World Vision steps up first wave of relief distribution in Pablo-hit areas in Mindanao

Posted: 12/17/2012 in Advocacy

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World Vision steps up first wave of relief distribution
in Pablo-hit areas in Mindanao

One week since Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) wrecked havoc in Southern Philippines, World Vision Development Foundation continues to provide relief assistance to affected families, particularly in the hardest-hit areas of Compostela Valley and Agusan del Sur.

World Vision has so far distributed relief goods, comprised of food and non-food items, to nearly 2,000 families in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. The relief packs contain staple commodities such as rice, water, canned goods, biscuits, cooking oil, and dried fish, as well as other essentials such as mats, blankets and mosquito nets.

In Agusan del Sur, World Vision has also distributed about 1,000 PUR (water purifier sachets) to affected families.

World Vision hopes to raise Php 63million to further their relief efforts. Aside from providing food and non-food items, World Vision will also provide rehabilitation and livelihood assistance targeting 10,000 families in Agusan del Sur and Compostela Valley.

World Vision is also working on setting up Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) to look into the psychosocial needs of children who are affected by the devastation. CFS are safe venues for children to express themselves and play as they return to normalcy. CFS also prepare children to go back to school after being hit by a big disaster. 

Typhoon Pablo, which battered several provinces in Visayas and Mindanao, could be considered as the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines recently. In its wake, Pablo left at least 714 people dead and 890 more missing, as of the latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Meanwhile, damage to livelihood and property were estimated to have reached PhP 7.12 billion.
One week after the typhoon, thousands of families in Compostela Valley are currently staying in cramped evacuation sites without comfort rooms. While in Agusan del Sur, evacuees are in dire need of potable water, as water sources got contaminated with mud due to floods.

Optimism amid tragedy
“We can only imagine how bleak Christmas would be to the thousands of families whose loved ones were lost and whose houses were washed out by the recent typhoon. But we remain optimistic, because Filipinos are known to be one of the most resilient people in the world,” says World Vision Executive Director Elnora Avarientos.
“We pray that amid the tragedy that befell many of our countrymen, they would still be able have a reason to celebrate the holidays and rebuild their lives and communities. You can be an instrument in making this happen by sharing your blessings through World Vision’s relief efforts,” she added.

For interested donors, you may contact World Vision at 372-7777 or visit

World Vision in the Philippines, which started with orphanage ministries in 1957 initially helping 500 homeless children, now assists more than 100,000 children in 49 Area Development Programs (ADPs) through its child-focused and community-driven programs.  With strong partnership from various agencies and government institutions, World Vision in the Philippines reach out to different areas in the country addressing not only the most basic needs of children but also focusing on children’s well-being i.e. education, good health, protection of their rights and love for God and others.

It also implements  sectoral projects such as the reduction of  tuberculosis  through mobilization of community volunteers (Global Fund-assisted),  reduction of child labor incidence in the sugar plantations across the country (USDol-funded), lowering of  maternal and child deaths in 6 poor provinces with high malnutrition rates (Child Health Now), various  initiatives to improve quality of education among primary student (TAP/corporate- engagements),  community-based savings program, livelihood and development programs to enable families and communities to be self-sustaining, localization of child protection advocacies and the promotion of community resilience through integration of child-focused disaster risk reduction and management (CF-DRR) in development programming.

Anthony Rouben P. Valenzuela unknown_name (2)
Media Engagement Specialist | Communications – Public Engagement Team
World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.
389 Quezon Avenue corner West 6th St. West Triangle, Quezon City 1104 Philippines
Phone: (2) 374-7618 to 28 loc. 112 | Fax: (2) 374-7667 | Mobile: 0917-8971894
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