In the spirit of “bayanihan” and sharing especially this Christmas season, Mahintana together with various organizations in Mindanao shared time, energy and resources for the Typhoon-affected families in Surigao under its Caravan of Hope on December 28, 2021. At least 1,000 families or 5,000 individuals in three (3) barangays in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte (i.e. Brgys. Balite, Linongganan and Amontay) have benefited from food packs and water assistance. Per family received 1 pack of 5 kgs. rice, 6 pcs. canned Tuna, 1 pack ½ kg. mongo, 1 pack powdered milk, 1 bundle of Nescafe sticks at 12 pcs/bundle, 1 kg. brown sugar, 1 kg. iodized salt, 1 pack 200ml soy sauce, 1 pack 200ml vinegar, 1 gallon Jerry can with & w/o water (depending on family’s choice), and 1 pack health kits of 5 pcs. surgical mask, 1 pad Vitamin C, and 1 pad paracetamol.

Right after the relief distribution, Brgy. Chairman Eduardo Bantilan of Brgy. Linongganan offered his thanks and appreciation to the group organizing the relief assistance/Caravan of Hope (thru Amping Surigao) as their barangay and adjacent barangays in San Francisco, Surigao were usually left out in major relief distributions conducted by international NGOs (as their focus are usually in islands of Dinagat and Siargao). Hearing the appreciation of the affected LGUs and seeing the smiles of the beneficiary-families (even in face-masks) were already enough for the relief volunteers from their 12-hour travel to bring the relief goods to Surigao.

These are the following organizations which shared their time, energy and resources during the Caravan of Hope relief distribution in Surigao (in alphabetical order): Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC), CARE, CCF, DCOMPC, Dole Philippines/LeadPH, German Doctors, Kasilak Dev’t. Foundation, Inc., KPS-SEED, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., MCDC-Polomolok, MINCODE, PhilDHRRA, RD Foundation, SEDMFI, SIKAP Inc., and Tibud SKMPC. The group is also planning for the succeeding Caravans of Hope.

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