Bangon, Batangas! Taal Survivors Receive Boats from Operation Blessing

For many people, a boat is just a means of transportation.

But for the fishermen of Laurel, Batangas, their entire livelihood depends on their boats. A simple fishing boat helps secure income for food and basic needs for their family.

So when the Taal Volcano erupted last year, followed by the debilitating pandemic and series of strong typhoons this year, many fisherfolks in Laurel struggled to make ends meet.

They are in a dire situation.

Their houses and boats were either buried in thick ash or destroyed by the huge floods. And with the loss of their main source of income, the fishermen wondered how they could get back on their feet.

That’s why it is a huge relief for them that Operation Blessing, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, continues its recovery efforts to help Taal survivors.

Through your faithful partnership with Operation Blessing, fishermen in Barangay Buso-Buso, in Laurel, Batangas received 12 boats that can help get them back on their feet. Your donation—with the support from the Local Government Unit of Laurel and our church partner—allowed our kababayans to experience God’s love and hope!

Operation Blessing has provided nonstop relief efforts for Taal survivors, but there is still a lot to be done. And through your help, we can make sure that no one is left behind!

Partner with Operation Blessing today and together, we will uplift our kababayans in Batangas.

No help is too small!

Feel free to donate any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM


Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how to donate and make sponsorships, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

If you wish to support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries, here are the ways to give.


Aftermath: What Happens to Taal Eruption Survivors Now? | Operation Blessing

They lost their home and they lost all of their belongings. It’s as if they lost hope when they saw everything covered in ash.

Ginalyn Lacay and her 6 children never thought that they would face danger right at their own home.

They live in San Nicolas, Batangas, just a few kilometers away from the Taal Volcano itself.

The majestic view of the volcano and Taal Lake can be seen from outside their house. It’s so close that when the volcano spewed ash and caused a series of earthquakes last January 12, panic and fear crept into their hearts.

Ginalyn was left alone to care for the kids on her own while her husband was in Mindanao to attend a relative’s wake.

“When we noticed the ash coming out from the volcano, we were so nervous. That time, my only thought was to save all my children. When I saw my neighbors evacuating, I asked them if they could take me and my children,” the 35-year-old mother said.

Bringing only important documents and some clothes, the family immediately fled to a safe zone in San Luis, Batangas. The house, which they shared with 13 other evacuees, served as their temporary shelter for 2 weeks as the local government placed their town under complete lockdown.

Leah Jane, one of Ginalyn’s daughters, said that she would not forget the chaotic moment she and her little siblings had to endure, “I saw the huge smoke, the lightning, and I felt terrified because the earthquakes were really strong.” Being displaced for weeks and exposed to ash and freezing weather caused coughs and cold for Leah Jane and her 3 other siblings.

When their father learned about their condition, he immediately went home to rescue his family.

And as soon as the lockdown was lifted, they came back to San Nicolas to see if there’s anything left of their belongings. It broke their hearts to see that their totally damaged house sank to the ground, fully covered in ash. Almost everything was wiped out, even their basic household and health care items.

That’s why the family was very grateful when they heard about Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines’ medical mission and relief operations at San Nicolas Municipal Gym.

During the mission, Ginalyn’s kids received free checkup for the first time since the volcano’s unrest. They also took home medicines and hygiene kits.

Along with more than 200 other families in San Nicolas and Agoncillo, they also received relief goods package which contains a pail, dipper, kitchenware, and food items given during the house-to-house visits.

CBN Asia’s church partners also prayed for the survivors during the counseling, hoping to bring healing and peace not just for the body, but also, for the restless and worried souls.

Ginalyn’s family now rents a small house in a safer place, yet she still sees the help they received as a huge blessing. She expressed her appreciation to those who continue to support the survivors of Taal Volcano eruption, “When you prayed for us, I felt relieved. We’re very thankful for all your help. All these things mean a lot to us!”

Meanwhile, Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1998 Jewel Lobaton joined OB’s relief efforts as a first-time volunteer. Seeing the need of the affected families firsthand, the beauty queen also shared how the resilient hearts of Batanguenos touched her.

“There were people in Agoncillo who received pails and relief goods from us. I saw hope in their eyes, in spite of everything they went through. No matter how hard life is for them, I could not feel bitterness. I could just sense how grateful they were and they’re genuine about it,” Jewel expressed.

She also encouraged everyone to continue giving as many other families still need help, “I really broke down into tears, thanking God for the experience. I now have all the inspiration and courage to tell my friends to help Operation Blessing. There is so much more to do in rehabilitating Taal victims and communities.”

Do you also want to take part in helping the survivors rebuild their lives? Your kababayans still need your help! Call (+632) 8663-4701, (+632) 8663-4710 or 0939-921-5543 to know how you can help.

For more information, you may visit Operation Blessing’s website and Facebook page.



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His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.


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