APL-Women chapters in Mindanao prepare for a new round of solidarity support to typhoon-afflicted sisters in areas hard-hit by typhoon Falcon more than a month ago in Mindanao. Plans to conduct counseling and repair missions are being polished following a relief operation last July this year.
Dabawenia and WISE-GenSan (Women’s Initiative for Social Empowerment), APL-Women chapters based in Davao City and General Santos City, respectively, spearhead the operations with the support of the Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN) and the Alliance of Progressive Labor. The personnel of the organizations found evacuees in makeshift dwellings, whose foundations (house floors) were the only remnants of their former homes.
Last month, a successful relief dispatch was undertaken in a compound in Barangay Matina, Davao City that benefited almost a hundred people. This was done after LEARN conducted a Basic Women Awareness Seminar in General Santos City, which enabled WISE-member participants to provide clothes and other materials to the victims of typhoon Falcon. Grocery items were also packed by LEARN and APL staff with the help of Dabawenia Chair Pita Tomatao that were then handed-out to the beneficiaries.