(UPDATED) BOHOL, 20, January 2022 – On December 16, 2021, Typhoon Odette (Rai) hit Candijay which has caused massive devastation to houses, infrastructure, and agriculture. As of January 18, almost 280,000 (Provincial Government of Bohol) damaged houses were affected in the entire Bohol, and 1,118 of these are in Candijay (RDANA, as of January 5, 2022).
Thus, Good Neighbors International Philippines (GNIP) will support 3,200 families in Candijay, Bohol, which is one of the severely devastated municipalities. This is in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Candijay and with the support from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO).
Thus, the continuous relief operation efforts of the LGU were supported by GNIP and provided assistance to the families in Candijay which is also the home of one of our staff members.
A 10kgs of rice packs will be provided to the families that will suffice and address their immediate needs, especially those who are still recovering from the havoc caused by the super typhoon.
“Good Neighbors is a sign of hope for everybody. So, thank you so much. The first barangay that we give relief goods, and when I told them that this NGO, the Good Neighbors International Philippines, is giving them a chance to bounce back not just a small step but a big step. By providing microfinancing, they rose and applauded for that very big news.” Jeryl Lacang Fuentes, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Candijay.
On January 20, the first day of distribution was held with the help of the MDRRMO in the barangays of Panas, Cogtong, and Can Olin. A total of 673 families were initially given support.
“On behalf of our barangay officials, nagpapasalamat po kami, dito sa mga bisita namin, sa inyo, Good Neighbors, isang malaking tulong ang ibinigay sa amin. Halos lahat ng mga tao dito, naging masaya. Excited sila. Ang schedule nga ay 3 to 4 pero nagpunta na sila dito ng ala-una. Masaya sila, may natanggap silang ayuda,” Maria Elenor Galos, Barangay Secretary of Can Olin.
(“On behalf of our barangay officials, we are grateful, here to our guests, to you, Good Neighbors, great help was given to us. Almost all the people here were happy. They are excited. The schedule was 3 to 4 but they went here at one o’clock. They are happy, they received help.”)
As part of this, GNIP will also be providing shelter kits for families in different areas in Bohol that houses are overly devastated. These are still for further assessment and coordination with the LGU so that the organization can provide those kits not only in Candijay but to other affected municipalities.
Moreover, GNIP is also hopeful to provide microfinancing programs to help the survivors recover faster.
Now more than ever, together, let us be a good neighbor to the survivors of Typhoon Odette and help them recover back and better.
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