Let me share what we learned the past few days from Governor Mandanas
Each barangay, Mayor, Governor has a calamity fund equivalent to 5% of their yearly budget. They can tap from that budget. Government resources are huge. There are procedural issue of promptly releasing it when calamities happen so sudden and unexpected.
Private sector usually takes the first wave of assistance due to the inability of govt to quickly respond. But they cannot support it in a longer run. Donor fatigue will set in a few weeks and we are only crossing the 2nd week, when the government budget should become accessible.
Normally, govt allots a daily allowance of… P250 per meal x 3 meals/day x the number of evacuees, so there may be incentives to increase the numbers!
Each evacuation center has to be managed and this is where problems are multiplied. Communal food preparation and cooking should be established and food shared. Communal cooking can save a lot of money rather than being supplied fast food like McDo, jollybee which is most convenient.
Eevacuation center is either a gym or a school with No facilities for food preparation and cooking so you will see all the canned goods and sacks of rice are just lying around.
Our project (a motley group of friends) is to supply a movable or portable basic kitchen. We are thinking of a fabricated steel table with 2 big burners wide enough to handle 2 big calderos/talyasis and a gas tank. Complementarily, one set will have 2 big calderos and basic kitchen utensils.
We will try to fabricate that soon and start disseminating to some of our Tanauan centers. What do you think?
Another idea we are playing around with are designs for portable showers. A basic enclosure with water hose or fancier shower head and timed water release. Of course it requires a water source or a very long hose ala TV series MASH with Alan Alda.
Also waterless toilets given the volume of ash we have, or Korean / Japanese based technology.
Additionally Ham is not giving up on his social experiment of providing “feel good” services like manicures, massages and haircuts.
Henry, the farm is a different long narrative!!! But bottom line, the animals are fine…
Love you both,
Mayu and Ham Gonzales