With much gratitude to our members, partners, and volunteers, the AMPING CARAGA Team was able to bring Caravan of Hope to all 626 Families of Barangay Colorado in the Municipality of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on January 12, 2022.

As early as 6:00am, all 21 volunteers were ready to start the day. The team arrived at Barangay Colorado in Jabonga at around 7:00am. It was raining when we arrived and as expected, there was floodwater outside the barangay gym/multipurpose hall. The multipurpose hall was dry and covered, so the team decided it was best to adopt our Plan A. This meant that all interested persons may enter the gym, but we cordoned the area for the validation of claim stubs. Recipients were asked to present their claim stubs before entry to the cordoned area. Upon entry, they will proceed to their Purok leader stationed behind the tables. The purok leaders validate the claim stubs viz recipient and once cleared, the recipients sign the distribution list. Afterwards, they will claim their ecobags and then they will proceed to the wing van. The volunteers assigned at the wing van will get the ecobags and relay them, placing the following items one by one: canned goods, sugar, salt, coffee, milk, pineapple product and a pack of rice. The recipient follows their ecobags and eventually claim them with complete contents at the end of the wing van. We jokingly call this the “wing van shopping mart”.

Thanks to Kasilak Development Foundation, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Agusan del Norte, and Agri-Aqua Development Coalition, all 626 families of Barangay Colorado received food packs containing 5 kilos of rice, 1 kilo of sugar, 500 grams salt, canned goods (sardines), milk, coffee, and canned pineapple product (thanks to Dole Philippines). All families of Barangay Colorado also received non-food items including malong (thanks to Matina Community Pantry), preloved clothings, laundry bar soap, powdered laundry soap, and bath soap.

The Municipality of Jabonga also received a total of 2,688 Dole canned pineapple product (fruit cocktail) and 3 water filtering systems.

Three psychosocial activities for children were also held in Barangay Colorado and Poblacion of Jabonga led by SIKAP. Food packs were also distributed to around 800 children.

These activities were coordinated with local and regional DRRM Offices and concerned government agencies.

These organizations contributed to reaching these families, most of who are from the Mamanwa tribe, in Jabonga:

  • Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC)
  • Kasilak Development Foundation (KDFI)
  • Philippine Partnerships for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas -Mindanao (PHILDHRRA)
  • Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE)
  • Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP)
  • Care Philippines
  • Dole Philippines
  • Dole Stanfilco Panabo Production Security Team
  • Mahintana Foundation
  • Bacbacan Multipurpose Cooperative
  • Matina Community Pantry
  • Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Agusan del Norte (PDRRMO)

Despite the rain and floodwater, everyone was served and we went home with hearts full of gratitude.

Daghang Salamat ug Amping kanunay!

Note: 597 food packs were provided by AMPING CARAGA (Kasilak and AADC) and 29 packs were augmented by PDRRMO, thus a total of 629 families were served.

While we were distributing in Jabonga, another AMPING CARAGA team was simultaneously distributing relief goods in Surigao del Norte. If you want to know more about it, click here.