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A flooded village in the Philippines.  Photo courtesy Dan Pantoja, Mennonite Church Canada Worker

A flooded village in the Philippines. Photo courtesy Dan Pantoja, Mennonite Church Canada Worker

MCC responds to emergency needs in the Philippines

December 19, 2011

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) welcomes donations to support emergency assistance efforts in the Philippines.

MCC, together with Mennonite Church Canada, is responding to emergency needs in parts of Iligan City. MCC is accepting cash donations and forwarding funds to PeaceBuilders Community Inc. (PBCI), a trusted partner organization in the Philippines associated with the Integrated Mennonite Churches of the Philippines.

MCC is contributing $10,000 to support PBCI's distribution of food and non-food items to at least 1,500 families (about 7,500 people) in Upper Hinaplanon which is a part of Iligan City. These items will be purchased locally. MCC is not looking for material donations at this time.

Hundreds of people have died and hundreds more are missing after flash floods triggered by a tropical storm swept across the southern Philippine island of Mindanao early Saturday, Dec. 17. Two of the worst hit cities are Cagayan de Oro and Iligan where churches, schools and community centres have been converted into temporary evacuation centres. Food is scarce and there is no potable water in both cities, which aggravates the situation.

Following the floods of September 2009, MCC partnered with PBCI to train two peace and reconciliation teams in disaster preparedness.