The magnitude 6.6 earthquake on August 26, 2020 has not only shaken the land of Cataingan, Masbate but also the peaceful lives of its residents. This has taken a toll on them especially that people are still in restrictive quarantine due to COVID-19 pandemic.Bernadette Boriniaga, a resident of Conception, Cataingan, Masbate and a mother of three (8-year-old, 6-year-old, and 9-month-old kids) was so scared for her children when the earthquake happened, especially that his husband was not with them. “We ran out of the house and drop as we were so scared,” shares Bernadette.
The aftershocks left them no choice but to build a small shelter in an open space in fear that there might be something worse that could happen since their house is located at the foot of the mountain.
Their place is hard to reach by vehicles. They often walk by foot for hours just to reach the town proper. Because of this, access to food and safe water became a real struggle for Bernadette and other residents of Conception, Cataingan.
The bumpy road and hours of travel did not prevent Operation Blessing’s disaster response team from reaching the barangay to distribute food bags for the residents and to give hope in the midst of the depressing situation they are in. The local church community also helped with the distribution which made the coordination and distribution easier and more effective.
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