In a span of five weeks, six tropical depressions affected Bicol Region, four of which made landfall directly. It started particularly in the second week of October, and since then, typhoons have become a weekly event that brought strong winds and heavy rainfall and caused several cities and municipalities to be underwater, damages to infrastructures and properties, on top of the pandemic. But it was during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni), which was considered the world's strongest typhoon of 2020, that further devastated the region on November 1st, and made another remarkable history. Catastrophic violent winds left locals homeless, torrential rainfall caused even more widespread flooding, lahar flow with massive boulders from Mayon Volcano buried houses and almost made an entire community vanish, and to make matters worse, it took the lives of many individuals, family members have gone missing and have not been found. Yet once again, as if the super typhoon #RollyPH and other cyclones were not enough, Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) passed closely to Bicol Region on November 11th, making it hard for Bicolanos to keep up in this very difficult time.
In light of this, my friends and I wanted to do something to help our fellow Bicolanos from the hard-hit areas in Albay. We had started a donation drive and was able to produce a decent amount, that aided 116 families in Barangay Baybay, Malinao, Albay. Many are still in need of help, and so we continue with our mission to help our fellows rise again.
We beseech the kindness of those who are willing and have the capacity to assist and give support. Resiliency is something that we Bicolanos and Filipinos as a whole, are well-known for, but at times like this, we do need help.
We understand that we are all heavily affected by the pandemic, so we are not asking for huge donations. Our small gifts can go a long way and can help save lives. Donations will be used to buy relief goods and dispatch will be scheduled soon after we reached our target amount.
We would like to thank you for showing concern. All contributions are greatly appreciated and can give hope to the people in need.
God bless you all!