Relief for Devastated Loreto, Dinagat Islands

Any amount will go a long way!  If you don’t have the means to donate, we also appreciate the share.  The people of Loreto were hit by a Category 5 Super Typhoon on Dec 16 and are running low on food. Relief operations only reach the towns closest to the mainland. Loreto is very hard to get to via land travel on 4 wheels.

Charity’s Cause: For fundraising of immediate relief effort to the people of Loreto, Dinagat Islands, Philippines

How donations will help: Immediate use of this money will go to food and necessities. The rest will go to the reconstruction of Loreto after the dust settles.

We have an existing Donation Drive for Loreto by residents not in Loreto. 

We are currently collecting for the 2nd wave of donations, which will be used to buy basic essentials (food, water, hygiene kits)

Who will benefit and where the funds will go: The people of Loreto will benefit from this fundraiser, and donations will be sent to our Non-Profit (loretonian.org) for management and distribution to the appropriate serving parties in Loreto, Philippines. We will also report on the results of this relief effort.

How soon we need the funds: We would like to reach our initial fundraising goal to provide for relief support to families in need.

Hi my name is Paul Galido, I am from the United States and I am fundraising for the relief effort of my late Dad's hometown, Loreto, in Dinagat Islands, Philippines. Since my dad was alive, it has been our mission to help this already poor town in the Philippines (loretonian.org). We are fundraising under our Non-Profit Charity Loretenios in US and Canada #76-0292103 under section 501 (c) 3. All donations are tax deductible.

We are still hoping to collect more and currently planning for the best impact possible with the money received so far.  

Super Typhoon Odette hit on my dad’s death anniversary Dec 16 (Dec 17 in the US).  It was always his wish to help the people of Loreto.  Wishing comfort, peace, hope and better times ahead to all those affected. 

On December 16, 2021, came a devastating and disastrous typhoon, Typhoon Odette (Rai). If we can knock on your hearts for some monetary assistance for aid to these people during this holiday season, it would greatly go a long way, in a country whose minimum wage is only $6/day.

Immediate use of this money will go to food and necessities. The rest will go to the reconstruction of Loreto after the dust settles.

This means the world to me and our Loreto community in the Philippines and can't imagine the difficulties these people must face during this holiday season. Thank you so much for your love and support.


At least 95% of the houses in the province were destroyed as Odette pounded the province with heavy rain and powerful winds on December 16.


Communities were flattened and Dinagat’s provincial capitol itself was destroyed.


Results of the foundation’s rapid assessment and needs assessment placed the number of houses on the island that were either damaged or destroyed at 23,000. The province has a population of 130,000.


It is reported that “Everywhere, you will see houses leveled to the ground or with their rooftops blown off.”

The Dinagat Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office documented at least 15 deaths during Odette’s landfall.

The typhoon made its second landfall in Dinagat past 3 pm on December 16, barely two hours after it first battered neighboring Siargao Island, a world-famous surfing destination in Surigao del Norte.

It was heart-wrenching to see local government workers salvaging a full month’s supply of water-soaked rice from a warehouse and making lugaw (porridge) out of it


“People lined up to get their share of lugaw because there is no other food.”

Roads leading to the municipalities of Loreto, Basilisa, Tubajon, and Libjo have remained inaccessible from San Jose, the provincial capital.


Like vital installations, the island’s agriculture is gone.

“There is no food, no rice, and no safe drinking water".

Some unscrupulous traders have also taken advantage of the food shortage and were selling vegetables by as much as P100 a kilo.

Gasoline there commands a price of as much as P120 per liter.

Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in neighboring Northern Mindanao, said it would take a while for local governments in the typhoon-devastated areas in Caraga to complete and submit comprehensive damage reports.

Cariño said the affected areas have lost their telecommunications infrastructure and were isolated due to impassable roads.


Another factor aggravating the situation is that the islands cannot be easily reached.

“It will take a while for the numbers to sink in and the long road to recovery to begin"

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Organizer

Paolo Galido 
Organizer
Whittier, CA
Loretenos In Usa & Canada (Luscan) 
Registered nonprofit
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