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Live Update, Update January 17, 2022

Typhoon Odette has severely affected parts of the Philippines on December 16, 2021. It battered a large part of the Visayas and Mindanao, affecting thousands of families resulting to loss of lives, homes, water and electricity supply, and important infrastructure.

View photos of Super Typhoon Odette’s destructive aftermath

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. has activated its RAFI Emergency Operations Center through its Humanitarian Disaster Preparedness and Response (HDPR) team. The foundation has mobilized several teams to conduct rapid assessments and identify extent of damage and needs of affected communities. RAFI will provide immediate support and relief to communities affected by #OdettePH.

RAFI’s Donation Hub is now OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

Please follow this page for more updates from RAFI’s Emergency Operations Center.

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RAFI distributes relief packs in Barili and Inayawan as repacking continues 

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. has an ongoing distribution of relief packs in Cebu today as volunteers continue packing relief packs in Cebu City, Bohol, and Negros Oriental for families affected by Typhoon Odette. 

 

RAFI, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC)  will be distributing a total of 5,000 relief packs to affected families in Barili, Cebu starting today.

Distributed relief packs to families in Barili, Cebu

 

300 relief packs were also dropped off at Batang Mekong, a partner organization of the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF) based in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City. 

Delivered relief packs to Batang Mekong at Inayawan, Cebu City

 

With today’s distribution, a total of 126,113 relief packs have been distributed to 68 typhoon-stricken areas in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Southern Leyte during its first four weeks of emergency relief operations.  

In addition, 216,100 liters of water have been distributed in the tri-cities area of Cebu, while 31 generator sets with fuel have been lent to power water refilling stations and help in the distribution of drinking water. 

 

Today, 43 volunteers finished packing 5,503 relief packs in Cebu City while volunteers in Bohol and Negros Oriental also packed 5,000 and 4,640 relief packs respectively. 

 

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across the Visayas. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here. 

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.  

 

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered. 

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:  

  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets  
  • Powerbanks 

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Engineering Building, Far Eastern University, Sampaloc, Manila (in front of Jollibee Morayta). For inquiries about the Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Dr. Marilu Cao / Celmer Santos / Patrick Manuel at 09560528170.  

 

As of January 18, 2022, the foundation has raised Php 37,835,937 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 81,930,111 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 44,094,174. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending. 

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors. 

 

RAFI is open to partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities. 

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun). 

 

 

 RAFI distributes 80% of targeted relief packs 

 

As the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. enters its second month of relief operations after Typhoon Odette, it has provided a total of 125,574 relief packs or 80 percent of the targeted 156,857 relief packs for distribution in Cebu, Bohol, Southern Leyte and Negros Occidental. 

 

143,240 liters of water have also been distributed in the tri-cities area of Cebu and 41 generator sets have been lent to power water refilling stations and help in the distribution of drinking water. 

 

Today, 648 families in Looc, Mandaue received 20 liters of drinking water each. A total of 12,960 liters of water have been distributed in that area since the foundation’s relief operations began.  

 

Distribution of drinking water to typhoon-affected families in Looc, Mandaue

Amidst the increased COVID-19 safety precautions and volunteer shifting plan imposed by the foundation in Cebu City, 40 volunteers completed the packing of 1,551 relief packs. 

 

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across the Visayas. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here. 

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.  

 

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered. 

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:  

  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets  
  • Powerbanks 

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Engineering Building, Far Eastern University, Sampaloc, Manila (in front of Jollibee Morayta). For inquiries about the Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Dr. Marilu Cao / Celmer Santos / Patrick Manuel at 09560528170.  

 

As of January 17, 2022, the foundation has raised Php 37,742,056 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 81,281,732 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 43,539,676. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending. 

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors. 

 

RAFI is open to partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities. 

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun). 

Day 30 of providing immediate relief to communities affected by Typhoon Odette in the Visayas  

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) continues to provide relief to typhoon-stricken communities in the Visayas region through the generous support of our donors, partners, and volunteers. 

 

To date, the foundation has provided relief packs to 117,164 families from the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Southern Leyte, and Negros Occidental. Moreover, the tri-cities of Cebu received 111,040 liters of drinking water, and 33 generator sets were lent to water refilling stations to power the local distribution of drinking water.  

 

In Cebu, the distribution of 1000 relief packs to the municipalities of Carmen and Catmon was completed today.

 

Distribution of relief packs in Municipality of Catmon

Distribution of relief packs in the municipality of Carmen

Moreover, Brgy. Basak and Brgy. Labogon in the city of Mandaue received a total of 24,160 liters of water. In Negros Occidental, 1,139 relief packs were provided to the city of Himamaylan.  

 

Amidst the increased COVID-19 safety precautions and volunteer shifting plan imposed by the foundation in Cebu City, 25 volunteers helped finish the repacking of 4,192 relief packs. 

 

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.    

 

Upon completion of the distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.   

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:    

  • Water filters   
  • Generator sets    
  • Powerbanks  

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Engineering Building, Far Eastern University, Sampaloc Manila (in front of Jollibee Morayta). For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Dr. Marilu Cao / Celmer Santos / Patrick Manuel at 09560528170.   

 

As of January 15, 2022, the foundation has raised Php 37,742,056 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 81,008,211 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 43,266,155. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.   

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.   

 

RAFI is open to partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.  

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).   

RAFI begins shelter kit repacking, call for additional volunteers to help

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation INC. (RAFI) has started packing shelter kits to be provided to families whose homes were destroyed or damaged by Typhoon Odette. The packed shelter kits contain tarpaulins, ground mats or banig, iron nails, hammers, handsaws, blankets, ropes, mosquito nets, hygiene kits with masks, soap, rubbing alcohol, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste, a storage box, and cooking or dining implements with pans, pots, knives, spoons, forks, plates, and cups. The kits will soon be distributed to heavily-impacted areas in its continued efforts to provide relief for families affected by Typhoon Odette (International: Rai).

 

Today, with only 34 volunteers, a total of 1,236 relief packs were completed. The foundation has renewed its efforts in calling for more volunteers to speed up its emergency relief operations while observing strict COVID-19 health protocols.

