Despite the devastation from Rai / Odette recovery is well underway. Today the Chief of Metropolitan Public Safety Office (MPSO) in Manila Atty Victor Roy Trinidad shared this information with me about the efforts in Southern Leyte to restore the infrastructure to the region. I’m sure it’s a tough job especially heading into the Christmas Holiday. But lots of love to all those out there working hard to bring much-needed relief to people. These teams are led by Allan Longcop (Team 1) and Franco Jornacion (Team 2) in Southern Leyte.

Here is a timeline of what they have been up to. It’s a lot of information but shows people are getting at it out there before and after the storm and how they prepped to make sure teams were in place prior to landfall.

Dec 15• Acting Governor of Sorsogon, Manuel Fortes, Jr, wrote us to ask for assistance for the impending Typhoon Odette. • Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea was informed of our intent, as well as Usec. Ricardo Jalad of NDRRMC. • We sent Team 1, 18 pax (2 female) with 1 ambulance, 1 military truck with 2 rubber boats in tow, 1 pick up, portable generators, chainsaws and water purifiers.Dec 16 • TY Odette enters Philippine Area of Responsibility and proceeds from Surigao del Norte crossing to Palawan. Dec. 17• Team 1 reached Port of Matnog, Sorsogon and crosses to Port of Allen, Samar. From Samar they crossed to Leyte until they reached Maasin, Southern Leyte. Gov. Damian Mercado welcomes them.

Dec 18 • Gov. Art Yap of Bohol issues a call for help at his FB page and writes a letter to Chairman Abalos• Team 2 is dispatched to Bohol. 57 pax (2 female) with 1 pick up, 1 ambulance, 1 coaster, 1 military truck with 25 kva gen-set in tow, 2 dump trucks, 2 light trucks for sewer clearing (vacuum and water tanker), chainsaws and water purifiers.• Team 1 proceeds with road clearing in Maasin, potable water distribution, and goes to Limasawa island.
Dec 21• Team 2 reaches Port of Allen. • Negotiations for a private charter of a roro ship fails. • The GM of Philippine Ports Authority, Jay Santiago, arranged for a barge to fetch Team 2 from Albuera port (367 kms from Allen, Samar) to Bohol.

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