Yolanda survivors in ‘G Diaries’

Five years after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the provinces of Leyte, Samar and those in the Panay island, Gina Lopez featured them and showed how the people are moving forward in last Sunday’s special episode of “G Diaries” ABS-CBN.

Gina Lopez hosts G Diaries about projects mean to uplift the living conditions of communities

Gina Lopez hosts G Diaries about projects mean to uplift the living conditions of communities

The episode was called “Mga Kwento ng Pagbangon.”

Imelda Eusebio is a health and sanitation officer worked to provide accessible clean water

Imelda Eusebio is a health and sanitation officer worked to provide accessible clean water

Gina took the audience to a stirring trip to Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern Palawan, and Panay Islands, heavily damaged by the typhoon. ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) – Operation Sagip focused its relief and rehabilitation efforts on those areas utilizing the P1 Billion worth of donations from different companies, organizations, and individuals from all over the world. The amount raised was allotted to a variety of relief operations, like education and infrastructure, livelihood and health, logistics and support services and, monitoring and evaluation.

Among the recipients of relief assistance were Leonila Gacutnoof Basey, Samar, Sohoton caves kayaking guide Estelita Alibado, and surfer Adelardo Pompaof Daguitan from the Sabang Daguitan Surf Camp in Leyte. 

Students Eldon Banotan, Lorence Segarino, and Jamela Bancilianalso shared how studying became more enjoyable now that they have better, sturdier and more conducive classrooms in Busuanga, Palawan. 

Another beautiful story worth telling was that of Susan Austero. She achieved her dreams of working in the food industry, thanks to the new educational programs.

Susan Austero, one of the beneficiaries of ALKFI’s new educational programs

Susan Austero, one of the beneficiaries of ALKFI’s new educational programs

Apart from them, stories of hope and resilience among Filipinos in these areas were also featured. They have risen to help their communities recover from the disaster they had gone through. They, among others, included midwife Fe Bantigueof Jiabong, Samar who walked for hours daily to take care of pregnant women and called attention to the need for more health centers, and health. Sanitation officer Imelda Eusebioof Dagami, Leyte worked to help provide clean and accessible water to her community. 

They are all involved in projects and interventions initiated by ALKFI based on the bigger master plan set by the Office of the Presidential Assistant Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) to restore damaged facilities and to further improve the areas and lives of people and set them back as they were before the calamity struck the areas.

Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist Sam Mangubat sings “Pagkat’ Nariyan Ka”

Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist Sam Mangubat sings “Pagkat’ Nariyan Ka”

ABS-CBN Corporate Services Group 1 head Mark Nepomucenoand ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management head Robert Labayenalso shared how the network mobilized its people and encouraged each citizen to take part in helping the survivors of the storm surge.

Meanwhile, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” finalist and now Star Music artist Sam Mangubat launched the music video of “Pagka’t Nariyan Ka” of Star Music, by Trina Belamide and Zion Aquino, produced by Jonathan Manalo. The video is in commemoration of the fifth year of Typhoon Yolanda.

The special Yolanda episode of “G Diaries” aired last Sunday (November 25), 10:15am on ABS-CBN before “ASAP Natin ‘To.” 

Watch the replay on Metro channel on Saturday (December 1) at 3 pm and Sunday (December 2) at 6 pm and on ANC on Saturday (December 1) at 9:30 am..