Rise from Calamity: Typhoon Ulysses Response

Photo caption: Relief distribution in Calumpit, Bulacan

In response to the catastrophic damage brought by Typhoon Ulysses flooding, a series of relief operations dubbed #ProjectAhon (i.e., rise from the water) was spearheaded by the Organizing Committee of the 10th Pilipinas Rotaract Convention consisting mainly of Rotaractors and Rotarians of Rotary International District 3770, in partnership with the Rotaract Club of Calumpit and Pilipinas Rotaract Multi-District Information Organization. Conducted from November 12 to December 4, 2020, #ProjectAhon raised Php 259,672 ($5,360) aiding almost 3,000 families.

Photo caption: #ProjectAhon called for the whole Rotary Philippines community to donate as small as Php 200 to help Filipinos affected by flooding caused by Typhoon Ulysses

First Wave: Fast Aid in Action

Only a few days after the project launch, #ProjectAhon raised Php 130,574.24 through the overwhelming support mostly from Rotary and Rotaract Clubs from different parts of the Philippines. The #ProjectAhon team immediately conducted relief efforts in Isabela and Cagayan with the help of the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Tuguegarao and the Rotaract Clubs of District 3770 Zone 1 who served as responders on the ground.

Photo caption: Packing of relief goods for Cagayan

Another series of relief goods distribution was also held at San Miguel, Baggao, Sanchez Mira, Bannag, Abulug, Enrile, and Afusing Bato, Alcala, all towns in the province of Cagayan. More than 1,688 food packages were distributed using the funds gathered and donations that were given in kind.

Photo caption: Relief distribution in San Miguel, Baggao, Cagayan; Sanchez Mira, Cagayan; at Bannag, Abulug, Cagayan facilitated by the Rotaract Club of Tuguegarao

Second Wave: Relief Efforts

Immediately after the first wave of donations, the group rechanneled #ProjectAhon donation efforts for the residents of Calumpit, Bulacan on November 14, 2020. The team collected Php 129,098.00. The Rotary Club of Calumpit, assisted by the Rotaract Club of Calumpit, conducted the relief goods distribution to residents of Barangays Bulusan, Sto. Nino, Gugo, and Calizon. More than 1,250 food packages were distributed together with donations in kind.

This article was written by Raquel Magtalas, a member of the Rotaract Club of Calumpit, and was featured in the March 2021 issue of the Philippine Rotary Magazine as seen below.

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