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[Appeal] in Behalf of Victims of Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda -Oplan Sagip Bayan

November 12, 2013

Dear Friends and Allies,

We are switching on our Oplan Sagip Bayan operations (Oplan People’s Rescue) in light of the damage by Typhoon Haiyan’s rampage (local name: Yolanda) in Eastern and Central Visayas.

This is in close coordination with CONCERN or Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation who has more than twenty five years of consistent work in the field of disaster-risk and rehabilitation and has assisted more than one million individuals since 1988.

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Residents of Cebu, Bohol and nearby province of Leyte have been served with a double whammy as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake came twenty four days earlier, on October 15.

The energy released by the Visayas quake is equivalent to 951.5 kilotons of TNT, 796,214 lightning flashes, 30.16 million gallons of gasoline, or 1.90 billion sticks of dynamite according to the internet news site Rappler.

Following the quake, seventy-seven out of almost 2,900 aftershocks monitored by Philvocs were felt. The structural integrity of houses, buildings, including heritage churches still left standing by the quake are already severely compromised, sink holes began appearing as a result.

Last November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan came blowing in from the eastern seaboard bringing winds howling at 235 kmh (147 mph), waves were reported to reach 15 meters (45 ft) and brought in 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in some places.  This early, the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000 and for those that survive the devastation, there is little food, no electricity or clean water. Clean clothes and other provisions necessary for survival are scarce.

As we switch on Oplan Sagip Bayan, we are sending out an appeal to all our friends and allies, like you, in the hope that we can gather both food and non-food support intended for the Haiyan victims, specifically for Northern Cebu and three towns in Leyte or around 5,000 families.


Our ability to respond to this crisis hinges on how fast we can muster the needed support for the victims such as:

o       standard food relief packages for a family of six for three days consisting of the following items approximately worth Php 1000 (USD 25 ) :

6 kilos of rice                 ½ kilo of washed sugar
½ kilo of dried fish            ½ kilo of mongo beans
¼ kilo of iodized salt          3 canned of sardines

o       non-food items such as mosquito nets, sleeping mats, blankets, flashlights or paraffin lamps, rubber boots, drinking water, used clothes, etc.

o       medicines such as Paracetamol tablets and syrups, antibiotics, anti-allergies, cough and colds, water purification tablets, medical supplies for first aid such as alcohol, sterile gauze, plaster, Betadine antiseptic solution, etc.

o       Equipment for use of the Emergency Operation Centers such as radio transceivers, warehouses, vehicles, fax machine, photocopiers, cellular phones, generators etc.


You can also send your in-kind donations to this address:

•       Metro Manila: # 22 Domingo Guevarra St. Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City 1550

You can send your donations through the women sector account:


Account Name: Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan Inc. (KAISA KA)

Account Number: 106930026351


Routing No.:  021-000089

Name of the Bank:  BDO-Mandaluyong Libertad Branch

Address of the Bank Branch:  G/F Sierra Heights Place Domingo Guevarra corner Sierra Madre Streets,Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 1550


Help us help the Haiyan victims, now. For more information please call our office number 717-3262 or visit us at #22-A, Libertad St., Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City and look for Mr. Fidel Fababier or Marie Guzman.


We will acknowledge all sponsors/donors and shall provide a concise report on the same.  Thank you in advance for yoursupport.





Fidel Fababier
National Coordinator, Oplan Sagip Bayan

+639461115073 (Mobile)


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[In the news] Govt workers to get substantial pay raise ahead of R-7 employees -Ceby Daily News

Govt workers to get substantial pay raise ahead of R-7 employees.

Cebu Daily News
April 30, 2012

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While government employees across the country received some good news ahead of tomorrow’s Labor Day, workers in Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas will have to wait longer for any salary increase to be approved by their wage board.

President Benigno Aquino III has announced that government workers will get their pay raise one month ahead of its planned release this July.

He said this was his “surprise gift” to government workers tomorrow.

“It’s a substantial number of zeroes,” Mr. Aquino said of the pay hike for government workers.

In contrast, the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Board in Central Visayas (RTWPB-7) has yet to decide on a wage petition filed last month.

The Alliance of Progressive Labor in Cebu (APL) filed a P90 across-the-board wage increase petition last March, citing rising fuel prices and fare rates as their basis.

The petition was opposed by Cebu’s business community.

