October 25, 2012 – The whole province of Oriental Mindoro was declared under a STATE OF CALAMITY as damages and casualties brought by Typhoon Ofel in the island province increased. As of the afternoon of October 26, there were 2,824 families or 10,186 individuals that were left affected by the typhoon in almost all the municipalities and one city of Oriental Mindoro. As of October 27, more than 70 percent of electric consumers in the whole Oriental Mindoro were under a state of “blackout” or no supply of electricity because of the toppled down electrical posts and cut-off power lines as a result of wind surge during the typhoon last October 25. (http://www.philstar.com/)
One of the effects of typhoon Ofel in Guinhawa is the damaged banana crops, which is the only source of livelihood for the majority of families in the barangay—most of them, our brethren. It was indeed a depressing and heart-breaking scene.
But because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. Kaya, instead of sulking and worrying— LUPAKAN na!:) (October 28, 2012)
Thank you, God, for hiding us under your wings sa kasagsagan ng bagyo. Thank You for ceasing the storm. Thank you for reminding us to be still and know that You are God. Thank you for CSLP, for the shelter that they willingly provided sa mga kapatid at ka-barangay natin noong kabagyuhan. Bless, oh God, their ministry!
Photos by Sherwin Sales