Disaster Response…the Rotary way
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, barrelled through the Philippines, leaving a trail of devastation and lifeless bodies in its wake, particularly in Eastern Visayas.
Locally known as Yolanda, it was one of the deadliest storm that hit the country. People who survived wondered whether recovery was possible as they were left with nothing, except the clothes on their backs.
Response from all over the world was overwhelming and we saw the Filipinos unite to extend help in whatever way they can.
Mark Ortiz, the district governor at that time, was based in Roxas City which was among the areas that experienced the destruction of Haiyan.