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Non-food items reached families displaced by Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy in Bulacan, Philippines

Source: Oxfam in Philippines blog
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October 4, 2009
Oxfam hit the road last Sunday to deliver non-food items to families displaced by Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy in Brgy. Tabing Ilog, in Marilao, and Brgy. Panaklayan, in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, in the Philippines. Since many of these families lived on riverbanks, they saw their houses swallowed up by Ketsana in a matter of hours. Residents of Tabing Ilog have been put up in temporary shelters along the highway; those from Panaklayan are in a public elementary school.The residents excitedly lined up to receive the items.  It was community leader Shirley dela Cruz (below, leftmost) who worked with Oxfam to make sure the items were given to the families in most need. Thanks, Nanay Shirley.

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Each of the families were represented by a family member, often the father or mother, who received the items from Oxfam.  The items included: 1 basin, 2 water containers, 1 dipper, 1 basin, 2 soaps, 1 tent, rope, 1 shovel, 1 pail, and 2 blankets. Oxfam concentrated on these items as other NGOs are already distributing food and clothes.

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Mother of four Tina Rose Esperaza (below) signs her name to indicate receiving the items. Many mothers like Tina need these items to ensure personal hygeine and environmental sanitation and prevent their families from getting sick. After signing, the family representative heads to the distribution area.

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Family members also wait near this area to help the family representative bring the items to their temporary shelter:

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Many more families need assistance as they brave the worst flooding to hit Manila in four decades. Oxfam will be back in Bulacan to set up water and sanitation facilities crucial in keeping displaced residents healthy. According to government estimates, Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy affected 3 million Filipinos. As of today, 293 died and 42 continue to be missing. If you want to help, please visit www.oxfam.org.uk.

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