 

The total number of relief packs distributed for the day was 6,305. Families in Cebu Province received 842 packs and 8 generator sets. In Bohol, 829 packs were distributed. 7 water refilling stations are also set to receive 7 generator sets to help them distribute drinking water locally. In the province of Negros Occidental, 2,500  families received relief packs in the town of Sipalay.

Distribution of relief packs in the Municipality of Alcantara

Meanwhile, RAFI’s distribution operations in Southern Leyte has been completed in all of the identified target municipalities.

 

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.

 

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

Distribution of relief packs to the Municipality of Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte.

Relief packs distributed reaches 100k, rapid assessment for psychosocial support begins in Southern Leyte

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) has now distributed a total of 108,095 relief packs to typhoon-stricken communities in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Southern Leyte.

 

Today, a total of 844 relief packs were distributed in the following municipalities of Bohol:

  • Loon
  • Calape
  • Buenavista
  • Clarin
Distribution of relief packs to

In Negros Occidental, the municipality of Cauayan was provided 862 relief packs. Distribution of relief packs to the cities of Himamaylan and Sipalaay is scheduled for the coming days. At the same time, the rapid assessment to determine the need for psychosocial support is underway in Southern Leyte.

 

Amidst the increased COVID-19 safety precautions and volunteer shifting plan imposed by the foundation, 35 volunteers completed 1,964 relief packs today in Cebu City.

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon. 

Municipality of Cauayan, Negros Occidental

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:   

  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets  
  • Powerbanks 

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Engineering Building, Far Eastern University, Sampaloc Manila (in front of Jollibee Morayta). For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Dr. Marilu Cao / Celmer Santos / Patrick Manuel at 09560528170.

 

As of January 13, 2022, the foundation has raised Php 37,742,056 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 75,442,726 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 37,700,673. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

 

RAFI is open to partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

Day 18 of RAFI Emergency Relief Packing Operations, Negros Oriental to be included in the list of provinces set to receive relief packs

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation INC. (RAFI) continues its emergency operations amidst the increasing threat of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Cebu. A volunteer shifting plan has been strictly followed to ensure volunteer and employee safety.

Today, a total of 4,795 relief packs were completed by 62 volunteers. Distribution operations are ongoing in the 4 previously identified, severely affected provinces of the Visayas which are Cebu, Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Southern Leyte. Meanwhile, preparations to extend relief operations in Negros Oriental are ongoing.

600 beneficiaries of Children of Asia, a partner organization of the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF), received relief packs and bottled water at Brgy. Ermita, Cebu City.

 

Rapid Assessment is continuing in Sipalay, and Himamaylan in Negros Occidental while the assessment for the provision of shelter kits are underway in Bohol.

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RAFI continues to monitor the well-being and safety of employees and volunteers involved with relief operations. The organization has updated its COVID-19 safety protocols and cascaded them to the four Emergency Operations Centers throughout the Visayas to ensure operations can continue despite the threat of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Courtesy visit at Sipalay City Hall with City Administrator Philip Zamora and CSWD Staff

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here. 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:   

  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets  
  • Powerbanks

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Engineering Building, Far Eastern University, Sampaloc Manila (in front of Jollibee Morayta). For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Dr. Marilu Cao / Celmer Santos / Patrick Manuel at 09560528170.

As of January 12, 2022, the foundation has raised Php 37,742,047 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 67,717,236 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 29,975,189. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

Rapid assessment for shelter kits begins in Bohol, assistance extended to residents displaced by Mandaue fire

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) continuously extends help to typhoon-stricken communities across the Visayas region through its immediate relief efforts.

 

Today, the distribution of 5,000 relief packs in Balamban, Cebu, and 4,400 relief packs in Cordova, Cebu has started. The foundation also provided 54 relief packs to affected neighboring households near its Main Office in Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Moreover, the Banilad Center for Professional Development in Mandaue City has received 475 water bottles.

In Negros Occidental, the team distributed 2,745 relief packs today. The municipalities of Pintuyan and San Francisco in Southern Leyte are also set to receive 4,150 relief packs.

Families that lost their homes in a recent fire in Brgy. Tingub, Mandaue City received 235 relief packs and 470 bottles of drinking water.

While the distribution of relief packs is ongoing throughout the four provinces, a rapid assessment in the island barangays of Bohol has begun for the provision of shelter kits.

66 volunteers completed 5,702 relief packs today in Cebu City amidst the increased safety precautions and volunteer shifting plan imposed by the foundation to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

 

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

RAFI's Negros Occidental  team readying distribution in Kabankalan
RAFI's Negros Occidental team readying distribution in Kabankalan
Distribution of relief packs to those affected by the recent fire

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:  

  • Water filters
  • Generator sets 
  • Powerbanks

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Engineering Building, Far Eastern University, Sampaloc Manila (in front of Jollibee Morayta). For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Dr. Marilu Cao / Celmer Santos / Patrick Manuel at 09560528170.

As of January 11, 2022, the foundation has raised Php 37,736,747 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 67,380,311 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 29,643,564. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun). 

More relief packs en route to typhoon-affected areas, distributed packs hit 80k

 

A total of 80,250 relief packs valued at Php 40,125,000 have been distributed to more than 27 areas in Cebu, Bohol and Negros Occidental since the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. began its emergency relief operations after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (International: Rai).

 

In addition, the foundation has provided nine generator sets and supplies of fuel in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Carcar, Talisay, and the municipalities of San Fernando, Ronda, Samboan and Pinamujangan in order to help energize water pumps and charge devices and other equipment.

Today, 5,000 relief packs are en route to Balamban along with 4,400 relief packs to Cordova in Cebu. Relief packs and water bottles are also ready for distribution in Sipalay and Kabankalan, Negros Occidental in the coming days. Likewise, distribution in Southern Leyte is also set to begin this week.

 

In Bohol, 1,185 water bottles were distributed in the municipalities of Loon and Clarin, while relief packs are set to be distributed in Loon, Calape, Inabanga and Talibon tomorrow, January 11. Rapid assessment teams have also been deployed to Tubigon, Inabanga, Getafe and Ubay in Bohol to help determine the needs of typhoon-affected communities.

