Revisiting Typhoon Odette

Before TPG Foundation came to light, our first successful campaign was for the victims of Typhoon Odette. Typhoon Rai (local name Odette) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on 14 December and quickly strengthened to a Category 5 typhoon with peak winds of 235km/hr. The devastating damage it brought to several families in the provinces of Cebu and Bohol was shocking enough that ports and other means to send goods have been dire difficult. The storm was described as “one of the worst for the province”. Damages alone were projected to be at least ₱10 billion including public and private facilities.

Rai is the fourth Category-5 equivalent typhoon of the season in the West Pacific, and the 15th this year to pass through or close to the Philippines. This image was captured by the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) on Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite.

Typhoon Odette’s torrential rains, powerful gusts, landslides, and storm surges did not help the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Siargao, and their afflicted areas recover from their current COVID situation. One of our members, Bryan Kim Villasencio, also didn’t escape the grasp of its devastating blow when his home was blown away by its strong wind.

Through prayers and support, the TPG Family was lucky enough to gather contributors to our initiated campaign to help send the affected families the assistance they need. Food supplies, temporary shelter, clean water, and electricity are the primary needs that each family requires. Monetary assistance has been difficult as ATM machines are also limited and they can only be accessed in certain areas.

We like to thank everyone who supported the campaign and we felt the continuous need of providing assistance is a necessity and it doesn’t limit only to calamities. Spearheaded by Ms. Mai, TPG Foundation was created with its initiative to cover as many areas we can find, hoping that blockchain technology can also bring a difference in charity institutions. With so much dependency we have on technology, it has altered the shape of our behavior and manner of quick response and it should be utilized in delivering good cause to the public.


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