Operation Blessing Sets up Disaster Response Efforts as Mayon Eruption Still Impending

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As typhoon Mario ravaged Luzon this past weekend, many may have forgotten about the threat of the Mayon Volcano’s eruption. The Mayon had seemingly calmed down over the last few days, but according to PHIVOLCS, this lull is deceptive, and could mean that the volcano is building up more strength, resulting in a more intense eruption which is expected in the next few weeks. A crack on the southwest side of the volcano indicates that the lava will most likely pass through the vicinity of Legazpi, Daraga and Camalig.

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(Photo By: Manila Bulletin)

With the volcano at alert level 3, residents within the 7-kilometer radius have been in evacuation centers for more than a week now since they were forced to leave their homes last September 17.

 (Local residents were forcibly evacuated out of their homes)


(Local residents were forcibly evacuated out of their homes)

An Operation Blessing mobile water station is now on its way to Bicol to provide clean drinking water for the residents. It will be set up in Baligang Elementary school in Brgy. Baligang, Camalig, where there has been a diarrhea outbreak due to a contaminated water supply. OB is adopting evacuation centers to provide relief by distributing food packs to the evacuees.

OB will also conduct medical check-ups in the different evacuation sites. Livelihood skills training will also be conducted for the residents to make their stay in the evacuation center productive, and to help sustain them even after they have gone back to their homes. There will also be screenings of Superbook, a cartoon show rendering of Bible stories, which will help facilitate trauma and psychosocial counselling for kids and their families.

Local relief and medical teams are already in place in the affected areas, and OB will continue to coordinate with the local government units to find out the residents’ other needs in the weeks to come. It will take the region 2-3 months to recover once the volcano erupts. They will need all the help they can get.

Your cash or in-kind donations could go a long way in helping these residents go back to their normal lives.

Here’s HOW:

A. BANK
METROBANK
Account name: OPERATION BLESSING FOUNDATION PHILS., INC.
Account number: 270-3-27050273-4

BANCO DE ORO (BDO)
Account name: OPERATION BLESSING FOUNDATION PHILS., INC.
Account number: 30000-55279

BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS (BPI)
Account name: OPERATION BLESSING FOUNDATION PHILS., INC.
Account number: 3001-0040-33

*For bank donations, please don’t forget to write your complete name, address,mobile/telephone number and DISASTER RESPONSE MAYON PROJECT on your deposit slip and fax it to (+632) 477-7806 or (+632) 477-7808 or email it at info@obphil.com. These details are needed to process the official receipt of your donation.

B. INTERNET – Visit http://www.obphil.com. Click TO GIVE -> CREDIT CARD and fill in the required fields.
*Please inform us through email as soon as the transaction is completed for proper tagging to OB Disaster Response Project.

C. BUCKET CHALLENGE
Bucket Challenge

You can also donate a bucket filled with essentials (good for a family of six) like:
Shampoo and bath soap
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Undergarments for children and adults

Drop off your buckets at C5 road, corner Retelco Drive, Barangay Bagong Ilog, Pasig City.

We will continue to update you on our relief efforts, and ask you to join us in praying for the affected families.
May God continually bless you for your generosity!

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