 

A total of 5,680 relief packs were completed by 57 volunteers today in Cebu City amidst the increased safety precautions and volunteer shifting plan imposed by the foundation to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

 

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here

RAFI lends a generator to a water refilling station in San Fernando to help provide access of drinking water to the community
RAFI lends a generator to a water refilling station in San Fernando to help provide access of drinking water to the community
15,000 relief packs are readied for distribution in Southern Leyte

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.

 

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:

  • Water filters
  • Generator sets
  • Powerbanks

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of January 10, 2022, the foundation has raised Php 36,641,967 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 63,657,735 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 27,015,768. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI OPENS BASE OF OPERATIONS FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF REPACKING IN BOHOL, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, AND SOUTHERN LEYTE; VOLUNTEER SHIFTING TO BE IMPOSED IN THE FACE OF COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT

 

5,000 emergency relief packs were completed in Negros Occidental since volunteers began repacking last Thursday, January 6. Its Rapid Assessment Team continues to the municipalities of Kabankalan, Candoni, Cuayan, Sipalay, and Ilog. RAFI employees are set to travel to Southern Leyte to support in the area’s relief operations.

Relief packs in yellow bags sit on the bleachers as RAFInians packs them for distribution to Negros Occidental communities

A total of 4,335 emergency relief packs were completed today as all base operations focus on repacking.

As news of the COVID-19 Omicron variant’s entrance to Cebu, RAFI has created a bi-team shifting plan for its relief repacking efforts to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Volunteers have been divided into two teams who may only report on certain days of the week. The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., in its efforts to provide for communities affected by Typhoon Odette (International: RAI) would also like to ensure and be mindful of its volunteers’ well-being through its imposed shifting and adherence to safety protocols in order to maintain a safe base of operations for emergency relief repacking.

More volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu, Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Southern Leyte. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon. RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,00 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families for them to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

RAFI will also distribute water and generators to help address the growing need for water and power. The foundation will distribute 400,000 liters of water for 20,000 families located in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City. Fifty (50) generator sets will be distributed within Cebu.

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment: 

  • Water filters
  • Generator sets 
  • Fuel (Cebu Only)  
  • Powerbanks

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

As of December 07, 2022, the foundation has raised  Php. 36,495,165  in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent  Php. 58,427,739  for its emergency relief operations, to date.  RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 21,932,574. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

69,347 relief packs reach typhoon-affected areas in Cebu, Bohol

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation has distributed a total of 69,347 relief packs to 26 cities and municipalities in Cebu and Bohol, along with 2,000 liters of drinking water in Cebu as it caps another day of emergency relief operations after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (International: Rai).

 

Today, 5,069 relief packs were distributed in the municipalities of Alcoy and Sibonga in Southern Cebu. A total of 1,142 relief packs were also distributed to three barangays in Bien Unido, Bohol while delivery of 1,862 relief packs to four more barangays in the municipality continues.

Residents of Budlaan, Cebu stand in line to receive 20L of drinking water.

In addition, 5,020 relief packs were en route to Dalaguete and 3,840 more relief packs were shipped to Bohol. 1,240 shelter kits are also eyed for distribution to islets in Cebu in the coming days.

 

In Cebu City, 4,967 relief packs were completed by 128 volunteers and are ready for distribution. To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.

 

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:  

  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets  
  • Powerbanks

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of January 5, 2022, the foundation has raised Php 35,589,145 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 50,981,128 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 15,391,983. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI aids more typhoon-stricken areas

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) remains to be of service to typhoon-stricken communities through the continuous distribution of emergency relief packs in the islands of Cebu and Bohol.

 

On this day, a total of 10,599 emergency relief packs were distributed to families in the following municipalities of the Cebu Province:

  • Alcoy 
  • Argao
  • Sibonga

In Bohol, the municipalities of Talibon and Bien Unido, have also received a total of 1,549 emergency relief packs for distribution in the most affected barangays.

With the foundation’s dedication to aiding more typhoon-stricken areas, a team was sent to the Olango Island of Lapulapu City, Cebu, to conduct a rapid assessment and determine the most urgent needs of the community. Once the assessment is completed, the distribution of these provisions will follow in the coming days.

As relief efforts continue today, a total of 136 volunteers completed 9,881 emergency relief packs to be distributed to more affected households.

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations, more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon. 

A resident of Sibonga receives his relief pack
A resident of Sibonga receives his relief pack

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:

  • Water filters  
  • Generator sets   
  • Powerbanks

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

RAFI is open to partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

Day 10 of RAFI Emergency Relief Packing Operations, targeted relief packs increase

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. ends its 10th day of Emergency Relief Re-Packing Operations at The Kabilin Center, and the Casa Gorordo Museum in Barangay Tinago, Cebu with 10,416 relief packs completed by 285 volunteers. This is the highest number of packs achieved since re-packing operations started on December 26, 2021, as the museum opened its doors for operations and as more people have volunteered.

 

RAFI’s targeted relief packs are now set to a total of 156,857, an increase from the original target of 132,000 packs as donations continue to come in.

 

This growth in target, volunteer numbers, and base of operations in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the new Omicron variant compels RAFI to implement a “no vaccine card, no entry” policy, in addition to advised safety protocols to reduce risk for each.

 

Today, January 4, the foundation’s relief operations were conducted in Dumanjug, Cebu with 5,000 packs distributed, and in Bien Unido, Bohol with 3,514 packs distributed.

RAFI distributes relief packs to residents of Dumanjug in Cebu Technological University – Dumanjug Campus

To date RAFI has distributed a total of 50, 349 relief packs to 21 municipalities in Cebu and Bohol.

 

With the bayanihan spirit alive, shelter kits will also be distributed not just in Cebu and Bohol, but also in the provinces of Negros Occidental and Southern Leyte, which were identified by RAFI’s Rapid Assessment Team to be among one of typhoon Odette’s (International: Rai) severely affected areas.

 

To further speed up RAFI’s Emergency Relief Operations more volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking is currently ongoing daily, at the Kabilin Center and Casa Gorordo Museum located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon.

