nam w wykonaniu zadań. Prace ratunkowe muszą być szybkie, bystre I odpowiednie. Dzielę ostrożność Ks. Scotta zarówno dla nas aby przestrzegać minimalne wymaganie wzasadnienia źródeł i użycia funduszów. Wzór który nam przysłał jest dobrym początkiem; możemy ograniczyć tekst do jednej lub dwóch stron. To co staje się bardzo ważne dla wszystkich jest zdolność uzasadnienia wydatków w sposób przejrzysty I odpowiedzialny. Myslę że nasza moc spoczywa w tej dziedzinie. My nie ustajemy tutaj. Baczymy do tego żeby logistika, dostawy i produkty wspierające doszły do przeznaczonych podopiecznych. Jest bardzo ważne przeprowadzić śilne rozpoznanie i oznaczenie rodzin powarznie dotkniętych przez katastrophy. Nasze pierwsze dwa dni rozdziału pomocy były przydziałem dóbr na oślep. Obecnie ustanowiliśmy “skoncentrowane celowanie” aby zwiększyć nacisk i sprawiedliwość. Lista Rozdziału potężnieje używając przewodniczących środowisk jako informatów zbierających dane co do wielkości zniszczeń domostw i wyróżnienia rodzin które potrzebują nagłej pomocy. Lista Rozdziału jest przezroczystym sposobem także do zdania relacji do naszych sponsorów i fundatorów których donacje otrzymujemy. Jesteśmy w ciągłym procesie uczenia się wtej branży. Gdy odpowiadamy coraz więcej na katakliżmy jesteśmy w stanie działać i tworzyć użyteczne metody oparte na solidnym doświadczeniu na tym polu, i skutkujacych, systemacznych odpowiedziach takich jakie obecnie dajemy.
Rozmawialam z Ks. Aris przez “Posłaniec Yahoo” z ostatniego wieczoru. On jest w Toronto zagłębiony w zbiókę funduszów dla CTF I dla Zakonu. Cześć dla niego także! Niech cię Bóg błogosławi, Ks. Aris!
Raz jeszcze dzięki Ks. Lukaszu i niech Bóg błogosławi. Naprzód Kamilianie!
Ks. Sam A. Cuarto MI
29 Apitong St., Marikina Heights
1800 Marikina City, Philippines
Tel. No. 63 2 9484456; 09186434247
Propozycja Ks. Sama o specialną pomoc dla “Marikina-Wsparcie odbudowy” jest w stanie początkowym, jak nastęmpuje: Pomoc dla 60 rodzin członków Kamil Medhaven środowiska programu odbudowy dla upośledzonych dzieci ubagich miejskich rodzin w mieście Marikina.
Dla naszych czytelników, Ks. Sam ofiaruje interesującą i głęboką analisę zarządu katastrofy.
“Kierownictwo odbudowy kataklizmu na trzy ważne fazy: 1) Ocalenie i odzyskanie 2) Pomoc – wsparcie. 3) Odbudowa. Czerwony Krzyż i wojsko, i naturalnie rządowe agencje, przeważnie są najlepiej wyposażone do przeprowadzania akcji ratunkowych i ocaleniowych. Oni także mają systemy logistyczne, środki i umiejętnosci do zorganizowania szybkich evakluacji które są częscią działalnosci w ratowaniu i odzyskaniu ofiar katastrof. Większość organizacji, “grup pomocy,” grup pośredniczących, organizacji religijnych, i osobników uczestniczą przez dostarczanie usług wsparcia które są drugą ważną fazą kierownictwa i zarządu katastrof. Uczucia takie jak sympatia, miłosierdzie i poczucie wspólnej odpowiedzialnosci popędzają służby pomocy i gdy telewizja i prasa zaprzestają koncentrowanie się na dotkniętych dzielnicach i gdy sytuacje zaprzestają w zbudzanie pozytywnych uczuciawych reakcji, akcje ratunkowe spadają nadół. Zazwyczaj trwają one tylko około miesąca. Trudniejszą częscią jest faza trzecia, która jest odbudową i rehabilitacją. Klęski, katastrofy naturalne włączając wojny i konflikty niszczą budowe, włączając domy, środki egzystencji i wpędzają wielu w przygrębienie i rozpacz.
Jest naszym celem przywrócenie strat tego co zostało uszkodzone lub zniszczone — w sposób przemyślamy i planowany. Lecz większość organizacji. szczególnie tych które są kierowane przez uczucia pozytywne wzbodzone przez katastrofy i klęski nie wstępują w podobny rodzaj interwenci. Wymaga to dłuższego zaangażowania, większych wkładów, celów kierujących, planów operacyjnych i czasowych, sprawdzania i oceny, oszacewania kosztorysów od deski do deski. Niektórzy przeprowadzili by sprawdzenie i ocenę skutków i resultatów na konću programu. To jest dlaczego interwencje w odbudowie są przewazne wykonywane jako osobne projekty lub projekty częściowe (części projektów). To jest co j robię aby podzielić z wami moje doświadczenia w Capas i Tarlac z Aeta krajowymi dzielnicami, które były poważnie dotknięte przez wybuch na Gorże Pinatubo.
Gdy uczucia pozytywne takie jak wśpółczucie i listość przeminęły kompletnie; plemienni ludzie z Aeta (którzy byli zawsze odsuwani od centrum ludności), odpadli ze świadamości narodowej i zostali pozostawieni sami sobie, jeżli nie kompletnie zapomnieni. Odbudowa tego co zostało zniszczone zajmuje lata, a dla wielu nawet całe życie, aż do czasu gdy nowa klęska nadejdzie. Klęski i nieszczęścia są wstrząsami zewnętrznyni, one wtrącają dzielnice w nędzę. Aby wydzwignąc się z nich zajmuje dziesięć lat dla zniszczonego domostwa lub dzielnicy. Jest to opinia Arsenio Balisacan, PhD, czołowego specialisty w studiach nad nędzą na Filipinach.
