This story will be updated over the coming days and week. — Ed.
Ten days ago Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Republic of the Philippines. The worst to date for this island nation, Haiyan’s first landfall was at Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It then moved west, devastating Tolosa, Daanbantayan, Bantayan Island, and Concepcion, before moving away from its sixth and final landfall at Busuanga, Palawan.
In 20 hours, winds that at times reached 300 km/h killed thousands of people also injured tens of thousands and displaced millions. Survivors spread over 44 provinces are now in dire need of aid to help repair their villages, towns, and lives.
Here on Jeju, people are stepping up. Filipinos, expats, and Koreans alike are coming together to raise money and promote awareness about the disaster.
One local group called the “Filipino Community in Jeju” (Filcom Jeju) is stepping up, sending help and hope from one island home to another.
Filcom Jeju President Jenny Tadle said in an interview with JWW that individual Filipinos and many organizations around the island have rallied to raise money and awareness for those affected in the Philippines.
Tadle said that she’s been contacted by a number of local social and academic organizations pledging financial assistance and moral support, including a local women’s group, students at Jeju National University, and administrators at Branksome Hall Asia. Over the coming weeks, she said fundraisers and events are in the works to contribute to the long-term relief effort.
On Facebook, Tadle praised participants at the last Heirloom5 Market, which took place on Sunday afternoon at Geunrim Park, in Gu-Jeju. There was a Filcom Jeju donation box at the event and some 259,000 won were donated by expat and Korean market-goers.
“No words to describe how i appreciate your kindness,” Tadle wrote in a post on the Facebook group Jeju Island Social.
Tadle, who is a long-time Jeju resident who gained her Korean citizenship in 2007, said that people who would like to contribute to Filcom Jeju’s relief operation campaign can contact her directly for more information. At the moment, she said Filcom Jeju has yet to be issued government documents necessary for a dedicated bank account, but the wheels have been set in motion.
There is also an upcoming event on the island to raise money.
Filcom Jeju’s preferred Manila-based NGO is called Citizens’ Disaster Response Center. The national director is Bernie Aquino, who was here on Jeju speaking about measures to help Filipinos after an October 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the Central Visayas. Tadle said that she made contact with Aquino at that time and since then they’ve been in close communication regarding Jeju’s typhoon relief campaign.
As of Nov. 19, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines says that 3,982 people are confirmed dead, 1,602 are missing, and 18,266 are injured. Some 295,590 homes are completely destroyed, and another 301,650 are partially damaged. Power, water and cellular service are still problematic in many areas.
In keeping with the Nov. 11 Presidential Proclamation (No. 682) declaring a state of national calamity, 24,700 personnel have been deployed to the affected areas to “expedite response operations.”
Eighty-eight medical teams, half from overseas, are working around the clock to tend to the injured and most at risk in the typhoon’s aftermath.
There is also up-to-date info from Google’s Crisis Response Page.