FilAms reach out to overlooked areas in the wake of Yolanda

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 26, 2013

DALY CITY, Calif. – The world strongest typhoon certainly ravished the Philippines. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council affect 9,927,335 individuals, destroyed 530,479 homes and damaged 573,149 homes and injured 25,615 people.

As of press time, it killed 5,240 nationwide. In Leyte alone, 4,432 people lost their lives.

So far, foreign aid has reached more than $357 million.

In Daly City, California, a group of Filipinos are also doing their part to help kababayans in need back home. At the Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center (PBRC), they packed more than 140 boxes filled with medicine, canned goods and clothes.

“The help is so overwhelming. All kinds organizations, clubs, people are coming here to help us, be volunteers,” Erlinda Galeon, president of PBRC said.

They are sending help to the devastated areas, they claim, have been been overlooked, such as the island of Panay in Western Visayas. Around 200 people are known to have died there.

“To all my kababayans there, in Iloilo City, in Passi City, in Roxas City, we’ll try to work hard here to help and support you guys,” Daly City Commissioner Dorie Paniza said.

Perla Ibarrientos, past president of PBRC and also a native of Panay added, “I feel so bad for the people there. They are so neglected!”

Paniza and Ibarrientos said they will personally visit their hometowns in Panay this December to distribute the goods. They said with help focused on Eastern Visayas, people in Western Visayas feel as if they’ve been forgotten.

But American Evan Boyd, whose company, Allied Waste Services, donated $10,000 to PBRC’s typhoon relief efforts, sent this message to them: “Help is on the way. There are folks that 100% behind you and are going to do everything they can to get the goods and services to you.”

Western Visayas has also received close to $260,000 in aid from the Philippine government. But many people in that area can only hope that help continues to come in, as they struggle to recover from this horrific tragedy.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • kikay pang0
    26 November 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I was viewing an aerial shot pictures of before and after by typhoon Haiyan , it looked exactly the same .

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