Odbodowa muśi być widziana przez prizm długoterminowego rozwoju dzielnicy. Projekty odbudowy lub programy nowmalnie obejmują przygotowanie dzielnicowe, aby umożliwic dobre borykanie się z przyszłym nadejściem nieszczęścia. . . . Ja czuję że CTF jest motywowany przez wewnętrzną chęć do przemyślenia, nowego zdefiniowania i uczynienia natchnienia Kamilianów bardziej znaczącym w spotkanie się z klęskami i katastrofami.
Ks. Sam A. Cuarto MI
Trwajmy w modlitwach za ofiary Tajfunu Ketsana i wszystkich obecnych kataklizmów w Azji–i za tych którzy im pomagają.
Ks. Scott Binet MD MI
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by Fr. Scott Binet
The effects of Typhoon Ketsana are still very evident in Metropolitan Manila. The World Health Organization indicates that as of October 22 – some 885,039 families (4, 342,997 individuals) have been affected in 1,915 barangays [neighborhoods]. And 40,287 families (190, 027 individuals) remain in 401 evacuation centers. Casualties (directly attributable to the disaster) are 464 dead and 531 injured. As of Oct. 22, 2009 – some 238, 390 families [1, 430,124 individuals] reside in still-flooded areas in 30 municipalities. Reports from Department of Health Hospitals and some private hospitals show 1, 963 cumulative admissions for Leptospirosis since the disaster with 148 deaths. This information was excerpted from WHO Health Cluster Report (17)
The people are still suffering – from disease; from the effects of the flooding on their homes and their livelihoods – and because of the death of their loved ones. The suffering cannot be put into words – images accompanied by music sung by Andrea Bocelli (por ti sere = I will raise you up) do it some justice:
CTF Philippines with the support of CTF Central and SOS DRS has been responding to the devastation caused by the storm since it hit on September 27: See Typhoon Ketsana 1-4 in various languages.
CTF Philippines has been providing food, clothing, hygiene products, pastoral support and medical care for victims in primarily 3 areas – Buso Buso, Cainta and Marikina (all in Metropolitan Manila). And their help continues as does the suffering of the people they are serving. CTF Central and SOS DRS have collaborated in a special way with CTF Philippines to help in Marikina via the capable hands of Fr. Sam Cuarto. Many thanks go to the Filippino community in Wisconsin (USA) as well for their support of the Marikina Project.
Here is Fr. Sam’s description of the joint effort -
The Relief and Rehabilitation Assistance to Member-Families of Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program
Location: Marikina City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting Date: October 15, 2009
Termination Date: April 2010
Coordinator: Fr. Samuel A. Cuarto, MI
Mailing Address: Camillus MedHaven – 29 Apitong St., Marikina Heights,1800 Marikina City, Philippines – Email: email@example.com, Phone No. (632) 9484456
Date: October 5, 2009
1. Description of Situation
On September 26, 2009 Typhoon “Ondoy” (known internationally Typhoon Ketsana) hit the Philippines, wrecking havoc and wide swath of destruction in Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces. Massive torrents of rain water poured down for 9 hours, flooding 80% of Metro Manila, submerging communities, washing out homes, killed more than 300 people, seriously affecting half a million families and causing enormous damages estimated at 4 billion pesos. Marikina City, a low-lying valley sandwiched between the high level Quezon City and the province of Rizal with Marikina River traversing across its belly, is one of the hardest hit areas in the National Capital Region.
Marikina City is home to Camillus MedHaven, a 110 bed capacity long-term care facility for the elderly and handicapped operated and managed by the Philippine Province of the Order of St. Camillus. Camillus MedHaven has conceptualized and is now carrying out a Community Based Rehabilitation Program for handicapped children of urban poor families in Marikina City. While the elderly and handicapped residents of Camillus MedHaven (CM) were not affected by the flooding, some of the homes of its staff members were submerged in flood, losing most of their belongings and severely affected members of its Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CM-CBR) for handicapped children of urban poor families. Of the 190 member families of CM-CBR Program, approximately 60 families have their homes devastated. Most are residents of Balubad in Barangay Nangka. Located next to Marikina River, Balubad is an urban poor resettlement community in Marikina City holding hundreds of low-income families mostly belonging to the informal sector. Most families survive on a daily basis by collecting garbage and scraps for sale, contracted labor services in the construction sector and by itinerant vending. In the onslaught of Typhoon “Ondoy” Marikina River rose to critical levels and swept away the makeshift settlements. Made of light materials, their makeshift homes tumbled like card boards with onrushing waters. Several hundred families were gravely affected, including the approximately 60 member-families of Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program.
This disaster has effectively crippled the urban poor settlement of Balubad and rendered the affected families that are already poor into a deeper state of impoverishment. There is dire need for immediate relief services. In particular, there is urgent need for food, water, basic medicines, clothing, blankets and towels. Toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins and diapers for children are also needed. The local government of Marikina is undertaking relief services, clean up operations of streets and removal of stalled vehicles and other debris throughout the city. Major media networks in the Philippines, the Philippine military, civic groups, non-government organizations and private individuals are responding but the focus of efforts have been in areas highlighted by media coverage. The urban poor settlement of Balubad in Barangay Nangka have not been penetrated by relief efforts to a level that will provide immediate supplies to affected families. At this stage of disaster response, activities are still in relief mode.
