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A.A.J.A. AWARD FOR DECHAVEZ. Educator and community leader Willie D.
Dechavez (center) shows the recognition award he received from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a reception held on March 4, 2011 in the GM Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit. With him in photo are State Senator Hoon Yung Hopgood (left) and journalist Ron Jacinto. Dechavez will also receive the Everyday Hero award on March 9, 2011 from Verizon and Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.

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Sorsogon-Retiree sponsors PDI learning center

By Ephraim Aguilar, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer

SORSOGON CITY—In a village named after its natural springs, her generosity gushes forth for poor children thirsty for learning.

Browsing through the pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rosalia Laganzo-Enerio, a recently retired government worker, found a way to help some 300 pupils of cash-strapped Bucalbucalan Elementary School.

She set aside part of her retirement money to sponsor a daily supply of newspapers and to put up an Inquirer Learning Corner (ILC) on the campus west of this city.

Having grown up in the same coastal village, the 66-year-old donor said it had long pained her to see the school still lacking books and updated resource materials, particularly those which could improve the students’ communication skills in English.

“By putting up a learning corner here in Bucalbucalan, the students will be provided with updated news and information. It will develop in them the good habit of reading,” Enerio said during Wednesday’s signing of a memorandum of agreement among her, the school and the Inquirer on Wednesday.

She said the majority of students here grew up without enjoying reading materials at home, items considered a luxury for their parents who eked out a living mostly as fishermen.

Education is close to Enerio’s heart. Before working for the National Manpower and Youth Council in 1975 and the National Housing Authority main office in 1981, she taught at Bucalbucalan Elementary School from 1968 to 1975.

Sensing the deterioration of the country’s educationsystem, Enerio left teaching and found employment elsewhere in the bureaucracy.

The search for better pay also drove her to switch jobs. Public school teachers at the time were paid a measly P212 a month, she recalled.

But even after quitting teaching, Enerio continued to support various projects on education. She volunteered, for example, for the Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines, a group that promotes literacy through the art of storytelling.

Every graduation season, Enerio would also donate medals to different schools in Sorsogon City.

But soon she realized that she had to give something that would leave a lasting impact on the students.

Enerio came across the Inquirer’s Learning section and read about the ILC program, wherein public schools can get free subscriptions to the Inquirer courtesy of reader-sponsors. The newspapers are to be kept in a school corner called “Inqspot” for easy access.

First non-politician donor

The ILC program is aimed at creating a place in public schools where teachers and students can read the paper and discuss the day’s news or issues.

Enerio said she had been an avid reader of the Inquirer since its founding during the martial law years, when the Marcos regime dismissed the fledgling but stinging newspaper as part of the so-called “mosquito press.”

Inquirer senior product manager Roselle Fortes-Leung said Enerio had the distinction of being the first ILC donor who is not a politician.

The ILC in Bucalbucalan is also the first to open in southern Luzon, Leung added.

Three ILCs have been set up earlier in Quezon City and Zambales province, all sponsored by politicians.

In honor of parents

“This is my way of giving back to the community and to this school in honor of my parents,” said Enerio, daughter of Feliza Aquende and Restituto Laganzo.

She said her parents, who were not able to finish their studies because of poverty, always reminded her and her siblings about the value of education, saying it’s the only priceless legacy they could give them.

School principal Antonio Jintalan gratefully acknowledged Enerio’s contribution: “We’re amazed that someone from this village is able to help this school.”

Jintalan said the ILC would go a long way in helping develop the children’s love for reading and their awareness of current events.

Mere P5,500 budget

Jintalan noted that the school, which operates on a measly budget of P5,500 for maintenance and other operational expenses, could only afford to set up a small library with books that were rarely updated.

A pity, Jintalan said, since “80 percent of our learning still comes from reading.”

With about 350 enrollees, the school has been relying heavily on private sponsors for its improvements, he said.

Enerio may no longer be able to go back to her first love—teaching—but she nevertheless vowed to continue her advocacy and community work for education.

The retiree called on other private citizens to do their share for the benefit of today’s youth and future generations.


Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100607-274287/Retiree-sponsors-PDI-learning-center

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Sorsogon was Heaven for me. what about you?

