Shelter Kits for the Shaken Residents of Makilala, Cotabato

ADRA, together with the Adventist Community Services of the Southern Mindanao Mission distributed 300 shelter kits last Thursday, October 24, 2019 to the victims of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit in Makilala, Cotabato on in the previous week. This is part of the program of the National Emergency Management Plan that has been set up by the ADRA in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

When the earthquake hit, many infrastructures were destroyed, and when the ACS Volunteers conducted a rapid needs assessment, through consultation with the DSWD and other local government officials, it resulted in the decision for ADRA to provide shelter kits as the aid that will be given.
Because of those families who were initially identified by the DSWD were scattered throughout the different Barangays around Makilala, the ADRA – ACS team had some challenges distributing the shelter kits in a single location. The ADRA truck couldn’t enter the some of the locations, so the shelter kits were loaded a smaller vehicle to be able to bring them transport them to the identified beneficiary.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako at nakatanggap kami ng trapal. Mag trapal nlng muna kami sa gilid hanggat wala pa  kamin matitirahan kasi gagawa naman kami ng bagong (bahay).”
(translation: I was very anxious because my daughter was almost trapped inside the house because she was with her baby when the earthquake struck. I was shouting at her to come out quickly It’s a good thing that the house didn’t collapse because she was only able to come out once the shaking subsided.)
The shelter kit includes:
Tarpaulin 16x13ft
Hoe – 1 pc
Hand Saw – 1 pc
Tin Snips – 1 pc
Claw Hammer – 1 pc
Shovel – 1 pc
Machete – 1 pc
Tie Wire – 25cm
Rope – 30m
Working Gloves – 1 pair
Dust Mask – 1 pc
Crow Bar – 1 pc
Roofing Nails – 1/2 kg
7.5 cm Nails – 1/2 kg
4cm Nails – 1/2 kg
Update: On Oct 29 and Oct 31, the same area and the surrounding provinces, were hit with a 6.6 and 6.5 Magnitude earthquake respectively. Jerry Requillo, ADRA Ph Programs Manager is currently in the area providing Cash Assistance.