 

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need now:  

  • Drinking Water  
  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets
  • Powerbanks

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of January 4, 2021, the foundation has raised Php 35,589,145 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 47,341,955 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 11,752,810. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI continues to provide relief packs to typhoon-stricken areas, more volunteers join relief efforts

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) continues to provide urgent relief to areas heavily hit by Typhoon Odette (International Name: Rai) as more volunteers join the repacking of goods in Cebu.

 

As the foundation’s relief efforts continue, more areas in the Visayas are being provided with basic needs and essential goods in the wake of Typhoon Odette. A total of 1,350 packs are set to be distributed in the municipality of Dumanjug along with more than 5,000 relief packs in Moalboal. The foundation has also dispatched advance teams to Sibonga and Dalaguete ahead of relief pack distribution.

Vans of drinking water arrive at The Kabilin Center in preparation for packing and distribution

Other affected communities in Cebu Province, Negros, and Southern Leyte are also set to receive relief packs, water containers and shelter kits in the coming days. More areas will be added as additional data comes in from the foundation’s Rapid Assessment Team, mobilized to determine the needs of affected communities.

 

Today, repacking of relief goods resumed after a quick new year break with 118 volunteers in Cebu completing 7,072 emergency relief packs. In addition to The Kabilin Center in Barangay Tinago, the foundation has opened the Casa Gorordo Museum located next door to accommodate the increasing number of volunteers.

Packing operations expanded to the Casa Gorordo Museum grounds

Those who wish to join and volunteer may sign up here. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon. RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,000 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol.

 

Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

 

RAFI will also distribute water and generators to help address the growing need for water and power. The foundation will distribute 400,000 liters of water for 20,000 families located in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City. Fifty (50) generator sets will be distributed within Cebu.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment:

  • Water
  • Water filters
  • Generator sets
  • Powerbanks

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of December 31, 2021, the foundation has raised  Php 34,145,037 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php 43,447,220 for its emergency relief operations. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 9,302,183. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI provides urgent relief in remote island barangay of Cebu Province

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) continues to provide urgent relief to badly hit areas of Typhoon Odette (international: Rai) which includes remote island barangays in Cebu Province. With the help of our partners, the foundation distributed a total of 200 emergency relief packs to residents in Caohagan Island of Lapulapu City, Cebu. The affected community in Hilutongan Island of Cordova, Cebu is also set to receive emergency relief packs. More distribution activities will commence in the coming days for affected families in Cebu and Bohol.

 

Meanwhile82 volunteers in Cebu spent the last day of relief efforts for the year by completing 4,700 emergency relief packs. A total of 20,684 emergency relief packs to be distributed to affected households were packed in just five days (December 26-30).

More volunteers are needed to help provide urgent relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking of emergency relief packs will resume on January 2, 2022. Repacking is currently ongoing, daily, at the Kabilin Center located across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office on Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon. RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,00 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families for them to help them rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 will include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s relief efforts are ongoing as more data about the typhoon’s impact is gathered.

 

RAFI will also distribute water and generators to help address the growing need for water and power. The foundation will distribute 400,000 liters of water for 20,000 families located in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City. Fifty (50) generator sets will be distributed within Cebu.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment:  

  • Water  
  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets  
  • Fuel (Cebu Only)   
  • Powerbanks

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of December 30, 2021, the foundation has raised  Php. 23,325,255 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent  Php. 43,235,719  for its emergency relief operations, to date.  RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php 19,910,464. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the local government units, government agencies, and other private organizations to determine appropriate interventions for the most vulnerable sectors.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI Continues Rapid Assessment In Bohol, Distributes Relief Packs in Cebu

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) has dispatched teams for another set of rapid assessment in the Province of Bohol as it prepares for its massive emergency relief distribution in the province.

 

Teams were sent today, December 29, to the municipalities of Bien Unido, Alicia, and Mabini to identify the extent of damage left in the wake of Super Typhoon Odette (International: Rai). The team will also assess the municipality of San Miguel. RAFI will complete its rapid assessment in the Province of Bohol by tomorrow, December 30.

 

While rapid assessment winds down in Bohol Province, the team will begin its first wave of emergency relief packs distribution. It is set to distribute 3,500 emergency relief packs tomorrow in the municipalities of Ginatilan and Alegria. RAFI targets to complete distribution of 7,620 emergency relief packs by December 31, 2021, providing timely emergency relief to in-need families heavily hit by Super Typhoon Odette.

 

As destruction and impact of Super Typhoon Odette remains massive across Bohol, RAFI is the first organization to provide timely relief and assistance in the province.

 

Meanwhile, RAFI completed its rapid assessment of Caohagan Island in Lapu-Lapu City. As the year winds down, RAFI continues with its distribution efforts in towns across Cebu Province. Distribution teams are currently in the municipalities of Ronda, Alcantara, Badian, Ginatilan, and Alegria.

RAFI distributes 2,334 relief packs to the Municipality of Ronda

To date, it has distributed 23,634 relief packs to families. Distribution has been completed in the following sites:

Cebu  

  • Danao City
  • Municipality of Malabuyoc
  • Municipality of Ronda
  • Municipality of Alcantara
  • Municipality of Badian
  • Municipality of Ginatilan 

Bohol 

  • Municipality of Ubay
  • Municipality of Jetafe
  • Municipality of Talibon
  • Municipality of Tubigon

RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,00 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Additional relief packs and support will be added as more data continues to come in from RAFI’s Rapid Assessment teams.

 

RAFI likewise met with the Mayor of the Municipality of Cordova Mary Therese S. Cho and Mayor of Lapu-lapu City Ahong Chan to conduct a needs assessment for their respective LGU. RAFI expressed its commitment to provide timely relief and support to affected communities in Cordova.

As emergency relief remains to be a priority for affected families, RAFI continues with its efforts in sending out timely relief to hard-hit areas. Today, volunteers in Cebu have packed 6,605 relief packs. As more volunteers continue to help in repacking efforts, a total of 84 volunteers helped today.

