Ace Hardware helps devastated town by typhoon Pablo rebuild community public structures

Sharing some stories I wrote of business establishments helping the badly devastated towns because of typhoon Pablo. I am also posting photos I took on sites …
Ace Hardware donates over P1M worth of
items to typhoon Pablo devastated Laak town
Laak, Compostela Valley Province — Top officials of Ace Hardware from Manila and Davao traveled to Laak municipality of Compostela Valley Province on Wednesday to deliver items like power generating sets, power sprayer, plywood (Hardiflex), gallons of paints and other furnishing items amounting to P1.1 million to help the town rebuild their community public structures. Ace Hardware also donated construction equipment and other items to barangay San Miguel in Compostela town of the same province amounting to over a hundred thousand pesos.
The team headed by the company’s assistant vice presidents for operations Reuben F. Cruz and Edwin D. Ting, was with SM Foundation assistant vice president for livelihood and ourteach Cristie Angeles and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Davao Region representative Chona Castillo.  Together with the group were Ace Hardware area manager Rodolfo Madrelino, Jr., Davao branch manager Ravel dela Cruz, SMF project coordinator Marven Macete, SM City Davao representative Apol Legario.
Among the items brought by the team were power generating sets, plywood, cleaning materials and liquid solutions, electrical supplies, chairs, tables, power sprayer, some equipment to start up backyard livelihood, paints and other furnishings.
Angeles said the equipment will now become the property of the barangay and it is up to them to design a plan where it could benefit the majority. For the livelihood start up project she said it will be in coordination with the municipal social development office in support to the government’s 4 Ps project.
She said the items were properly documented and receipted in the care of the respective barangay captains even as she said that their intention is to help the selected barangays rebuild what was left after the storm of several public community structures.
The items were delivered in the different barangays namely, barangay Poblacion under barangay captain Esmeraldo Borcelas, barangy Belmonte under barangay captain Roland Duran, barangay Inakayan represented by kagawad Nida Durano, barangay Kaligutan with barangay captain Renato Langomez, and barangay Kapatagan under barangay captain Carlito Pacatang.
Meanwhile Cruz said “our assistance though little, we would like to help in areas that our services and the items that we provide would help barangay folks, the women and the children specially”.
He said they gathered from their different stores in the country items that we deemed it necessary and important to help the folks restore back the offices, schools, centers that were destroyed during typhoon Pablo.
The company has 53 Ace Hardware stores and 50 Ace Express (Do-It-Yourself) stores all over the country, and 3 Ace Builders in Manila.
On the other hand Ting said “we saw their excitement and their sincerity” even as he said Ace had regular programs of doing projects in partnership with village folks, homeowners association and other similar groups.
He said “traveling to this place like Laak allowed us to see how it is in remote places like this giving us better perspective on how we would come in in situations like this. And just like what we had been saying “Ace is a helpful place”.
Laak Mayor Reynaldo Navarro for his part said “they are happy to receive such kind of donations” even as he stressed that very few came to help them in rebuilding their place.
He said “it is good that your company had thought of helping restore our day care centers, health center, barangay hall, libraries and other similar structures to help us bounce back to normalcy”.
“At first nobody knew that the different barangays were devastated, the town covering 55 barangays where almost all of the areas were hit by the typhoon,” he said.
He said what was stripped off of our people are the source of their livelihood because the small farms that majority of my constituents depended on were totally damaged.
Farmer Simeon Untal who has a small farm said in the dialect “I do not mind losing my house but it pains me to see only 20 trees are standing in my of over 200 coconut trees because many of the trees were uprooted during the typhoon”.
The coconut trees he said were planted by his parents way way back which is the source of our livelihood and for a living as well as the education of our children. “We only have so little by now,” he said.
He said the house can be rebuilt but a fallen tree will take years again to bring us livelihood.
Report obtained from the Municipal Agriculture Office showed an estimated crop damage of P2.3 billion comprising of small farms of rice, corn, rubber, coconut, cacao, oil palm, coffee, fruits and banana both for plantation and individual. Damaged to livestock accounted to P15 million affecting carabao, cow, horse, goat, chicken and swine.
The Office of the Municipal Engineer reportImage
The Office of the Municipal Engineer reported on damage to houses in 53 barangays amounted to P233 M while the cost of damage to social infrastructure in the different barangays accounted to P432.431 million. The structures consisted of infrastructure for electricity and water system, flood control, school buildings, government facilities, health facilities, bridges, roads and also chapels and churches. (Prix D. Banzon)