LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Urgent call to the national government

We are a small Mindanao-based NGO trying to give our humble share in response to the devastation brought by Typhoon Pablo. We have decided to focus our efforts and resources to one (Barangay Ban-o, Baganga, Davao Oriental) of the 42 barangays. After more than two weeks on the ground, we wish to share our observations, and bring to your attention the very dire situation in Baganga, Davao Oriental.

The massive devastation requires immediate well-coordinated response from government (particularly the National Government) and all sectors. While there has been tremendous outpouring of goodwill and generosity, much is still desired more than two weeks after the disaster.

We issue this very urgent call to:

1. The National Government, especially DPWH, AFP Engineering, etc. to immediately mobilize all available resources particularly heavy equipment to supplement the equipment already on the ground;

2. The neigboring local government units to send their equipment, facilities and human resources to help in the clearing and cleaning up operations;

3. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to immediately send teams to monitor and control the prices of basic commodities especially fuel prices that have increased more than 100%.

Thank you very much for your immediate action.

Respectfully yours,

Balay Mindanaw

Charlito “Kaloy” Manlupig, President (0917-7176000; 0918-8877111)
Rochelle “Bibing” Mordeno, Executive Director (0949-3625874)

Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc.
53A, 12th Street, Zone 2, Upper Bulua
Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao
The Philippines