On the following Tuesday, five of the Mentors Philippines staff members met at the doTERRA office to load our rented vans to go deliver these relief supplies. We traveled to Batangas with a convoy of eight relief vans. There were big signs posted on these vans saying, “Relief Goods for TAAL, Do Not Delay”.
We stopped at several evacuation centers during our trip. Our first stop was at the Kumintang Ibaba covered court, where there were 60 families evacuated. We left some supplies and then traveled to the second evacuation area in Balete with 45 families. The third stop was in Ilaya, with 50 families, the fourth evacuation center was in Soro-Soro with 80 families evacuated, the fifth stop was at the Batangas Stake Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There were 60 families evacuated, living in the chapel with over 200 individuals from all different denominations. At each of these stops, we left relief supplies.
Our last stop was in Ibaan, Batangas where almost 500 individuals were living after being evacuated. It took our convoy over three hours to get to Batangas. We stayed for almost three hours distributing relief supplies, talking with, and comforting the families living there before going home.
Today, weak steam and ash emissions as well as elevated seismic activity continues, showing that the volcano remains restless and could produce more eruptions with little warning. Many families are still displaced and the supplies purchased through the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation are still used and greatly appreciated today.
A special thanks to Misty Bastian, doTERRA U.S.A., to Anne Wairepo, and the entire doTERRA Healing Hands team, to Michael Carson, General Manager for doTERRA Philippines and all of the Wellness Advocates for helping make this service project such a success.