No time to lose | Help our lumad

The number of displaced families in Surigao del Sur Sports Center in Tandag City has increased. It is almost unimaginable that a less than 3000 sq. m. area could accommodate almost 5000 individuals seeking shelter from violence in their communities. Children and women are crammed in the area. (Download PDF version from here)

When it rains, the tattered tents provided could not shelter them all. Diseases have started to spread. Water, sanitation and hygiene kits are badly needed.

Aside from affecting the livelihood of the communities of the Indigenous Peoples, at least 9 tribal schools has been closed affecting 676 students and 47 teachers.

Despite reports from the Department and Social Welfare and Development that they have enough relief to sustain the needs of the internally displaced families evacuated at the Sports Center, the supplies of the families are slowly dwindling day by day. The response and aid reaching the IPs displaced are as indefinite as the length of their stay in the area.

We commend your efforts for being with us in these kinds of situation. At present, we are passing around the hat once again for all our partners to help our Lumad brothers and sisters.

Below is the list of the immediate needs of at least 808 families or 4,270 individuals inside the Sports Center. Let us also call for justice while we provide them with whatever we can gather to help them through this ordeal.

1. Food items: 1 sack of rice/family; 1 dozen eggs; ½ kilo salt; 1 kilo cooking oil; 1 bottle soy sauce/toyo; ½ kilo dried fish; 5 sachets milk; ½ kilo sugar

2. Non-food/hygiene items: 5 bath and laundry soap; 5 pieces toothbrush and 5 sachets of toothpaste; 5 sachets shampoo; slippers for children; diaper; undies for adults; blanket and towels (new or used but in-good condition)

3. WASH: 15 liters of water/family; 2 jerry cans, water container/family; thermos

4. Educational supplies: notebooks; pencil; paper (scratch papers will also do); ballpens; coloring books; manila paper; felt-nibbed/pentel pens

5. Medicine: carbocisteine; lagundi; ambroxol; salbutamol; cefalexin; cetirizine; ascorbic acid; multi vitamins; metronidazole; cefuroxime; omeprazole; celecoxib; naproxen

6. Supplies: povidone-iodine; cotton; alcohol; hydrogen peroxide; plaster; gauze; gloves; kidney basin; instrument for wound dressing; blood lancet; strips; nebulizer

The evacuees are also in dire need of:

• Psycho-social interventions/counseling and therapy (among women and children)

• Feeding program/hot meals for young children

• Community consultations, dialogues

• Developmental legal support We will accept all kinds of pledges, whether in kind or monetary support.

You may deposit your pledge thru:

Acct Name: Social Action Center – Diocese of Tandag

Acct Number: 1-423-35916-8

RCBC Bank Tandag Branch


Acct Name: Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.

Acct Number: 0991 00568 2

Allied Bank Cagayan de Oro Branch

Email us copy of the deposit slip: or text us through 0922-850-1843

For donations in kind:
•Ms. Rochelle Mordeno for Mindanao Dropoff:

Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc.

53-A, 12th Street, Zone 2, Upper Bulua,

Cagayan de Oro City 9000
•Ms. Sylvia O. Paraguya thru +02-913-7011 – Manila Dropoff:


•You may also contact Maita Arreola – 0920-9024263 for pick-up arrangements within Quezon City.

Lastly, let us decry these kinds of violence and injustice towards the vulnerable sectors. Express our support via Social Media and in public discussions.

Thank you very much for your continuous support.

For further information, you may contact us:

Yoly R. Esguerra
National Coordinator
Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc +63922.850.1843
Unit 204 Pacific Century Tower 1472-1476 Quezon Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City |