7 February 2022 – The Emergency Response Distribution of Good Neighbors International Philippines (GNIP) in Candijay, Bohol has led the Quick Response Team (QRT) deployed in Bohol a deeper realization of the huge effects of Typhoon Odette to the communities and on the lives of the children, youth, and their families.
Even almost a month after the typhoon, the entire Bohol was still in a state of emergency. There were areas that still do not have access to electricity, and were still dependent on the support provided by the government and other private institutions and organizations.
According to the Provincial Office of Bohol, around 282,000 homes were destroyed, either partially or totally damaged. The majority of the houses were made of light materials leaving marginalized sectors lost their entire homes. A thousand government facilities like schools and health clinics/hospitals were damaged, the livelihood of thousands of fisherfolks and farmers was devastated, and many were displaced.
Moreover, GNIP QRT also had an assessment to Pres. Carlos P. Garcia municipality, one of the hardest-hit municipalities and where the typhoon had its first landfall in Bohol. The area is an island municipality, which can be reached by ship with only three scheduled trips every day.
The entire municipality continues to suffer from the onslaught of the typhoon. With over 24,000 population, 7,441 of the families were greatly affected.
Many of the people in Carlos P. Garcia did not just lose their homes but also lost their livelihood. Typhoon Odette destroyed all their fishing gear, including the boats that were washed away by a strong wind. In effect, most of the people are struggling to recover their livelihood.
In addition to this, schools were also affected. Many of their learning materials were scattered by wind and soaked in the rain, their educational facilities were destroyed. These damages were still unattended.
With all these huge damages to the very life of our neighbors in Bohol, this will take time in providing resources to all the needs of the families affected by the super typhoon.
Thus, Good Neighbors International Philippines is calling everyone to help our neighbors rebuild their homes that we may be able to restore their dreams that were lost during this difficult time.
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