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SSS Targeted Relief Operations Plan for Cagayan de

Oro Urban Flooding Victims: A Proposal

FOR : Commissioner Jose Gabriel M. La Vina

THRU : SVP Eddie A. Jara, Mindanao Operations Group

VP Edwin M. Alo, Northern Mindanao Division

Submitted by:

Valentine Q. Viajar-Aunzo
Branch Head, SSS CDO-Lapasan Branch
February 16, 2017

I. Situation Background
On 16 January 2017, torrential rains caused massive flooding in Cagayan
de Oro and nearby provinces of Misamis Oriental. The heavy rains due to a low-
pressure area (LPA) inundated the rivers and flooded 14 out of the 23 towns in
the province. In Cagayan de Oro, thousands were stranded for the night along
the streets, in schools, offices and thousands of families near the coastal areas
were evacuated. Power outages occurred in several areas. In the aftermath, the
floods claimed a total of seven lives, three were from Cagayan de Oro. The
whole of Misamis Oriental suffered extensive damage to infrastructure,
agricultural losses, and damage to private property because of the flooding and
landslides according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management Office. Damage to infrastructure was estimated at Php103 million
and damage to agriculture at Php 13 million.i
During the floods, the Cagayan de Oro City evacuated 1,345 families or
5,625 persons placed in 19 evacuation centers. Across the province, an
estimated 2,573 families or 11,852 people have been displaced as of 20
January 2017.ii CDO was declared under a state of calamity the day after the
flooding (17 January 2017) to provide assistance for those affected and
commence clearing operations of flooded areas. The Barangays reported
heavily affected by the flooding were: Kauswagan (highway part), Carmen
(particularly streets of Serina, Gumamela, Masterson Avenue, Macanhan,
Zayas), barangay 33 (Cogon), barangay Lapasan (CM Recto area),
Barangay Patag, Barangay Agusan, Barangay Balulang, Camaman-an, Gusa,

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Cugman, Puerto, Tumpagon, Pigsag-an, Tuburan, Taglimao, Pagalungan,
Lumbia, San Simon, Pagatpat, Canitoan, Iponan, and Bulua.iii
Along the CM Recto area in Cagayan de Oro City, flood waters reached
neck-level stranding hundreds near the malls of Limketkai, Ayala, SM and
surrounding buildings. The SSS Lapasan Branch Office was also surrounded
with water that left all employees stranded for the night. The CM Recto Avenue,
beside Barangay Lapasan, became a disaster area during the flooding due to
heavy rains which the drainage and the elevated bridge over Bitan-ag Creek
were unable to prevent. The Bitan-ag Creek, a major waterway in Cagayan de
Oro, cuts across major residential and business districts: Barangay Camaman-
an, Cogon Market, Limketkai Center, Agora Market, and Barangay
Lapasan. It is also the main drain of the drainage system of the Cogon Market
area, Osmena Street, Provincial Capitol Compound, Ramonal Village, Barangay
Nazareth, and a portion of Divisoria.iv Relief and assistance operations are still
underway in Cagayan de Oro City to this date.

II. Post Calamity Damage Assessment

Based on the DSWD consolidated disaster report three days after the
flooding, Barangay Lapasan was the hardest hit among all the barangays in
Cagayan de Oro. Of the total 17,322 affected families, 2,660 can be found in
Barangay Lapasan followed by Barangay Pueblo with 2,600 and Barangay
Puntod with 1,550 affected families (see: DWSD Consolidated Disaster Report).
However, in a more recent and detailed report from the Lapasan Punong
Barangay, there are 4,845 families affected by the flooding from 22 sitios of
Lapasan (see: Brgy Lapasan Report below).
v

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III. Recommendation for Targeted Relief Operations

A. Place(s) the SSS Lapasan Branch proposes to distribute relief goods to


1,700 affected families on the 5 Sitios severely affected by the flooding:

22 Sitios under Barangay Lapasan


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La Paz I 5 Hillside Village 61
E.G. Dacudao 49 Centro Kolambog 256
48
San Juan 2 8 Lawesbra Lapasan 208
14
Sitio Mambato 0 Sto. Nino 430
14
Gaabucayan 9 Sta. Cruz II 20
Centro Lapasan 22 San Roque II 95
Liitle Cebu Lapasan 110 Upper Kolambog 225
13
Lupsup Seaside 0 San Roque I 91
San Isidro Labrador 22 La Paz II 265

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La Paz I Extension 37 San Lazaro 1045
6
San Juan 1 42 Western Kolambog 271

As per interview with the Barangay Officials, the following Sitios were identified
severely affected as flood waters reached at most the neck level. Houses were
deeply submerged in waters as these are situated beside the creek and
seashores.

