CLIMBS responds to calls for help

The series of typhoons that battered the northern part of the Philippines in the early weeks of November has left many of our cooperative members in dire situation. In the early morning of November 1, 2020, Super Typhoon Rolly (international name – Goni) made its first landfall as a Category 5–equivalent super typhoon in the Philippines in Bato, Catanduanes – an island province in the Bicol region in Southern Luzon – with catastrophic winds of up to 280 km/h and torrential rainfall. Rolly is the most powerful typhoon to hit the country in 2020 to date amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initial reports from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed that the typhoon affected 2,083,222 individuals or 532,794 families in affected regions while 142,475 of the families have been relocated to evacuation centers, excluding around 200 COVID19 patients from medical facilities. Around 16,900 hectares of cropland were damaged, affecting some 18,000 farmers. It is estimated that 66,000 metric tons of rice, corn, and other high value crops were damaged. As of November 12, 2020, the NDRRMC has reported ₱12.87 billion ($265 million) of infrastructure damages, along with ₱5 billion ($103 million) of agricultural damage with a combined total of ₱17.87 billion ($369 million) affected areas.

CLIMBS Life & General Insurance Cooperative has multiple member-stakeholders in the regions nearing to 100 cooperatives which were adversely affected by the onslaught of the typhoons. At the moment, the team is in the process of assessing the extent of damages while the help through CLIMBS CARES (CLIMBS Community Action Response to Emergency Services) has been approved to reach the amount of PhP1 Million (USD 20,700). This is expected to assist those cooperatives or communities who have been severely affected by the typhoons.

In his call for solidarity, CLIMBS President and CEO, Noel D. Raboy said;

“The Philippines ranks high on most global indices for vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters. The destruction of past and recent typhoons should encourage us to develop our foresight and vision for the long term. Natural calamities are stark reminders to all Filipinos of the important task ahead to build the resilience of Philippine society and protect the country and its people from future disasters. CLIMBS Life & General Insurance Cooperative together with other cooperatives are working hard in a proactive and responsive manner to achieve this goal.”