2. Relief and Rehabilitation
Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program is currently undertaking continuous relief operations for the next weeks. While primary target families are those members of the CM-CBR Program, neighbouring households and extended families are assisted. These operations has the primary objective of relieving the immediate and urgent needs of affected households namely food, potable water, dry clothing, blankets, mats and towels, basic medicines, toiletries and related sanitary supplies. These continuous operations will last for the next four weeks with food, water and basic medicines procured by funds from CTF Central and SOS DRS. The rest of the other supplies shall be sourced from other organizations, groups and individual donors responding to appeals from the Philippine Province of the Order of St. Camillus. The St. Camillus Scholasticate Community in Loyola Heights, Quezon City has been continuously providing packed relief goods sourced from donor groups and individuals.
Most importantly, Camillus MedHaven shall assist in the rehabilitation of devastated homes. The primary target of this infrastructure rehabilitation assistance are the 60 member-families of Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program. The assistance will take the form of providing affected families with materials specifically GI sheets, wood and common nails for roofing and some bags of cement to repair or fortify broken house posts and beams. These will be procured using the funds of CTF Central and SOS DRS.
Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program partners with the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy in providing the affected community of Balubad with pastoral care. The Sisters of Charity have a religious community embedded in Balubad and some members of the Congregation that have counseling background will provide counseling services for psychological trauma as well as spiritual care in coordination with the local parish.
Finally, Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program partners with the Rotary Club of Timog, Quezon City through Dr. Benjamin Alonzo, MD for the medical component of this relief and rehabilitation project. Dr. Alonzo and his fellow Rotarians provide the medical supplies and conduct medical assistance especially in treating waterborne diseases and providing preventive measures against the onset of epidemic.
3. Monitoring and Evaluation Matrix
Hereunder is the Project Implementation Plan with the timeline. The provision of relief services shall be monitored through photo documentation and distribution lists duly signed by recipient families upon receipt of goods handed out. The distribution lists shall indicate the number of dates of distribution, names of recipient families and frequency of distributions. Other indicative activities such as medical care, repairs of devastated homes and psycho-spiritual care by the Sisters of Charity shall be photo documented.
Receipt of funds from CTF Central and SOS DRS shall be documented through bank statement indicating the remittance date and amount received. Disbursements shall be documented with expense vouchers duly supported by official receipts from suppliers. There shall be no competitive bids conducted as this is a micro-project and funds requested is small-scale.
4. Final Report
The Project Coordinator, Fr. Samuel A. Cuarto, MI who is the Religious-in-Charge of Camillus MedHaven shall provide the Narrative and Financial Reports post-project on April 10, 2010. The report shall be submitted to the Provincial Superior of the Philippine Province, Fr. Ivo Anselmi, MI, with copies furnished by e-mail to Fr. Charlie Ricafort, MI, Bro. Luca, MI and Fr. Aristelo Miranda, MI. Fr. Ivo Anselmi, MI shall formally submit this Report to CTF Central and SOS DRS.
The proposed total budget for this micro-project titled, “Relief and Rehabilitation Assistance to Member-Families of Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program” is Php 1,836,000.00 (Euro 30,000/$US 45,000)
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Wysyłka: 11 Października 2009
Prawie trzy tygodnie minęło od czasu gdy Tajfun Ketsana spustoszył Manilę i okolice, posuwając się do innych krajow w Azji. Dla większości świata, ruina którą ten straszny huragan pozostawił za sobą jest odległym wspomnieniem. To jest sposób w jakim dzisiejsza prasa operóje obecnie, szczególnie jeżli katastrofy światowe nie dają widoku na polepszenie. W ostatnich trzech tygodniach, Azja była spustoszona przez 3 trzęsienia ziemi w Pedangu, 2 tajfuny nas Filipinach i tsunami na Samoa. Dla ludnośći Filipin, skutki Tajfunu Ketsana nie są tylko wspomnieniem lecz rzeczy-wistoscią z którą trzeba jeszcze obecnie współżyć. To jest situacja dla CTF Filipiny, CTF Centralna (Służba Specjalna Zakonu Kamilianóv, Centralna,) i SOS DRS.
Jak wspomnieliśmy w ostatnich informacjach (Ketsana 3), akcja ratunkowa kontinuje. Rozwinęła większe nasilenie przez pomoc Ks. Ivo Anselmi I początkowe wsparcie finansowe przez CTF Centralny. Ks. Ivo, kierownik Kamilianów na Filipinach, wydał list otfarty do swoich wspótpracowników dając im poparcie I oczekiwanie na pomoc zarządu. Według ostatnich informacji poparcie finansowe, już nadeszło od CTF Centralnego, Australia (Kamiliani), Taiwan (Kamiliani) i Niemcy (Prowincja.)
Na zebraniu grupy Kamilianów odpowiedzialnych za organizacje pomocy, który odbyło się dniu 2 października pod kierownictwem Brata Łukarza Perletti MI, powzięto decyzje poszukiwania funduszów od CTF Centralnego i SOS DRS. CTF Centralna przesłała pienądze wcześniej w tygodniu przy pomocy Ks. Paula Guarise MI. Jako członek CTF Centralnego był on ważnym pomostem w komunikacji pomiędzy Bratem Łukaszem na Filipinach i mną w stanach zjednaczonych. Mając Marka Iazzolino, który był blisko Brata Pawła w Rzymie okazało się rownicż błogosławieństwem dla nas. Znajomość Marka z metodami prac Karitasu jest z pewnośći pomocna.
