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Posted by StephJayne165 on 16/10/2013 at 19:39

Hey guys,

I'm currently in El Nido with family and we were planning on flying to Cebu in around a week to spend some time in Apo & Anda, Bohol. Since hearing about the terrible earthquake which struck Bohol/Cebu we're not sure what to do. Of course our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the earthquake, and our initial reaction was to make alternate plans and not visit out of respect. However, this is a highly touristy area and their economy relies on money from travellers, so would we therefore be doing more harm than good in not visiting?

Could really do with some advice on this as we are not sure what to do for the best!

Also, if anybody knows the details of the official disaster relief program so we can donate some money, that would be great.

As always, thanks for your help :)

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Posted by goonistik on 16/10/2013 at 21:51

You can donate to the Philippine National Red Cross.

http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate

Other options are listed here

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/41461-relief-visayas-earthquake-victims

When you mentioned Apo, are you referring to Apo Island, Negros Oriental? That province was not hit as hard as Cebu and Bohol, and there are no reports of major damage in that area.

The National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council report that all seaports in Cebu are working except for Pier 4. All airports are operational except for Tagbilaran, Bohol. The port in Tagbilaran is also closed. So Bohol seems to be iffy for the moment because there are no ferries nor flights.

http://www.gov.ph/2013/10/16/ndrrmc-situation-report-on-the-effects-of-7-2-earthquake-in-carmen-bohol-october-16-2013-600-a-m/

It seems to me Cebu should be ok.

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Posted by goonistik on 16/10/2013 at 22:53

It seems that flights to Bohol have resumed. And it seems the ferry service from Tubigon, Bohol to Cebu have also resumed.

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Posted by rey_21 on 17/10/2013 at 02:18

Lets pray for Central visayas

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Posted by apiton on 1/2/2014 at 09:32

I would not be afraid of that. Dangerous earthquakes do not happen very often.

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