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  On August 7, 2012, a very strong Local Depression Area (LPA) named “Habagat” struck Metro Manila and other Southern Luzon Provinces.  There was flood everywhere.  Government and non-government organizations, as well as the local church and various religious organizations, started to move and gather resources to help the flood-stricken families.  In response to the pressing needs of the victims of the disasters caused by the flood, the Camillian Sisters together with the Lay Family of Maria Domenica (LMFD), the medical and non-medical staff of our Polyclinic, and Lay Camillian Family volunteers, took the initiative of conducting a series of medical and dental missions in six poor communities in Metro Manila, Bulacan and Rizal.

Through the help of local and foreign benefactors we were able to gather medicines, paramedical supplies and relief goods like rice, groceries and laundry materials.  The medical/dental missions would not have been made possible without the generous participation of the doctors and nurses from the Philippine Heart Center, the East Avenue Medical Center, the Philippine Lung Center, and the Amang Rodriguez Medical Center.  The Episcopalian Commission on Health Care, represented by Fr. Marcelo “Bong” Pamintuan, Jr.,  MI,  was very much present in two of the medical missions.

Sto. Domingo Parish, Janosa,Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal – August 26, 2012

The object of the first mission is Talim Island, one of the worst stricken areas in Rizal during the onslaught

houses under water
Dilapidated house under water
 flooded houses

of Habagat on August 7, 2012.  On August 19, 2012, the LFMD and the Camillian Sisters went to the Parish of Sto. Domingo in Janosa, Talim Island, to bring relief goods to some 1000 families who were still under water.  Thanks to the help of Simbahang Lingkod Foundation of the Society of Jesus, and a generous souls who provided a good sum of money for the relief operation. 

Talim Island, popularly called “The Mole” of Laguna de Bay is under two municipalities: Binangonan on the western side and Cardona on the eastern side.  It takes about an hour ride with a fishing boat under normal conditions but may prolong to another half an hour when the weather is inclement.  People thrive on fishing and bamboo crafts.  There is electricity but no landlines and motored four-wheel vehicles; no other industry but bamboo crafts.  People say that whenever there is flood, the water stays for as long as two months, or can even stay longer depending on the frequency of strong rains and typhoons.