PEF extends relief to typhoon-stricken communities

While struggling through the effects of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of families from many parts of Luzon faced yet another crisis last month: the devastation of Super Typhoon Rolly.

The damage on infrastructure and agriculture is estimated to be at P9.3 billion in severely hit Bicol region, where Rolly made landfall at its strongest, and about P713 million in Calabarzon, another area lashed by the storm, according to figures from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) has provided P1.4 million worth of relief assistance to typhoon-hit families in the two regions, with support geared towards helping them rebuild and recover.

A total of 9,600 households in Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, and Quezon received food packs, seeds for vegetable growing, and materials for house repairs and reconstruction.

Among beneficiaries were PEF partner organizations Saradit na Kristyanong Komunidad Farmers Corporation (SKK Farmers) in Camarines Sur and Yakap at Halik Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Quezon.

PEF brought construction supplies to SKK Farmers as the typhoon damaged its processing center. The organization was instrumental in the delivery of rice to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yakap and Halik coop, meanwhile, received vegetable seeds and fertilizer to support members to get back on track with their livelihood.

Residents in Catanduanes, one of the hardest-hit provinces, received food packs through the Pinoy Lingap-Damayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative. Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines also committed to provide 1,000 bottles of drinking water to typhoon victims.

PEF will continue to be a partner of affected communities wherever disaster may strike.

Photo by: Niña Jessela