Strong winds and continuous rains damaged the homes and livelihoods of residents in Baco, Oriental Mindoro. Kaunsayan Formation for Community Development, Inc. (KAFCODE), a local NGO based in Oriental Mindoro assessed 7 barangays. All rice lands (124.75 hectares) and vegetable fields (60 hectares) were destroyed.
SAFER launched an appeal last January 29, 2019 to help rebuild the lives of the Baco community, encouraging the public to donate cash. The public’s support is targeted to rice farmers. The appeal was featured in Ikot.PH, DZXL RMN and Green Giant FM.
Last February 12, 2019, SAFER Foundation distributed P100,000 to 40 farmer families affected by Tropical Depression Usman in Barangays Malapad and Putican-Cabulo in Baco, Oriental Mindoro. This was made possible with SAFER’s partnership with KAFCODE, AKLAS, PHILSSA and the Oriental Mindoro Municipality.
SAFER Foundation continues to collect donations for the Quick Response Fund in preparation for disasters.