CTF Centralna przesłała znaczną ilość pieniędzy z pomocą dla programu pomocy przedstawionem mnie/CTF Centralna przez CTF Filipiny. SOS DRS oszacowuje propozycje i również rozważa inny rozdział pieniędzy do kontinuacji obecnych programów. Serdecznie dziękujemy Ks. Sam, Meng, Ivo i Aris za ich wysiłki.
Co następuje to są sprawozdania z ostatniego zebrania CTF Filipiiny z Bratem Łukaszem, które odbyło się 6go października w Marikana. Gdy to piszę, Brat Łukasz jest z powrotem w Rzymie po opacznościowej Wstępnej Wizycje do Filipin.
Co następuje to są sprawozdania z ostatniego zebrania CTF Filipiiny z Bratem Łukaszem, które odbyło się 6go października w Marikana. Gdy to piszę, Brat Łukasz jest z powrotem w Rzymie po opacznościowej Wstępnej Wizycje do nauridzonych prez Tajfun Ketsana. On był tam a by mieć zaciszny odpoczynek i zamiast tego znalazł się w śród Tajfunu–z pewnością według planu Boskiego.
CTF Centralna będzie spotykać się 12 pażdiernika aby oszacować sytuację na Filipinach oraz te na innych rejonach dorkniętych przez katastrofy: Kenya, Myanmar, Italia i i innych odległych miejscah. My mamy wide spraw na naszym notatniku. Ja sam patrzę w przyszłość do tego zebrania. Zaiste, ja będę tam wkrótce. Gdy to piszę, jestem wysoko ponad Kanadą. Świat wydaje się stąd mały. Istotnie jest tak z nawoszesną podróżą i komunikacją. Jest to dobrze, bo to umczlivia nam częste spotkania. Miłego czytania!
Ks. Scott Binet MD, MI
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Wiadamości Następujące po zebraniu odbytym 6 października, 2009
Marikina, Koledgium Sw. Kamila
Ostatnie wiadamośći o pracach ratunkowych
Pasig, Polyklinika Swiętego Kamila-Ks. Rolly ofiaruje nowe wiadomości o zniszczeniu poniesionemu przerz ekwipunek. Będziemy potrzebować około 850,000 pesów do utrzymania i kupna nowego sprzętu (ekwipunku.) To będzie częsćią prropozycji, która będzie przedstawionia do Karitasu Italia.
Medhaven–Potwierdzamy raport przesłany przes Ks. Sama. On dnosi, “Program Rehabilitacyjny Kamila operujący w Medhaven jest obecnie podejmójący stałe operacje wspomogające na kilka następnych tygodni. Podczas gdy pierszeństwo mają rodziny członków nalerzących do Programu CM-CBR, również domostwa i okoliczne rodziny otrzymóją pomoc.” To znaczy że ponad 200 rodzin jest włonczonych do programu. W tej okolicy my zobowiązujemy się do kontinuacji dostarczania pomocy (podukty żywnościowe) przez jeszcze jeden miesiąc.
Zatwierdzanie propozycji projectu Ks. Sama
Propozycjia Ks. Sama będzie przedłoźona do CTF Centranlna i SOS DRS. Jest to związku z już otrzymanym zasiłkiem $15,000 euro. Ks. Ivo napisze list prosząc SOS DRS o pokrycie pozostałości w rzeczywistości calkowita należność za ten projekt jest około 30,000 euro.
Caritas Italia Apel
Ks. Łukasz przedstawi projekt propozycji do Karitasu Italia. Celem jest otzymanie pomocy finansowej na prace w związku z zapomogą. To musi być przedłożone jak najszybciej. On sam weźmie to do Rzymu. Apel jest zatwierdzony w swej zawartości z włączeniem jego operacji opisanych w paragrafie “dodatek.” Cały projekt będzie konynuować do 31 go października, 2009.
Ks. Kardem weźmie tą propozycję do Caritas Filipiny do zatwierdzienia.
Writing while on holiday and away from his homeland as Typhoon Ketsana stuck the Philippines, Fr. Aristelo notes that his break from fundraising in the US has become both an opportunity to share with his fellow Philippinos the suffering of their people and a call to his fellow Camillians to truly live the 4th vow.
By Fr. Aristelo Miranda, MI
After doing a 3-month fundraising activity in the USA, I went to Ontario, Canada from September 22 to October 7 to have a break for a couple of weeks before returning to the Eternal City – Rome. The highlight of my visit in Canada was the 40th wedding anniversary of my cousin Elpidio “Boy” Baluca and his wife Madoline Deza Baluca and the mini-reunion of my relatives there. This wedding anniversary was a bit unique because its goal was not only the renewal of their marriage vows but also a fundraising and awareness activity for the mission of the CTF-SOS DRS. In the invitation was written, “no gifts please but a donation for the CTF-SOS DRS.”
It was Friday evening and the Kalayaan Cultural Center hall was filled with guests and friends. Most of those attending were Filipinos. During the program, I was given the opportunity to make a 30- minute presentation of the CTF-SOS DRS’ mission. Madoline and Boy did their best in all the preparations for said fundraising. I could hardly have imagined how much time and resources they invested for that event. Activities like this are nothing new to them since they have been involved in helping various fundraising activities for charitable purposes in Canada for quite a long time. Thus, mission accomplished!
The day before the celebration I was planning what to do and what place to visit during the week just to have some fun with my relatives. But my plan was sabotaged by the news of the flash flood that on September 26 hit Metro Manila, especially Marikina, Cainta and Pasig [see map], where our Camillian missions are pretty much alive. So through the help of Nong Boy and Ate Dol, I was introduced to some generous persons and organizations. I immediately arranged some meetings with them – all with God’s help. I also approached Fr. Vid Vlasic, the pastor of Merciful Redeemer Church. He gave me the opportunity to preach at the six masses on the following weekend. It was indeed a busy week but a good opportunity to touch more generous hearts.
