ACT Appeal Philippines: Assistance to Survivors of Leyte Landslide ASPH61


Appeal Target: US$ 205,170
Geneva, 15 March 2006

Dear Colleagues,

A massive landslide buried an entire village in Barangay Guinsa-ugon, in the town of St. Bernard, Southern Leyte Province, just before noon on 17 February 2006. Hundreds of tons of rocks, mud and debris crashed down from Mount Can-abag, flattening everything in its path and burying the entire barangay (village) at the foot of the mountain. The landslide buried 281 houses and an elementary school packed with 246 schoolchildren and teachers. A total of 1,149 casualties were recorded - 139 lost their lives, 30 were injured and 980 are missing - believed to be buried, under 40 meters of mud. Massive search and rescue operations were immediately conducted by national and international teams and there was a large inflow of emergency relief goods from all sides – both government and private sector, local and international.

Following the tragedy ACT member, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) issued an appeal to its member churches and partners, both institutions and individuals, who responded immediately, collecting relief goods and channeling them to NCCP who in turn co-ordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard for the speedy shipment of the collected relief goods.

NCCP sent personnel to the affected areas to co-ordinate with the local churches and partners and conduct a needs assessment. This proposal is based on the needs assessment. NCCP plans to provide assistance that is focused on rehabilitation because sufficient crisis-phase relief has already been provided. Activities include food, food-for-work, medicines, shelter, agriculture, water, community facilities and disaster preparedness training.

ACT is a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide.

The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.

A small amount for ACT Co-ordination and Communication has been added to ensure a visit from the ACT CO to review the relief operation and mechanisms with the NCCP.

Project Completion Date: 31 December 2006

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested

Total Target US$
Appeal Targets
Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd
Balance requested from ACT Alliance

Please kindly send your contributions to either of the following ACT bank accounts:

US dollar
Account Number - 240-432629.60A
IBAN No: CH46 0024 0240 4326 2960A

Euro Bank Account Number - 240-432629.50Z
IBAN No: CH84 0024 0240 4326 2950Z

Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
8, rue du Rhône
P.O. Box 2600
1211 Geneva 4, SWITZERLAND
Swift address: UBSW CHZH12A

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

For further information please contact:
ACT Interim Director, Jenny Borden (phone +41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone + 41 79 203 6055) or
ACT Program Officer, Mieke Weeda (phone +41 22 791 6035 or mobile phone +41 79 285 2916)

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