By: Kaye Michelle Duran Agnes

Since ive been here in Barcelona, I´ve been asked alot of times of what country i originated from. I always tell people this exact phrase. “I come from a small town that even Filipinos haven´t heard of”
SORSOGON. I´m a proud Filipina,but I´m more proud to be a Sorsogueña.

The next question would be, so what´s the language you have? and i repeat this same phrase all over again.
“I have two language. One called Bikol and one called Filipino, the official language. Bikol however has different dialects too.”

And i admit, i don´t have a broad knowledge about my own native tongue… which is a sad thing…

I think as Sorsogueños we must be well educated atleast of our language and culture. We should add this to the educational system because this is what makes us special in the first place. We have to have our own identity as a community group.

I know its hypocritical having to say all these in English. But I think in english.. and i think most Sorsogueños do too… Why? because we are losing our language. Because we weren´t taught enough of our culture. I would hate to see Sorsogon be like every place in the world…exploited and victimized by outsiders. We should act now before we lose what´s left..

I grew up having a good childhood, having to enjoy nature. To be able to play outside the wholeday without my parents ever worrying. Sorsogon was home of the good people, where you dont even have to be smart or beautiful for someone to notice you. It was heaven.

So niyan tabi, naghahagad ako saindo tabang. tabang na mapakarhay naton ang sistema sin sadiri natong lugar. lain ko aram kung papano babatugan.. ang aram ko lng kaipuhan natun magbatog sa mga batit, kay sinda ang madali na turuan at tabangan. batugan naton sa edukasyon nang sa cultura kay amo na ang padiot diot na nawawara sa aton. kadamo sin mga kilalang mayad na bicolano..nakay??sukat san batit pa lang kita, maugma na ang buhay ta. wara kita problema sin gera, o malala na sakit. ang problema lang natun ang bagyo ng tag init… so saro pa ina na dapat aksyonan naton. pero pan-o? may mga sadiring role kita na ingaganapan.. may mga tawong mayad mag surumaton pero kulang sa gibo. May mga tawo man gusto mag gibo kaso kulang sa matiryal. May mga tawo na matibay mag isip pero lain niya aram kung sino ang kakadtuan para maghagat tabang. so niyan, warang alo tabi ako nghahagad tabang sa indo na tabangan ako sa sarong proyekto na sa kita ko pwede naton padakuon. kaipuhan ko ideas nindo… kaipuhan ko tawo na mayad ang intensyon na gusto talaga magtabang.. kung interisado kamo, email me at kayemichelle03@yahoo.com. ikalat man tabi nindo ang impormasyon. do this, kung maurag man talaga kamo.

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KC CONCEPCION: SHARING TIME WITH NEEDY KIDS

[KC Concepcion collaborates with Swatch in a new project]

MANILA, NOVEMBER 19, 2009 (STAR) As KC Concepcion was growing up, she had no idea what poverty meant. She was not aware that there were children who were lucky to have a meal a day. Or that, when they did eat, their meal consisted of only rice.

Now, KC is aware of the poverty and hunger that prevails in our society. KC, in her heart, promised to help them. “Maski, ang makakain lang sila,” she vowed to herself. And she knew she was in a position to be able to help by asking help from other friends.

That’s why KC feels grateful to her Tita Virgie Ramos, the lady behind the Swatch brand in the Philippines. The collaboration between KC and Ramos gave birth to the project KC Cares. SWATCH Shares.

KC Cares. SWATCH Shares celebrates the 20th year of SWATCH in the country.

According to KC, it only costs P10 to feed a hungry child for a day.

The year 2010 means 20 successful years of SWATCH in the Philippines and 10 is a nutritious meal for a hungry child.

Each SWATCH watch bought from the Fall/Winter 2009 Collection will feed a child for an entire month.

KC says, “People always ask me what’s more important for me. My humanitarian work or my life in fashion, movies, music or TV, and I always say – why choose one if they can all work together, hand in hand? I am thankful to Tita Virgie and SWATCH for being real troopers in helping us fight child hunger in our country. Every six seconds a child dies of hunger, but with the help of SWATCH, each second is a chance for us to feed and save a child.”

