Estancia in Spanish means ranch. The tent city is situated in "Daan Banwa" or old town during the Spanish period which was located upland. The "vaqueros" discovered the lowland along the shoreline and realized it was great source of fish and marine produce---ergo, the town was moved to the coastal area. So what was originally a ranch town became a fishing town known as the Little Alaska of the Philippines. The white tents at the NIPC West Campus. It is like in Mongolia than in Alaska.Green toilets shown at the backdrop.
Relief Distribution Schedule
Over 2,000 evacuees mostly from oil spilled barangay Botongon
The Canadians build the tents and playgrounds and taught the survivors to cope up with shock. They have stress therapy from being dislocated and to adjust living in plastic tents than in their usual bamboo huts.
Water supply is crucial but they are well provided with that.
Some build their own tents. Not to be different and creative but it is wanting as a neccessity.
Kids draw water from a pipe system.
Evacuees count the passing of time, sitting, perhaps doing nothing.
It is nice to see, but we all sure, it is hard to live here forever.
Is their privacy for daily life exposed? Of course, yes.
Thank you Canada.
Thank you South Korea
Arrid land for evacuees
Other less organized and manicured tents. They too are congested.
Children are the most vulnerable during calamities. Here they are entertained to forget and accept the tragedy in their lives.
Ball games to de-stress the evacuees.
A mother in her improvised kitchen.
A young girl gets to pose with a big green for my camera in spite of their makeshift abode.
Shipments of water systems
DSWD Staff helping me out find some answers to some of my questions.
The DSWD headquarters at the Tent City
A Department Of Health Tent
A unveiled marker for those who donated. Why not also the survivors? The ones who perished?