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80,000 NONA VICTIMS SPEND CHRISTMAS IN EVACUATION CENTERS


DECEMBER 25 -The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 80,885 individuals or 16,833 families were still staying in 304 evacuation centers a week after the typhoon left the country. STAR/File photo
While the rest of the country was busy preparing Noche Buena or attending parties, more than 80,000 people displaced by Typhoon Nona spent their Christmas Eve in evacuation centers yesterday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 80,885 individuals or 16,833 families were still staying in 304 evacuation centers a week after the typhoon left the country. A majority of the evacuees – 60,921 – are from Central Luzon, particularly in Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga. The NDRRMC said 45,832 of the Central Luzon residents displaced by Nona were from Nueva Ecija.A total of 13,416 of the more than 80,000 evacuees were from the Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) region, particularly Oriental Mindoro. Meanwhile, 5,870 people from Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas were still inside evacuation centers as of yesterday. In Bicol, the number of evacuees was at 678, all of them residents of Sorsogon. NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan gave assurance the evacuees would not celebrate Christmas with empty stomachs. “Our social workers are continuously providing them assistance. We do not know if they prepared something special but for sure, they will be having food on the table,” Marasigan said. “They won’t go hungry during this season,” she added. Marasigan said humanitarian teams are continuously receiving food donations like rice and canned goods. “The local governments and the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) are trying to make the evacuation centers as comfortable as they can,” she said. There were even some unexpected donations of Christmas gifts to victims of Nona. READ MORE...

ALSO: No Santa in typhoon-hit areas at Calumpit, Bulacan


DECEMBER 25 -FINAL JOURNEY Residents transport a coffin over a flooded portion of Calumpit, Bulacan, one of the areas that remain submerged on Christmas Day. AFP PHOTO
Wading through knee-deep floods, 12-year-old Joana Yambao pushes her infant sister in a black wash basin along the surface of the filthy water in a typhoon-hit village in Calumpit, Bulacan, where residents have little to celebrate this Christmas. Under sunny skies, their mother sweeps mud from the floor of her grocery shop in San Jose, one of scores of villages and towns still submerged and struggling to recover after being battered this month by Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor)
The storm killed 45 people and left thousands without food, water or urgent medical care. “We’re just taking in the sights. I doubt Santa Claus will come tonight. The water’s too high,” Yambao said. Instead of gathering by the Christmas tree to open gifts and eat a traditional meal of ham, cheese and sweets, hundreds of people in Barangay San Jose stood in flood waters with their own wash basins to wait for food aid at the Catholic church. Residents of the village, home to about 5,000 people, have seen seasonal flooding before, but elderly villagers said it was the first time they had seen it during Christmas. Other towns in the vast, rice-growing Central Luzon plains near Metro Manila also remain submerged and the government says 206,000 people are still either stuck in floods or dependent on government food rations, or both. There were few signs of Christmas cheer in San Jose. At Amelia Samblijay’s house, six plastic Santa statues hung from the rafters, suspended above murky brown flood waters littered by old shoes, plastic bottles and a dead rat. But the white-bearded, red-robed figures brought little charm to the dark, tin-roofed house with bare walls, which has been without power for 10 days after authorities cut electricity to avoid electrocution accidents. Samblijay, a 63-year-old mother of three grown children who was born in San Jose, said her family would not visit her for what would have been a traditional holiday reunion. READ MORE...

ALSO PHOTOS: President Aquino inspects Typhoon Nona damages in Oriental Mindoro


DECEMBER 25 -President Aquino arrives at Morente Elementary School at Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro to inspect the damages caused by Typhoon Nona and distribute relied goods to affected residents on Wednesday. The provincial government reported 6,739 totally damaged and 7,366 partially damaged houses. VIEW MORE PHOTOS...

ALSO FROM ANONYMOUS GIVER: An early Christmas gift for Avenida street children


DECEMBER 16 -On Rizal Avenue in Manila As rain poured mercilessly from Typhoon Nona on Wednesday, two homeless children found themselves receiving gifts from two anonymous passersby. Amid the heavy rains that inundated parts of the metro, it was life as usual for 'Kim-kim' and her friend, "Kalbo." An ordinary day for the two street children means being able to get meals from pedestrians, restaurant leftovers, or food left on the street. VIEW MORE...

ALSO VIDEO NEWS: Tambak na basura, naiwan sa Luneta matapos ang Pasko


DECEMBER 25 -Sangkaterbang basura, iniwan sa QC Circle, Luneta Ni Lordeth Bonilla (Pilipino Star Ngayon) Matapos dagsain ng maraming pamilya ang Luneta na doon sila nagdiwang ng Kapaskuhan, kinabukasan sangkaterbang basura naman ang naiwan na hinakot ng mga tauhan ng MMDA. KUHA NI EDD GUMBAN PHILSTAR  TV PATROL NEWS VIDEO
Matapos dayuhin ng libu-libo ang Luneta simula kagabi, sangkatutak na basura naman ang kanilang iniwan sa parke. Tinatayang nasa limang daang garbage bags ang nakolektang basura sa luneta. Nagpa-Patrol si Raphael Bosano. TV Patrol, Biyernes, Disyembre 25, 2015 WATCH EMBEDDED VIDEO...


