We went to the northern area of Cebu Island yesterday, in the city of Medellin, which was hit hard by the typhoon. Few died there, the damage is mostly physical. Roughly 90% of the buildings there were destroyed. There is no more electricity, and food and water is scarce.
We left with some young people from our community. There were about twenty of us. We brought food, water, and medicine that had initially been earmarked for the survivors of last month’s earthquake. When we got to Medellin, the local authorities sent us to two of the poorest neighbourhoods. We went from house to house to distribute goods.
I was very impressed by the attitude of the residents. They’re keeping their spirits up. They went straight to work, clearing the roads and rebuilding their wooden homes. At this point in time, they can only really count on themselves.
On Sunday morning, we were the first on the scene to provide aid. Then we saw others come with trucks, with more food than we had. When we left, we went back to city hall, where aid logistics were being worked out. Aid supplies were being gathered there and then distributed. I think they came mainly from companies and individuals. Apart from the government’s water trucks that came to distribute water, we didn’t see much distribution on behalf of the government.