MicroSourcing activated its Relief Operations to attend to the needs of communities affected at the onslaught of Typhoon Maring. The typhoon sent monsoon rains and massive flooding to northern Philippines on the week of August 18th, directly affecting some 2.5 million people.
Starting with a donation drive, MicroSourcing employees raised a total of eight boxes of clothing and three boxes of combined food and toiletries in a span of one week. Even those who were affected came forward with contributions. The boxes of clothes were donated to the Department of Social Welfare (DSWD), the government agency overseeing region-wide relief operations. Besides donating, MicroSourcing volunteers also visited the DSWD Operations Center to pack relief kits being sent out to evacuation centers.
Untiring volunteers continued on to help MicroSourcing’s CSR team pack 260 family kits for more typhoon victims in Central Luzon. With partner organizations Kapatid and the Land Rover Club of the Philippines, volunteers travelled to Hagonoy, Bulacan to distribute the relief kits.
"Hagonoy is a coastal town that sits below sea level. It serves as a catch basin for its surrounding towns like Calumpit and Paombong. The town recovers last from backfloods and this is worsened by swelled rivers that overflow to streets and homes almost everyday throughout the year," said a local who has gotten accustomed to living in a village knee-deep in floodwater.
MicroSourcing representatives visited four barangays in Bulacan, including Sta. Monica, San Jose, Tampok, and Paombong. Whether in dry land or a flooded street, volunteers distributed grocery packs to help ease the burden of villagers who were most affected by the typhoon. The relief kits from MicroSourcing, Kapatid, and the Land Rover Club went to a total of 1,000 families in Bulacan.
The volunteer group of MicroSourcing has started planning for another community visit to donate school supplies to students who lost many of their school materials to floodwaters.