Sara and Carles, Iloilo: Our relief operation recap.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

I was able to witness the devastation in the towns of Sara and Carles in Iloilo brought about by Super Typhoon Yolanda’s wrath last December.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

Drawing by Tippy.

Images and videos seen in the news and social media do not tell the entire story. It’s really different when you see it up close and firsthand.

Saddening.

Christmas was just around the corner during our visit and it was depressing to see affected families without even roofs over their heads.

Heartbreaking.

It was difficult to see kids and the elderly not only wearing tattered and torn clothes, but to witness how a great deal of them are still terribly sick, hungry, and suffering.

Disappointing.

Although these towns have been receiving assistance from the government, they are still far from being on the way to recovery. These towns are in dire need of more help, especially shelter materials.

This is going to the town of Sara.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

The Public Market of Sara… what’s left of it. The skeletal structure is what remains of what was once an almost brand new establishment.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

The DSWD Office in Sara.

Giving relief is only a start. There is still so much to be done beyond extending financial and material assistance. The hardest part, and what is needed most, is help in REBUILDING their lives.

It has been more than 2 months already and it seems that help is coming in at a snail’s pace everywhere… especially in places like Sara and Carles that aren’t as sensationalized as areas such as Tacloban. And that is why our group – K.T.G. decided to visit these towns.

Through AirAsia Zest’s generosity and kindness with the amazing help of Mr. Jonathan Yabut, I, together with my husband Chuckie of www.chuckiedreyfus.ph, Pong and Tippy of www.googlygooeys.com and Richard of www.talesfromthetummy.com, we were able to fly to Iloilo to bring aid to the towns of Sara and Carles.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

Though it was only the 5 of us physically present in Iloilo, our entire K.T.G. group, gathering our resources and connections, was able to come up with a substantial amount of cash to buy goods, biscuits, bottles of water and toiletry kits.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

Each individual relief bag contains hygiene kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo), assorted biscuits, rice, assorted canned goods, energy drink and noodles.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

The operation of our relief goods distribution in Carles was situated at the Blue Lagoon Resort which similarly wasn’t spared from the devastation of the typhoon. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy and Cecil Lynes converted their resort into a relief center. Coincidentally, Mr. Lynes was a former member of the International Committee of Red Cross.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

The place also serves as the Korean Red Cross’ center of operations, complete with tents, doctors and nurses, first aid and emergency kits.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

We didn’t want to waste any time, so as soon as we arrived at The Blue Lagoon resort, we immediately started repacking the goods into individual relief bags and systematically distributed them to the victims.

The entire operation was well-organized.

This effort would not have been possible without the help and assistance of Provincial Government Assistant Department Head – Tourism Bombette Marin and Senior Tourism Operations Officer Harold Agustin Sonza Ziegenhohn of the Iloilo Provincial Government and their representatives.

Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo
Typhoon Yolanda Sara Carles Iloilo

Apart from the usual donations of food and clothing, the towns of Sara and Carles desperately need G.I. sheets and construction materials. Financial assistance is still greatly accepted. If you wish to give help, you may get in touch with any of the following:

Gilbert G. Marin
Provincial Government Assistant Department Head – Tourism
Iloilo Provincial Government
E-mail: IloiloProvincialTourism[at]Gmail[dot]com

Marilyn Corio
Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD), Sara, Iloilo
(0939)9388026

Cecil and Timothy Lynes
Blue Lagoon Resort, Carles, Iloilo
CecilLynes[at]Yahoo[dot]com
(0915)2094612
(0905)3263150
(0998)1780160

K.T.G. Entourage:

Anthony Go

Chuckie Dreyfus

Richard Co

Tippy Go

Yen Dreyfus

Many thanks to:

AirAsia Zest

Bayani Family

Beyond The Box

Blue Kitchen

Friends of Tales from the Tummy

Kathy Rañeses and Jericho San Miguel

Provincial Government of Iloilo

Richie and Rina Zamora

Spanky Enriquez

KTG Members:

Anthony and Tippy Go
http://www.googlygooeys.com

Chuckie Dreyfus
http://www.chuckiedreyfus.ph

Eric and Jazmin Yap
http://ericjazfoodies.blogspot.com

Eugene Constantino
http://heftyfoodie.com

Frances Ang
http://www.frannywanny.com

Gerry San Miguel
http://dude4food.blogspot.com

Gio Mangaya-ay
http://thehungrygiant.net

Guia Bautista-Obsum
http://www.foodreviewsmanila.com

Jane Chua
http://www.janedchua.com

Jeeves de Veyra, Joanna Katrina Magalong and Vladimir Bunoan
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com

Kathi Rañeses and Jericho San Miguel
http://www.muckingaroundmanila.com

Ray and Love Lynne Reyes
http://www.lynne-enroute.com

Richard and Irene Co
http://www.talesfromthetummy.com

Richie Zamora
http://www.thepickiesteater.net

Rina Zamora
http://www.rinasrainbow.net

Spanky Enriquez
http://www.juice.ph/blogs/spanky

Stonibert and Joan Lim
http://foodalphabet.blogspot.com

Sumi Go
http://www.thepurpledoll.net

The Mommist
http://www.themommist.com

Yedy Calaguas
http://www.yedylicious.com

Yen Dreyfus
http://www.thetummytraveler.ph

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