Thursday, 2 October 2014

Typhoon Glenda Relief Funds Update

Typhoon Glenda Task Force for Staff Support (TGTFSS) would like to thank everyone who had contributed their financial donations to support HQ-based Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) victims of Typhoon Glenda that hit the Philippines in July 2014. The typhoon caused widespread damage and flooding, destroying houses of some IRRI Filipino employees living in Los BaƱos and other neighboring areas in Laguna.

A number of IRRI colleagues and an external donor responded to support the financial needs of our employee recipients. As of 26 September 2014, IRRI was able to raise Php 263,951.00 or approximately USD 5,860. From that fund, the Task Force was able to grant financial assistance to 31 employees who have successfully passed all the eligibility and documentation requirements. First batch of fund recipients (9 employees) received their financial assistance on 11 August 2014, second batch (10 employees) on 8 September 2014, and third batch (12 employees) on 29 September 2014.

Damages to the houses of the fund recipients require minor to major home repairs and improvements. Pictures below show the construction materials (e.g. galvanized roofing sheets, cement, coco lumber, nails, etc.) that were purchased to help rebuild the house of one staff.

Construction materials

Before and after photos of the houses from two of the IRRI Filipino employee
recipients of the fund drive

The Task Force still calls for additional financial support to help affected staff. Donations are still accepted until end of October 2014. To make your donations online, please click here.

For related inquiries, please email tgtfsssecretariat@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-109

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