Experience an early Christmas by giving yourself and your loved ones a SWATCH watch. It’s time to enjoy your Swiss made SWATCH and share your good fortune with the needy kids.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2009 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved

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CANADA MINISTER STOCKWELL DAY TO VISIT EVACUATION CENTER IN RP

CANADA MINISTER STOCKWELL DAY TO VISIT EVACUATION CENTER IN RP

[PHOTO AT LEFT – Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Honorable Stockwell Day]
MANILA, NOVEMBER 14, 2009 – Deplorable conditions of evacuation centers pose persistent threats to the survival of children and families in Muntinlupa, says Save the Children

Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Honorable Stockwell Day, will personally meet with and hand out essential relief items today to more than 600 families displaced by Typhoon Ketsana who are enduring overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in an evacuation center in Muntinlupa City.

Minister Day will be accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines, Robert Desjardins, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Head of Aid, Laurenne Garneau, along with other officials from the Canadian Embassy.

Leading Canada’s international efforts to help people in poverty, CIDA was the first international donors who responded to the situation of Filipino children and families affected by Typhoon Ketsana through an international children’s organization, Save the Children.

“It has been more than a month since the first of four consecutive typhoons hit the country. Hundreds of thousands of children and families remain in overcrowded evacuation centers and flooded communities. Save the Children is responding to this situation, but more needs to be done, particularly for children who are the most vulnerable in this kind of situation,” said Latha Caleb, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines.

Children living in evacuation centers and flooded communities are particularly vulnerable to diseases such as leptospirosis, cholera, acute diarrhea and upper respiratory infections. This problem is aggravated by the lack of access of families to quality basic services which they need now more than ever. “Immediate access to clean and safe sanitation and hygiene services is paramount in this response, as the risk of disease outbreak due to contaminated water and improper hygiene increases daily. Through the timely support of the Canadian government via CIDA, Save the Children was able to respond urgently to the needs of displaced children and their families through extensive distribution of water, household and hygiene items to affected families.” said Caleb.

In just one month, four strong typhoons (Ketsana, Parma, Lupit, Mirinae) hit the Philippines consecutively, devastating communities in Northern and Central Luzon. Millions of people were affected by the storms, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to take shelter in crowded evacuation centers. Over 900 people were killed and hundreds more were injured. Hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged and the economic cost of the damages from the storms is estimated at approximately USD 650 million. Three out of five people affected by the storms are children.

Save the Children’s response addresses the urgent need to protect children from any further harm and to ensure their wellbeing, which includes providing them with food, clean water, health care, access to education and safe places to play.

To date, Save the Children has reached thousands of children and families. Since the first storm hit on September 26, Save the Children has provided the following support:

· A total of 12,700 families (approximately 63,830 people, including over 38,000 children) have received packs of essential non-food items.

· Over 4,000 families have received food assistance, potable water and jerry cans

· Mobile medical teams have been deployed to help families in evacuation centers and affected communities, to date over 1,375 medical consultations have taken place, including pre-natal care. Breastfeeding support sessions have reached over 500 mothers and infants.

· 10 child-friendly spaces have been established and are attended daily by about 900 children staying in evacuation centers.

· Over 6,000 back-to-school kits have been distributed

Save the Children has been working in the Philippines for more than 28 years. Save the Children has over 90 years of experience in responding to emergencies worldwide.

ENDS

The visit will take place at the Alabang Elementary School in Muntinlupa at 3:00 p.m. Please coordinate with Gia Chu for coverage.

More information

Please contact Gia-Marie Chu, gchu, + 639 178 590759 or Latha Caleb, lcaleb, + 639 175 332100 for more information or media interviews

Gia-Marie S. Chu, Communications and Media Manager Save the Children in the Philippines +63 2 8523064 loc 152 gchu

Save the Children is the world’s leading, independent organization for children.

http://www.savethechildren .net

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2009 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved

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Never give up, Never Backdown, Never lose faith – Face the GIANT

Its a great movie with inspirational message that made me think of my point of view as well. Am i facing that GIANT right now?

