Relief Operations of Progressive Partylists:

Anakpawis Partylist relief work in San Mateo and other areas in Metro Manila


Posted: October 12, 2009


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Volunteers from Anakpawis Partylist, Kilusang Mayo Uno, NNARA Youth and IOHSAD conducted a medical mission and relief operation in San Mateo, Rizal last Thursday, benefiting some 1,300 families. Dubbed as "Tulong Anakpawis," the relief drive mobilized material and financial support from various communities in Metro Manila for the victims of tropical storm "Ondoy." Tulong Anakpawis volunteers also took time to do house-to-house visits before distributing relief goods at the local parish. Location: San Mateo, Rizal


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Tulong Anakpawis goes to San Mateo

Arroyo’s incompetence pushed ordinary workers, vendors, drivers, farmers, students, slum dwellers and fire volunteers to link arms for relief / medical mission to ravaged town

Their hard earned coins were enough.

After two days of collecting donations from ordinary workers, vendors, drivers, farmers, students, slum dwellers and middle class communities in Quezon City, Tulong Anakpawis began distributing relief goods today in the ravaged town of San Mateo, one of the towns hardest hit by the tragic flashflood last September 26. Fire volunteers also joined in to distribute much needed clean water to the affected homes.

According to Anakpawis Rep. Joel Maglunsod, the relief operations of Tulong Anakpawis is a strong testimony to the tie that binds all Filipinos, especially the poor, that is, to rely on their collective strength in times of tragedy and despair. He said that in a span of two days, they were able to gather enough relief goods, medical volunteers and even fiirefighters to render immediate support directly to poor families gravely affected by the flash flood that left thousands homeless, hundreds dead and hundreds more still missing.

Maglunsod also said that their relief mission was triggered by the Arroyo government’s incompetence in addressing the emergency situation. He said that their members complained of the absence of any rescue effort from the government during and after the tragic flashflood. “This leads us to the question whether the financial aid from other countries be used for helping the victims? Or, will all the money be washed away to nowhere like the emergency fund used to pay for the president’s luxurious trips abroad?’ With everything that happened the past days, it may be like hoping for a life vest during Ondoy’s onslaught.”

Despite this, Maglunsod added, the masses bravely stepped up to ensure that no more lives will be lost through launching widespread relief operations. “Our chapters rose from the mud that almost killed them four days ago and launched localized relief operations and education campaigns to explain the root causes of the tragedy that befell all of us. That the numerous deaths and large-scale destruction to our homes and livelihood is not about nature taking its course. That the tragedy could have been prevented or minimized if only the government did its job.”

Tulong Anakpawis is a combined relief effort inititated by Anakpawis Partylist, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Task Force Obrero, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center (CBBRC), Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), Pamalakaya Pilipinas and National Network of Agrarian Reform-Youth (NNARA-Youth of UP and PUP). They are accepting volunteers and donations, in cash or in kind to be distributed immediately to affected areas in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalod and Central Luzon . Interested donors and volunteers may call their hotline numbers, 4269442 or 4359402, email, anakpawis2003@ or visit www.anakpawis. net. # #




Emergency relief and medical mission

Brgy. Ampid, San Mateo, Rizal

October 1, 2009