  

More volunteers are needed to help provide timely relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking of emergency relief packs will run until December 30, 2021 and resume on January 2, 2022. Repacking is currently ongoing, daily, at the Kabilin Center right across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office in Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, volunteers need to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up at here.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon. RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,00 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families for them to rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s efforts continue to expand as more information and data comes in.

 

RAFI will also distribute water and generators to help address the growing need for water and power. The foundation will distribute 400,000 liters of water for 20,000 families located in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City. Fifty (50) generator sets will be distributed within Cebu.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment: 

  • Water 
  • Water filters
  • Generator sets 
  • Fuel (Cebu Only)  
  • Powerbanks

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of December 29, 2021, the foundation has raised Php. 23,294,047 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php. 42,930,667 for its emergency relief operations, to date. RAFI’s counterpart spending is at Php. 19,636,620. The foundation thanks its numerous donors and partners for all the help they have been extending.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the Local Government Units, Government Agencies, and other Private Organizations to identify better interventions to response to the needs of the vulnerable sector.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI Distributes 20,584 Emergency Relief Packs to Cebu, Bohol

 

Distribution of emergency relief packs have started today, December 28, in the Municipalities of Badian and Ginatilan. Distribution teams of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) departed for the towns earlier this week.

 

After close coordination with local government units and set-up of local distribution systems, RAFI distributed 3,000 emergency relief packs to affected families in Badian and 2,000 in Ginatilan. More distribution activities in highly affected towns in South of Cebu will commence tomorrow.

 

To date, it has distributed 20,584 relief packs to families. Distribution has been completed in the following sites:

Cebu  

  • Danao City 
  • Municipality of Malabuyoc
  • Municipality of Ronda
  • Municipality of Alcantara
  • Municipality of Badian
  • Municipality of Ginatilan 

Bohol 

  • Municipality of Ubay 
  • Municipality of Jetafe 
  • Municipality of Talibon 
  • Municipality of Tubigon 

RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,00 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Additional relief packs and support will be added as more data continues to come in from RAFI’s Rapid Assessment teams.

Volunteers load relief packs on a truck bound for distribution

To date, reports show that impact of Super Typhoon Odette (International: Rai) has been massive, affecting a large part of the Philippines. In the latest Situational Report from the National Disaster Risk, Reduction, and Management Council 18 municipalities and cities in the Philippines have experienced water supply interruption, with only one having recently restored fully water supply. In Cebu, water remains a scarce commodity, with water still being largely unavailable to many.

 

As Super Typhoon Odette rammed into the country, agriculture took a hard hit. Total estimated cost of damage to agriculture in Region 7 is Php. 618,141,700, reports the NDRRMC. Notably, the Philippines is an agricultural country, where many use this as means of livelihood.

 

Infrastructure and homes took a hard hit and thousands of people still live with homes in shambles. In the provinces of Cebu and Bohol, affected families are still struggling to rebuild their homes. In Region 7, 42,127 houses were either partially or totally damaged by the typhoon, reports the NDRRMC. The numbers continue to grow as more data continues to come in.

A house left in ruins after being battered by winds of up to 260km/h

As emergency relief remains to be a priority for affected families, RAFI continues with its efforts in sending out timely relief to hard-hit areas. Volunteers in Cebu have packed 5,134 relief packs while more than 5,300 relief packs were completed by teams in Bohol. RAFI will distribute emergency relief packs in Bohol Province tomorrow.

 

More volunteers are needed to help provide timely relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking of emergency relief packs will run until December 30, 2021 and resume on January 2, 2022. Repacking is currently ongoing, daily, at the Kabilin Center right across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office in Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, volunteers need to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

The foundation has laid out a 3-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon. RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,00 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Upon completion of distribution of relief packs, RAFI will provide psychosocial support for children and emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families for them to rebuild their damaged houses. Phases 2 and 3 include recovery and rehabilitation efforts. RAFI’s efforts continue to expand as more information and data comes in.

 

RAFI will also distribute water and generators to help address the growing need for water and power. The foundation will distribute 400,000 liters of water for 20,000 families located in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City. Fifty (50) generator sets will be distributed within Cebu.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment: 

  • Water 
  • Water filters
  • Generator sets
  • Fuel (Cebu Only)
  • Powerbanks

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of December 28, 2021, the foundation has raised Php. 21,800,686 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. It has spent Php. 30,644,724 for its emergency relief operations, to date.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the Local Government Units, Government Agencies, and other Private Organizations to identify better interventions to response to the needs of the vulnerable sector.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI Distributes 15,584 Emergency Relief Packs to Cebu, Bohol

 

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) has deployed more emergency relief distribution teams to the Municipalities of Alegria, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, and Badian. A total of 4,000 additional relief packs were deployed on December 27 to the Municipality of Malabuyoc. Relief will be distributed to other affected towns and high-priority barangays within the next days.

 

To date, it has distributed 15,584 relief packs to families in Danao City, and the municipalities of Malabuyoc, Ronda, and Alcantara in Cebu, and the municipalities of Ubay, Jetafe, Talibon, and Tubigon in Bohol.

 

RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,00 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Additional relief packs and support will be added as more data continues to come in from RAFI’s Rapid Assessment teams.

Ongoing packing operations in Bool Covered Court, Bohol

At the same time, repacking of relief goods for communities in Cebu and Bohol affected by Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) are in full swing.

 

The bayanihan spirit (spirit of communal unity) in times of crisis is high across the Philippines, and the globe, as help continues to arrive at every front. Volunteers today, December 27, packed 4,225 relief packs. RAFI will need to repack a total of 11,470 emergency relief packs in the coming days.

Volunteers come together to pack 4,225 relief packs at the Kabilin Center.

As a clearer picture of the extent of damage left in the wake of Super Typhoon Odette’s destructive path is now seen, RAFI is committed to provide timely emergency relief to affected communities. Families left vulnerable without safe shelter, food, water, and fuel remain in dire need of emergency relief.

