Date: 01 Jun 2014
Cat: Famine Relief

Baganga Famine Response

Davao Oriental – Mindanao, Philippines

DAVAO ORIENTAL – On December 4, 2012, a super typhoon roared at early dawn into the east coast of Davao Oriental in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. Typhoon Pablo (codename: Bopha) was such a huge storm. Its magnitude, coupled with the utter unpreparedness of the populations, wrought devastating impact to the affected populations. It brought losses to lives and properties and totally damaged the coconut farmland, which is the main source of livelihood.

The CTF regional office of Mindanao had organized a feeding program for one year among schoolchildren. 3,077 children were enrolled in the program coming from six (6) primary schools of Baganga in coordination with the Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) or basic ecclesial communities and the parish of Lambajon. The project is supported by SOS-DRS (Servants of St. Camillus Disaster Relief Service), CTF Central, Camillian provinces and delegations and private donors.

During the mid-feeding assessment, ninety four percent (94%) of the 3,077 children beneficiaries have improved their nutritional status to the “Normal” body mass index (BMI) when the feeding program started. There was a reduction of those initially identified as “Wasted” from ten percent (10%) to four percent (4%). Those who were “Severely Wasted” have been reduced to one percent (1%) and those who were “Obese” has been eliminated. At the closing of the program, ninety nine percent (99%) of the children have improved their nutritional status to “Normal” exceeding the target of 90%. The children have improved their performance at the end of the feeding program as indicated in their regular attendance in school. One percent (1%) of the children have shown poor performance in school due to transfer of location or displacement after typhoon.

Aside from feeding program, 29 members of the basic ecclesial communities coming from the 6 participating schools attended and completed the training on Community Health Care and community building. Most of them are mothers of the children enrolled in the feeding program. These trained mothers compose the Community Based Health Program (CBHP) staff of the parish.

These programs are also in preparation for a long-term intervention (3 years) program of SeS Phil – CTF on Agro-Forestation and Livelihood Development in Baganga. The main objectives of this project are: [1] To reforest, restore and protect the total target 400 hectares uplands of the devastated coconut uplands of Baganga within the next 3 years; [2] To conduct continuing education programs among the target beneficiaries, stakeholders and indigenous peoples on value formation, capability building activities, technical training, workshops, fora and local study missions; and [3] To organize and established community based livelihood projects and agri-enterprises among the upland farmers with their families. This will be primarily financed by the episcopal conference of Italy (CEI).

By CTF Mindanao