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Philippines Disaster Relief

Posted: Thursday 23 February 12, 10.14am GMT

Last February 6, 2012, provinces in the Visayas were rocked by an earthquake with magnitudes ranging from intensity 5 to 7. While a tsunami scare and numerous aftershocks were experienced in Cebu, the city is relatively unaffected. Work and school activities are now in normal flow. However, the neighboring province of Negros Oriental has not been as lucky.

A total of 10 cities and towns sustained death, casualties and damages to life and property. Some 12,000 families in Negros Oriental are directly affected by the earthquake, according to a February 9 report published on the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

On February 8, Inquirer reported that some 45 people were confirmed dead, most of them from Barangay Planas in Guihulngan City, the hardest hit area. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on February 7, that more than 70 are still missing in Guihulngan City and the town of La Libertad. Irrigation facilities and rice and corn plantations were likewise damaged. As of today, there are seven towns that have no electricity, water and access to mobile communication.

PBSP’s initial response is the allocation of PHP 50,000 for disaster relief operations. We are now requesting our member companies and partners to provide donations, preferably in cash, to purchase relief items. In-kind donations, if there are, are requested to be made through PBSP’s office in Cebu.

Our relief packs follow the SPHERE standard and can provide for five days to a family of six.

The packs, at the minimum, shall contain the following:

8-10 kg of rice
1 kg sugar
½ kg monggo
½ kg dried fish
¼ kg iodized salt
3 cans of sardines
1 pint cooking oil
1 bar of soap
1 non-food item (e.g. cooking or dining utensil, bottled water)

For further details, inquiries or to make a donation please call the Membership Unit at +63-2-527-3742/40, +63(0) 9285201470 or email at pbsp@pbsp.org.ph.

You may reach the PBSP Visayas Regional Office at +63-2-232-5270 or +63 -2-232-5283

Thank you very much.

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