Continuous heavy rains have left more than 2.4 million people destitute in the Philippines

16 August 2012

The areas of Luzon and Visayas have been severely affected. According to the latest reports 67 people have died, 362,300 people have evacuated to 729 evacuation centres and an additional 284,200 people are staying with relatives and friends. You can read more information about the situation in The OCHA Humanitarian Report. 

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente reports that people were trapped in the deluge. The transport system was paralyzed, leaving thousands stranded in the streets, as major routes became impassable for vehicles. Families lost their homes and many were forced to find temporary shelter. Eight parishes are functioning as evacuation centres housing mainly women, children and infants. Relief goods were also distributed to families who decided to remain.

At the time of writing this appeal we have information that the Anglican Agency US. (formerly USPG: Anglicans in World Mission) has given a grant to the help the relief effort. We will continue updating this information regarding other Anglican agencies’ involvement.

Bishop Joselito T. Cruz, General Secretary of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente is asking for support to continue and reinforce their relief work. The Church has an established disaster response program under the IFI-TFER (Iglesia Filipina Independiente-Task Force on Emergency Relief). This program is implemented through Operation Sambayanihan which facilitates relief missions to families dislocated from their homes and deprived of their source of living in the course and aftermath of any calamity and catastrophic event. More details are below:

Targeted area: South Central Luzon

Targeted community: Urban poor and farmers (see the table)

Number of beneficiaries: 5.000 families

Time frame: 11 August to 31 August 2012

Who is responsible for implementing the response: The Office of the General Secretary of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

 

If you would like to contribute to this appeal, please send your donations to the following account of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

Account Name:                   Philippine Independent Church

Dollar Account No:           4984-0023-14

Swift Code:                          BOPIPHMM

                                                Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

                                                Padre Faura Branch, Manila

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente will provide updates on the situation and how resources have been used to respond to this emergency. The Anglican Alliance will post the report back on this appeal.

This is a pilot for the relief guidelines and online forms which are being developed by the Anglican Alliance.

If you wish to make a comment on the guidelines or on this appeal, please contact: tania.nino@aco.org