NEWS AND UPDATES OF YOLANDAS DEVASTATION ON UMC COMMUNITIES IN THE VISAYAS

UMCOR Mobilizes Disaster Response in Philippines
November 10, 2013—In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is actively mobilizing resources to respond to this latest and largest in a series of disasters to hit the Philippines over the past twelve months.
Although an accurate casualty toll is yet to be determined, it is clear that the destruction and disruption of lives due to Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, is massive. Haiyan crashed into the Philippines on Friday, November 8.
UMCOR Assistant General Secretary for International Disaster Response Rev. Jack Amick and director of the UMCOR Philippines office Ciony Eduarte worked together to develop an appropriate and strategic response. UMCOR is making plans to fill the gaps in the disaster-relief delivery network and go where the need is greatest. “Our goal,” said Eduarte “will be to reach the yet unreached with supplies that meet their basic needs.”
The initial response from UMCOR will involve the distribution of food and water purification tablets. UMCOR expects to provide relief services to at least 1,000 families. In the coming weeks, UMCOR will begin to assess the viability of longer-term rehabilitation projects.
“This was an extremely destructive storm,” noted Amick, “and UMCOR is well-positioned through its office in the Philippines to play a significant role in long-term recovery efforts.”
The General Board of Global Ministries, of which UMCOR is a part, has confirmed that all of its missionaries in the Philippines are safe.
UMCOR Deputy General Secretary Rev. Denise Honeycutt spoke by telephone this morning with the three bishops of the Philippines, who are participating in the Council of Bishops meeting in Junaluska, North Carolina.
She assured the bishops of continuing prayers while resources are mobilized to assist those impacted by the storm. “UMCOR will be with you as you care for those in your country who have suffered so much,” Honeycutt told them in a written follow-up to the conversation.
You can support UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in the Philippines by contributing your donation to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. All of your gift, 100 percent, will be used to help those in need.

 

Neki Ghie Soriano
Updates: Visayas UMC churches affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Intl: Haian)

DS Roy Tibalbag of Western Visayas District reports that at least 5 member families had their house damaged. The Panay island was badly hit by Supertyphoon Yolanda (Int’l Name Haian) last Nov 8, 2013. We have several local churches affected in Panay affected by the Supertyphoon. Affected areas include churches in the Rizal, Ibajay, San Jose and Mina-a all in the province of Aklan. Pastor Aguilar is coordinating with DS Tibalbag for updates on the affected members in the area.

On the otherhand, churches in Leyte and Samar still has no communication. The islands of Leyte and Samar are the worst hit by the Supertyphoon. DS David Dacaya Cosmiano of Eastern Visayas District initially reported that 98% of Leyte is badly affected. Any help to our affected brothers and sisters in the Visayas are welcome. Pls contact the DEA Office of the Bishop for details or PM me for other concerns.
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United Methodist Church Philippines Central Conference


We received some report from DS Roy Tibalbag of Western Visayas District and DS Dave Cosmiano of Eastern Visayas on the prevailing conditions in their area after typhoon Yolanda. Communication is mainly through text as calls still cannot get through and internet service is down. Power is not expected to resume anytime soon.

Several local church buildings in Leyte, Panay, Aklan and Capiz were damaged. Homes of church members were destroyed. People in these places badly need food, potable water, clothing and shelter.

Official government report placed the death toll at 250 but local officials estimated that this could go up to more than 10,000 as there are still places that are unreachable.

We urge all United Methodists in the Philippines and everywhere around the world to extend their help. Please coordinate with the offices of the Davao Episcopal Area, Baguio Episcopal Area, Manila Episcopal Area, the Asuncion Perez Memorial Center and UMCOR Philippines. We need to have a concerted effort and act as one because this task is too big for one church agency to handle. Those in the United States may course their assistance through UMCOR. Just visit the UMC.org website for the link.
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By Neki Ghie Soriano


Update – Church members of the United Methodist Churches in Leyte were affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda. DS David Dacaya Cosmiano shared that at least 60 family members of our local churches in Leyte are displaced. Ninety-eight 98% of all structures in Leyte have been destroyed by the typhoon. DS Cosmiano added that he received reports that several church members died in the storm surge. The local governments are fearing more than 10,000 people died in the flooding. Basic services like water, electricity and medical services are still down in the area. Phone lines are still down making communications difficult. DS Cosmiano has not been able to contact his son, Dzey-ahr Cosmiano, for several days now.

In Western Visayas, food and water are becoming scarce. The livelihood and crops were severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda. At least five local churches in Aklan were affected. DS Roy Tibalbag is on the field right now to assess the extent of the damage. The Philippines has been placed in a National State of Calamity by President Aquino due to the economic effect of the Super Typhoon.

Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters affected by the typhoon. You can send in your help through UMCOR or the Office of the Bishop -DEA.
Nov. 12, 12:00pm

By Joy Eva Bohol


Visayas Annual Conference Update – Church members of the United Methodist Churches in Leyte were affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda. At least 60 family members of our local churches in Leyte are displaced. Ninety-eight 98% of all structures in Leyte have been destroyed by the typhoon. Several church members died in the storm surge. The local governments are fearing more than 10,000 people died in the flooding. Basic services like water, electricity and medical services are still down in the area. Phone lines are still down making communications difficult.

In Western Visayas, food and water are becoming scarce. The livelihood and crops were severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda. At least five local churches in Aklan were affected. The Philippines has been placed in a National State of Calamity by President Aquino due to the economic effect of the Super Typhoon.

Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters affected by the typhoon. You can send in your help through UMCOR or the Office of the Bishop -DEA.

By Dania Soriano
The  Cosmiano in baybay Leyte needs our Quick response, you can send cash thru Mary Phebe Grace namoca Cosmiano Atm ( BDO acc,no 6018530066283105 ) they will buy sa cebu ng pagkain , isakay sa barko agad, makalawa makarating na sa baybay Leyte.thank you.
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