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80,000 Nona victims spend Christmas in evacuation centers


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 80,885 individuals or 16,833 families were still staying in 304 evacuation centers a week after the typhoon left the country. STAR/File photo

MANILA, DECEMBER 28, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero Updated December 25, 2015 - While the rest of the country was busy preparing Noche Buena or attending parties, more than 80,000 people displaced by Typhoon Nona spent their Christmas Eve in evacuation centers yesterday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 80,885 individuals or 16,833 families were still staying in 304 evacuation centers a week after the typhoon left the country.

A majority of the evacuees – 60,921 – are from Central Luzon, particularly in Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga.

The NDRRMC said 45,832 of the Central Luzon residents displaced by Nona were from Nueva Ecija.

A total of 13,416 of the more than 80,000 evacuees were from the Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) region, particularly Oriental Mindoro.

Meanwhile, 5,870 people from Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas were still inside evacuation centers as of yesterday. In Bicol, the number of evacuees was at 678, all of them residents of Sorsogon.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan gave assurance the evacuees would not celebrate Christmas with empty stomachs.

“Our social workers are continuously providing them assistance. We do not know if they prepared something special but for sure, they will be having food on the table,” Marasigan said.

“They won’t go hungry during this season,” she added.

Marasigan said humanitarian teams are continuously receiving food donations like rice and canned goods.

“The local governments and the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) are trying to make the evacuation centers as comfortable as they can,” she said.

There were even some unexpected donations of Christmas gifts to victims of Nona.

READ MORE...

Fifteen-year-old Marwan Masri, the eldest son of a Syrian doctor based in Dubai, has donated his savings worth Dh75,000 – equivalent to almost P1 million – after learning of the devastation brought by the typhoon.

“How could I not be affected?” Masri told Khaleej Times, an English newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates.

“Sometimes the most important decisions in your life are made in a split second,” he was quoted as saying.

Masri, who wants to become a doctor like his father, did not hesitate to donate all of his savings and pocket money as most of the staff in his father’s clinic are Filipinos.

According to the report, some of the employees of Dr. Gehad Al Masri were weeping after they learned that their homes were destroyed because of the typhoon.

The teenager was able to raise the money as his father gives him incentives every time he gets good grades. He has been receiving the monetary rewards from his father since he was eight.

The surge of evacuees can be attributed to the large number of houses damaged by Typhoon Nona. A total of 279,487 houses have been damaged due to the typhoon, 98,371 of them beyond repair. – With Janvic Mateo, Aurea Calica


MANILA TIMES

No Santa in typhoon-hit areas at Calumpit, Bulacan December 25, 2015 9:08 pm by CECIL MORELLA, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


FINAL JOURNEY Residents transport a coffin over a flooded portion of Calumpit, Bulacan, one of the areas that remain submerged on Christmas Day. AFP PHOTO

Wading through knee-deep floods, 12-year-old Joana Yambao pushes her infant sister in a black wash basin along the surface of the filthy water in a typhoon-hit village in Calumpit, Bulacan, where residents have little to celebrate this Christmas.

Under sunny skies, their mother sweeps mud from the floor of her grocery shop in San Jose, one of scores of villages and towns still submerged and struggling to recover after being battered this month by Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor).

The storm killed 45 people and left thousands without food, water or urgent medical care.

“We’re just taking in the sights. I doubt Santa Claus will come tonight. The water’s too high,” Yambao said.

Instead of gathering by the Christmas tree to open gifts and eat a traditional meal of ham, cheese and sweets, hundreds of people in Barangay San Jose stood in flood waters with their own wash basins to wait for food aid at the Catholic church.

Residents of the village, home to about 5,000 people, have seen seasonal flooding before, but elderly villagers said it was the first time they had seen it during Christmas.

Other towns in the vast, rice-growing Central Luzon plains near Metro Manila also remain submerged and the government says 206,000 people are still either stuck in floods or dependent on government food rations, or both.

There were few signs of Christmas cheer in San Jose.


In this photo taken on December 24, 2015, a child lies in a plastic wash basin along a flooded street in Calumpit Bulacan, north of Manila.

At Amelia Samblijay’s house, six plastic Santa statues hung from the rafters, suspended above murky brown flood waters littered by old shoes, plastic bottles and a dead rat.

But the white-bearded, red-robed figures brought little charm to the dark, tin-roofed house with bare walls, which has been without power for 10 days after authorities cut electricity to avoid electrocution accidents.

Samblijay, a 63-year-old mother of three grown children who was born in San Jose, said her family would not visit her for what would have been a traditional holiday reunion.

READ MORE...

They could have traveled the 42 kilometers from Manila by boat, but it was deemed unsafe for her young grandchildren.
“It will be a sad Christmas without my seven grandchildren,” said Samblijay, who has had to cook on the rooftop to feed her bedridden husband, a former carpenter who recently suffered a stroke.

“They would not like it here anyway without electricity,” she added, speaking near her husband, whose oxygen tank sat submerged in water in the flooded basement.


