Through great effort we have been able to reach 100% of our affected seafarers and all are accounted for. This has required a tremendous effort by all the staff in the OSM Manila office and we are extremely proud of their professionalism and dedication.
OSM would like to send our warmest regards to our customers for your swift and generous support as well as send my warmest thanks to OSM staff around the world for their support and sacrifices in an effort to aid this large relief effort.
The OSM Manila office initially identified around 600 seafarers who lived in the most devastated areas, but after the first week of reports coming in, we extended this to include the entire Visayan region, thereby 1411 seafarers who could potentially be affected. To contact all these has been a tremendous challenge and lots of man hours has been spent in working the telephone lines, mails, physically visiting the addresses in order for us now to report that we have been able to reach 100% of those targeted seafarers, who could be affected.
Pictures shown are some of the many cadets on-board the cadet vessel, Felix Oca before and after it departed Manila on its way to delivering aid directly to the most affected areas. For the first weeks this vessel provided some of the only direct access to the area due to the scale of the localized devastation.
In addition to our immediate relief efforts our strategy going forward is as follows:
1. Community based approach where full support will be provided such as construction of school rooms, day care centres, livelihood projects etc. to a selected, hospital equipment etc.
2. Identify areas (not only one) where depending on the much needed assistance of a particular area will be provided.
3. Cooperate with organizations friendly to OSM to undertake projects mentioned above or those that maybe necessary.
4. Welfare department will allocate its budget for school bags and toys to the children of the affected areas.