On the island of Palawan, 18 pupils in the elementary school are sent to school under the Basic Literacy Program (BLP) of Kapatiran. The BLP started there in the school year 2009-2010.
From Kapatiran’s partner organization, PCART (Palawan Center for Appropriate Rural Techonology) Lauren (Oyen) J. Padilla reports on the effect of the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in their area:
“… Fortunately no one among the 18 families or in Danleg was injured during the two typhoons (Yolanda and Zoraida). It was their rice production that was destroyed (majority of the rice fields were almost ready for harvest when the calamities hit).palawan1 The floods in Danleg and surrounding areas reached neck-deep at the height of the torrential rains that came with the two succeeding typhoons. Fortunately again, there was no serious food shortage in the area, at least for PCART partners, as they were enjoined to plant survival foods like root crops as part of the overall effort to ensure food security even in times of calamities. Supply of rice, however, would significantly be affected. Classes, on the other hand, were suspended for almost two weeks because the schools waited for the water to subside. The pupils are now back in school.
As of the time of writing on 27 November Oyen continues: “No relief aid has reached Dumaran since the National Government’s and other organizations’ efforts have been concentrated in more devastated areas like Eastern Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Iloilo; while the Provincial Government of Palawan is concentrating in Coron, Culion and Busuanga. The main problem now actually will be the availability of seeds for planting in the area. More than the short-term food relief, it is the planting materials that are needed more now in the area as these will help the people organize their production again and get back on their feet. The support we are soliciting for PCART areas (not only for Danleg) is for re-supplying the partners with planting materials, especially rice seeds (palay), as the destruction of their fields was total, leaving them no seeds at all to replant. If you could help us in this, it would greatly be appreciated.”
After soliciting Kapatiran’s support of 38 sacks of palay (rice seeds) we are very happy that plans to get this to them are on the way.