I am such a loser in giving titles to my posts. Anyway, for our benefactors, here is a little more detailed narration of how we went about the relief operations in Ivisan. The night before we were set to go, the boys had a final count of the family packs – 427. Ivisan is a big town in Capiz with around 15 barangays so we didn’t really have enough to give everyone. We decided to go to Brgy. Balaring first. It is a 20-minute drive up in the mountains from the town proper. We went up to the hilly parts and went downhill to the beach as well. Help hardly reached the people and it takes so much effort for them to travel to the town for food and water.
Our first stop was at SB Member Paeng Untayao’s home . Before our trip, the SB Members already had a list of the head of the family of each household for each area that we decided to help.This is for the operation to be organized and for the packs to be well-distributed.
Ng Tiza, Bjo’s sister, introduced us to the crowd and gave instructions about the three stations before we started giving out the packs.
Still able to smile. 🙂
For our next stop, we trekked higher. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s higher or lower because we went up and down and up and down. Lol. Thank you to Nong Bob for going with us and letting us ride his truck of
Second Stop is here. Look at our nice make-shift tent. I must say, this is my favorite part. We were smiling and dancing while giving out the packs. The people were so happy and the operation went very smoothly. The kids were also cute and very thankful!
Junjun called this expecting Mom to give her baby clothes!
Our third stop was here. I think that this area hardly received any relief packs. I can see it through their looks and actions. Depressing how this used to be a paradise with a beautiful white sand beach just across tiny stunning islands.
Junjun sneaking a selfie.
Our last stop is at Poblacion Sur at Bjo’s ancestral home. They were also left with a roofless house but the family never failed to include the Ivisanons in their thoughts. Again, the SB Members had a list of the heads of the family beforehand. Those families were prioritized since we did not have that much.
Those who were not included in the list were asked to line up for the family packs that we have left. It is a mystery how we were able to give away so much when we only had 427 packs on hand. We did not seem to run out of goods. We even had the boxes of clothes and other goods out for the people to choose for themselves.
Just to let you know, private groups are advised to let members of the Local Government Unit know about the planned entry to a community. This is an SOP. We are but a small group. We only had our time and effort to give. We are very thankful for the private people who trusted us with their money and their boxes and sacks to help those who were affected.
The perky girl that I am, I first planned a short program for each area that we will go to. Haha. I just realized how dreamy I was with that. I wanted to host parlor games and to have a short “speech” of encouragement to the people. Sad to say, we didn’t have the luxury of time.
Wendell Sabile, here, who also sent his help, made a video of our trip:
I’m also ecstatic to tell you that the moment we set foot on our beloved Iloilo, more people pledged help. We are currently in the planning phase of our Batch 2!
- Road Trip to Capiz for a Cause (theappletizer.wordpress.com)
- Planning, Collecting, Packing for Ivisan (theappletizer.wordpress.com)