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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Super Typhoon Pablo: The Aftermath (Compostela, ComVal Province)

"Help us!!! Donation please... We have nothing to eat!"

The moment we entered the first municipality of  Compostela Valley (Comval) Province yesterday (December 11, 2012), we were greeted by fallen trees and roofless houses. Tall, age-old bamboo trees, known for their endurance and flexibility, failed to withstand super typhoon Pablo's wrath. Some of them laid on the side of the road showing their uprooted fibrous roots.

When we reached the highway leading straight to the Municipality of Compostela, a grimmer picture greeted us. No word can fully describe the somber ambiance of the area.  

Trees that survived the storm stood on the ground- frail and basically lifeless.  

Thousands of hectares of banana plantations were eradicated overnight.

Some lost their roofs, others lost their walls. A lot more totally lost their homes.

Warehouses and big rice mills were not spared. 

A gloomy sight along the highway.

A military truck carrying donated coffins.

People displayed their placards begging for food along the highway as they waited for relief goods.

At a little past 1:00 p.m., we finally arrived at the Barangay Hall of Barangay San Miguel, Compostela, where throngs of people waited for us. A pile of steel trusses occupied the adjacent lot. "That used to be our gym," the people informed us. Sadly, in front of the fallen structure were what used to be the homes of these people.

We would like to thank Provincial Board Member Josielyn Romano and all the leaders of Barangay San Miguel, particularly their Barangay Chairman, for the orderly distribution of the relief goods.

We would also like to thank Fr. Artemio "Jun" Toyco, Jr., Parish Priest of the Municipality of Compostela,  for volunteering to help us distribute the other relief goods we brought with us.


This will NOT be the end of our relief operations for the victims of  Super Typhoon Pablo.We are now preparing to send food packs and medicines to one of the hardest hit areas in Davao Oriental. 

A BIG THANKS to our friends and families who have pledged to help us in this endeavor.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Health Facility Built Out of Love and Charity

In line with the assistance program of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes- Sweepstakes Employees Union (PCSO-SEU) and Mater et Puer Foundation  for the survivors of Typhoon Sendong, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro became the recipient of an integrated health facility.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Therapeutic Intervention for Children Under Stress Due to Calamities

When Typhoon Sendong struck the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, thousands of survivors were not only  left homeless but severely traumatized as well.  The urgent need for psycho-social support became apparent. 

To address this problem, the Mater et Puer Foundation, together with its partner, the PCSO-SEU-PEMBF, provided logistical support to bring in a team of trauma psycho-social experts headed by Mr. Jojet Mondares in order to train volunteers on the basics of debriefing trauma victims, especially children. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Road To Devastation

When tropical storm Sendong hit Mindanao in December 2011, Mater et Puer Foundation, in partnership with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office- Sweepstakes Employees Union- PCSO Employees Mutual Benefit Fund (PCSO-SEU-PEMBF), did not waste time in sending relief goods/hygiene kits to its victims in the hardest hit areas of Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. 

The Mother and Child Foundation

Access to basic health and medical services provided by the government are difficult to those who are poverty-stricken or those who are separated by distance to the mainstream lowland life.

It is therefore a moral and civic obligation of other sectors to provide what is necessary and adequate to reach out to this marginalized sector of society in consonance with the basic principle of social justice and equality.

With this in mind, Mater et Puer Foundation, Inc. came into being in 2003.
"The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all." ~Leo Rosten

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." ~Albert Pike
"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light." ~Norman B. Rice

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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