When your back is AGAINST the WALL…

When it seems there is NO WAY OUT….

You have to face your fears…..FACE THE GIANTS

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PART-2

PART-3

PART-4

PART-5

PART-6

PART-7

PART-8

PART-9

PART-10

PART-11

PART-12

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How can you help Typhoon Ondoy & Typhoon Pepeng victims

Our heartfelt  appeal for your help!  We can make a difference now by sharing a little percentage of our blessings to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy & Typhoon Pepeng.  Your Donation can make an immediate impact  in the lives of people coping with natural calamities. You may also donate the following:

  • Medicines
  • Toiletries
  • Canned foods, noodles, breads, mineral water
  • Unused old clothes, blankets
  • THROUGH>>>THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RED CROSS

    Monetary Donations

    1.  CASH or CHECK
    Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

    2.  BANK DEPOSIT
    Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross

    METROBANK
    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
    Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
    Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
    Swift Code: MBTC PH MM

    BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS

    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.:  4991-0010-99
    Type of Account: CURRENT

    BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS
    UN Branch
    Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
    Type of Account: SAVINGS
    Swift Code:  BOPI PH MM

    For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

    Credit Card

    Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575:

    Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.

    For online donations you may also visit our website at http://www.redcross.org.ph  .

    In-Kind Donations

    LOCAL
    Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila.  We could also arrange for donation pick-up.

    INTERNATIONAL

    1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
    2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
    3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.

    The PNRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods.  Though we appreciate your generosity, the PNRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.

    SMS and G-CASH (Globe)

    SMS
    text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

    G-CASH
    text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

    Most urgent needs

    Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water

    Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases

    Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap

    Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair

    Call Hotline 143 or 527.0000

    THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RED CROSS
    NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
    Bonifacio Drive, Port Area,
    Manila 2803, Philippines

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    How to help

    Ways to donate to the Philippine National Red Cross via the PNRC web site

    DSWD donations drop-off points

    1. National Resource Operations Center, Chapel Road, Pasay City
    Contact: Mrs. Francon Favian

    2. Quezon City Area Disaster Resource Operations Monitoring and Info Center (DROMIC) DSWD Central Office
    Contact Rey Martija or Imee Rose Castillo, Tel Nos. 951-7119, 951-2435 or Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera Tel No. 0918-934-5625

    3. Manila Area (DSWD-NCR)
    San Rafael corner Legarda Streets, Quiapo, Manila
    Contact: Dir. Thelsa P. Biolna, Dir. Delia Bauan Tel Nos. 734-8622, 734-8642

    Manuel L. Quezon’s blog: How to help (original on Quezon.ph | Tumblr.com mirror link)

    Google Docs: Rescue InfoHub Central | List of Places where to donate (check out one nearest your area, or add a donation center that is not on the list)

    Another list of where to donate goods via Bury Me In This Dress blog

    Google Maps: Ondoy situation map for Metro Manila, by KaninLamig

    ABS-CBN HOTLINE
    416-36-41

    SAGIP KAPAMILYA
    413-2667 / 416-0387
    No 13 Examiner Street, Quezon City, Look for Ms Girlie Aragon

    Bank: Banco de Oro, Mother Ignacia branch
    Acct name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
    Acct no.: 5630020111

    Routing code for international cash donations
    BNORPHMM ABS-CBN Branch

    ABS-CBN Foundation US Office Toll-Free 1-800-527-2820

    Negros Navigation

    from Mr. Edmund Gawchua, Manager

    Negros Navigation is now accepting the transfer of relief goods from Mindanao to Manila for free for aid to victims of Ondoy.

    Donations can be sent to Negros Navigation stations and offices nationwide.

    Reach ABS-CBN via these channels:

    Multiply: botomoipatrolmo.multiply.com

    Twitter: twitter.com/botopatrollers

    Facebook: Boto Mo, Ipatrol Mo official page | abs-cbnNEWS.com

    Email: ireport@abs-cbn.com

    SMS/MMS reports: IREPORT <name, location, message> to 2366

    Bayan Voice BMPM Voice SMS: 411-BMPM (411-2676)

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    How can we help victims of Typhoon Ondoy

    (Flickr photo by rembcc)

    I’m sure this is the top question for so many of the Pinoy Answers community right now.  After Typhoon Ondoy raged across Luzon dumping a reported 34 cm of rain, equivalent to a month’s worth of rainfall, in just 6 hours, more than 200 have been reported dead and nearly 300,000 displaced from their homes.

