One week has already passed since the landfall of Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) on municipalities in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Surigao del Sur, Misamis Oriental and other adjacent provinces, and that help is already coming in from different non-government organizations, government agencies and international friends.
Other places have been constantly receiving donations over the others, and Baganga is one of those unfortunate to be (sort of) isolated from the help being delivered.
Baganga is a municipality in Davao Oriental, which economy is fueled by coconuts, lumber, agriculture and little of fishing. They have been “isolated” from the other municipalities in the province, because of a totally damaged bridge in Barangay Baugo, connecting nearby Caraga and Baganga; while the bridge connecting Cateel and Baganga were found with cracks, not allowing heavy trucks to go inside and deliver goods.
Normally, you can reach the place via Mati in 5-6 hours, and via Compostela-Cateel access road (some parts still unpaved) in 4 hours. But the only passable way is via Lingig (Surigao del Sur)-Boston-Cateel-Baganga, making the trip a 7-8 hour ride.
Baganga needs our help: shortage of food supplies, lack of potable water, expensive fuel for travel to other municipalities, loss of power and communication facilities. A single cent or pack of relief goods can help these people for long.
If you want to donate via PayPal, please click the button below. (A new window will be opened for you to process the donations)
If you want to deliver relief goods, please e-mail email@example.com or tweet me at @KarloPuerto, so that we can arrange the place and time of pickup (for Davao City residents only) or if you wanted to send via courier. Immediate needs include:
- Clean, potable water
- Food packs
- Canned goods
- Flashlights (with batteries)
- Used clothings
If you want to donate via bank, please deposit it through this account number:
Bank: UnionBank of the Philippines
Savings Account Number: 109452451036
Account Name: Karlo Alexie Puerto
After depositing, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your donation to be properly credited.
UPDATE: Our team will be sending a first batch of relief items this Saturday (Philippine Time, GMT +0800) and will depart Davao City at 7am.
If we cannot personally deliver these items (due to lack of transportation, security purposes), we will then endorse them to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya for distribution.
This space is reserved for those who willingly sent donations (in cash or in kind):
- Generika Drugstore – Isulan Branch (for medicines)
- RDL Pharmaceutical Laboratory, Inc. (for soap)
Together, let us help these people, whose families have been missing or dead, houses partially or totally damaged, livelihoods totally or partially washed out and futures that are uncertain.
- ‘Pablo’ makes landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental; storm signals raised over 24 of 26 Mindanao provinces (mindanews.com)
- ‘Pablo’ death toll may reach 1,000, say authorities (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Reopened road ‘major breakthrough’ for ‘Pablo’ relief efforts (rappler.com)
- Aid finally reaches coastal towns in Davao Oriental (rappler.com)
- Philippines: Typhoon Bopha Situation Report No. 6 (as of 12 December) (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
- Pablo’s death toll surpass hundred mark – CNN (blog) (ireport.cnn.com)