German newspaper aids Yolanda survivors in Panay

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Monday, December 9, 2013


A GERMAN newspaper based in Schaeffenburg in Bavaria, Germany has responded to the call of international relief assistance to survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in badly hit areas in Panay Island.

Initiated by Prima Sonntag newspaper and its reporter Daniela Pfad, some residents of Bavaria and Switzerland who read the announcement in the newspaper donated some amount to help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts of a German couple based in Iloilo City.

Heinz Dieter Bender and his Ilongga wife Socorro Cansancio Bender, together with their son Florian Benedict, led in the relief distribution to some 15 displaced families in Passi City, Iloilo last November 15, 10 families in Kalibo, Aklan last November 21 and 56 families in an indigenous people (IP) community in sitio Nagpana, Barangay Lipata, Barotac Viejo last December 8.

Together with some friends and volunteers, the Benders distributed rice, salt, coffee, canned goods, noodles, biscuits; toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and nails to help reconstruct the houses of the typhoon victims and help rebuild their lives.

Bender said their two daughters, Venus based in Germany and Annabel based in Zurich, Switzerland campaigned for the donations with the help of Venus friend Daniela of Prima Sonntag. The amount donated was remitted to the Philippines and added to the Bender fund to buy all the needed relief goods.

Bender said that another relief drive will be conducted on December 28 in Estancia, Iloilo to help the typhoon survivors.

Socorro Bender went to Passi City to deliver their family?s donation to the victims even before they had received the Prima Sonntag initiated donation as her personal wish coming from the heart.

Bender said he is happy a small group aid in Germany and Switzerland responded to the call to help the Haiyan survivors in Panay Island. His wife Socorro is from Leon, Iloilo and they are happy to help in the humanitarian effort to save lives and help the victims back to mainstream society.

The regional disaster risk reduction and management council of Western Visayas reported that a total of 619.823 families composed of 2,812,095 persons were homeless and heavily affected by the onslaughts of Typhoon Yolanda in the region.

A total of 242,957 houses were totally damaged while 253,345 houses were partially damaged. A total of P9.6 billion in infrastructures, agriculture and fisheries were wiped out and 215 persons died, 461 injured and 20 missing as of end of November 2013. The province of Iloilo suffered the most of damages in the region.

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