A Japanese non-government organization has committed to provide relief goods and medical services to 3,000 displaced families who sought refuge in Metro Manila after the havoc wrought last year by Typhoon Yolanda.
The Japan Agency for Development and Emergency (JADE), will hold the project for two consecutive weekendson May 24-25 and May 31-June 1 in Navotas City, Tondo, Manila and Cavite according to its country NGO partner Samahan ng Mamayanan – Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO).
Orly V. Gallano, SM-ZOTO president, said the project is a series of JADE’s continuing outreach efforts in giving hope to Yolanda survivors who fled to Metro Manila and nearby provinces after the onslaught.
JADE, aided by SM-ZOTO, launched its initial operation in Dagat-Dagatan, Navotas on May 10 and 11, followed by another operation in May 17 and 18 in Cavite.
Hiroyuki Takita, JADE project manager, said the project is funded by Japan Platform, a Tokyo –based NGO specializing in emergency relief.
“We would not have been able to come this far without such great support from ZOTO and other countless individuals,” he added.
"We draw our inspiration and strength from the resiliency and determination of the survivors from the typhoon-stricken communities," Gallano said.
After the super typhoon hit the country, affecting about 14 million people and destroying a million homes, some 5,232 families sought refuge in temporary settlements and in urban poor communities in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.
That's why we still need more volunteers and supporters as the need for help remains," said Butch S. Ablir, ZOTO executive director. He said those who want to join their humanitarian drive may reach them through telephone (632) 285-0254 or visit their office at SM-ZOTO office at Block 31, Lot 82-83 Maya- Maya St. Brgy. NBBS,Navotas City.
Six months after, many of the refugees have returned to Eastern Visayas to rebuild their lives and houses but a large number of the displaced survivors opted to remain in the Metropolis and are still deprived of basic needs and necessities.