Three weeks ago, one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit the country battered the northern part of the Philippines. Super typhoon “Mangkhut”, known locally as “Ompong”, had caused massive flooding and landslides, which damaged crops, properties, and houses all over northern Luzon and the Cordillera.
The municipality of Itogon, Benguet, is one of the most devastated towns from the onslaught of super typhoon Ompong. Homes were buried and lives were taken in just hours of torrential downpours and unforgiving winds. According to Rappler, the number of fatalities in the Benguet province has reached 100 after two weeks of retrieval operations – with Barangay Ucab having the highest number at 68.
On October 5, 2018, Monol delivered amassed donations from students, teachers, and staff to the affected communities of Itogon and other municipalities of Benguet. Donations given were sacks of rice, boxes of canned goods and noodles, as well as toiletries, clothing, footwear, and school supplies.
Monol brought the goods to Our Lady of Lourdes Church and to Ucab Barangay Hall in Itogon specifically for the residents of Ucab and Loacan, two of the severely affected barangays of Itogon. The donations were disseminated to other affected areas as well.
Repacking of donations at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (October 6, 2018)
Distribution of goods at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (October 6, 2018)
Apart from the municipality of Itogon, Monol also went to the Philippine Red Cross in La Trinidad, Benguet, to hand over donations for the municipality of Atok as well as four barangays in Kabayan, Benguet, namely Eddet, Lusod, Anchokey, and Tawangan. In addition to sacks of rice, canned goods and clothing, schools supplies were also imparted.
*If you also wish to give your support to the affected communities in the Benguet province, please feel free to be in touch with the Philippine Red Cross or directly contact Ucab Barangay Hall through the following:
– Philippine Red Cross (Ms. Kristine Quilala) – 074-422-2796
– Barangay Ucab (Mr. Tony Pesase/Mr. Alain Abdul) – +63-919-449-8857