CBBRC joins Task Force Obrero in delivering relief to Yolanda survivors

February 21, 2014

ONCE AGAIN, Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center (CBBRC) and other members of Task Force Obrero (TFO) responded to the urgent need of our kababayans who were hit by supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Volunteers under TFO headed to Isabel, Leyte for the first wave of relief operations last December 4-6, 2013.

First stop was the Philpost compound, where union members under the National Federation of Labor Unions-
Kilusang Mayo Uno (NAFLU-KMU, or National Federation of Labor Unions-May First Movement) were already assembled to help out with the distribution of relief goods for the workers of Philpost.

In a short program held for the survivors, CBBRC Executive Director Ofel Beltran-Balleta stated that the government under President BS Aquino worsened the devastation wrought by Yolanda by upholding anti-poor policies such as low wages, widespread contractualization and condoning the continuous price hikes of basic goods and necessities.

But despite these difficulties, Balleta encouraged the workers to, “stay strong and steadfast to face adversity and
to fight to change our situation.” Then, TFO went to a workers’ community in Brgy. San Roque, Isabel, Leyte.Even though there was still no electricity in the area, the volunteers pushed through with the relief operations, distributing school supplies, baby towels, clothes, and toys to almost 300 recipients.

TFO was formed during typhoon Ondoy in 2009 by Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), PISTON, Anakpawis Partylist (AP), Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER), Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD), Balai Obrero Foundation and CBBRC to conduct donation drives and
help out in the relief operations for survivors of disasters.

Later on, BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN Philippines) also joined TFO.