1,500 Families in Quake-Stricken Makilala Receive Aid from MINCODE, Kapwa, and FSSI

The Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI), in partnership with the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) and Kapwa Upliftment Foundation, Inc. (KUFI), has delivered relief assistance to 1,500 earthquake stricken-families in the municipality of Makilala in North Cotabato.

In October 2019, a series of strong earthquakes struck the province of Cotabato and its vicinity. It started with a magnitude 6.3 quake on October 16, followed by a magnitude 6.6 quake on October 29, compounding the damage. A magnitude 6.5 tremor struck two days later. Twenty-three (23) people were reported killed while over 38,000 homes were destroyed, displacing thousands of families.

To support the relief efforts, FSSI donated Php 200,000 in November 2019 through its member MINCODE, which facilitated coordination among civil society organizations in Mindanao responding to the earthquake survivors. MINCODE worked with its member KUFI, a social development organization which has been working in Makilala in partnership with indigenous peoples communities and local governance units.

FSSI’s financial assistance enabled MINCODE and KUFI to provide hygiene kits for 1,500 families in six barangays in Makilala: Barangays Buhay, Buenavida, Batasan, Biangan (commonly referred as 4Bs), Malasila, and Old Bulatukan. The relief provided was based on the needs expressed by the affected families and the local Disaster Risk Reduction Office.

“FSSI stands ready to support the people of Mindanao, especially during emergency situations. But a lot more needs to be done to help the survivors of the earthquakes fully recover from the disaster. It would entail concerted effort from the government, the business sector and civil society groups in the region like MINCODE and KUFI,” said FSSI Executive Director Sixto Donato C. Macasaet.

A total of 569 households (32.66%) in the 4Bs are IPs living at the foot of Mt. Apo, with farms inside their ancestral domain. The quakes rendered the majority of their homes destroyed and unsafe, which forced them to stay at temporary shelters and evacuation sites. Landslides resulting from the tremors also devastated their farms and disrupted their livelihood.

The local government of Makilala has allowed the return of residents whose houses are not in identified high-risk zones. Temporary learning spaces have also been constructed in schools. However, KUFI’s Executive Director Alma dela Paz shared, many families continue to live in evacuation camps or makeshift tents awaiting for government support to rebuild their homes, farms, and lives.

Photos and data are from the narrative report submitted by MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin and Kapwa Upliftment Foundation, Inc. to FSSI. For questions or concerns, or donations to support the cause, please get in touch with us at fssi@fssi.com.ph or (+632) 8928 8671.