Disaster Response

Under the Disaster Response Program, Operation Blessing has a three-pronged approach:

disaster preparedness and management training

relief goods distribution, and

recovery and rehabilitation.

One example of OB’s rehabilitation project after Typhoon Yolanda is the Community of Hope (COH) – a resettlement project in Tacloban that aims for a sustainable community through provision of housing and livelihood programs.

FROM THE FIELD

Volunteer Story: Giving the Gift of Time

Christmas and New Year celebrations are occasions we usually look forward to being with our families and friends. But Ryan Del Barrio, 42, Operation Blessing’s (OB) volunteer, heed the call to travel hundreds of miles away from home to gift his time and skills to...

Clean water for Odette-affected areas in Bohol

"The water is so precious to us now because since the Typhoon Odette, we really have no water in the island. The price of 5 gallons of water container escalated to ₱100 ($1.95) from only ₱40 ($0.78) before the typhoon,” shares Pastor Samuel Blanco, 42, a minister in...

A Teacher’s Extra Effort

Teacher Jason Sarno has been teaching at Sapang Munti Elementary School (SMES) in Barangay San Mateo in Norzagaray, Bulacan for over seven years now. He hails from the same town but needs to travel for an hour to get to the school.   The school caters to roughly 94...

Displaying resilience amid the pandemic

For Rachell Anne Buen, wife to a Dumagat-Remontado bloodline, life has been a tough trek she and her family endure much like the journey to Brgy. San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan where they live. That’s why when Operation Blessing has reached their place to extend help,...

Hope after the storm

“The water was waist-deep we had to move our belongings and place it on top of our double deck bed. We couldn’t go out because it was very windy, we had to endure the flood until 4 in the morning. We couldn’t sleep, we kept praying for safety, and for the typhoon to...

Broken house but not a broken hope

The family of Lilibeth Anos, 43 years old and mother of 3, is just one of the hundreds that were affected by typhoon Jolina when it hit Samar province last September this year. Their house is made of wood and nipa’s, and it was badly damaged. Most of their belongings...

Struggles end as gratitude begins

A severe tropical storm locally known as Maring made a heavy rainfall on October 11, 2021, in northern Luzon, wreaking havoc on the region. Many people from different municipalities and barangays have been affected and displaced due to rising floodwaters. One of the...

Community of Hope invests in children’s future

Marissa’s heart belongs to the children in her community in Palanog, Tacloban. She desires to help them with their learning needs. Marissa Arandia moved into the community in May 2017 as a beneficiary of Community of Hope (COH), a housing project for families who were...

Jolina-hit coastal communities face a grueling recovery

In and around Catbalogan, Samar, our Disaster Response team witnessed widespread destruction of homes and properties due to Typhoon Jolina (Conson). “We nearly died because of that storm,” shared Carlo Lomuardo, 36, of Brgy. Rama in Catbalogan City. Like many people...

A spirit that can’t be broken by any typhoon

Typhoon Jolina, known internationally as Tropical Storm Conson, hit landfall nine times during its onslaught from Monday, September 6th to Wednesday, September 8th. It was a severe tropical cyclone that impacted the central Philippines. Velma Basilan, 51 years of age,...

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Whether it’s a natural disaster such as a storm, tornado, earthquake, or tsunami, or refugees in the midst of life-threatening conflict needing critical relief, Operation Blessing is helping disaster victims endure and recover by providing critical aid.