 

More volunteers are needed to help provide timely relief across Cebu and Bohol. Repacking of emergency relief packs will run until December 30, 2021 and resume on January 2, 2022. Repacking is currently ongoing, daily, at the Kabilin Center right across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office in Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, volunteers need to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

With its ongoing emergency relief efforts, Phase 1 of RAFI’s humanitarian relief operations are fully operational. After completion of distribution of emergency relief packs across the Provinces of Cebu and Bohol, Phase 2 will be underway in 2022. RAFI will later provide emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families for them to rebuild their damaged houses.

 

RAFI will also distribute water and generators to help address the growing need for water and power. The foundation will distribute 400,000 liters of water for 20,000 families located in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City. Fifty (50) generator sets will be distributed within Cebu.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment: 

  • Water
  • Water filters
  • Generator sets
  • Fuel (Cebu Only) 
  • Powerbanks

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of December 27, 2021, the foundation has raised Php. 19,652,113 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the Local Government Units, Government Agencies, and other Private Organizations to identify better interventions to response to the needs of the vulnerable sector.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI Staff, Volunteers Repack Goods for Typhoon-stricken Communities

 

Despite feeling the impact of Typhoon Odette (International: Rai) themselves, volunteers trooped to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. to help repack relief goods.

 

Over 60 private citizens and staff from the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) volunteered on December 26 to help repack 1,800 emergency relief packs for families affected by Typhoon Odette. Volunteers repacked rice, canned goods, and water into emergency relief packs ready for deployment in the next days. Noodles and coffee will be added into the packs once they arrive. 

Volunteers pack relief packs in The Kabilin Center

The foundation projects to repack 15,283 relief packs by December 31. More volunteers are needed to help achieve this goal and deploy timely relief to affected families. Repacking is currently ongoing, daily, at the Kabilin Center right across the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office in Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Meals will be provided, volunteers need to bring water, their vaccination card, and an extra t-shirt. Interested volunteers may sign up here.

 

Today, December 26, it has deployed 3,500 relief packs for the Municipalities of Ronda and Alcantara. Emergency relief packs will be distributed by RAFI personnel within the next days. To date, it has distributed 8,466 relief packs to families in Danao City, and the Municipality Malabuyoc in Cebu, and the municipalities of Ubay, Jetafe, Talibon, and Tubigon in Bohol. 

RAFI Distributes 5,209 Relief Packs in Bohol

The foundation has laid out a 2-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 includes distribution of emergency relief packs to families heavily affected by the typhoon. RAFI is set to distribute a total of 132,00 relief packs across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Upon completion of Phase 1, RAFI will later provide emergency shelter to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families for them to rebuild their damaged houses.

 

RAFI will also distribute water and generators to help address the growing need for water and power. The foundation will distribute 400,000 liters of water for 20,000 families located in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City. Fifty (50) generator sets will be distributed within Cebu.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment: 

  • Water
  • Water filters
  • Generator sets
  • Fuel (Cebu Only)
  • Powerbanks

 

In-kind donations made in Cebu may be dropped off at the Main Office of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation. Donors in Metro Manila may likewise drop off their donations at the Headquarters of the Civil Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries about Metro Manila drop-off, please contact Olaf Miguel Bautista at 09175482888.

 

As of December 26, 2021, the foundation has raised Php. 18,971,513 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. The foundation is set to distribute 132,00 relief packs for Cebu and Bohol in total.  Additional relief packs and support will be added as more data continues to come in from RAFI’s Rapid Assessment teams.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the Local Government Units, Government Agencies, and other Private Organizations to identify better interventions to response to the needs of the vulnerable sector.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers (032) 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

Emergency Relief Operations in Full Swing

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) has ended its first round of rapid assessment in Cebu, completing its assessment of Typhoon Odette’s (International: Rai) impact on the province. Rapid assessment teams have returned from the municipalities of Toledo, Pinamungajan, and Aloguinsan.

 

Completion of the foundation’s first wave of rapid assessment paves way to full implementation of emergency relief operations to hard-hit communities. These are barangays which Typhoon Odette completely ravaged, destroying homes, infrastructure, and agriculture, and cutting off families from water, food, and electricity.

Rapid Assessment Team collecting initial data from Aloguinsan LGU

RAFI has laid out a 2-phase humanitarian relief operation in response to the massive destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Phase 1 is the Emergency Relief phase, wherein the foundation provides immediate relief to families in areas that were hit the hardest. Phase 2 will be the Early Recovery Phase, which includes the provision of emergency shelter kits to affected indigent families. Building materials and tools will be provided to families for them to rebuild their damaged houses.

 

To date, RAFI has distributed 2,540 relief packs to Cebu North, which includes the municipalities of Carmen and Catmon, and Danao City. It also distributed 717 relief packs to the Municipality of Malabuyoc.

 

Meanwhile, in Bohol Province, RAFI has deployed two teams for rapid assessment and immediate relief distribution. Distribution of 4,800 relief packs have begun in the municipalities of Ubay, Jetafe, Talibon, and Tubigon.

 

RAFI and its partners are fully committed to providing immediate relief and assistance to affected communities. It will distribute 49,243 relief packs across Cebu Province and Bohol Province in the coming days.

As municipalities and cities are still in dire need of water and electricity, RAFI has also committed to the distribution of water and generators. It will distribute 400,000 liters of water to barangays in the coastal areas of Cebu City and select barangays in Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City. Fifty (50) generator sets will be distributed within Cebu.

 

As RAFI gears up for distribution of 49,243 relief packs across Cebu and Bohol, it begins its repacking operations right after Christmas. RAFI will require a number of volunteers to help repack thousands of relief packs for affected families. Repacking site will be located at the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Main Office in Eduardo Aboitiz Street, Barangay Tinago, Cebu City. Interested volunteers may sign up here. Repacking operations begin on December 26, 2021.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment: 

  • Water 
  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets 
  • Fuel

 

As of December 23, 2021, the foundation has raised Php. 16,714,757 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. The foundation is set to purchase an additional 123,943 relief packs for Cebu and Bohol, as well as drinking water for the tri-cities of Cebu, and generator sets for Cebu and Cebu Province.  Additional relief packs and support will be added as more data continues to come in from RAFI’s Rapid Assessment teams.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the Local Government Units, Government Agencies, and other Private Organizations to identify better interventions to response to the needs of the vulnerable sector.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI continues relief packs preparation and distribution in Cebu and Bohol

 

Distribution of relief packs has begun in affected areas in the Provinces of Cebu and Bohol as the RAFI Emergency Operations Center closes in on completing its rapid assessment across the two provinces.

