CEI Emergency Appeal – Ketsana

Emergency Appeal: Typhoon Ketsana
  1. Information

Name and Address of Applicant:             Fr. Ivo Anselmi, MI

Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians)

St. Camillus Provincialate

18 Nicanor Reyes St., Loyola Heights

1108 Quezon City _ Philippines

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Project Submitted to:                                CEI, Comitato Aiuti Terzo Mondo

Via Aurelia, Roma

Project Title:                                              Emergency and Post Emergency Relief Program for Typhoon Ketsana Victims (Local Name: Ondoy)

Type of Emergency:                                  Natural

Phase of Emergency Response:                Rapid Response Phase and continuous support

(I and II phase)

Duration of Project:                                  One month, starting October 1, 2009 (plus one month for final reporting and closure of the relief program)

Sector(s) covered by the project:

  • Food Security, Nutrition and Food items
  • Non-food items
  • Health services (medicines) and provision of medical check up
  • Restoration of spoiled medical equipment

Geographical areas covered

  • Antipolo City
  • Pasig City
  • Marikina City, Metro Manila

Beneficiaries:                                            The direct beneficiaries will be the 2,592 families (approx.12,645 individuals) coming from these prioritized areas.

  • Sitio Old Busu-Buso
  • Dulong Parola, Cainta, Rizal
  • Balubad in Barangay Nangka

Reporting Schedule:                                Interim and final reporting scheduled as follows:

November 1, 2009 (interim)

December 1, 2009 (final)

Total Budget Cost:                                               PHP 10,050,000.00

Euros 150,000.00

Bank Account Details:                              See attached

Project Summary

Typhoon Ketsana severely affected many parts of the Country leaving behind death and destruction. The initial figures however continue to rise as search and rescue operations are still continuing. The  effects of the typhoon will cost the country an huge amount because of damages to infrastructures and agriculture. Data on the immense destruction are: 228 is the number of people killed by Ondoy; P5.2 billion is the estimated cost; 10,214 is the number of houses destroyed or damaged; 3.2 million are the affected people [see Inquirer Archives, October 2].

The Camillians immediately responded to the typhoon by taking an active role in addressing the plight of the affected people, especially those living in the neighborhood of our communities in Metro Manila, namely: Nuestra Señora de la Anunciata Parish, Buso-Buso; St. Camillus Polyclinic, Pasig City and Camillus Medhaven, Marikina City. In taking this active stand, Camillians have gained everybody appreciation and many individuals have voluntarily donated goods and food to the Camillians, knowing that they would distribute to those in need. The relief work carried out by the Camillians falls under the coordination of the local Camillian Task Force, a Committee set to coordinate the Camillian response to natural and man – made calamities. Camillian Task Force has its headquarter in Rome which also provides financial help according to its potentialities. Camillian Task Force central has already donated €15,000.00 as an initial fund.

Camillians have set their strategy in response to the Typhoon Ketsana.

They have set their priority in providing help to the victims through food items, non-food items and basic medicines. They will continue doing so until the victims will not be able to procure their maintenance (one month). A special care will be provided to children whose basic needs may go neglected. Our Facilities, Camillus Medhaven particularly, run a project for disabled children, both within its premises and at home, on home – based care. The typhoon has severed their problems and they will be given more attention.  – I phase.

As the first stage unfolds, the Camillians will mobilize medical teams from their Polyclinics (St. Camillus Polyclinic, Pasig and St. Camillus Polyclinic, Antipolo City) that have also been affected by the flooding. The medical teams will reach out to the stranded population and will provide medical checkup and treatment with a special attention to avoid the onset of epidemics (on going project, until the displaced persons can return to a normal like life). As the days pass by, in fact, there is a greater risk of epidemics. Many areas have not yet been cleared of debris and dead animals and a disgusting stench pollutes the place. Camillians, known for their commitment to health, consider their responsibility to provide appropriate medical care reaching out to people before they are in need of hospital admission. Even accessing hospitals is not an easy task to many dwellers of poor urban settlements: in fact, many of them have lost their jobs hence the meager income on which they could count. Expenses for medications are therefore the least in their agenda, even less when they are for preventing diseases. The Camillian medical teams will travel from settlement to settlement in order to care for the sick and to educate others on how preventing infectious diseases (especially those water borne). Local Camillian Polyclinics will also be open to cater to the needs to those who may require greater care. – II phase.

As part of the aims of this phase, the medical equipment of the St. Camillus Polyclinic in Pasig will require maintenance and replacement. In fact, the massive wave of mud and water that flooded the Facility resulted in permanent damage of the X ray machine, of the ultrasound equipment and of other instruments. This has caused the Facility to shut its services, which are much needed now, in view of  the location of the Polyclinic: in fact it serves the population in Pasig, one the most hit areas.

