Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with brute force in early November, killing around 6,000 people. Haiyan is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record with wind speeds of more than 180 mph and according to the UN, affected 11 million people, with many now homeless.
The Cat® dealer in the Philippines, Monark and its non-profit arm, Monark Foundation, acted quickly to help with the recovery and support victims in the aftermath. The Monark team has been working with local and international agencies to ascertain how best to support the relief effort – providing food, water, shelter and medical supplies.
A team of Monark employees were deployed to volunteer with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Cebu, Manila and Santuario De San Antonio Parish. Employees have also been working at the Villamor Airbase to feed displaced families and support teams were sent to Samar, Leyte and Ormoc City to feed needy residents and distribute relief packages, while also scanning and assessing the environment.
The teams witnessed first-hand the struggles of the families displaced by Haiyan. Soon after the typhoon, residents began to build temporary houses from the scattered debris including wood, tarpaulins and galvanized sheets. Many children had rashes and coughs/colds because of the constantly changing weather pattern and countless adults required medical attention.
Monark has also worked hard to provide heavy equipment for the reconstruction. The Monark Foundation coordinated with Monark Rental to provide forklifts to the DSWD satellite repacking station in Ateneo De Manila, the ABS-CBN warehouse in Fairview and for Doctors without Borders’ (MSF) medical warehouse operations in Guiuan, Samar. Two 350kw Gensets were provided to the Mayor of Ormac.
In addition, the Monark Foundation has partnered with other not-for-profit agencies including Feeding Metro Manila (FMM) for feeding projects in Samar and Leyte and the International Relief and Development (IRD). The team has been working closely with IRD to plan for long-term clearing operations, relief, rehabilitation and rebuilding projects and the Monark sent three excavators and a tower light to assist in the clearing operations for 86 communities in Leyte and Samar.
Many barangays (villages), across the archipelago need to be rebuilt. The Monark Foundation is heavily involved in the ‘Adopt a Barangay’ project and donated $25,000 from Monark dealer’s Christmas Party Fund for the project. Monark employees have also been digging deep by donating cash and goods. “The Monark team and its efforts in the clean-up are truly inspiring,” said APDS Vice President, Jim Johnson. “The recovery and rehabilitation will be a long process, and our Caterpillar team is committed to supporting our partners, including Monark and non-profit organizations to make a difference to people affected by this disaster.”
The Caterpillar Foundation made a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to aid in the relief efforts.