The only thing that I said upon getting the news about the flood was, “they (victims) were unfortunate but we (Camillians) are fortunate.” It was unfortunate for those people since this type of incident has been happening almost every year but without much intervention on the part of the government to institute preventive measures and an immediate evacuation and rescue plan. This causes hundreds of lives to perish in the raging waters of Marikina river.
We are fortunate because we were prepared in terms of both financial resources as a result of our annual fundraising and the continuous formation of our personnel (CTF) and in light of the many unexpected opportunities (incidents) to be able to broaden our relief and rehabilitation efforts and thus enhance collaboration and networking with various organizations. We don’t desire calamities and disasters to happen for the Camillians to be useful and functional, but they turn out to be avenues and challenges for us to “cast into deep waters” in order to become truly “fishers of men.”
This flash flood in September 2009 made me recall the flood that hit Marikina in 1998 wherein several lives, families and homes were ruined. I was there, together with our seminarians during the actual rescue of the victims. I saw their death-defying situation and faces of hopelessness. It then became a challenge for me to commit myself to this type of ministry, i.e. what the CTF does- disaster relief. No doubt we can expect more from the present calamity. So we need to brace ourselves to live the 4th vow of the Camillians: to serve the victims of this disaster even at the risk of our own lives.
by Fr. Aris Miranda MI
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by Fr. Scott Binet
Fr. Sam Cuarto is part of CTF Philippines. He is heading up the relief effort in Marikina after hurricane Ketsana. Here he offers a personal reflection on relief work and a brief update on his work with the Aetna Tribes in Tarlac (Luzon).
I came back yesterday from Capas Tarlac where I am doing community health and development work with the Aeta tribal people, even as our teams here in the Camillus MedHaven were doing continuous relief operations in tandem with a strong partner, the Rotary Club of Timog, Quezon City.
I went there to attend a Peace Forum organized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the military because there is an ongoing conflict that threatens to boil over regarding ancestral domain claims of the Aeta indigenous peoples. There are conflicting tenurial claims, involving even the military which has a gunnery range. When conflicts like these arise it is the innocent civilian populations, in this case the Aeta tribal people, who will bear the brunt of suffering and collateral damage, even catching them in the middle of the conflict. Leftist armed groups operate with strong visibility in Central Luzon, which covers Tarlac. See Aeta struggle for Autonomous Land. And for a somewhat humorous look at Aeta culture see some members of the tribe dance
On my way back from Turlac I was caught by Typhoon Peping who overstayed its welcome in the Philippines, inflicted heavy damage to the Northern part (specially the rice producing region of Nueva Viscaya, Tarlac and Pangasinan), causing landslides, flooding several provinces, killing around 200 people! It seems all these calamities don’t stop; they keep coming and we really wonder what is going on! There is just so much suffering around calling on the inner strength of our compassion. Today, we go back to packing relief goods again.
Fr. Charlie directed me to connect with Scholastic Dan for more relief goods. Some of the families hit hard by Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) along the rivers here in Marikina[see map] were processed for relocation to safer areas in Laguna, which is another province. This place is also submerged in flood even until now. I remember Fr. Charlie’s comments that the urban poor are pushed out into “danger zones” such as riverbanks which are in fact “death zones.” It is the poor that really take the brunt of flooding; it is them that die when floods roared down on them, vulnerable as they are to calamities in these “death zones.” We had to make strong engagement with the local authorities to ensure that those going to be relocated would be provided adequate facilities and decent dwellings. Those members of Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program for handicapped children of urban poor families whom we intend to assist in rehabilitation are not included in the relocation because they reside at the other side, far from the banks of Marikina River. I am more convinced that our strong presence in areas afflicted by calamities and in their aftermath provide a horizon of meaning in who we are and what we do as Camillians. It renews us more in that we suffer as we struggle with people finding sense in their own suffering. We ask with these afflicted peoples the question about what matters most to us when all else were washed away with the flood and family members have only each other to hold on to. And as sometimes we lose hope, we struggle to make out in the gloomy situation a tiny light, a spark that would encourage hearts. Relief goods satisfy immediate human needs in times of disasters. Our being with the afflicted people, sometimes confused and dazed like them, may matter more than what we hand out.
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Slightly less than 3 weeks have passed since Typhoon Ketsana devastated Manila and its surroundings on its way to other countries in Asia. For much of the world the destruction that this terrible storm left in its wake seems a distant memory. That is the way the news cycle works these days, particularly when the disasters in the world seem to show no sign of abating. In the last 3 weeks Asia has been devastated by 2 earthquakes in Padang, 2 Typhoons in the Philippines, and a Tsunami in Samoa. For the people of the Philippines, the effects of Typhoon Ketsana are not a memory but a reality still very much to be reckoned with. Such is the case as well for CTF Philippines, CTF central and SOS DRS.
As I noted in our last update, Ketsana 3, the relief mission continues. And it has gained greater momentum through the support of Fr. Ivo Anselmi and the initial financial support of CTF Central. Fr. Ivo, the Provincial of the Camillians in the Philippines, wrote and open letter to his confreres showing support of them and hoping for aid from the Order. To the best of my knowledge financial support has already come from CTF Central, Australia (Camillians); Taiwan (Camillians) and Germany (Province).
