HUMANITARIAN group Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines and Digital Pilipinas both lauded the positive response they received following Thursday's "Typhoon Odette Relief Briefing and Response Planning" conducted for those affected by the typhoon.

Bro. Henry Yunez, country chief executive officer of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, said they welcomed the chance to connect to volunteers from all sectors, particularly from industry leaders of the real estate, logistics, construction, financial services, payments and retail spaces.

Since the clearing of the weather, Tzu Chi has visited nine municipalities in Bohol and 15 in Southern Leyte.

They have sent gallons of water and medicines to the provinces, while looking for more generators that can help in the pumping of water. There are plans to distribute rice to around 20,000 families soon after December 26.

When the Philippines was struck by Super Typhoon "Yolanda" in 2013, one of the strongest typhoons in history, Tzu Chi's response to the relief operations was considered to be one of the most impactful by civil society and government.

Beyond the collection and transportation of relief goods for Odette victims, help is also needed for heavy equipment and the construction side of things, Amor Maclang, Digital Pilipinas convenor, said.

Maclang said a more participative and transparent collaboration of partners can tap fast-rising technology like financial technology, e-commerce and logistics to move money faster to the recipients who need them the most.

"Most importantly, we can leverage technology to show transparency of where the money is going," Maclang said.

Also, bayanihan (cooperation/collective action) and a whole-of-nation, whole-of-society approach toward addressing the situation in the Odette-struck areas was encouraged.

Cherrie Rose Ang, administrative senior officer of Tzu Chi's Admin and Volunteer Affairs Department, acknowledged that the "meeting is not just for awareness, but for support, cooperation and unity."

Ang, citing volunteers' reports, said children in areas hit by Odette were going out to the streets to beg for help and people salvage whatever items they can get from their ruined houses.

Various businesses represented in the briefing are already helping out in the relief efforts. Gladys Pascual, Etiqa head of Strategy and Transformation, said that their program EtiqaCares is supporting the rehabilitation programs.

Kim Lato, founder of Kimstore, is opening their platform to collaborate with the Tzu Chi Foundation to launch a fundraiser.

Meanwhile, Coins.PH chief executive officer Nauman Mustafa shared that instead of buying Christmas gifts for their partners, they will be donating instead.

Even those struck by Odette themselves are organizing relief operations. Roy Miclat, president of 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines, said his team is helping in the remote areas, "even though hundreds of our members have been affected by Odette."