    For a quick answer to this pressing question, here’s a list of some very important information for Filipinos everywhere to take part in the relief efforts for Typhoon Ondoy victims:

    From the National Disaster Coordinating Council – http://ndcc.gov.ph/home/

    TS Ondoy Donations

    TS Ondoy cash donations may be deposited to the NDCC Donated Funds current account (Philippine Currency-Peso) #0-00149-435-3 (with shift code: DBPHPHMM Account #36002016), Development Bank of the Philippines, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Branch, Camp Aguinaldo, QUezon City, Philippines.

    DONATION DROP OFF-POINTS

    Pasay Area

    National Resource Operation Center
    Chapel Road, Pasay City

    Mrs. Francia Fabian
    852 8081
    918 9302356

    Quezon City Area

    Disaster Resource Operations Monitoring and Info Center (DROMIC)
    DSWD Central Office

    Rey Martiga or Imee Rose Castillo
    951 7119 / 951 2435
    or Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera
    0918 9345625

    Manila Area

    DSWD- NCR
    San Rafael Corner Legarda St.
    Quiapo, Manila

    Dir. Thelsa P. Biolena
    Dir. Delia Bauan
    734 8622 / 734 8642

    Ever  Gotesco

    Distribution Point Center for Relief

    NDCC Relief Center

    Kalayaan Hall, Malacanang Ground
    Luli Arroyo and all female members of PGMA’s Family
    734 2192 / 734 8642

    MMD-DOH Central Office

    Engr. Dave Masiado
    0917 8163400

    NDCC Missing Person Hotline:

    Marikina: 0920-9389914
    QC: 0921-6555262
    Pasig: 0918-9356318
    Cainta: 0917-5606241

    From the Philippine National Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org.ph/

    1.  CASH or CHECK
    Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

    2.  BANK DEPOSIT
    Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross

    PNRC PESO ACCOUNT

    ALLIED BANK
    Intramuros Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT :    1941-01347-1
    Type of Account :     CURRENT
    SWIFT CODE  : ABC MPH MM

    BANCO DE ORO
    Port Area Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT :    453-0018647
    Type of Account : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE  :    BNOR PH MM

    BANK OF PHILIPPINE ISLAND
    Port Area Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT :   4991-0010-99
    Type of Account :   CURRENT
    SWIFT CODE  : BOPI PH MM

    METRO BANK
    Anda Circle Port Area Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT : 151-3-04163122-8
    Type of Account : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE  : MBTC PH MM

    PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK
    Sta. Cruz Branch
    PESO ACCOUNT : 3623-3680-0011
    Type of Account : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE  : PNB MPH MM

    PNRC DOLLAR ACCOUNT

    BANCO DE ORO
    Port Area Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT :    453-0039482
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE   :    BNOR PH MM

    BANK OF PHILIPPINE ISLAND
    United Nation Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT :   8114-0030-94
    Type of Account  :   SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE   : BOPI PH MM

    METRO BANK
    Anda Circle Port Area Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT : 151-2-151002182
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE   : MBTC PH MM

    PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK
    Sta. Cruz Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT : 375-283500026
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE   : PNB MPH MM

    UNION BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES
    Sta. Cruz Branch
    DOLLAR ACCOUNT : 132-070001012
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE   : UBPH PH MM

    PNRC OTHER ACCOUNT

    METRO BANK
    Binondo Branch
    EURO ACCOUNT  :    016-201650005-9
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE   :    MBTC PH MM

    METRO BANK
    Anda Circle Port Area Branch
    YEN ACCOUNT  :    151-2-15130001-9
    Type of Account  : SAVINGS
    SWIFT CODE   :    MBTC PH MM

    For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

    Credit Card

    Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575: Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.

    In-Kind Donations

    LOCAL
    Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila.  We could also arrange for donation pick-up.