At the first meeting on October 2 of the Camillian group responsible for orchestrating the relief effort, the participants – under the guidance of Brother Luca Perletti MI, made a decision to seek funding from CTF Central and SOS DRS. CTF Central sent monies earlier this week through the efforts of Fr. Paolo Guarise MI. As a member of CTF Central, he has been an important “bridge” for communication between Brother Luca in the Philippines and me in the US. Having Marco Iazzolino very close by Fr. Paolo in Rome has been a blessing for us as well. Marco’s familiarity with the way Caritas works in disasters is sure to be a plus.
CTF Central sent a significant amount of money to support the relief effort in response to an emergency relief proposal submitted to me/CTF Central by CTF Philippines. SOS DRS is evaluating the proposal itself and is looking at second a second distribution of monies to continue to sustain the effort underway. Many thanks to Frs. Sam, Meng, Charley, Ivo and Aris for their efforts.
What follows are the minutes from the most recent CTF Philippines meeting with Brother Luca held on October 6 in Marikina. As I write Brother Luca is back in Rome after a “Providential visit” to the Typhoon-stricken Philippines. He was there to give a retreat and instead found himself in the middle of a Typhoon – surely part of God’s plan.
CTF Central will be meeting on October 12 in Rome to assess the situation in the Philippines and that with its other disaster projects: Kenya, Myanmar, Italy and beyond. We have much on our agenda. I am looking forward to the meeting myself. In fact, I will be there shortly. As I write I am high over Canada. The world looks small from here. Indeed it is with modern travel and communication. That’s good, though, because then we can be in touch more frequently. Pleasant reading!
Brother Luca writes:
Follow up meeting held on October 6, 2009
Marikina, St. Camillus College
The meeting was convened as a continuation of previous meeting. The main goals were:
Update of the relief works; endorsement of Fr. Sam’s project proposal in fulfillment to CTF Central and SOS Drs (USA) requirements; Caritas Italia appeal; next steps.
Update of the relief works
We acknowledge that the relief work is still going on: rehabilitation work is far ahead and respective proposals will be set in due time. They will be forwarded to Bro. Luca who in turn will find an appropriate sponsor. The terms and conditions for granting relief funds (as loan) to the victims of typhoon will be discussed in due time: this applies to those who have no regular contact with the Camillians, while recovering loans will be easier with our staff.
Presently, the relief fund amounts to about 1,600,000 pesos, which entitles to go on for sometimes.
Coming to the sites in details:
Buso Buso – Fr. Meng presents an interesting survey. 2,272 families have had their livelihoods destroyed by floods and landslide. 75% of them have already been reached for a single donation. The Government is providing help but many do not reach the distribution site. Therefore, they still need food items for another expected month. In the same area 211 families have been made homeless: they will be considered as potential beneficiaries in the rehabilitation phase. In this area we commit to continue provision of relief work (food items) for another month.
Cainta – Fr. Rolly informs that about 1200 families have been reached. Presently they are focusing on 197 families residing in Dulong Parola: they are neglected and have no specific support. The area they live in is prone to epidemics and stench emanating from rotting carcasses can be felt already. In this area we commit to continue provision of relief work (food items) for another month.
Pasig, St. Camillus Polyclinic – Fr. Rolly offers an update on the damage suffered by equipment. Roughly, we will need 850,000 pesos for maintenance and purchase of new equipments. They will be part of the proposal to be submitted to Caritas Italia.
MedHaven – we acknowledge the report sent by Fr. Sam. It states “Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program is currently undertaking continuous relief operations for the next weeks. While primary target families are those members of the CM-CBR Program, neighbouring households and extended families are assisted”. It means that more than 200 families are been included in the project. In this area we commit to continue provision of relief work (food items) for another month.
Endorsement of Fr. Sam’s project proposal
The proposal of Fr. Sam will be forwarded to CTF Central and SOSDrs in view of the already received grant of 15,000 euro. Fr. Ivo will write a letter asking SOSDrs to cover the balance: in fact the total outcome of this project is about 30,000 euro.
Caritas Italia appeal
Bro. Luca presents a sample of appeal to Caritas Italia. It aims to get financial help for the relief work. It must be submitted at the earliest. He himself will take it to Roma. The appeal is approved in its contents, with the inclusion of the operations described in the item “update”. The entire project will last until October 31, 2009.
Fr. Charlie will take the proposal to Caritas Philippines for endorsement.
While the relief work continues, we will start drafting proposals for rehabilitation by identifying potential beneficiaries, among our staff and the marginalized victims. Special attention will be given to Buso Buso community and to the disabled children of the Camillus MedHaven project.
Fr. Sam gives us a birds-eye view from the disaster.
It is an on-site report and a sign of the rigorous work that CTF Philippines is doing.
Dear Bro. Luca and confreres,
Thank you so much for your e-mail response. We just arrived from our relief operations. Tomorrow is another day. We still have enough goods to distribute until Sunday. We thank the Scholasticate Community (Fr. Evan & Bro. Dan) for the job well done in sourcing relief goods! Kudos to them!
Thank you also for all the support, quick mindedness and strong leadership you show us to get things done. Relief operations need to be swift, quick and responsive. I share in the caution of Fr. Scott, though, for us to observe the minimum requirement of justifying the sources and uses of funds. The template he sent us is a good start; we can limit the narrative though into one or two pages. What becomes very important for everybody is the ability to document expenses in a transparent and accountable way. Our strength lies in this area or so I think. We don’t stop there. We see to it that logistics, supplies and relief goods go to intended beneficiaries. It becomes very important to do solid ground work to identify families gravely affected by calamities. Our first two days of relief distribution were “irrational dispersal” of goods. Now we instituted “focused targeting” to maximize deep impact and equity. Distribution List becomes powerful, using the community leaders as informants to gather information on the extent of damage to households and prioritize families that need urgent assistance. Distribution List is a transparent manner also of accounting to our supporters and funding partners the resources we receive. We are in a continuous learning curve in this area. And as we respond more to disasters, we shall be able to come up with useful procedures based on our solid experience on the ground, operating systematic responses like what we are now doing.
