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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Rev. Fr. Rex Paul Arjona
Social Action Center – Diocese of Legazpi