Sitio La Paz 1 for 500 families


Sitio Centro Kolambog for 200 families
Sitio La Paz 1 Extension for 100 families

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Sitio San Lazaro for 800 families
Sitio Little Cebu Lapasan for 100 families

B. Type of assistance

The assistance is for the affected flooded members whose houses


were at least flooded at above waist to neck level and sustained
substantial damages due to entry of water in their houses.

Recommended bundle of relief goods worth Php500 consist of:


o 5 kilos Rice
o 4 cans Sardines; 4 cans Beef Loaf; 3 cans Corned Beef
o 9 packs Chicken Mami, Beef Mami and Pancit Canton
o 12 Sachets 3-in-1 Coffee and Milo Drink

Budget Proposal:

Items Quantity Total amount in


Php
Relief goods Php 500 x 1700 850,000
families
Incidental expenses:
- Meals for
volunteers, PNP, 50 pax x 200/meal 10,000
Brgy. Officials 5 Officials x 2,750 x 27,500
- Hotel 2 days 59,500
Accommodation 1,700 families x
- Relief Bags 35 /bag
Rental of vehicle for 1 truck/van 2,500
Goods
Contingency funds 10,000
TOTAL 959,500

C. Mechanics for execution of relief operations:


C.1 Membership verification

At least one member of the family is a contributing member of the SSS


or pensioner

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The member must provide means of verification (i.e. SSS ID, proof of
latest SSS payment contribution, etc.)

C.2 Ticket distribution

Coordinate with barangay leaders of the identified Sitios to gather the


affected SSS members in the Barangay Hall
Upon verification of proof of membership, tickets to claim relief goods
on appointed date will be given.

C.3 Actual distribution

Upon appointed time and venue, the members will be seated and
organized according to the number on the ticket stubs.
Only one (1) member of each family is allowed during the distribution.
Organized distribution will be based on batches, i.e. #s 1-20, 21-30,
31-40, and so on.
Failure to bring the ticket stubs will forfeit the right to receive the relief
goods.

D. Venue:
Mindanao University of Science and Technology Gym (on weekend
distribution)
Barangay Lapasan Covered Court (alternative)

E. Timeline and execution date:

Upon approval of proposal of relief operations in Brgy. Lapasan

Day 15-
Day 1-2 Day 3-4 Day 5-6 Day 7-8 Day 9-10 Day 11-12 Day 13-14 19 Day 20 D-day
Feb 26- Feb 28-Mar Mar 02- Mar 03- Mar 06-
Feb 20-21 Feb 22-23 Feb 24-25 27 01 03 05 10 Mar 13 Mar 16

Planning

Finalize
List of Procurement of relief goods
Recipient
s
Proposal/
Coordination with Barangay leaders of chosen Sitios
Budget
on distribution of tickets and other concerns
Approval

Packing of Relief
Goods

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Design and print Tickets
Finalize Venue
Arrangement / Reservation of hotel
accommodation, transportation,
logistics
Distribution of
Tickets
Coordinatio
Coordination Final Coordination Date of
n
Meeting Execution
Meeting Meeting

IV. Recommended execution date


Based on the timeline above and plan of tasks/activities, the targeted
relief operations can be implemented after approximately 20 days from the
date of approval of proposal/budget to actual implementation. We however,
recommend that the relief operation will be held on March 16, 2017 as
allowance to unforeseen contingencies.

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i Lagsa, Bobby (2017): Misamis Oriental under state if calamity, in Rappler Philippines
(17/1/2017); available at: http://www.rappler.com/nation/158981-misamis-oriental-state-of-
calamity (last accessed on 16 February 2017).

iiLagsa, Bobby (2017): Misamis Oriental under state if calamity, in Rappler Philippines
(17/1/2017); available at: http://www.rappler.com/nation/158981-misamis-oriental-state-of-
calamity (last accessed on 16 February 2017).

iii Jerusalem, Jigger J. and Pamela Jay F. Orias (2017): 4 dead, 1 missing, thousands displaced in
Oro flood, in: SunStarOnline (17/1/2017); available at: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-
oro/local-news/2017/01/17/4-dead-1-missing-thousands-displaced-oro-flood-520556 (last accessed
on 16 February 2017).

iv ___________ (2017): Too much rain, garbage, clogged waterways caused Cagayan de
Oro flood, in: Rappler Philippines (18/1/2017); available at
http://www.rappler.com/nation/158774-causes-cagayan-de-oro-floods (last accessed on
16 February 2017).