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2 December, 2014 Typhoon Hagupit local Philippines named Ruby has formed. 2 days after, it become into Super Typhoon category 5. Subsequently, Hagupit begin weakening before making landfall in Eastern Samar as Category 3 typhoon.

When Hagupit turns into Super Typhoon, local government has issue Zero Evacuation policy, around 1 million population has taken their shelter in evacuation center, school, churches and government building to prepare for the worst to be happen as the local community has already experienced from another Super Typhoon – Haiyan a year ago.

CREST Malaysia has provided financial aids to our local partners before the typhoon making landfall in Philippines. With the balance from Haiyan respond fund, CREST Malaysia has agreed to provide USD 3,000 each for our local partner in Cebu (Arapal Church Camp) and Tacloban (Omega Disaster Relief – RASFI) to stock up food and water supply or immediate needs after Hagupit landed. Hagupit first made landfall over Dolores, Eastern Samar on 6 December.

Team Member

Cheong Chee Keen

Travel Events

Dec 16 – KL – Cebu, flight delay for 2 hours due to plane technical problem. Arrived Cebu at 5.30pm meeting up with Salma.

Dec 17 – Purchased 1 x power generator (3kVa) from Lapu-lapu City, 12.45kg of plant seeds at Danao City for Dolores City (ground 0 for Hagupit).

Dec 18 – Meeting up Collyn and Lorie at Cebu passenger port, collecting remaining 8 tarpaulin rolls from Haiyan respond. Travel from Cebu to Ormoc at 6pm, however ferry delays due to peak session. Arrived at Tacloban around 12 midnight.

Dec 19 – Briefing in Morning, proceed to Basey, Samar delivery first half of the relief items, 517 packs of 2kg of rice, 500g brown sugar, 20g coffee and 2 pack of noodles.

Dec 20 – Deliver second half of relief item to Basey, Samar. Distribution at Barangay Bulao (N 11° 20.246’ E 125°06.075’) and proceed to Barangay Loog (N 11° 18.661’ E 125° 09.553) checking on the boat making process.

Dec 21 – Arrival of Steve and Cynthia. Preparation, purchase relief item before heading to Dolores, Eastern Samar.

Dec 22 – Rented a MPV with Peso 3,000 a day. Heading to Dolores, 5 hours journey. Signed in at Dolores Command Center City Hall. Continue journey to Oras and Arteche, meeting up with Pastor Noly at Alogan, San Policarpio (N 12° 12.489’ E 125° 28.665’). Overnight at Christ the Living Stone Fellowship (N 12°02.207’ E 125° 28.421’).

Dec 23 – Visitation to local churches and pastors, having a dinner fellowship with pastors and distributed gifts and relief items.

Dec 24 – On the way back, visited Catbalogan and Barangay Caticugan, St. Rita with IDRN partner Pastor Jeffery Morante. Relief items are given to the locals.

Dec 25 – Color of Christmas with Omega, and Steve’s Team at Barangay Anibong.

Dec 26 – Return to Cebu by ferry.

Dec 27 – Return to Malaysia.

Summary Financial Report USD 3,000 from Salma (Cebu)

Emergency Relief

Debit (Peso)

Credit (Peso)

Received from CREST 124,812.55
Tax 187.45
Emergency Respond for Elmer Palacio (370 hygiene and laundry packs for Leyte Christian College 10,000.00
Balance return to CK Cheong for Racee trip to Dolores, Eastern Samar 114,625.10
Balance from Salma 114,625.00
1 Unit B&S Gasoline Generator BS3000 (2.2KW, Peak 2.5 KW) 13,480.00
Accessories for generator 1,203.90
Seeds for Agricultures
4 x Okra (1kg = 1,060) 4,240.00
4 x Kangkong (1kg = 414) 1,656.00
4 x Egg Plant (50g = 1313) 5,262.00
1 x Calabaza (500g = 1899) 1,899.00
4 x Galante (1kg = 980) 3,920.00
Balance for the trip 82,964.10
*** Seed purchased at Pacifica Agrivet, beside Galsano Olivar St., Danao City (Contact Nida, #09268692992) 1 hour drive away from Lapu-lapu City, Cebu.
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Assessment and Financial Report from Omega Relief

Received from CREST USD 3,000 = Peso 125,000


1st Assessment – Route (Tacloban – Basey – Marabut, Herrani, Maydolong, Borongan City, Sun Julian)2014ph003 

Food for a team of 12(staffs and volunteers) 12,500
Transportation + Driver 12,500
Pre-typhoon food and water preparation for Elementary School at Anibong, Tacloban City (Evacuation center for 800 Families) 5,000
517 families food packs are distributed in Basey 70,000
Immediate financial support for evacuation center in church at Maydolong for 20 families 3,000
Immediate financial support for 2 churches as evacuation center Peso 2,000 each for 119 pax and 143 pax at Borongan 4,000
Immediate financial support for evacuation center in church at San Julian for 20 families 2,000
Total Expenses for 1st Assessments 109,000

Balance from 1st Assessment  Peso 125,000 – 109,000 = 16,000


2nd Assessment – Route (Tacloban – Taft – Dolores, San Policarpo, Arteche)


Financial support for church at Taft (Total Damaged) 1,000
Financial support for church at Dolores (Total Damaged) 1,000
Financial support for church at San Policarpio (Total Damaged) 1,000
Financial support for 3 churches at Arteche (Total Damaged)
a. Church as evacuation center with 30 families
b. A pastor house total damaged
c. A pastor house and church partial damaged

Transportation and food for a team of 2 persons 5,000
Total Expenses for 2nd Assessments 16,000



1. Food Distribution- Barangay Bulao (N 11° 20.246’ E 125°06.075’) for 300 families. Barangay Captain is leading the distribution process by calling their families one by one.