 

The RAFI EOC has distributed 2,540 relief packs to families in Danao City. Each pack contains 5 kilos of rice, 3 canned sardines, 3 packs of noodles, 3 cans of corned beef, and 6 liters of drinking water.

 

Based on results of rapid assessment, the RAFI EOC will distribute relief packs to the follow areas:

  • Municipality of Carmen 
  • Municipality of Catmon 
  • Municipality of Tuburan 
  • Municipality of Balamban 
  • Municipality of Barili  
  • Municipality of Badian  
  • Municipality of Alegria  
  • Municipality of Ronda
  • Municipality of Alcantara  
  • Municipality of Dumanjug  
  • Municipality of Moalboal  
  • Municipality of Sibonga  
  • Municipality of Ubay 
  • Municipality of Talibon 
  • Municipality of Jetafe 
  • Municipality of Tubigon 

Distribution to these areas will commence in the next days as the RAFI EOC finalizes data and prepares its relief packs.

Preparations are underway for relief pack distribution in Bohol Province. More than 5,000 relief packs are currently being prepared by the foundation and will be ready for distribution within the week. Phase 1 of distribution of relief packs will begin in severely affected towns in Bohol province.

 

The RAFI EOC will complete its rapid assessment tomorrow, December 23, 2021, and fully moves into Phase 1 of its humanitarian response, providing emergency relief to affected communities. Recent rapid assessment show islets of Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu severely affected by Typhoon Odette (International: Rai), with Olango Island badly hit.

RAFI Rapid Assessment Team collecting data from Oslob’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) officer

As RAFI EOC focuses on providing emergency relief, repacking of more relief packs to severe affected towns and municipalities begin after Christmas. Volunteers are welcome to support RAFI’s packing efforts. Volunteers can sign up here.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment: 

  • Water 
  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets
  • Fuel

 

As of December 22, 2021, the foundation has raised Php. 5,668,206.00 in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations. The foundation is set to purchase an additional 50,000 relief packs for Cebu and Bohol, drinking water for the tri-cities of Cebu, and generator sets for Cebu and Cebu Province. Relief packs and support will be added as more data continues to come in from RAFI’s Rapid Assessment teams.

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the Local Government Units, Government Agencies, and other Private Organizations to identify better interventions to response to the needs of the vulnerable sector.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI begins distribution of relief goods to severely affected towns; continues rapid assessment across Cebu and Bohol

 

More information is finally coming in from towns and provinces ravaged by Typhoon Odette (International: Rai), five days later.

 

Typhoon Odette decimated the south of Cebu, where it took landfall on December 16, 2021. It severely destroyed southern towns, ripping apart concrete roads, destroying bridges, flattening agricultural land, and snapping trees and electrical posts like twigs. Towns were rendered inaccessible initially and communication was completely down.

 

As access to South of Cebu continues to improve, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. – Emergency Operations Center (RAFI EOC) has continued to deploy rapid assessment teams to gain full insights of the extent of damage.

A member of RAFI's Rapid Assessment Team gets ready to deploy to Malabuyoc, Cebu

With many towns and provinces inaccessible since the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, this would be first for local government units to interact with local organizations providing relief and conduct assessments.

 

Such is the case of towns in the Province of Bohol.

 

The RAFI EOC has deployed several rapid assessment teams to Bohol Province, conducting an extensive rapid assessment across the island. Hundreds of individuals were left homeless as Typhoon Odette rammed into Bohol Province, toppling over trees and destroying homes. Towns were hit by 4-meter flood water, destroying infrastructure, and rendering towns inaccessible.

 

For towns such as Tubigon, Clarin, Inabangga, and Sagbayan, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the first foundation to visit their town to conduct a rapid assessment and measure the extent of damage.

 

Damage left in Bohol Province in the wake of Typhoon Odette remains massive. Water and fuel remain scarce, with people lining up for hours to get access to fuel.

 

The RAFI EOC is set to distribute relief packs to affected towns in Bohol Province tomorrow, December 22, 2021. This will be first batch of relief goods for distribution to severely affected towns in Bohol Province.

In Cebu Province, meanwhile, RAFI EOC has begun distribution of relief packs to Northern towns of Cebu. Distribution of relief packs in Danao City has begun today. 600 relief packs will likewise be distributed to firemen in the towns of Catmon and Carmen. Distribution of relief packs to northern towns will commence this week, with teams already deployed in the area. Distribution sites include Carmen – 350 families, Catmon – 250 families, and Danao City – 2,200 families.

 

While distribution of relief packs has commenced, the RAFI EOC continues to carry out rapid assessment across Cebu. Rapid assessment teams are currently in the towns of Samboan and Ginatilan, as well as Coastal Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-lapu City, and the municipality of Cordova.

 

Food, water, shelter, and fuel remain scarce and inaccessible for thousands of families affected by Typhoon Odette. RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment: 

  • Water
  • Water filters 
  • Generator sets 
  • Fuel

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the Local Government Units, Government Agencies, and other Private Organizations to identify better interventions to response to the needs of the vulnerable sector.

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun). 

RAFI Response Efforts Continue in Towns Devastated by Typhoon Odette

 

Four days after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (International: Rai), the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI)continues to support affected communities and families in hard stricken areas.

 

The RAFI Emergency Operations Center completed its initial rapid assessment of Cebu Province and continues to assess the impact of Typhoon Odette as more information comes in from assessment teams with towns slowly becoming more accessible as clearing Operations are underway. The foundation has likewise launched its assessment across Bohol Province. After preliminary assessment in affected areas in Cebu Province, RAFI has identified its first batch of priority areas for the distribution of relief goods.  It has deployed on December 20 teams for relief distribution in the  municipalities of Carmen – 350 families,Catmon – 250 families, and Danao City – 2,200 families.

