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Typhoon Ondoy Relief Goods to Tadlac, Los Banos, Laguna.

I thought I’d repost some photos from Happy, Clarissa and Monica’s most recent grocery run — okay, not literally theirs, because someone else did it for them this time — but once again,¬†almost all the donations came from people on Facebook through Happy’s Paypal account.

Tadlak is a barangay in the municipality of Los Banos, my hometown, in the province of Laguna. If you Google “Tadlak” you’ll see a pretty photograph of Tadlak Lake — practically a pond, really, and barely showing up on a map next to Laguna de Bay. I think it must have been this same lake that overflowed after Ondoy came through.

There is no evacuation/relief center in Tadlac which, as Happy reminded me, is only 1 kilometer away from the main highway.

I’m reposting some of the photographs with Happy’s original captions.

Tadlak was still flooded as of yesterday.

The Tadlac Mission of a local Los Banos Church was flooded
The Tadlac Mission of a local Los Banos Church was flooded
A not so unusual scene in these parts.
A not so unusual scene in these parts.
People were sleeping by the railroad as that was the highest point in the area. No evacuation center here.
People were sleeping by the railroad as that was the highest point in the area. No evacuation center here.

Here were some of the relief goods purchased from the Facebook donations. (About half of that batch of donations went towards a grocery run for Sta. Cruz, Laguna.)

Relief goods were mosquito nets, mats and a rubber hose.
Relief goods were mosquito nets, mats and a rubber hose.
They were very happy to receive the donations. They hadn't slept well (others were providing ample food though) but they had no evacuation center. In a way, YOU DONATED ONE. Please note that the distribution was very orderly. One person at the foreground was calling out family names and checking that the distribution was even.
They were very happy to receive the donations. They hadn't slept well (others were providing ample food though) but they had no evacuation center. In a way, YOU DONATED ONE. Please note that the distribution was very orderly. One person at the foreground was calling out family names and checking that the distribution was even.
There's the tarp, mats and mosquito nets you bought. These people have been out here for days, and maybe more with the coming storm. You help keep them safe and dry. THANK YOU!!
There's the mats and mosquito nets you bought. These people have been out here for days, and maybe more with the coming storm. You help keep them safe and dry. THANK YOU!!

One of those mats, by the way, costs about $2.85 — about the same price as a tall caffe mocha at Starbucks. The mosquito net, crucial to preventing the spread of dengue fever, for starters, is a little pricier: the same price as a grande caramel macchiato.

A rubber hose to bring drinking water across from the other side of the village. He was really happy with the impromptu plumbing.
A rubber hose to bring drinking water across from the other side of the village. He was really happy with the impromptu plumbing.
This house had a tap with running water. But it was difficult to get the water from there to the tracks. With the hose you bought, they are now able to.
This house had a tap with running water. But it was difficult to get the water from there to the tracks. With the hose you bought, they are now able to.
Running water!
Running water!

Please see my previous post, which includes various links where you can donate online!

4 replies on “Typhoon Ondoy Relief Goods to Tadlac, Los Banos, Laguna.”

this is one of the reason that climate change is now very evident.
what is the cause of this problem? the forest destruction is the cause of this problem. this flash flood may not happen if we simply plant trees to replace tees that are being lost.

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