Making Progress (Bohol Quake 2013 Day 8)

Punta Cruz Watch Tower from the town of Maribojoc, Bohol

While impassable roads in Bohol that once made the delivery of goods difficult are now are being circumvented, small islets around the periphery of Bohol are also proving to be a challenge to relief distributors, islets like Cabilao and, Sandigan island near Loon and Batasan Island near Tubigon.

Islands like Cabilao are hard to get to during normal times. The fact that getting to Loon is a major task these days means it will be harder to get to them as well. The common passage is from Loon then a 15 minute boat ride to Cabilao. Any relief efforts thee have to be done by boat or helicopter. On related social work just May of this year. Basically people get everything from off island, from food to water. One family we visited depended entirely on rainwater caught by their downspouts for drinking water. It was also revealed that their electrical needs is a community effort and they’re basically off Bohol’s main grid and that power only lasts up to 11pm daily. That may be the situation of more people there now.

According to reports the town of Calape has about 100 families living on the rice fields for fear of their houses collapsing due to aftershocks.

Conflict of Interest

There are also reports of conflict between local government units and relief distributing bodies.. Giving the benefit of the doubt to local government units, their main concern is the orderly distribution of goods so that the goods reach the most families as possible. There are instances where in a distribution line a family would have husband, wife and children represent their family several times in a line and thus get more than one pack.

While such concerns are understandable private relief distributing bodies like the Red Cross have donors who have earmarked the supplies to go to very specific locations and their accountability to their sponsors compel them to drop off the supplies to the sponsor’s charity of choice.

Other News

Good News

The DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson he reports that the infrastructures (I assume these are roads and bridges) will be back to usable order in less than a year. And while Boholanos wait for the normalization of daily living basic requisites like potable water are still hard to come by. During the earlier days of the relief distribution bottle water was on top of the wishlist of many organizations. However a more sustainable solution has been delivered in the town of Loon in coordination with the Philippine Air Force, National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council, MWSS, Department of Health, and the Provincial Government of Bohol, a Mobile Treatment Plant. The plant has produced more than 30,000 liters of water from saltwater.

Agua! A steady supply of potable drinking water is available to in the town of Loon Bohol (photo credits from facebook)

Fault Finding

Earlier this week in Helping Out (Bohol Quake 2013 Day 5) it was reported that the fault that caused the magnitude 7.2 quake that hit Bohol last week was probably not from the East Bohol fault. The hypothesis proved true. A new fault, currently not in any of the disaster maps, was found in the town of Inabanga. More details news from GMANetworknews.

A remote road in Inabanga, Bohol, lies impassable after the Oct 15 earthquake thrust a portion of the road upwards by as much as 10 feet. The earthquake was triggered by a previously unknown fault stretching several kilometers through northwest Bohol. In the foreground are Bgy. Captain Felix Caray and GMA News’s Howie Severino. Picture and caption from GMA News

Finding Your Way

Updated East-bound Route…please be guided that the Corella > Sikatuna > Concepcion, Loay route is only limited to 4-wheel vehicles because of the load limit allowed at Clarin Bridge in Loay. Vehicles over 4-wheels are advised to take the longer route.

Last Word

And because the Comelec has suspended elections in Bohol and Secretary Mar Roxas has asked that there be no politics involved in the distribution of goods there should be no need for stuff like this…

Just Google the baranggay and the names.

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