Hundreds of people in San Jose stand in flood waters with their own wash basins to wait for food aid at the Catholic church "We're just taking in the sights. I doubt Santa Claus will come tonight. The water's too high," Yambao told AFP. Instead of gathering by the Christmas tree to open gifts and eat a traditional meal of meat, cheese and sweets, hundreds of people in San Jose stood in flood waters with their own wash basins to wait for food aid at the Catholic church. ©Noel Celis (AFP) FROM DAILYMAIL, UK

Nearby, two dogs stood on the roof of a neighbor’s house to escape the water, as small wooden and fiberglass boats—now the main mode of transport in San Jose—floated along, chauffeured by fishermen who now charge a fee to ferry people around.

Sleeping at church

On the swollen Pampanga river near the town, Allan Gonzales escorted a boat with a white coffin bearing the remains of his 99-year-old grandfather who died in hospital days earlier.

“It’s difficult. It was night time when he had a heart attack and we also had to use a boat to take him to hospital,” the 34-year-old fisherman said from his own fiberglass boat.

Despite the difficulties, Gonzales said, the village was lucky that no one died as a result of the typhoon, voicing hope that the waters would soon recede to allow him and his family of seven to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal, normally eaten at midnight.

“Anything is possible with God,” he said.

On Christmas Eve, some 80,000 people were stuck at evacuation centers after fleeing the advancing floods, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

In San Jose, residents flocked to traditional pre-dawn church Masses in the days leading up to Christmas, with some seeking refuge in their parishes as waters refused to subside at home.

“My house is half-submerged until now. I realized it’s easier to sleep here,” said Solita Nebre, 53, who has slept on a cardboard box at San Jose church for three nights to wait out the deluge.

“God is merciful. He did not punish us,” she said. “He merely sent down the floods to test our faith.”
AFP


ABS-CBN PHOTOS

Thousands travel home for Christmas PHOTO BY ABS-CBN NEWS,12/25/2015 04:25 AM


Thousands of chance passengers patiently wait for a bus ride going to the southern part of Luzon and Visayas on Wednesday, hoping to make it home before Christmas Eve. It is a tradition for Filipino families to celebrate the birth of Christ together on Christmas Eve.

President Aquino inspects Typhoon Nona damages in Oriental Mindoro PHOTO BY ROBERT VIÑAS, MALACAÑANG PHOTO,12/25/2015 04:24 AM


President Aquino arrives at Morente Elementary School at Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro to inspect the damages caused by Typhoon Nona and distribute relied goods to affected residents on Wednesday. The provincial government reported 6,739 totally damaged and 7,366 partially damaged houses.


ABS-CBN

LOOK: An early Christmas gift for Avenida street children #2 PHOTO BY JONATHAN CELLONA, ABS-CBN NEWS,12/16/2015 08:26 PM


On Rizal Avenue in Manila

As rain poured mercilessly from Typhoon Nona on Wednesday, two homeless children found themselves receiving gifts from two anonymous passersby.

Amid the heavy rains that inundated parts of the metro, it was life as usual for 'Kim-kim' and her friend, "Kalbo." An ordinary day for the two street children means being able to get meals from pedestrians, restaurant leftovers, or food left on the street.

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street children run up to an anonymous couple

When a van passed through Rizal Avenue (Avenida) where the two were staying, two Good Samaritans' gesture of a meal and a drink for the children took a load off their backs.

The gesture was not enough for Kim-kim and Kalbo, however. They ran back to the van and simply asked that additional meal packs be given to them.

One would have easily shrugged this off as a classic case of biting the hand that feeds you, as the anonymous couple gave in to the incessant demands and gave more meal packs. But what happened next came as a surprise.


giving out food from a passing van.

The traffic moved and as the van disappeared from view, Kim-kim, Kalbo, and her little sister scurried away from the scene, past a crowd of other children already eating their handout meals. Away from the main thoroughfare were the mothers of both Kim-kim and Kalbo waiting with the rest of their families. The two gave the meal packs to their mothers, and together, two families shared the meals.


Kim-kim got hers and called on her friend Kalbo to follow suit.


Kalbo and her little sister got their handouts.

On a stormy day in December out in the streets, much can be learned from the homeless children who shared a gift from an anonymous giver. It is that Christmas can come early and it does not necessarily come with a gift tag.


There, the children's two families huddled together in a place they call home.


The "gifts" Kim-kim and Kalbo were able to hustle from the streets is now food for two families.


Unknown to the anonymous givers, the free food that they handed out

GOD BLESS THIS ANONYMOUS GIVER!
Come, Lord Jesus, be our Guest And let Thy gifts to us be blest. Amen.


ABS-CBN

VIDEO NEWS: Tambak na basura, naiwan sa Luneta matapos ang Pasko

 
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Matapos dayuhin ng libu-libo ang Luneta simula kagabi, sangkatutak na basura naman ang kanilang iniwan sa parke. Tinatayang nasa limang daang garbage bags ang nakolektang basura sa luneta. Nagpa-Patrol si Raphael Bosano. TV Patrol, Biyernes, Disyembre 25, 2015


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