The management and employees of the Cebu Port Authority were one in deciding to forego their Christmas party this year to use intended funds to distribute water, bread, biscuits and canned goods to around 5,000 household survivors of super typhoon Yolanda on November 16, 2013.
Preparations for the relief distribution was mobilized immediately after GM Edmund Tan gave the go-signal to the initiative where the employees themselves, both organic and agency-hired, volunteered in the buying, sorting, packing and loading of the relief goods.
With the help of BNR Construction and Development Corp. which was kind enough to hastily send over its prime-mover wing van and a mini dump truck to transport the relief goods, the food packs were ready for distribution within a day.
The relief team of 30 employee-volunteers who opted to accompany the goods left early dawn of November 16, 2013, eight days after Yolanda ravaged the Visayas, and arrived at the CPA subport in Sta. Fe in the late afternoon of the same day.
Upon disembarking, the team, with the assistance of porters and CPA engineering maintenance crew in the area, wasted no time in disrtibuting the food packs to thousands of survivors who were already lining up at the pier gates since earlier in the day in anticipation of the approaching aid.
Relief distribution went well into the night only to continue the morning after. Some 3,000 households in the municipality of Sta. Fe received their food packs consisting of a 1-liter bottle of water, a loaf of sliced bread, six cans of sardines and 10 individual packs of crackers.
Some 1,000 food packs were left at the Port of Sta. Fe to be picked up for distribution at the neighboring islets of Bantayan, while another thousand packs were distributed by the team, on the way back to Cebu City, to survivors lining up for relief goods in the streets of San Remegio to Tabogon, Cebu.
Operations at the Port of Sta. Fe was observed to have resumed almost immediately after the typhoon, thanks to the presence of a standby generator at the Port Management Office (PMO-7) thereat.
Visit our Facebook and Twitter for more photos, announcements and updates.