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

Feeling blessed

“I feel so blessed! We are part of the last batch to arrive at the Community of Hope (COH), but blessings continue to overflow. We now have electricity, the road was fixed and cemented, and now there is livelihood assistance for us,” shares Jacob Tonido gleefully....

Mabini Family’s road to progress

Liza Mabini, 54, sells vegetables in Tacloban City Market with her husband, Romeo. They are both hard-working and very hands-on in their business. The Mabini family is one of the 97 families residing in Operation Blessing’s Community of Hope (COH) in Palanog. COH is...

Bringing joy to a Dumagat’s home

The Dumaya family, belonging to the Dumagat indigenous tribe in Dingalan, Aurora, lives a simple life close to the nature. The head of the family, 50-year-old Marshall Dumaya, catches fish and harvests rattan for a living. Believing there are 15 more years to wait...

Unshaken by the quake

Veronica’s faith remains immovable despite being shaken by the strong quake! "When I felt the violent movement of the ground, I found myself raising my hands and instinctively praying loudly, ‘Lord, Lord, please save us!’" she shared, with tears in her eyes. Veronica...

Operation Blessing aid Southernmost part of Leyte

Life became harsh for 58-year-old Gerry Anagao when a category 5 typhoon ravaged his home in San Ricardo, Leyte in December 2021. Eight months in, his house remain uninhabitable for the lack of roofing sheets and crushed hedges. The memory of the storm is still fresh...

A 70-year-old Ukrainian witnesses Russia’s missile bombing

Operation Blessing continues to provide relief to displaced Ukrainian refugees in different shelters in Poland, and one of them is Katolicky Dom Kultury in Krakow Eden. Hundreds of food bags containing rice, pasta, flour, sugar and salt, canned food, and snacks were...

Islanders received roofing sheets from partners in Japan

Two days after Typhoon Odette barreled through Southern Leyte in December 2021, Josephine Salazar and her family returned from the evacuation site to their home in Limasawa Island to find it in ruins. She fell to her knees and sobbed. “The storm tore our whole roof...

22 families receive new fishing boats for livelihood

It has been more than two years since Taal Volcano erupted affecting as far as the neighboring cities with thick layers of dangerous ash fall. For those who live in Taal, the damage is far worse. Arnel Landicho, 52, is one of them. According to him, "The eruption of...

Troubled mother gains confidence to bounce back after a disaster

“How can I gain my life back before this disastrous event?” was the first question Marites asked of the Lord upon seeing her house struck down by the storm. Even after 8 months since Typhoon Odette (Rai) hit Visayas and Mindanao regions, many families continue to...

Relief and comfort for Abrenian earthquake survivors

It was a regular Wednesday morning; his son was out at work, his wife was doing the laundry, and he was preparing to go to the farm to work, when suddenly, the ground violently shook. “We were shocked. We prayed for God to save us. The earthquake was really strong,”...

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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.