Our sister Jojo Cuadra, her daughter Bea, bro Bing & sis Beth Sedonio of BCBP Bacolod, together with some friends & relatives ventured into what seemed to be an impossible relief mission in the town of Loon, Bohol, one of the towns vastly devastated by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which hit the Visayas in the morning of October 15, 2013. With most of the roads leading to the town severly damaged, the group had to travel via RORO from Amlan, Negros Oriental, docked at Oslob in Cebu, and drove to the town of Argao. From there, they transfered the relief goods in a fishing boat and crossed the sea for Napo. By God’s grace, the group arrived safely in the beach of Napo in Loon, Bohol on October 27.
For two days the group repacked goods and cooked meals. They also gave out medicines and listened to people who needed to air out their fears and pains. Relief goods came from BCBP members, friends and relatives, who donated grocery items, mosquito nets, tarps, medicines, and money, among others.
For two days, the group has given out a total of 1,700 home-cooked meal packs to the residents. They also distributed more than 500 relief good bags to local families, and somehow helped provide temporary shelter by giving out tarps. They also distributed candies to the children and prepared simple art activities for them. Allowing them to draw was like giving them the opportunity to express what they felt during and after the earthquake.
There were even folks from other mountain barangays, who traveled by motor bikes for 2 hours to the group’s base camp and were given food packs, rice, mosquito nets and blankets. They have been isolated and relief goods were difficult to reach them.
The local residents were so thankful and appreciative of the groups presence and help, considering the risk, difficulties and the distance. The group was also thankful to all those who went out their way to send donations and prayed for their safety.
To Sis Jo Cuadra & Daughter Bea, Bro Bing & Sis Beth Sedonio, friends, relatives, and the whole BCBP community, thank you for being God’s instruments of hope.
To God be the Glory!