SPM 2018 Update

SPM Update as of January 19, 2018


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SPM2018 Update

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Mayon Update

Social Action Center – Diocese of Legazpi

Situation Report no. 1 (Wednesday, 17 January 2018)
Type of Disaster – Mayon Volcano Eruption Alert Level 3


Recent increased activity of Mayon Volcano started on 13 January 2018 at 5:06 PM with a phreatic explosion and subsequent ash fall in the Municipalities of Camalig and Guinobatan in Albay Province. In the days after more phreatic explosion and ash fall, with additional lava flow and rock fall incidents were recorded. The Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) declared Alert Level 2 on 13 January and upgraded it to Alert Level 3 on 14 January.

PHIVOLCS during a meeting convened by the Provincial Disaster Management Council (PDRRMC) on 15 January 2017 declared that Mayon Volcano is on Alert Level 3 given its increased tendency towards hazardous eruption.

As of Tuesday, 16 January, PHIVOLCS described the volcano’s activity as having “quiet lava effusion from a new summit lava dome, lava flow down Barangays of Miisi and Bonga Gullies and lava collapse events and that therefore there is relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and sudden explosion is possible within weeks or even days”.

With this the public is warned by authorities to avoid entering the 6 kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 7 kilometer Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southern areas due to the danger of rock falls, landslides, and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows. The public is also advised to be vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment laden streamflows along channels. Ash fall events may likely occur on the southwest side of the volcano.

Evacuated population as of 17 January 2018 8:00 AM (source: PDRRMC): Total: 9,291 families, 37,739 persons in 36 barangays and five municipalities and three cities. Breakdown: Municipalities of Daraga – 1,189 families, Camalig – 1,946 families, Guinobatan – 1,241 families, Malilipot – 773 families, Sto Domingo – 590 families; and Cities of Legazpi – 2,610 families , Ligao – 429 families, and Tabaco – 513 families.

Immediate needs of evacuated places, as of 16 January 2018, identified after two rounds of Rapid Field Assessment (RFA) conducted by Parish Commissions on Social Concerns (PCSCs) and SAC Legazpi, were the following:
– Non-Food Items: sleeping mats, mosquito nets, blankets, face masks, hygiene kit, firewood
– Food and Water
– Infrastructure: additional toilets, communal kitchen

Parishes agreed to activate their Parish Disaster Response Committees (PaDReCom) and utilize PaDReFund. Initial actions are provision of soup kitchens and opening of church facilities to house most vulnerable evacuees: pregnant and lactating mothers, PWDs, elderly. Parishes will also reactivate the HARONG program for disaster emergencies – volunteer shelters in private homes – to decongest evacuation centers and improve the well-being of most vulnerable displaced population.

Most Camp Management Committees are still in the process of consolidating and systematizing the data and the immediate needs of evacuated families as the number of evacuees continue to increase.

Local Government Units have provided initial minimal food packs. But most ECs report insufficient water supply and WASH facilities. Bureau of Fire (BFP) trucks have been delivering water to ECs. No report of damaged infrastructure. The road is passable. Electricity and communication facilities are functioning.


• Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Emergency Meeting, 15 January 2018
• Coordination with Albay Public Safety Emergency and Management Office (APSEMO) and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO)
• SAC Legazpi activates its Emergency Office Protocol for SIMBAHAN PARA SA MAYON 2018 operations, together with Pastors and Parish Commissions on Social Concerns (PCSC) in affected parishes. Bishop Baylon to release circular calling for community solidarity and assistance to affected populations.
• Rapid Field Assessment by 3 teams of SAC Legazpi personnel and local PCSC Volunteers
• Sanggunian Panglalawigan declared the Province under State of Calamity , 16 January 2018


The following goods have been received so far by SAC Legazpi:
• 100 packs of Rice at (2 kilos) from Smart TV 5 Foundation
• 3 boxes of Distilled Water (2 boxes 350 ml) (1 box 500ml.)
• Situational Report to be submitted to NASSA-Caritas Pilipinas, Social Action Network, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Bicol Consortium for Development Initiatives (BCDI), Coalition for Bicol Development (CBD), and other partners.

SAC Legazpi is ready to receive donations in cash and kind. Cash donations may be sent to BPI account: Social Action Center – SPM, account number: 0851-0067-37.