Last part of the project will include rehabilitation of a number of families, by providing them with housing and proper resources. This third phase of the project is not included in this proposal – III phase.

Camillian Task Force has sent an appeal to the Camillian communities worldwide, that are starting responding and sending in some financial assistance, hence empowering the local Camillians to respond to the many needs of the victims.

The local Camillian Task Force is now requesting Caritas Italia a special grant in order to provide assistance to the victims in the I and II phase of its strategy.

The budget for this emergency relief effort is PHP10,050,000.00. Camillians are expecting financial support by their counterparts in other Countries and have already received €15,000.00 from the main office in Rome.

Section II. Project Rationale and Camillian Task Force Capacities

The proposed program aims to provide for the basic emergency needs (I phase) and the continuous medical support (II Phase) of the 2,592 vulnerable families typhoon victims. This intervention falls under the category of Humanitarian Assistance.

Camillian Task Force – Philippines has been involved in many occasions in providing Disaster Relief, though in simple and spontaneous way and with limited resources. The establishment of a central office in Rome is also contributing to strengthen local Camillian Task Force that, in turn, can provide better and varied services. So far, the Camillian Task Force – Philippines has responded to various calamities:

§   December 2004: Relief goods were distributed for the victims of typhoon Winnie and Yoyong in Quezon Province; Adult formands participated in St. Camillus Polyclinic (Pasig) Medical Mission in Quezon Province.
  • March 17, 2006: Relief goods were given to Fr. Aris for the Leyte tragedy.
    • December 2006: Victims of Super Typhoon Reming in Brgy. Salvacion, Sto. Domingo, Albay, Philippines received a small time fishing livelihood on April 2007.
    • June 2008: In the wake of Cyclone Frank, the  CTF Philippines and its collaborators served the medical and dental needs of 400 people on Isla de Gigantes, Carles, Iloilo Province.

The positive outcome of Camillian response to Emergency has also moved many individuals who consider Camillians as reliable and efficient player in Relief work: many donate voluntarily and support the work of the Camillians. Some of our communities have become centre for storing goods to be then distributed to affected people.

Camillians can also count on the staff of their Medical facilities that is often mobilized to affected areas. Camillians, hence, are good at providing health related services.

Section III. Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries-victims of Typhoon Ketsana are generally families that live in informal settlers and in urban poor areas, surrounding our communities or in our Parishes (Buso Buso). The help is offered regardless of their religious affiliation.

In terms of criteria, it is already the prerogative of each respective Social Action Centers as to how they will select their own beneficiaries because NASSA recognizes the autonomy of each partner. Criteria for help:

  1. The beneficiary belongs to a settlement, which is actually hit by a disaster or declared in a state of calamity by the government
  2. There is mass dislocation of people and the damages are extensive
  3. Survivors are least assisted or not even reached out by government and other welfare agencies
  4. Preference is given to poor families with no regular income and with highly vulnerable members, e.g., infants, children, sick and aged, and lactating or nursing mothers.
  5. Beneficiaries are registered and aid is given to recognized families

Section IV. Timing and activities

Camillian Task Force Philippines will focus on conducting relief assistance through the provision of emergency relief goods (rice, medicines, shelter aid materials, kitchen utensils) until the victims are stabilised. In two weeks time (i.e. mid October) medical teams will be sent to Evacuation camps to care for the health of the victims and detect / prevent epidemics.

We plan to wind up these two phases (I and II Phase) by the end of October 2009.

Section V. Relief Items


  • Rice
  • Canned goods
  • Noodles
  • Milk powder
  • Mineral water

Non-Food Items


(pail, rice pots, frying pan, ladles, fork and spoon, drinking glass, kettle, plates)

  • Slippers
  • Clothes

Educational Supply

  • School items

Shelter aid & personal hygiene materials

Each family will receive blanket, mosquito net, sleeping mat, underwear (6 pcs for girls and 6 for boys), laundry and bath soaps, toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo, and candles.

Medical supply

  • MEDICINES (over the counter medicines for common illness such as fever, cold, pain, diarrhea, skin rash cream, vitamin C, antibiotics, etc.)
  • Maintenance and replacement of Radiological equipments

Section VI. Personnel and Logistics

Most of the work will be carried out by Camillians and their collaborators.

Staff of our facilities will also be involved and made to take part in specific relief work.


The relief operation staff will coordinate the procurement, distribution of goods from the Camillian communities and staff. They will also take charge of the monitoring and reporting.

The operations will be coordinated by within our communities ad our conveyance will be made use of.


Note that the itemized budget reflects only the budget allocation for 2,592 families.


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