Poway Relief Group Mobilizes to Aid Philippines

The U.S. chapter of Gawad Kalinga plans to distribute aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan

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    The uncertainty of the devastation by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has San Diego’s Filipino community anxious as they await word from loved ones and one organization has already begun pushing ahead with relief efforts.

    The U.S. chapter of Gawad Kalinga is based in Poway. Their relief group’s name means "to give care" in Tagalog.

    Poway Relief Group Mobilizes to Aid Philippines

    [DGO] Poway Relief Group Mobilizes to Aid Philippines
    Poway-based relief group Gawad Kalinga is mobilizing resources to help aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. NBC 7's Nicole Gomez has more on those efforts.

    “Our people out there, they're flooded in, they're probably on their roofs. There's no clean water anywhere. Water is going to be the key,” said Tony Olaes, CEO Gawad Kalinga USA.

    Olaes says crews are working their way to the hardest hit areas, but the aid may take time.

    Local Families Can't Reach Loved One in Philippines

    [DGO] Local Families Can't Reach Loved One in Philippines
    Many Filipino families in San Diego have relatives living in the heart of the target zone struck by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. NBC 7's Candice Nguyen speaks with locals who are having a difficult time reaching their loved ones overseas amid the disaster.

    Their operation command post is on a neighboring island. Thousands of volunteers are mobilizing with the Philippines military to get supplies to the victims as quickly as possible.

    They’ll be distributing food packs containing rice, canned goods and water, according to Olaes.

    San Diego Church Prays for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

    [DGO] San Diego Church Prays for Typhoon Haiyan Victims
    As Typhoon Haiyan, plowed into the Philippines, parishioners at St. Michael Catholic Church in Paradise Hills held a prayer service for victims of the super storm. Many church members have relatives living in the typhoon target zone. NBC 7's Nicole Gomez reports.

    At this point, the total scope of the devastation is still unknown. But, Filipinos in San Diego are preparing for the worst.

    Through fundraising and prayer, locals are aiming to help those in need.

    “There are 150,000 of us here in San Diego and that's what it's going to take. It's going to take a huge calamity like this to bring everybody together,” Olaes told NBC 7 San Diego.

    To find out more about the organization and how to donate to their relief efforts, visit their website.