• Philippine National Police (PNP) in charge of the security concerns reported that they have Search and Rescue personnel, and personnel preventing entry to the PDZ. They also provide APSEMO with Daily Assessment of Evacuated Families.
• Department of Education (DEPED) provides regular Evacuation Report and takes care of affected Displaced and Resident Learners. School Heads as Camp Chiefs coordinate with LGUs and other agencies in terms of other needs.
• The Provincial Health Office (PHO) is in charge of the Water, Sanitation and Health (WaSH).
• The Department of Health (DOH) conducted Rapid Health Assessment and provided medicines.
• National Food Authority (NFA), with three warehouses in the three districts of Albay, reported sufficient supply of rice. The Provincial LGU has a newly constructed warehouse. PSWDO initially distributed 300 sacks of rice.
• PDRRMC thru the APSEMO will submit report to NDRRMC within five days for possible augmentation. Should there be longer operations, it will look for other options and partners in coordination with various response clusters.
• Philippine Army has standby vehicles.
• Red Cross set-up a 24/7 Operation Center, distributed masks, and has a stand-by water supply.


• Activated SAC Legazpi’s Emergency Office Protocol with distinct response structures and procedures, and specific staff roles and responsibilities.
• SAC Legazpi’s Rapid Assessment Teams distributed in the three districts of the Province.
• Volunteers from Parish Commissions on Social Concerns in the parishes of Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga, Malabog, Malilipot, Panal, San Antonio, Sto Domingo and Bigaa conducted initial Rapid Needs Assessment in affected barangays and evacuation centers. They are well-oriented and ready to conduct emergency response operations.

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Season of Creation

Season of Creation in the Diocese of Legazpi 


  1. Celebrate with prayer and action God’s gift of creation and the duty of stewardship;
  2. Promote the message of integral ecology and sustainable development as taught in Laudato Si and in Catholic social teachings; and
  3. Strengthen our Local Church’s commitment to care for the earth and build resilient communities.

Initial Schedule of Activities:

Sept 1  World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – First Friday

Sept 2  Youth for Social Action Summit

Sept 9  Formation Weekend: Ecological Education & Spirituality

Sept 23  Synchronized Coastal/River Clean-Up & Tree-Planting Day

Sept 26/27  Provincial DRR Hub Launching

Sept 30/Oct 1  Organic Food Weekend

Oct 1    Care for Creation Sunday

Oct 4  Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – Concelebrated Mass

Other DCSC SAC-BCDI Activities

  • Provincial CSO DRR Hub Launching and Seminar-Workshop
  • Highlight Advocacies:

Coastal Resource Management

Sustainable Agriculture

Solid Waste Management

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AYUDA ALBAY 2017: Operation Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten)

Updated 11 January 2017

Dear Partners in Development and Humanitarian Response, Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:

Two weeks after Typhoon Nina (International Name: Nock-ten) hit Albay and neighboring provinces, we are appealing for priority donations of SHELTER KITS to families with totally-damaged houses. Things may have improved already for many of our people in terms of road access, water supply, and electricity. But families with totally and critically damaged houses still find it most difficult to bounce back from the impact of this natural disaster. Each shelter kit approximately costs Php 4,400.00, and consists of 6 GI sheets, 8 pcs lumber, and 2 kg nails.

We continue to accept donations of FOOD RELIEF PACKAGES since those hit the hardest are low income families perennially facing food security issues. Thus, this recent calamity further diminished their capacity to meet their daily needs. HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS, BLANKETS, AND SLIGHTLY USED OR NEW CLOTHING are also most welcome.

Long-term, we seek to provide PERMANENT DISASTER-RISK SENSITIVE SHELTER SOLUTIONS to the most vulnerable households situated in high-risk areas. The Municipality of Tiwi has a relocation site in Brgy. Mayong capable of accommodating 400 housing units intended for households currently residing in no-build zones in its coastal barangays. The site is being developed in partnership with the National Housing Authority, but more partners are still needed to build housing units.

A total of 27,679 houses were totally damaged and another 40,360 were critically damaged by Typhoon Nina in the province of Albay. The cost of these damaged houses is estimated at Php 2,441,950,000.00. Damage to agriculture and fisheries is pegged at Php 482,422,234.78; damage to livestock and poultry: Php 10,176,670.00; and damage to infrastructure: Php 3,528,749,004.00; for a total cost of Php 6,463,297,908.78.

SAC Legazpi started relief operations, AYUDA ALBAY 2017, three days after Typhoon Nina struck Albay on the evening of 25 December 2016, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph and gustiness of 215 kph. It first made landfall in the island province of Catanduanes at 6:30 PM. Keeping a westward path at a speed of 15 kph, the typhoon pounded Albay province at 8:00 the same evening, which lasted around three hours. The most affected areas were those in the northern and north-western parts of the province: Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Polangui, Oas, Libon, and Ligao City, and the islands of San Miguel and Cagraray. Next to get hit by the typhoon was Camarines Sur and other Bicol and South Luzon provinces.

