Staff/Contributors at D.R. Strategies, 2/10/12

On December 16, 2011 Tropical Storm Washi (known locally as Sendong) made landfall in Midanao. Although the Philippines routinely suffer storms of similar or higher strength every year, Tropical Storm Washi struck far south of the most storm-prone region of the country. The storm swept across towns and villages not accustomed to coping with storms of this strength. According to a December 20, 2011 report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the storm and accompanying floods killed 957 people, with 49 missing and 1,582 injured.

The storm affected 467,379 people, displacing 284,610. While Government support and relief assistance have been significant since the onset of the disaster, the provision of essential non-food items and emergency shelter have been minimal. According to the 2012 Humanitarian Action Plan, Emergency Revision, Philippines (Mindanao) Response to Tropical Storm Washi written by OCHA, there are still 47,100 families in need of emergency shelter and non-food items.

On February 6, 2012 The Philippines were struck by a series of earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 5.6 to 6.8 between the hours of 4AM and 11:30AM UTC. The quakes affected the region in and around the very highly populated Central Visayas as well as Mindanao, meaning that the same regions were struck by both Tropical Storm Washi and these severe quakes. At current estimates there are 58,000 families in need of emergency shelter and non-food items.

D.R. Strategies has partnered with United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the National Council of Churches (NCCP) to distribute “10-38 Boxes” to those in need. Our goal is to distribute 1,000 boxes to the Philippines by the end of March 2012. By doing so we can assist 10,000 people suffering in the aftermath of these back-to-back disasters.