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[In the news] Labor group files P90 wage hike business says it’s untimely -Cebu Daily News

Labor group files P90 wage hike business says it’s untimely
Cebu Daily News
March 22, 2012

WITH a minimum fare rate of P8 approved by the government last Tuesday, a labor group filed a petition for a wage increase for Central Visayas workers yesterday afternoon.

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) in Central Visayas filed a P90 across-the-board daily wage increase before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB 7) at 4 p.m yesterday.
They said the petition was in response to the rising fare rates and increases in the prices of basic and prime commodities caused by the global fuel price increases.

But Cebu Business Club president Gordon Alan “Dondi” Joseph said the petition was untimely and focus should be on job creation.

“You now, wage increases will not solve the problems of the economy or the increasing cost of living. The government has to focus on creating jobs, creating more employment for more Filipinos,” Joseph said.

Ferdinand Jumapao, OIC Area vice-president of ALU-TUCP Central Visayas, said the filing of the petition was planned even before the 50 centavo fare increase took effect.

Jumapao said the petition is in response to the erosion of the purchasing power of the worker’s current P305 daily minimum wage.

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[In the news] 18 DENR mediators to tackle land cases – Cebu Daily News

18 DENR mediators to tackle land cases
Cebu Daily News
March 12, 2012

Some 18 mediators from Central Visayas will handle 124 land-related cases this year in the Department of Environment of Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7).

The mediators with backgrounds on legal and land management make up the newly created DENR-7 Land Management Service (LMS) Mediation Service Center, which is tasked to look over the land disputes in the region.

The mediation service would ensure “speedy and impartial justice and declog dockets of land cases in the department,” said Executive Director Maximo O. Dichoso of DENR-7 in a statement last week.

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[In the news] CHR to probe reports on jail visit suspension -Cebu Daily News

CHR to probe reports on jail visit suspension
February 29, 2012

AN inquiry into the suspension of jail visits and delays in the delivery of food to inmates of the Cebu Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center (CPDRC) may be in the offing.

Primo Cadampog, supervising investigator of the Commission on Human Rights in Central Visayas (CHR-7), said three relatives of the inmates sought assistance from their office to look into the suspension.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia suspended jail visits and dance practices for the inmates after a near-riot last week.
Cadampog said the CHR-7 will have to coordinate with the Capitol, which has direct supervision over the CPDRC.
Arvin Odron, head of the CHR-7′s legal division, said the right to jail visitation is under the regulation of jail officials.

“If jail visitation has been regulated, that’s okay and reasonable,” Odron said.

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[In the news] Cebu, C. Visayas forest areas to be divided into zones – Cebu Daily News

Cebu, C. Visayas forest areas to be divided into zones
by Candeze R. Mongaya
February 5, 2012

A DE-ZONING of Cebu’s protected forest landscape to divide protected zones from production zones will be completed within the year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) said yesterday.

DENR-7 spokesman Eddie Llamedo said they completed the assessment and delineation of boundaries between forestlands, national parks and agricultural lands in Central Visayas early this year.

The region’s forest landscape totaled 8,838.355 kilometers of which Cebu has 36 percent or 3,184.83 kilometers.
“We would be able to delineate which areas are for strict or protected zones or production zones,” said Eddie Llamedo, DENR-7 spokesperson.

The Central Cebu Protected Landscape (CCPL) has a land area of 29,062 hectares, which will be de-zoned into strict or protected zone and multiple-used zones.

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[In the news] Lapu-Lapu City KTV charged for trafficking; 43 rescued | Sun.Star

Lapu-Lapu City KTV charged for trafficking; 43 rescued | Sun.Star.

January 21, 2012

 CEBU CITY — Large-scale and syndicated human trafficking charges were filed against six employees of a KTV bar in Lapu-Lapu City whom the police arrested for allegedly trafficking 43 women, including minors.

At 3 p.m. Friday, the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force filed the charges against the six employees of White Castle KTV Bar.

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None of them can be named in this report, in keeping with Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, which they are now accused of violating.

The 43, of whom three are believed to be minors, were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas after the raid that led to their rescue last Wednesday night.

DSWD-Central Visayas social welfare officer Clavel Saycon said some of the victims came from Mindanao and Manila. And while the agency is providing their food and shelter, while social workers assess them, “We still deal with negative reactions from the victims,” Saycon said. “They look at us like enemies.”

After the case was filed in the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office Friday, the six suspects, including their Korean manager, asked the handling prosecutor to allow them to sign a waiver of detention. That will give them time to file counter-affidavits, while remaining in detention.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph