The NRCP holds a relief operation in Tiwi, Albay on November 10, 2020.

In response to the devastation caused by typhoon Rolly, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) conducted a relief operation in Bicol region on November 9-10, 2020.

The NRCP team distributed more than 200 packs of relief supplies to three municipalities in Albay namely, Malinao, Tiwi, and Daraga. More than 100 packs were also dispatched to Catanduanes province the following week. These areas are among the worst-hit by typhoon Rolly.

Around 300 families benefitted from the said relief operation, which was done with the participation of local government units (LGU) officials.

Ms. Teresita Celestial Ceneta, a barangay kagawad in Malinao, shared that the relief operation is a big help to the community, citing that Rolly ravaged their rice crops and affected their water supply. She also observed that the prices of basic commodities in the market rose as a direct result of the typhoon.

In another interview, Mr. Jaime Lomvencido, a barangay captain in Tiwi, mentioned that relief efforts should target all members of the community, citing complaints that only those categorized as “totally damaged” are benefitting from donated supplies.

“Alamin dapat kung sino ang nangangailangan. Kahit yung mga partially damaged ay dapat mabigyan din ng pangangailangan nila tulad ng trapal,” expressed Ms. Carmen Rodriqueza, a local of the said barangay. She is among those staying at the evacuation center after strong winds and river flooding wiped out her coastal house.

Capt. Lomvencido further raised that the national government should help the community establish a sustainable livelihood program such as abaca handicraft weaving. Accordingly, the typhoon exacerbated the community’s economic woes and poverty incidence.

A coastal area in Tiwi, Albay which have been devastated by typhoon Rolly.

 

A local tourism staff stands amidst structures which have been buried by lahar overflow at the height of typhoon Rolly.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rolly P. Miraflor, a tour guide in Busay, mentioned that quarrying is one of the major causes of the lahar overflow, which destroyed houses and farms, and thus, the government should consider this issue/concern during planning sessions in order to prevent future disasters.

The said outreach is an initiative of the Council not only to support the Disaster Risk Reduction Management agenda but also to immerse the NRCP personnel on volunteer activities.

According to Dr. Geraldo S. Petilla, NRCP Finance and Administrative Division Chief, the agency will organize a volunteering group next year to promote patriotism among the Filipino youths and deepen their awareness of pressing national and local issues including calamities and disasters.