Typhoon Response in the Philippines

CPSP-Philippines has been busy both in training workers and providing crisis care to primary victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Two groups, one from Baguio and one from Manila, came together to work with refugees in Manila as well as those still in Tacloban.

Joyce and Noel are still in Tacloban.  They have done much work there together with the Bless Yolanda survivors group.  Today, she was asked to speak at the meeting with the UN, Commander of the whole operations at the airport, DSWD, Office of Civil Defense and other countries’ leaders manning the airport.  The person who hosted them there is Commodore Roy Trinidad, a naval officer that I worked with during the Sendong relief operation at Iligan City.

As per training and collaboration work, Toogsie conducted three crisis care trainings – Irosin, Sorsogon, GCF-East and CCF-St. Francis Square. The CCF training was attended by various stakeholders from the government and private organizations (PNP, DOH, Clinical Psychologists, Ministers, Lay Volunteers, etc.).  Tootsie and Joyce co-taught at GCF and CCF.  For the last two Saturdays, Tootsie’s group went to United Evangelical Church of the Philippines, a Chinese Church in Binondo, to debrief the survivors who were mostly Chinese businessmen and to facilitate the crisis care training conducted by Ms. Cristina Co, a professor at AGS and pastor at said church.

Disaster Response in the Philippines

As most of the world knows, there has been some major disasters in the Philippines in the last few months. Most recently, we have had Typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan) that has cut a swath through the Visayas and Southern Luzon. While news has centered on Tacloban, Leyte, many other pars of the Philippines have suffered greatly but with less news fanfare.

A month before this, the island of Bohol was struck by a powerful earthquake with considerable damage and loss of life.

Before that, a major kidnapping and a series of attacks on villages around Zamboanga, have left many homeless.

CPSP-PI has embraced the need for disaster response, particularly in the area of crisis care chaplaincy.

In Baguio, the training centers of Bukal Life Care and PBTS are working together to do training for crisis care chaplaincy and form teams to go to Leyte. Two teams have been established, with plans to assist another.

Tootsie and others in Manila are developing partnerships to do training and trip work in additional locations.

More information will be given as plans solidify. We are thankful of the commitment of members of CPSP-PI to be involved in this work, as well as commitment of members of CPSP to assist the effort.