SEED Assists Typhoon Trami Affected Families

SEED Assists Typhoon Trami Affected Families
28 August 2013

From 18 – 21 August 2013, torrential rains and flooding were experienced in the country brought about by Typhoon Trami. Even as the typhoon went out of the country’s area of responsibility, its strength has enhanced the southwest monsoon thereby prolonging the rain downpour and the resulting flood. At least 5 Provinces, key cities and other areas were declared under state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. As reported by the same agency, this equates to sixteen (16) death, one (1) person missing and more than PhP 74M damages to properties.

In areas where SEED operates, hardest hit were the whole Province of Cavite and the City of Parañaque. For both areas, flash floods were experienced by low-lying and coastal areas resulting from the incessant rains and high-tide. Particularly in Cavite, the problem was even compounded by the breaching of the Tres Cruces Dam in the Municipality of Tanza.

On 25 August 2013, SEED coordinated with the Andres P. Tamayo Sr. Foundation, Inc. (APTSFI) for a possibility of extending relief assistance to partners of SEED. The Foundation responded affirmatively, paving way to a series of Relief Operations last 24 & 26 August 2013 covering the Cities of Bacoor and Trece Martirez and the Municipalities of Kawit, Noveleta and Tanza.

A total of 708 packages of relief goods were distributed in Cavite benefitting SEED Partners and non-partners/residents of Barangays affected by Typhoon Trami.

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Aside from the relief operations, partners who were affected by the Typhoon were extended a one-time Calamity Loan with a maximum amount of PhP 3,000. The loan is intended to aide in the rebuilding the income potentials of these partners.Each relief package contains 5 kilos of rice, milk, coffee, sugar, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, bottled water, laundry soap, bath soap and medicines (anti-fungal cream, paracetamol for adults, cough/colds syrup for children) and a pail.

As a whole, SEED recognizes that these activities are temporal and meant only to augment the pressing needs of those affected by the typhoon and the flooding. It was never deemed as a regular activity of the organization neither a strategic solution to the concerns faced by the community before, during and after the disaster. As such, SEED is committed to engaging into capacity building activities that may include awareness sessions on disaster preparedness and response as well as forging networks, such as APTSFI, that may offer other programs/services in response to the varied strategic concerns for these instances.