RESILIENCY IN COMPANION ANIMAL PRACTICE; AMIDST A BUSINESS CRIPPLING DISASTER
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Johdel S. Ty
Eastern Veterinarians Dog and Cat Clinic, Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines
A companion animal practice as a business on the city that has become grand from the peoples yolk. The City of Tacloban. A highly urbanized dwelling of people, pets and bold businesses in Region VIII. It stands proud as an empire of the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Tacloban City was the ground zero of typhoon Haiyan, an epic Category 5 Cyclone, the strongest typhoon recorded ever to make landfall in history. It destroyed buildings, flattened houses, downed power lines, disabled communications, destroyed agriculture, crippled businesses, paralyzed human medical, allied health and veterinary services. Leaving the City of Tacloban and large swashes of similar devastation on nearby towns in Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Cebu, Bantayan Island, and parts of Panay Island in the province of Iloilo with almost 70 to 80 percent on its wake a mountain of debris and a barren desolate wasteland, 90 percent of homes and business are damaged or decimated and a trail of death toll more than 8,000 with a thousand more missing to this point of time. How can you survive a Veterinary related business on such a cruel and ever changing environment? This is a true to life story of survival, learnings and experiences in saving a companion animal practice during the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan.