LDSC, MHH Distribute 6,500 Food Kits to Flooded Barangays in Pangasinan

News Release
 

One hundred twenty (120) Mormon Helping Hand volunteers repacked 4,500 food kits provided by Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC) for residents affected by recent Typhoons Inday and Josie. 

Members and full-time missionaries gathered at the Arellano Meetinghouse in Dagupan City to pack rice, canned corned beef, canned sardines and instant noodles. 

Distribution of the relief goods soon followed. MHH volunteers trudged flooded areas as deep as the neck and waist to deliver clean water and food kits to affected families. Members affected by the flood also joined in the repacking and distribution efforts to deliver provisions to families stranded in their homes. The food assistance provided to the affected families have helped them through the critical days after the storm and widespread flooding.

This emergency response was in coordination with the Angat Buhay Foundation, Inc., and the city and municipal mayors of Calasiao, Dagupan, and Lingayen. All three mayors and Angat Buhay Foundation leaders expressed deep gratitude to LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the assistance given to affected families.

Additional food assistance will be provided soon to the affected barangays in Tarlac, Bataan, and Nueva Ecija. According to reports, some of the barangays in these towns are still flooded, preventing many families from earning a living or keeping them from returning to their employment.

On 2 August 2018, emergency relief operations continued. Mormon Helping Hands volunteers  repacked additional 2,000 food kits and distributed them in Barangay Talibaew, Calasiao with Barangay Captain Elpidio U. Untalan in coordination with Calasiao Municipal Mayor Joseph Arman C. Bauzon.

On 3 August 2018, MHH volunteers continued to distribute food packs in Barangay Malued, Dagupan together City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and Barangay Captain Filipina delos Santos.

To date, LDS Charities has donated a total of 17,600 food kits in the affected areas of Dagupan, Bataan, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac.

LDS Charities and Mormon Helping Hands volunteers performed similar relief operations in Bulacan  when severe flood affected barangays in Hagonoy in June 2018.

The recent Typhoon Inday and Josie have brought monsoon rains affecting most of Luzon. Severe flooding in the provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, and Bataan, parts of Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Bulacan affected thousands of families. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the heavy rainfall that was experienced for three consecutive days was equivalent to the volume of three months of rain.

Photo credits: Erol Jurado, GiGi C. Karganilla, and Rhyza Ventenilla

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