In the latter part of 2016, the Foundation noted that almost 1,000 families in Oriental Mindoro were reported to have been evacuated from their homes due to the tragic devastation left by Typhoon Nina. Realizing that many of those families have not received enough assistance to repair or rebuild their homes, the Foundation sought a few local government units of Calapan City to reach out to more than 100 families still needing housing assistance through the TYKFI HOPE Caravan project.
By May this year, the Foundation was initially assisted by PNB Calapan City branch headed by Ms. Liberty Medes, in locating the barangays most affected by the typhoon and the qualified beneficiaries who may receive assistance in the form of house construction materials.
The evaluation team composed of Lara Abaleta of TYKFI and Hoira Dominguez of PNB Head Office visited the identified households in Barangays Bulusan, Mahal na Pangalan, and Suqui last May 19-20, 2017. Upon visitation, the team noted the tragic effects left by the typhoon which were still evident even months after its onslaught – dilapidated houses, makeshift shelters, unrepaired foundation, damaged livelihood, and impaired lives. Some families had to relocate to other barangays or temporarily stay with other relatives because their homes have remained unfit to live in.
Just in time before the rainy season started, in coordination with the local barangay officials of Brgy. Suqui headed by barangay captain Richard San Agustin, a total of 32 beneficiaries could not contain their gratitude as they received the coupons they would present to the hardware to claim their chosen housing materials last June 9, 2017. Also present to assist during the distribution were PNB’s Ms. Libay Medes and Ms. Joy Baculo.
The next day, June 10, 2017, 63 beneficiaries gathered at the Holy Cross Chapel at Barangay Bulusan and attended the mass before they received yet another blessing. In coordination with the barangay officials headed by Brgy. Captain Carmelita Mañibo, the project team composed of Evelyn Abao and Lara Abaleta from TYKFI and PNB’s Hoira Dominguez were in return very much blessed to have touched more lives.
A total of 15 beneficiaries hailing from barangays Mahal na Pangalan, Tibag, Lalud, Lumangbayan, and Pachoca were present at the PNB Calapan branch for the last day of distribution on June 11, 2017. PNB Calapan branch officers and employees were present to assist the Foundation.
Ms. Annabella Magadia, a valued client of the said branch, was also present and personally thanked the team for including their church members from Brgy. Mahal na Pangalan and Tibag as recipients. She was grateful for the Foundation was also able to extend and even used her as a channel of blessings. Ms. Margie M. Mendoza, the Sales and Service Head, also recommended four beneficiaries, including two security guards of the bank who are in need of assistance.
Through the recipients’ warm smiles as they received the symbol of the generous grant, the Foundation knew that the help, however small, was of big impact to their families.
Calapan City Housing Assistance