I was talking with Fr. Aris through Yahoo Messenger last night. He is in Toronto, deep into fund raising for CTF and for the Order. Kudos to him too! God bless you Father Aris!
Thank you again Brother Luca and God bless. Onward Camillians! Fr. Sam A. Cuarto, MI
29 Apitong St., Marikina Heights
1800 Marikina City, Philippines
Tel. No. 63 2 9484456; 09186434247
Fr. Sam’s emergency relief proposal for Marikina Rehabilitation Assistance is, in a nutshell, as follows: assistance for 60 member-families of Camillus MedHaven Community Based Rehabilitation Program for handicapped children of urban poor families in Marikina City.
For our readers, Fr. Sam offers an interesting and insightful analysis of disaster management.
“Disaster management has three important phases: (1) rescue and retrieval, (2) relief, (3) rehabilitation. The Red Cross and military, and of course government agencies, usually are the most equipped to operate rescue and retrieval operations. They also have the logistics, means and skills to mount swift evacuations which are part of the activities in rescue and retrieval mode in disaster management. Most organizations, “do good” groups, media outlets, church based organizations and individuals respond through provision of relief services, which is the second important phase in disaster management. Emotions such as sympathy, mercy, compassion or sense of collective responsibility drive relief services and when media outlets cease spotlighting affected areas and the situation ceases to evoke emotional positive responses, relief efforts subside down. Normally they last only a month or so. The harder part is phase 3 which is rehabilitation and development. Calamities, natural disasters, including wars and conflicts destroy infrastructures, including homes, livelihoods and inflict trauma on many.
The objective here is restoring what was damaged, lost or devastated – in a deliberate and planned manner. And most organizations, especially those who are driven by positive emotions evoked by disasters and calamities do not go into this kind of intervention. This requires longer commitment, more resources, guiding objectives, operational and timeline plans, monitoring and evaluation, budget estimates with phase in and phase out mechanisms. Some would conduct impact studies post-project. That is why rehabilitation interventions are mostly done as projects or as component programs. And this is what I have been doing, just to share with you my
experiences in Capas and Tarlac with the Aeta indigenous communities who were gravely affected and devastated by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.
After positive emotions such as mercy and compassion were fully spent, the Aeta tribal peoples, marginalized as they already are from mainstream society, receded from the national consciousness and have now been left to fend for themselves, if not forgotten. Rehabilitating what was lost takes years and for some even a lifetime of commitment until another disaster strikes again. Disasters and calamities are exogenous shocks; they impoverish communities. To rise out from impoverishment takes ten years for an affected household, according to Arsenio Balisacan, PhD, the foremost expert in poverty studies in the Philippines. Rehabilitation has to be seen from the optic of long term community development. Rehabilitation programs or projects therefore normally embed disaster preparedness for target communities for them to be able to cope well when another calamity strikes … I am feeling the CTF is driven by an inner desire to rethink, redefine and make more relevant the Camillian inspiration vis-à-vis disasters and calamities.
Fr. Sam A. Cuarto, MI
I Camilliani, CTF Central e SOS DRS sono stati pronti a rispondere con rapidità alla devastazione provocata dal tifone Ketsana. Il 25 settembre l’uragano che diventerà il TIFONE KETSANA è passato sull’isola di Luzon nelle Filippine. Ketsana ha prodotto solo venti moderati, ma ore di piogge veramente torrenziali. Il Presidente Gloria Arroyo ha dichiarato lo stato di calamità sulla maggior parte del territorio di Luzon dopo che almeno 86 persone sono state dichiarate morte a causa di frane e altri incidenti. Nelle aree rurali il livello dell’acqua delle zone allagate ha raggiunto i 20 piedi di altezza. Il 28 settembre 2009 il tifone aveva già causato 240 morti nelle Filippine. L’uragano ha colpito quasi due milioni di persone e obbligato 567,000 all’evacuazione. A un certo punto l’80% della capitale Manila era sott’acqua, per essere stata raggiunta dalla più grande precipitazione degli ultimi 40 anni. Vedi delle foto
I Camilliani, CTF Central e SOS DRS hanno risposto velocamente alla devastazione provocata dal tifone Ketsana. I Camilliani sono presenti nelle Filippine fin dal 1974 e hanno prestato soccorso nell’occasione di molti disastri causati dalla natura. E’ stato l’attuale Provinciale P. Ivo Anselmi – attualmente occupato a rispondere ai bisogni del Ketsana – il primo italiano che è andato a studiare nelle Filippine e poi a stabilire una casa di formazione a Quezon City. Dal 1986 in poi sono stati costruiti vari policlinici e ospedali per far fronte alle necessità sanitarie dei poveri nelle diverse isole. Nel 2003 le Filippine sono state elevate allo stato di Provincia con due Delegazioni: Taiwan e l’Australia. Al momento presente nella Provincia delle Filippine ci sono circa 40 religiosi con voti perpetui che si prendono cura degli ammalati in varie regioni delle Filippine e dell’Australia. Camilliani nelle Filippine
Nelle Filippine i disastri provocati dalla natura o dall’uomo sono accettati come eventi normali. E’ una delle zone terrestri del mondo maggiormente sottoposte a rischio dove le eruzioni vulcaniche, i terremoti, i tifoni e eventi simili sono fenomeni frequenti. I Camilliani hanno risposto alle seguenti emergenze:
- A un’inondazione che ha colpito Marikina City nell’agosto 1999 venendo incontro ai bisogni sanitari, provvedendo cibo e attrezzature in un centro di sfollati.