Some families and individuals were on the sidewalk waiting to avail water refill provided by their Local Government Unit in Municipality of Dalaguete.

The RAFI EOC has also identified these areas for distribution as part of batch 2:

  • Municipality of Tuburan – 2,500 families
  • Municipality Balamban – 2,500 families
  • Municipality of Barili – 6,500 families
  • Municipality of Badian – 1,000 families
  • Municipality of Alegria – 2,500 families
  • Municipality of Ronda – 2,000 families
  • Municipality of Alcantara – 1,500 families
  • Municipality of Dumanjug – 5,000 families
  • Municipality of Moalboal – 10,000 families
  • Municipality of Malabuyoc – 2,000 families
  • Municipality of Sibunga – 3,000 families

RAFI is accepting financial donations from individuals and groups who wish to help. For in-kind donations, the organization is accepting donations of the following items most in need at the moment:

  • Water
  • Water filters
  • Generator sets
  • Fuel

 

The Foundation continues to coordinate with the Local Government Units, Government Agencies, and other Private Organizations to identify better interventions to response to the needs of the vulnerable sector.

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

Roads and bridges are impassable in Southern Cebu.

Cebu and Bohol Islands Severely Affected by Typhoon Odette

 

The morning after Typhoon Odette passed Region VII, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. – Emergency Operations Center (RAFI EOC) mobilized its Rapid Assessment Teams to identify the extent of damage and immediate needs of affected families and communities in the Provinces of Cebu. Response teams have been out for the last 24 to 48 hours, visiting evacuation centers and coordinating with Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices for data.

 

Initial data shows that the whole of Cebu and Bohol Islands have been drastically battered by Typhoon Odette. The 2 provinces are currently without power and water supply with erratic cellphone signals.

 

The south of Cebu sustained the brunt of the impact, severely damaging infrastructure, and homes. Bridges sustained severe damage, rendering towns south of Cebu impassable with collapsed bridges. Roads are currently impassable as clearing operations continue. In addition, the northern part of Bohol was also severely damaged.

Immediate needs of affected families and individuals are the following: food, water, and power supply (powerbanks). The first 48 hours are the most critical as the need for basic supplies increase.

 

To respond to the immediate needs of affected families, the RAFI Emergency Operations Center will deploy an initial 11,000 relief packs to communities in Danao City and the Municipalities of Catmon, Carmen, Tuburan, and Sibonga. Each relief pack will consist of 5 kilos of rice, 3 canned sardines, 3 packs of noodles, 3 cans of corned beef, and 6 liters of drinking water. Additional relief packs shall be provided to other LGUs in Cebu after the assessment.

A Glance at the Ruins. A child walked past a destroyed house in Compostela, one of the badly hit areas in the Northern Cebu.

RAFI will also deploy 10,000 relief packs to the Province of Bohol. The specific location for the distribution will determined after the damage report.

 

Rapid Assessment is currently still ongoing, and the RAFI EOC in both provinces are still consolidating updates from other towns. Once data from rapid assessment has been consolidated, the RAFI Emergency Operations Centers will update its comprehensive response and rehabilitation plan for Cebu and Bohol Province.

In Rubbles. Household looks at the remains of what used to be their house after being ravaged by the fallen tree in Calape, Bohol.

To further prepare for the rehabilitation and recovery phase, RAFI will craft the design of the starter house models for displaced indigent families. Plans for psychosocial support initiatives for families, children, and humanitarian workers are also being created.  Updates on RAFI’s response efforts can be monitored on the RAFI Website.

 

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief of affected families and communities.

 

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).

RAFI activates Humanitarian Disaster Preparedness and Response Team; calls for donation amidst Typhoon Odette impact in Cebu

Typhoon Odette (Rai) ripped through parts of the Philippines on December 16, 2021, affecting and displacing families and causing more than 300,000 individuals to evacuate.

As the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 2021, Typhoon Odette made seven landfalls throughout Visayas and Mindanao and left devastation within its wake. The typhoon quickly became a super typhoon 24 hours before it hit the country, with an initial packed winds of up to 260 kilometers per hour. It caused widespread flooding, uprooting of trees and powerlines, and wrecked through infrastructure and homes.

Typhoon Odette placed Cebu under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal number 3 and 4. On its seventh, Typhoon Odette devasted the town of Carcar, Cebu.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc (RAFI) has mobilized teams for rapid assessment. Initial results of the rapid assessment from both RAFI and other public and private organizations showed that residents in Cebu Province have lost their water supply and electricity, as well as erratic network connections.

Reports show that rescue and relief efforts were difficult due to the ongoing pandemic. Organizations have already started organizing relief efforts in response to those severely affected. RAFI has activated its Humanitarian Disaster Preparedness and Response Team to mobilize necessary immediate support for affected communities.

“Typhoon Odette has impacted thousands of families most especially the poor and the vulnerable. Before the onslaught of the typhoon, RAFI has already simulated its possible effects and since causing havoc, RAFI has monitored the damage it has caused in the Local Government Units (LGUs) it has affected. We have activated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in RAFI meant to carry out the emergency preparedness, emergency management, and disaster management plans. We are coordinating with LGUs, partners, and clients in ensuring their safety and welfare. We hope to respond to this disaster efficiently and strategically,” says Pet John Rom, RAFI-HDPR Manager.

RAFI, through its RAFI Emergency Operations Center, is coordinating with national and local government units for immediate typhoon response. As the need for immediate relief grows in the next days, the foundation is looking for partners and donors to help in providing assistance and relief to affected families and communities in Cebu Province.

Local and international organizations and partners can collaborate with RAFI’s response efforts. Support can be in the form of donations, collaborations, or sharing of expertise in disaster response.

RAFI’s Donation Hub is open. Donation channels are also open to private individuals who wish to help through in-kind or cash donations.

“As of today, RAFI is preparing to provide 10,000 relief packs to help the poor, vulnerable, and displaced.  We shall continue to assess the affected areas to provide the right response and rehabilitation efforts,” Rom added.

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers +6332-265-5914 (landline), +63917-633-2936 (Globe), and +63933-879-2966 (Sun).