SaveTheChildren: One year on from Typhoon Bopha

One year on from Typhoon Bopha, families still reeling from loss of livelihoods, Save the Children says. 
Increased support is needed if families are to fully recover from the impact of Typhoon Bopha on their livelihoods, Save the Children says.

A year after the category 5 typhoon – the highest category for a storm – the children’s aid agency says tens of thousands are still struggling to find work to feed their families. The Typhoon, which struck on 4th December 2012, affected over six million people and left nearly 2000 dead or missing.

The storm caused widespread damage to agriculture, which account for the livelihoods of 80 per cent of the residents in the affected area. The Filipino government’s disaster agency estimates a loss of over US$700 million in agricultural damage, including bananas, coconuts, rice and maize.

“The job that aid agencies need to fulfil shouldn’t stop at immediate relief,” said Tom Howells, Team Leader for Save the Children’s Bopha Recovery Program. “But many are forced to end their projects as there is little to no funding available for long-term rehabilitation of livelihoods. Our worry is that these families will no longer be able to send their children to school, provide nutritious foods and a protective home environment once aid stops.”

Save the Children conducted two livelihoods projects in the Bopha-affected areas, unconditional cash grants for vulnerable families and cash-for-work to rehabilitate schools. Roselyn Cabatlao, 34, was one of the program’s beneficiaries in Davao Oriental after her family lost their only source of income – a coconut plantation – in the storm. It will take them at least seven more years to get back on their feet as coconut trees take about eight years to mature.

“I can see there are still many families here that do not have stable income because many of our coconuts have been damaged by the typhoon,” she said.

Through income generated from Save the Children’s cash-for-work program, Roselyn is now able to buy food, vitamins and condiments for her children. The mother of three was also given the tools and seeds to plant vegetables in their backyard for consumption and income. The vegetables and direct nutrition interventions helped Roselyn’s son, Jericho, to recover from severe acute malnutrition.

“Families like Roselyn will be left to their own devices once aid agencies leave. We have given them the basic tools to sustain themselves, but it will be years before Roselyn harvests coconuts again and builds a sturdy house for her family,” said Tom Howells.

Save the Children responded to the needs of affected families in Typhoon Bopha, delivering an
integrated package of child protection, education, health and nutrition, water sanitation and
hygiene, disaster preparedness in schools, food security and livelihoods in Agusan del Sur,
Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. Overall, the children’s aid agency has reached about
138,000 people.

-Official Press Release from

Save the Children has spokespeople available for interviews. Please contact Lynette Lim,
Communications Manager for Save the Children at or +63 9152622601.

More Than Just Sushi

The new SushiDito Branch is now open and they’re serving more than just sushi! Yes, they also have Filipino dishes and Italian dishes that you could choose from.

The new SushiDito Branch shares the place with IlForno and Klasikos. IlForno serves homemade pizza and pasta, while Klasikos offer the greatest traditional Filipino Food. With this feature, customers are no longer confined to enjoying one cuisine. Hooray for more options!

SushiDito Damosa
Quick panorama shot of SushiDito by Danaea

A few weeks ago, together with other Davao Bloggers, I got to taste the best from their menu. Here are the dishes that I liked best:

SushiDito Damosa
Il Forno’s Selvatici

Did I fail to mention before that I like cheese and tomatoes? The Selvatici is topped with mix mushroom, alfredo sauce, dice tomato, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. Perfect combination! You can enjoy this pizza for as low as Php 220.00.

SushiDito Damosa
Il Forno’s Cremoso Dip

After a bit of Google-ing, Google Translate says that ‘Cremoso’ is the Spanish word for ‘Creamy’. It was indeed a creamy dip, with bits of herbs unknown to my taste bud. But it was all blended so well and the unknown-herbs complement the cheese. Suffice to say, the dip was so good we had to ask for second serving of bread. The Cremoso Dip is available for Php 180.00.

SushiDito Damosa
Seafood Bicol Express

The Seafood Bicol Express contains a variety of seafood like shrimp, mussel, squid, and fish. The seafood is cooked in a special sauce. It wasn’t spicy as compared to other ‘Bicol Express’ food that I’ve tasted. But the sweet and salty combination of the sauce makes you want to eat more! The Seafood Bicol Express is priced at Php 210.00

SushiDito’s Yamata no Orochi

The Yamata no Orochi is a group meal that contains Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Sashimi, Miami Roll, California Maki, Salmon Nigiri, Tuna Nigiri, Orange Dragon, and comes with 1.5L Coke. This meal is good for 4-6 persons. I fell in love with the California Maki!!! The Yamata no Orochi is priced at Php 1350.00.

Overall, the food is good and affordable. Next time my friends and family visit Davao City, I know where to bring them! With their quality service, authentic food, and value-for-money, this will surely be a remarkable dining experience for them! *excited* Family, please visit soon! I love you! 😀
And if you’re a bit lazy to visit them in LandCo, you can also order online or thru phone. Delivery is free!

SushiDito Davao
G/F Hai Global Building, Pryce Business Park
Bajada, Davao City
(082) 295 3333
(+63) 932 855 2555