Southern Tagalog farmers appeal for help in wake of Typhoon Glenda

July 18, 2014

A damaged bridge in Tiaong, Quezon. Twitter user Ronna Ella Brual

A damaged bridge in Tiaong, Quezon. Twitter user Ronna Ella Brual

Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (Kasama-TK), an organization of farmers in the Southern Tagalog Region, today appealed for help in the wake of Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun), which has left thousands of farmers homeless and hungry.

In a solicitation letter, Orly Marcellana, spokesperson of Kasama-TK, said that vast hectares of crops were destroyed in the region, leaving farmers’ livelihoods in peril.

“We are calling for help for our countrymen in the region, especially farmers. They immediately need food, clothing, and medicines. In the following days they will also need materials to rebuild their homes, also seeds and farm tools to enable them to resume farming,” Marcellana said in Filipino.

“Whatever help will come a long way to ease the suffering of our farmers, and help them rise from this calamity,” he added.

The group also released initial data on the damages brought by Typhoon Glenda. (See infographic below)

Southern Tagalog and Bicol are the worst-hit regions by the typhoon, the strongest to hit the country since last year’s Typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan.

For donations and assistance, Kasama-TK can be contacted through +639166584102 and [email protected]