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Strong Typhoon Odette (international codename Rai) made nine landfalls in December 16, 2021 on (1st) Siargao, Surigao del Norte, (2nd) Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands, (3rd) Liloan, Southern Leyte, (4th) Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, (5th) Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol, (6th) Bien Unido, Bohol, (7th) Carcar, Cebu; and on December 17, 2021 – (8th) on La Libertad, Negros Oriental and (9th) Roxas, Palawan. As it hit the Negros Islands, Typhoon Odette affected 256,692 families or 1,082,233 persons in Negros Occidental and 111,142 families or 405,936 persons in Negros Oriental.

Barangay Guiljungan in the municipality of Cauyan, Negros Occidental is one of the hardest hit barangays in Negros Occidental. The Barangay Council recorded that strong Typhoon Odette damaged at least 650 houses. Barangay Guiljuangan subsists on farming as its primary source of livelihood and fishing as secondary and these were also damaged by Typhoon Odette.

Samahang Operasyong Sagip (SOS) launched a call for donations to support families and communities battered by Typhoon Odette. Many kind-hearted individuals, organizations and groups poured their support for the affected population, among them Medico International, networks and friends of Filipino Nurses United (FNU), the UP Behavioral Science Society and many more.

Though your support, Samahang Operasyong Sagip was able to provide relief assistance to the affected families in Barangay Guijulngan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental on January 13, 2022. Most of the family beneficiaries were farmers, fisher folks and Indigenous People’s from the Bukidnon tribe. The relief delivery activity was in partnership with the Center for People’s Resources and Services-Negros (CPRS-Negros). Community efforts through the support of fisher folks organizations made the relief delivery activity more organized and easier.

Samahang Operasyong Sagip is very grateful to all those who generously gave support to our Typhoon Odette response campaign. More relief delivery activities are scheduled in Cebu, Bohol and Surigao in the coming days.

The affected families and communities still need our support. Let us help them recover from the damage brought by Typhoon Odette.

. For cash donations, you may deposit your donations at:

SAMAHANG OPERASYONG SAGIP, Inc. Metrobank Savings Account # 636-3-63608747-6 Swift Code: MBTCPHMM Examiner-Quezon Avenue Branch Quezon City, Philippines

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