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HRC Answers the call!

The Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) mobilizes team of humanitarian responders to answer the call of the Provincial Health Office for assistance to curb diarrheal outbreak in Balabac, Palawan. The HRC, for this emergency response, is composed of the 3 partner organizations: A Single Drop for Safe Water, Roots of Health and Phil. Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID).

On 24th December 2017, Typhoon Vinta devastated the municipality of Palawan. It was also after this event that diarrhea cases started to rise in Balabac. On January 3, 2018, the A Single Drop for Safe Water (ASDSW) received a formal request for assistance for Balabac. The HRC, led by ASDSW, then sent a Rapid Assessment team to the area to provide initial targeted response and conduct damaged assessment.

After the rapid assessment activity, ASDSW lobbied for support from long time donors for a full scale emergency response back to the municipality. Several donors heeded the call, among them are UNICEF who provided hygiene and water kits and other cash support for mobilization and other activities, and Seaoil Foundation Inc. and Latter-day Saints Charities for other water and hygiene materials. Four Barangays will directly benefit from the response, namely Barangays Melville, Agutayan, Salang and Ramos.

On the provincial level, HRC works in coordination with the Provincial Health Office, the Provincial DOH Office, the Provincial DILG office and the PDRRMO. The team travels back to Balabac on March 14 and is expected to stay in the area till the middle of April 2018. HRC is grateful also to the support of Bishop Edward and President Larry Caduada and the energetic volunteers for the storage of the WaSH materials in the temple building of the Church of Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Malvar Street, Puerto Princesa City.

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