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2. Assessment– Arrived at Dolores city hall at 11:30am, 22 Dec 2014.

Statistics (Affected by Typhoon in Dolores)
Barangay – 46
Household – 10,213
Family – 11,772
Partially Damage – 7,420 (Peso 148,400,000)
Totally Damage – 2,746 (Peso 285,700,000)
Infrastructure – Peso 94,434,000
Agriculture – Peso 256,951,242
Electricity – No
Pipe Water – No
Water Source – Hand pump well
Water Condition – Good for washing
Health – 1 Dengue case reported
Food – Market has reopen, limited food. Only 4 restaurant in operation with limited food.
Present of local and International NGOs from Malaysia (Mercy), and Japan.

Community Hall Collapsed
after Typhoon Ruby


3. Livelihood Project – Agriculture

Beneficial – Pastor Noly at Alogan, San Policarpio, Eastern Samar.
House and Church GPS Coordinate – N 12° 12.489’ E 125° 28.665’

2014ph008Pastor Noly is a farmer and pastor among the community in Alogan. Over 8 years of his minister, he brought 4 hectares of land and build his house and church in this land. He has a family with 4 children, 2 sons and 2 daughters.

Before the typhoon, Pastor Noly dream was to impact the community but teaching and empower the local with his skills. He wanted to build a greenhouse and promote organic farming by received loan Peso 10,000 from the local government to extend his farming business. He has purchased seeds and fertilizer stored at his farm.

His elder son has graduated from local university and her another two more daughters are still perusing university degree.

During the typhoon, it destroyed everything he has, besides the strong wind collapse the church building build on top of the land, the flood water has damage the plants and land. For this reason, his two daughters have to stop schooling and only depend on his elder son only income where he is working in Borongan City. Moreover, he still need to return the 10,000 peso loan from the government.

Neil and I have agreed to release all seeds that we have brought to Mr. Noly with below terms.2014ph009

  1. work closely with Omega Relief
  2. repay his loan Peso 10,000 after his first harvest (in 3 months)
  3. subsequence harvests, he need to return to Omega & Crest at Peso 15,000 and we will together to help others in the community.

Besides the seeds, Crest also release Peso 5,000 for him to employ a helper in his cleaning activities.

4. Livelihood Project – Pedicab

2014ph010We have successfully rolled out 10 pedicabs in Tacloban city. However, this project may come to stop due to oversupply of pedicabs in the city. Two months ago, Tzu Chi Foundation has release 250 pedicabs for free to the survival and the statement and number has yet to verify.

Due to the Typhoon Ruby, government has issue zero evacuation for everyone whom staying in Tacloban City. At the result, our pedicab beneficiaries are not able to gain incoming approximately 3 weeks (pre and post typhoon). Suggest to Crest to waive 3 weeks (1 week is Peso 50) payments for our beneficiaries.

5. Livelihood Project – Fishing Boat2014ph011

Fishing boat making process has being delayed due to local authority in Tacloban does not permit boat making process in Barangay Anibong. With help and connection in Basey, Omega has found a place to start the making process. At this moment, materials have arrived at Barangay Loog (N 11° 18.661’ E 125° 09.553). The targeted date to release first boat will be in January 2015.

6. Others

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Colorful Christmas preparation for 1,000 kids

AOG Church partially damaged by Typhoon Ruby in Taft, Eastern Samar

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Meet up with IDRN Partner – Jeffery Morante from Sta Rita, Western Samar

School facilities damaged by typhoon

Goals achieved

1. Assessment done in Dolores.

2. Follow up development project in Tacloban, pedicabs and fishing boats.

3. Started a new livelihood project in Eastern Samar, agriculture.


1. Provide 3 weeks repayment waiver for the pedicab owners. Peso 50 (per week) x 3 x 10 (number of pedicabs) = Peso 1,500

2. Omega has requested financial help for year 2015, to continue the development project in Tacloban.

Omega has intension to extend the livelihood project in Tacloban & as well as in Samar. Samar has marked poorest state in term of income per household for whole Philippines. Besides our projects, Omega has started a women fellowship in Barangay Anibong, Tacloban and providing micro enterprise for the women to help income for household. The scheme is soft loan - Peso 3,000 per family and repayment in 6 months without interest. This project will supervised by Ms. Dallin from Mindanao.

Collyn has provided below items for CREST directors consideration in year 2015.

Items (Per Month)


Rental of office & house in Tacloban 6,000
Upkeep, utilities for the house 1,000
Niel Gonzales 10,000
Transportation & communication allowance for Niel Gonzales 3,000
Support a local volunteer (for 3 months only) 6,500

Submitted by CK Cheong
14 January 2015.

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