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Monday, November 15, 2010

Task Force Noah: Tulung Cagayan - Help for the Survivors of Floods in Northern Luzon

Re-posting the appeal of Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan for support for the survivors of the floods in Cagayan and Isabela during the early part of this November.

Last November 1 - 4, 2010 the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan once again experienced continuous rains that caused massive floods and landslides in several areas. We received various calls for help from our networks , and upon investigation and inquiry, we found out that the needs are both massive and urgent.

SLB team will respond once again to bring relief goods to Sto Tomas, Isabela and Enrile in Cagayan. These towns are yet to receive help from any organization. We plan to deploy on November 15, 2010 at 7 PM. All the goods will be brought to St Paul University in Tuguegarao where our partners, the SPC sisters, will re-pack the goods for immediate distribution to many of the 4,783 households affected in Sto. Tomas and the 3,433 households affected in Enrile.

The Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) would like to beg from generous benefactors specifically for its on-going relief operations to the said areas. As you know, shortly after supertyphoon Juan struck Isabela, Cagayan and other parts of northern Luzon, SLB has been deploying relief operations to devastated areas. As of the moment our general disaster fund is very much depleted. Because of this we plead for help in behalf of the victims.

In a recent article by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a multinational risk consultancy firm has reported about a "gaping disconnect" between government claims and reality on the affected areas which is now putting disaster preparedness in the Philippines on the brink of disaster. Let us not be misled by premature proclamations which have no sufficient basis. From the data we continue to gather on the ground and from an interview with the parish priest of Palanan Isabela, Fr. Sam Salazar, OFM, they say that not enough is being done to prepare for disasters in these areas.

Again, in behalf of the people still reeling from the effects of the recent disasters, we are begging for your generous assistance. We are humbly asking that donations be made in cash for the sake of efficiency. Kindly send by fax your validated deposit slip at +632 4265968. And for proper acknowledgment please indicate your contact information (name of individual or organization, address, email, landline/mobile).

Bank of the Philippine Islands, Loyola Katipunan Branch
BPI PESO Checking Account Number 3081-1111-61
BPI Dollar Savings Account Number 3084-0420-12

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