The Provincial Board of Albay declared the entire province under State of Calamity on December 25.

Our AYUDA ALBAY 2017 relief operations distribute shelter kits, food relief packages, water kits, blankets and clothing to typhoon-affected households in nine municipalities and cities in the province, in partnership with 22 parishes. We also coordinate relief initiatives of various organizations and individuals with our trained and ready parish volunteers on the ground. We are happy to note that most of our parishes also conduct their own immediate disaster response to their parishioners, with least affected parishes extending help to more affected parishes.

Kindly send your donations to: SAC Legazpi, Chancery Bldg., Albay Cathedral Comp., Legazpi City 4500, Philippines; or though our bank account: Social Action Center – SPM, BPI Albay Branch, 0851-0067-37. You may call us at (63)(052)742-6126 or +639175581719; or email us at saclegazpi1972@gmail.com or rparjona@yahoo.com.

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Rev. Fr. Rex Paul Arjona
Executive Director
Social Action Center – Diocese of Legazpi

#AyudaAlbay2017 #SACLegazpi #NinaPH #ReliefPH


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HARONG Paglaom Project

harong-paglaom-logoHARONG PAGLAOM means “Home of Hope”, because home is where one feels the love of family and friends, and the healing embrace of God’s love. It is the Diocese of Legazpi’s program of pastoral care for substance users. Its foremost service is a faith-driven, family-oriented community-based rehabilitation (CBR) program. It is a concrete expression of Pope Francis’ call for the Church to be a “field hospital” after battle.
In offering, HARONG PAGLAOM, Bishop Joel Baylon envisions a community of “homes of hope” ready to welcome and accompany recovering substance users towards their hope for fullness of life. It is also a proactive measure to counter the growing menace of the culture of death, fear, and hate in Philippine society today.
HARONG PAGLAOM is first launched on 5 November 2016 as a pilot program for those assessed as “low-to-mild” substance users in Brgy. Rawis, Legazpi City, under the auspices of the Quasi-Parish of St. Joseph. The plan is to eventually mainstream and institutionalize HARONG PAGLAOM as the diocese’s complement to government efforts in the campaign against drug abuse.
The diocese is grateful for the team of Claire Abas, Megs Salando, for the generous gifts of themselves and their expertise as resource persons in training our corps of volunteer recovery coaches.
The diocese partners with local government units, the Philippine National Police, and the Department of Health to complement government efforts at providing CBR to substance users.

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TADA-HELPED Cluster Organizing

DIOCESE OF LEGAZPI • Diocesan Commission on Social Concerns
Social Action Center – Legazpi

H.E.L.P.E.D. Poverty Response Clusters Organizing

• Synergize and focus the different social apostolates of various church offices, communities, parishes, and organizations for greater impact and sustainability
• Mainstream the social apostolate work of religious communities
• Create a diocesan anti-poverty development plan for 2015-2021

H.E.L.P.E.D. Clusters represent the wide range of social services and development initiatives where the Local Church, in its various units and communities, is present, namely: Healthcare, Education, Livelihood, Protection, Empowerment, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Organizing the clusters aims to foster greater collaboration among Church groups and units engaged in similar apostolates, resulting to more focused, high impact, and sustainable actions in behalf of the poor.

Healthcare Cluster refers to those involved in the health apostolate such as medical missions and services, nutrition, therapy for persons with disability, and mental health.

Education Cluster refers to those who provide various scholarships to children and youth in poor families, and engage in training and formation.

Livelihood Cluster refers to those who promote economic development to poor sectors through livelihood and job opportunities, enterprise development trainings, and access to financial services. Some existing Church-based services in this cluster include the following: microfinance, micro-insurance, social enterprise, employment services, and job fairs.

Protection Cluster refers to those involved in protecting the rights and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups, such as victims of crime and injustice, women and children, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, prison inmates, migrants and their families left behind.

Empowerment Cluster refers to those involved in empowering poor people and basic sectors through community organizing and development, participation in local governance, promotion of transparency and accountability, education for political maturity, and such initiatives as UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan), BUB (Bottom Up Budgeting), and PPCRV-NAMFREL.

Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster refers to those involved in preparedness, emergency response, early recovery, and rehabilitation phases in responding to disasters.

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