QI Philippines staff distribute relief goods to Taal victims
Although the Taal volcano in the Philippines has been quiet after its eruption on January 12, thousands of people are still living in evacuation centres until the authorities allow them to return home.
To address their immediate needs, QI Group staff distributed relief goods such as rice, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, infant diapers and clothes to evacuees sheltered at the Lipa Youth & Cultural Center and Star 8 Warehouse.
76 families were sheltered at the Lipa City Youth and Cultural Centre, where each family is given one tent each. The Star 8 Warehouse meanwhile, was an old bus terminal which was turned into a centre that sheltered about 160 families.
QI Group staff Mayette Dela Cruz said the trip to the evacuation centre made her appreciate the air that she breathes in.
“I can breathe the somewhat ‘clean air’ in the area I live, unlike them where even days-old babies inhale the toxic dust,” she said.
“Although I know the items that we gave away will only last for a day or two, it feels good to help lessen their burden,” she added.
Another staff Salene Kwan said it was both encouraging and humbling to see the determination in the eyes of the evacuees to rebuild their lives from scratch.
“Even if they are in a very difficult situation right now, they have their hopes high that their hometown will rise again. Being there to see the damage as well as the people’s strong faith in God and their positive attitude towards life, made me realise how blessed I am and that I should not complain,” she added.
Meanwhile, staff Chatisse Nueva España said it was a fulfilling experience to go to the evacuation centres and distribute the items.
“I am glad I could be of service to our fellow Filipinos,” she said.
Taal, one of the Philippines’ most dangerous volcanoes, started spewing ash on January 12, 2020, prompting the authorities to declare mandatory evacuation.