    INTERNATIONAL
    1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
    2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
    3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.

    SMS and G-CASH (Globe)

    SMS
    text RED<space>AMOUNT  to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

    G-CASH
    text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

    Most urgent needs:

    Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water

    Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases

    Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap

    Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair

    For OFWs, here are some specific places where you can help:

    Ayala Foundation – for online donations (Visa, Mastercard, Diners, GCash, SmartMoney), go to https://www.myayala.com/ondoy/Default.asp

    TXTPower (Paypal, SmartMoney, GCash) – http://technology.inquirer.net/infotech/infotech/view/20090927-227196/Help-Ondoy-victims-via-Paypal

    American Red Cross – Tel: 1-800-435-7669

    World Food Programme

    SINGAPORE

    • Embassy of the Philippines in Singapore (20 Nassim Road, Singapore 258395). Donors are discouraged from sending used clothing, which is prohibited for importation into the Philippines under Republic Act No. 4653. Organizations wishing to donate are advised to refer to the Embassy’s guidelines for donations to the Philippines, which are available online at: http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/index.cfm?GPID=53. Further queries may be directed to Ms. Pearl Camento at php@pacific.net.sg, subject: “Typhoon Ondoy”.
    • A-Freight Cargo (304 Orchard Road, #03-19 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863). Donations/drop-offs accepted, contact Maureen Schepers 6235-1011.
    • i-Remit Singapore (304 Orchard Road, #03-69 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863). Will be waiving charges for donations to the Philippine Red Cross.
    • LBC Singapore (304 Orchard Road, #04-77 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863). Will waive remittance charges for donations made to the following organizations: ABS-CBN Foundation, GMA Foundation, Philippine National Red Cross, and the National Disaster Coordinating Center.
    • World Vision Singapore
    • Singapore Red Cross (15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486). Walk-in cash donations accepted. Send cheques to the Singapore Red Cross Society and indicate your name and return address for receipt purposes.

    Now is certainly the time to use the power of social media to help our fellow Filipinos who have been badly affected by Typhoon Ondoy.  I recently posted the question “What can we do to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy?” and if you have any relevant information or any creative idea that can be of help to victims of Ondoy, please take the time to share them.

    Our news editors also posted this question, “Do you think the RP government is doing enough to help with Typhoon Ondoy’s relief efforts? Yes or no, why?”.  According to National Disaster Coordinating Council’s Anthony Golez, the system and local government units are “overwhelmed,” and are not used to massive relief operations.  If you have personally witnessed this and you have seen how they can further improve their rescue operations, then please share your thoughts and opinions.

    Just check Yahoo! Philippines News for more updates about the relief efforts, for pics of Typhoon Ondoy’s aftermath, check out Flickr and this blog post for details on how you can help.  Thanks so much everyone!  I’m so proud to be Pinoy right now!  God bless!

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    Efren Peñaflorida- Sorsogon vote now for our pinoy CNN hero of the Year

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    Efren “Kuya Ef” Peñaflorida is a teacher and social worker in the Philippines. He has been recognized as one of the “2009 CNN Heroes” for his outstanding advocacy to educate Filipino out-of-school youth through “pushcart classes.

     

    Life and education

    Peñaflorida grew up in Cavite City. During his early days in school, he experienced being harassed and threatened by gangs near their school. He describes how a gang bullied him during high school, as had happened to many other students. Despite this, he still managed to finish his studies.

    Teaching and advocacy

    His growing concern for the unschooled children in his hometown led Peñaflorida to establish Dynamic Teen Company (DTC). At that time, he was only sixteen. He envisioned this organization as a tool to reach the underserved Filipino youth by providing free tutorials. He asked three fellow high school students to devote some of their time to teach children in the slum areas every Saturday. After ten years, DTC has gained around 10,000 memberships and conducted tutorials for approximately 1,500 children. Today, DTC’s “pushcart classroom” also teaches basic reading and writing to street children.

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    Creating people-centered jobs and communities

    Creating people-centered jobs and communities
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    In Pilar, Sorsogon, the Provincial Alliance of NGOs and POs for Development (Pangopod) helps establish water systems in response to basic needs of residents
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