CDO: Our Vacation Turned Relief Operation – Part 2

Posted: January 8, 2012 in Blog, Events, Travel

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CDO: Our Vacation Turned Relief Operation
Part2
ITLog No. 13
(26-30 December, 2011)

Waking up the next morning and was told and confirmed by Zest Airways that the cargo of relief goods has arrived and we could pick them up at the cargo area of CDO airport, but arriving there and upon checking, it was not yet sent to Cagayan de Oro and was still in Manila, we decided then to buy sacks of rice and mosquito nets to be packed and to be distributed. After buying 5 sacks of rice we headed back to the house at Tibasak and with the kids packed into small bags. While they were packing we headed to cogon area and look for mosquito nets, we entered first Kabee store where we got around 23 family sized mosquito nets then transferred to Kaking store where we waited for a long time later to find out that all their stocks were at the warehouse and decided just to go there. Reaching the warehouse, which was blocked by plastic doors taken from another warehouse which was soaked in mud and they were drilling holes at the bottom to drain them and then washing them off to be sold again. Inside the warehouse was a strong odor, which was really bad and the workers has no protective masks to cover their noses. We then ordered around 80 pieces of mosquito nets then headed back to the house for lunch.

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The afternoon was spent just lazing around because the cargo of relief has not yet arrived. By 1700hrs the girls started to prepare our dinner which consisted of pasta and bread after the singing of praise for dinner by the brothers, we started eating our dinner like a line in a mess hall where we were given portions of pasta then the sauce then pieces of bread, dessert was a challenge because our dessert was durian. Since the brothers, tin and geloy will be leaving the next day, we took some group photos and then the brothers blessed some items including the altar. The rest of the evening was spent watching a movie in my laptop.

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After the brothers left at 0400am, tin and geloy brought to the airport to catch their plane ride back to Manila and the cargo of relief goods has not arrived from Manila, we decided to distribute the loaves of bread because it might spoil out if we wait for the other goods. We headed for Cala-cala area (the worst area hit by the flood) where we distributed the loaves of bread which all the people there, young and old was so happy to receive it for breakfast and were asking if we had also coffee but said sorry we had only bread. After Cala-cala, we headed for Biasong/Tambo area where I entered a compound where cars where stuck up their garages and cars piled in one side of the compound, could not go near because of the deep mud, there was also a chapel deep in mud. We then headed to the covered court at Macasandig and gave all our remaining loaves of bread, this is when we realized that we went to three different places and there were lots of people cuing up to receive the bread but we still had bread to give out, it was just like multiplication of bread. We were even giving out bread of the road to our next destinations.

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This is where I went south and felt ill, so i decided rest while they went out and see CDO for what it really is.

Thanks to the donors:
Melissa Villa and Project Pearls: Php10,00 plus 1 big box
Arpie Patriarca: 10 boxes of assorted good including toothbrushes and toothpaste
Mervin Manalo: 400 loaves of bread
Sol R Angeles: Php4000
Annabelle Maralit-Zaldarriaga: 9 boxes assorted goods
Miguel Lindog: Php5,000
Usapang KALYE: Php1,500
Adrian Lucas: Php3,000
Baguio: Php5,000
Tin Sweetcorn Lapid: Php3000 for rice
Geloy Conception: for the mosquito nets

Continued…

All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use, copy, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, without his explicit permission, is punishable by law

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Philippines License.

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