KCFAPI conducts Operation Tulong for typhoon Pablo victims
MANILA, Dec. 17, 2012―The Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association in the Philippines (KCFAPI) spearheaded an Operation Tulong for victims of Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley particularly in Nabunturan and New Bataan on December 11.
More than 200 packs of assorted items consisting of 5 kilos of rice, noodles, coffee, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, sardines, bread, mineral water, toothbrushes, pail, laundry bars and other household needs were given to Fr. Jun Toyco and Fr. Dick Cortado, parish priest and vicar of Sr. Santiago Apostol Parish in Nabunturan, according to Mindanao Deputy Balbino Fauni.
The group consisted of KCFAPI President Guillermo Hernandez, Juan Abraham Abando, Vice President for Fraternal Benefits Group Gary San Sebastian, Regional Deputy for Region XII Rey Trinidad, Fraternal Manager for Mindanao Adrian Boston and Provincial Deputy Abellar together with the different District Deputies of the region.
After distributing the relief items, the group visited New Bataan. They sight of families including children in the street begging for food deeply saddened them.
Many of the houses were flattened by strong winds and floods of cascading mud and cut logs from the nearby hills and mountains which were denuded by illegal loggers and miners.
“We passed and saw thousands of hectares of bananas ready for harvesting damaged and flat to the ground. Coconut trees and other fruit trees were uprooted. The church of New Bataan was also damaged...broken window panes and roof. Many families need food to eat.”
Typhoon ‘Pablo’ with international code name ‘Bopha’ really wrecked havoc and devastated homes. Agricultural products and infrastructure, churches, bridges and school were severely damaged specially in the dioceses of Tagum, Mati, Surigao and Tandag, Fauni said in an interview.
He added that Provincial Deputy, Brother Nessie Dumagan of Tandag and District Deputy Orlando Nocon of Surigao had received some reports that 150,000 residents have been affected in Davao Oriental and are now in different evacuation centers.
“Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province were severely damaged by the flood. Most areas in Compostela Valley Province remained disconnected from electricity and water… 6,000 families have been affected in the whole province and an estimated P3B in agricultural and government infrastructures were damaged,” Fauni added.
Fr. Toyco said around 11 Grand Knights (about 500 families) have not received any aid or assistance from government agencies or Non Government Organizations since typhoon Pablo has wrecked the province.
The relief goods were also shared to these families, according to the priest. [KC News]