Nearly 12,000 households benefitted from the joint relief operation dubbed “Tabang Caraga” launched by three mining companies along with a non-government organization to help victims of Super Typhoon Odette that battered the Caraga Region and the rest of the country.
The relief operations was jointly conducted by TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc., Agata Mining Ventures Inc., Greenstone Resources Corp. and the Villar Sipag Foundation. The initiative was launched a day after Odette hit two Surigao provinces and Dinagat Islands. Employees of the three companies immediately packed and distributed rice, canned goods and noodles for the typhoon victims.
The relief effort covered the eight barangays under Agata’s nickel mining operations, including the coastal barangays of Binuangan, Tinigbasan, Tagpangahoy and Lawigan. Also included were residents of inland barangays E. Morgado, Tagbuyacan, Colorado and La Paz. A total of 3,163 households in the area received assistance.
The operations also benefitted the host and nearby communities of Greenstone in the town of Tubod. Some 4,830 food packs were distributed to the typhoon victims while another 3,400 were given to affected households in Surigao and Dinagat Islands.