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

Fire Survivors in Tondo Receive Aid from Operation Blessing

Last month, a fire tore through a residential neighborhood in Tondo, Manila. The blaze raged for nearly seven hours before firefighters were able to extinguish it. Eunice Julio, a 27-year-old mother of two, was one of the fire's survivors. "It happened around 10pm,"...

From street dweller to business owner 

At only 26, Paolo Olores’ journey through life had been a rough one, marked by hardship and resilience.   His early years were spent navigating the harsh realities of street life alongside his family. His mother toiled as a garbage collector, while he and his brother...

From damp walls to freedom

The dusty air of Israel bore witness to the harrowing encounter of Gelienor “Jimmy” Pacheco, a 33-year-old caregiver from Ilocos Norte, who found himself in a struggle for survival when Hamas terrorists attacked and abducted him and hundreds of others. In an interview...

Window to recovery

It was an unforgettable day in Irene Erwin's life—the day when Super Typhoon Mawar made its destructive presence known. As the storm's approach became imminent, Irene couldn't help but feel a sense of fear and uncertainty gripping her heart. "When I heard that there...

Enduring consecutive catastrophes

Once a safe shelter, the home of Irene de Jesus in Brgy. Lipcan, Bangued, Abra became a battleground against the raging floodwaters of Typhoon Egay. Irene was a dedicated housewife, taking care of her two children, aged 13 and 10, who were both studying. As a...

A sudden disruption

It was John Lesner Paliza’s first time becoming an evacuee. He lived comfortably in Sorsogon all his life. When he and his wife, Janelle, got married, they decided to stay in Albay. It’s been only three years since they moved to their home in Brgy. Salugan when Mayon...

Rising from the ashes

In the bustling city of Sta. Cruz, Manila, 32-year-old Maricel Hera faced life's challenges head-on. She lives with her husband, Ricardo, and their six children. Life was far from easy for them, and they relied on Ricardo's modest income as a household helper to make...

From loss to abundance

Isaganie Mendez is a fisherman from Matawe, Dingalan, Aurora. He lost everything to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses. His boat, which was his primary source of living, was severely damaged, and their house was affected, too. Isaganie, however, saw a glimpse of hope...

Against the tides

Leovel Moreno, a 53-year-old fisherman from Brgy. Estrella, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, had spent more than 35 years of his life at sea. He had weathered storms and battled against the unpredictable tides to provide for his family. Although he had hopes of completing...

A new chapter for the Abarra family

In the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, Ronnie Abarra and his family faced a bleak future with no home and no means to rebuild their lives. Ronnie Abarra, 29 years old, vividly remembers the devastation that Typhoon Yolanda brought to his hometown, Leyte. The typhoon...

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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.