On December 17, 2011, tropical storm Sendong struck the City of Cagayan de Oro, leaving hundreds of families homeless. Thus, Xavier Ecoville in Lumbia was created in order to become one of the relocation sites for the victims of the storm. Just this year, the concrete housing project at Xavier Ecoville has been accomplished. Although the residents of Xavier Ecoville now have concrete housing, their needs still have to be continually supplied because, first, they are still beginning to recover from Tropical Storm Sendong; second, most breadwinners of the households of Xavier Ecoville do not have regular paying jobs; and third, the residents of Xavier Ecoville were said to have recovered absolutely nothing from the ruin that was once their homes. The victims of tropical storm Sendong are far from being recovered; they still need all the help they can get!
First and foremost, the residents of Xavier Ecoville have only just begun to recover from the damage that that tropical storm Sendong brought to their lives. Moreover, they have just recently settled down at Xavier Ecoville. Their daily life there at Xavier Ecoville is still a struggle at cramped spaces and crowded comfort rooms. It can be clearly said that their state of living is still far from being normal and sustainable. Furthermore, they are still dependent on the assistance that they have been receiving from government and non-government institutions.
According to Flores et al. (2012), most breadwinners of the families at Xavier Ecoville do not have regular paying jobs. He added that most of the households at Xavier Ecoville receive only 5000 pesos or below monthly income. Furthermore, a large portion of the population responded that they do not even have the required educational attainment to even apply for a regular paying job. Hence, the men resort to the only job opening available – construction, which does not really pay regularly nor pay well.
The residents of Xavier Ecoville were said to have recovered absolutely nothing from the ruin that was once their homes. Most, if not all, of their personal belongings were either washed away or rendered unusable due to the storm. According to Paderanga (2012), the residents of Xavier Ecoville are in need of furniture materials such as tables, chairs, and beds, since only one bed and one table was allotted for each household. In addition, the residents of Xavier Ecoville are in need of personal belongings such as clothes, umbrellas, and slippers.
Just because the residents of Xavier Ecoville now have had a major need satisfied, does not mean that they should no longer receive assistance and relief. It will take time for them to be, once again, fully independent. That is why their needs should be continually supplied. The strong should always help the weak; the rich should always help the poor; and the fortunate should always help the less fortunate.
“We cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that we can do.” ― Jana Stanfield