- Nel luglio 200 hanno prestato soccorso durante la Tragedia Payatas – Payatas Tragedy, causata da piogge torrenziali. Una montagna di spazzatura della zona Payatas di Quezon City ha cominciato a muoversi, finendo poi in una frana che ha sepolto varie centinaia di famiglie con le loro case. Le persone che hanno aiutato a coordinare i soccorsi al Ketsana hanno lavorato assieme anche in quell’occasione; sono P. Aristelo Miranda MI, P. Charley Ricafort MI e P. Domingo Bbarawid MI. I sacerdoti camilliani e le suore benedettine hanno trasportato i feriti all’ospedale, facilitato la distribuzione degli articoli di soccorso e documentato meticolosamente i casi individuali delle vittime e dei sopravvissuti alla tragedia.
- Nel dicembre 2004 un’alluvione e una frana hanno colpito la Provincia di Quezon mettendo a repentaglio migliaia di famiglie – flash flood and landslide hit the Quezon province. I Camilliani hanno risposto organizzando una missione medico-sanitaria e distribuendo beni di soccorso. Erano presenti ancora P. Aristelo Miranda, P. Charley Ricafort, P. Domingo Barawid, stavolta con P. Samuel Cuarto e P. Junrey Ente.
- Nel marzo 2006 la Valanga di fango del Leyte del Sud investì l’intero quartiere di Guinsaugon con 28 metri di fango causando 1002 morti certificati e lasciando 677 sopravvissuti – Southern Leyte Mudslide . Sotto la guida di P. Aris il gruppo della CTF Philippines ha prestato aiuto al centro sfollati per quanto riguardava la parte sanitaria con l’équipe medica del St. Camillus Hospital di Calbayog .
- Nel dicembre 2006 il Tifone Reming ha colpito l’intera regione di Bicol – Typhoon Reming. La CTF in Calbayog ha organizzato immediatamente il soccorso medico. Con l’aiuto finanziario di CTF Central, CTF Philippines ha aiutato gli abitanti a rimettere in piedi il commercio del pesce che é la fonte principale di sussistenza della maggior parte delle persone di quella zona.
- Nel 2008 il potente Tifone Frank ha colpito la provincia di Iloilo nelle Filippine Occidentali, inondando diverse municipalità. La CTF di Calbayog e i suoi collaboratori hanno risposto alle prime necessità delle persone colpite nell’Isola dei Giganti attraverso una missione medica condotta da P. James Roa MD MI. Guarda le foto della CTF dopo l’arrivo Tifone Frank: http://picasaweb.google.com/arismir /ISLANDMission?feat=email.
Il Tifone Ketsana non ha colto la CTF Central e la CTF Philippines di sorpresa. Fr. Luca Perletti MI, membro sia del CTF che del board di SOS DRS era nelle Filippine per fare delle conferenze e immediatamente ha cominciato a coordinare i soccorsi assieme a P. Charley Rocafort MI, il responsabile di CTF Philippines.
In data 29 settembre gli allagamenti si stavano pian piano riducendo nelle zone di Makati, Madaluyong, Las Pinas, Paranque, Manila e alcune zone di Pasig, tuttavia ancora il 40% di metro Manila era ancora sommersa dall’acqua. I residenti di Metro stavano ancora aspettando di essere soccorsi. Almeno 374 persone sono state colpite dall’alluvione; la maggior parte di esse vive nella metropoli. Intere comunità sono state risucchiate dalle acque impetuose e la maggior parte di Metro Manila era ancora senza corrente elettrica a causa del black-out delle linee di trasmissione. I cittadini colpiti dall’inondazione erano ammassati in circa 600 centri di raccolta presso le scuole; la maggior parte di essi erano senza cambio di vestiario e senza adeguate provviste di cibo.
La fonte principale di informazione per la CTF Philippines quanto riguardo alla risposta al Tifone Ketsana sono stati Fr. Luca perletti, P. Charly Ricafort, P. Meng e P. Sam Cuarto. Ognuno di essi ha il proprio ruolo nel soccorso dato dalla CTF Philippines e CTF Central-SOS DRS.
P. Sam dice che al momento presente abbiamo concentrato l’attenzione sulle aree cittadine abitate da poveri (che contano molti disabili), che sono stati colpiti pesantemente dal tifone Ketsana (Onday).
Anche P. Meng nella parrocchia di Boso Boso chiede aiuti. Così pure P. Rolly nella sua comunità di Cainta e P. Chong nella sua parrocchia di Makati. Sono state colpite anche alcune persone che lavorano nelle nostre istituzioni.
Come stendere un piano con tutte queste zone che hanno bisogno di aiuti immediati? Questo sarà oggetto di discussione nella nostra riunione con Fr. Luca [vedi fra poco Ketsana 4] .
Pertanto facciamo appello di continuare a dare aiuti; più presto arriviamo meglio é. E’ giusto far vedere la nostra presenza camilliana e fare esperimentare loro la nostra aiuto nel momento critico con la distribuzione del materiale di soccorso. Mentre prepariamo un piano di intervento riabilitativo (che è un procedimento di lunga durata) è meglio che in questi giorni critici esercitiamo un lavoro di frontiera perché è facile che scoppino le malattie infettive dei bambini. Nel governo filippino c’è uno “stato di calamità” nei fondi stanziati per la calamità, come è stato riferito oggi dai media. Communque andiamo avanti. C’e da fare e la pioggia continua.
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