(Mt. Diwata, Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province) Last February 28, 2011 (Monday), the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. (MISFI) spearheaded a 17-person contingent coming from four humanitarian groups to distribute relief goods to at least 100 families in Mt. Diwata (Diwalwal), Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province that were affected by massive landslides last January 2011.
The said relief delivery operation is part of the Disaster Risk Reduction Project of MISFI, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and assisted by DIAKONIE Katastrophenhilfe.
Aside from MISFI, members from the Children’s Rehabilitation Center – Southern Mindanao Region (CRC-SMR), KABIBA Alliance of Children’s Concerns, Science and Alternative Technology for Rural Development (SALTRD), the peasant group from Compostela Valley and the local government units of the municipality of Monkayo and the barangay of Mt. Diwata also took part in the distribution.
The contingent traveled from Davao City as early as 5 am and arrived in Diwalwal before 11 am, passing through very treacherous roads aboard an improvised truck. Just early this year, a truck turn-turtled at one of the streams because of the very strong, violent current, although there was no casualty reported. Fortunately, the weather was very cooperative when the group made the relief distribution.
The distribution went smoothly as the barangay social workers already prepared the list of beneficiaries and informed them ahead of the distribution date. They also assisted in identifying the beneficiaries during the distribution. The team left Diwalwal by 3 pm and arrived safely in Davao City 8 pm.
The next distribution is expected this March in the rat-infested areas of Paquibato District of Davao City and in the flood-prone areas of Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte on April. (by Nathaniel Villanueva)