This is the first time I’ve decided to help out with the food supplies for the evacuees in Rodriguez, Rizal together with Red Cross Philippines. I’ve decided to document the process in hopes to create more awareness of the flooding situation in Metro Manila which happens every year.
On August 11, 2018, Manila was hit with torrential rain which affected many cities in the area. The Search and Rescue team were on standby in the evening and dispatched early morning on August 12, 2018. I was stranded in Pampanga, and was able to make my way back to Manila the same morning. I followed in the afternoon to the Red Cross facility in Rodriguez, Rizal where donations of biscuits were delivered and repacked to family sizes.
When I met the team, they have already covered several other evacuee sights in the area. Below are some photos of the dispatching of food to the flooding victims.
Most of the evacuees have been placed in public facilities such as basketball courts and public schools – anywhere where they can get shelter and is easily accessible for the delivery of food and medical supplies. In the photo below, the Red Cross also offered medics to ensure the health of the victims are in check.
When I reached the Red Cross office, several volunteer workers were already repacking the food. The video documents the process of how the food and medical supplies are dispatched to the evacuees whose homes have been affected by the flooding in Manila.
I know this video is about the annual flooding in Metro Manila, and I am also aware of the number of plastics that were used in this video. It just goes to show that we are far from being able to solve this problem, but it all should start with awareness and willingness to change. The urge to live in a better city, and the ability to take responsibility for helping make it happen.