The broadsheets have vividly pictured the havoc wreaked by Yolanda in areas it traversed-the worst are in Samar and Leyte in terms of loss of lives and properties. Other areas were brutally battered as well like Antique, Aklan, Capiz,and Northern Iloilo although not much on fatalities but more on damage to properties.
The experience was definitely traumatic in various degrees of intensity. My house was partially damaged and I have never been so afraid in my entire life not until I met Yolanda. But then we are blessed that we survived the fury of Yolanda- the most powerful typhoon in the world for this year. We are praying for the souls of those who did not make it.
We are so much thankful that all the typhoon-victim LANDBANKERS in the Visayas are safe. My worry was extremely high the day after Yolanda passed and no communication came from our LBPEA Regional Governor Elmo Mangrobang in Tacloban and the rest of the LBPEA Unit Governors in Leyte and Samar. All the cellular phone networks were down. Only after three days that Gov. Elmo was able to communicate the torment they were experiencing with less food and water, no power, no generators aggravated by the looting in the devastated City of Tacloban.
I informed Pres. Allan and VP Shirley of the communication with Gov. Elmo. Thus LBPEA sent immediate support through Catarman Branch with 150 packs plus the 50 packs from Catbalogan, Catarman, and Calbayog Branches. Coordination with military was made to be able to have the goods delivered. Other bankwide support also came thereafter through LandBank Cebu as command center.
Most of our fellow employees in Tacloban went on exodus to other cities away from their houses to heal from the trauma and to get out of the totally destroyed city.
In Kalibo, Aklan, we are glad to be back after almost two weeks without electricity, phone, and internet connections. But then everything is not stable yet at this time, we experience intermittent offline, frequent power failure, and loss of internet connections. In Roxas City, electricity is still down as this city is more devastated than Kalibo, many residents were left homeless and almost all the electrical post fell off the streets. There were incidents of fire engulfing houses due to overheating of generators.
In all the tragedies-earthquake and super-typhoon that Visayas went through this year, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all who supported us during this time of distress. Your ounce of concern cures our feeling of helplessness. Mabuhay po kayo! Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtabang sa amon! God bless us all!