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[Press Release] Teachers offer assistance, ask for help for thypoon victims -TDC

Teachers offer assistance, ask for help for thypoon victims

Teachers offered their assistance to the victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda thru volunteer work in humanitarian organizations and foundations that are doing relief operations for the areas hit by the strongest typhoon in recorded history.


Benjo Basas, national chairman of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) said that even “in this little way, we can show our compassion and sympathy to our fellow Filipinos who suffered the effects of perhaps, the worst natural calamity in our country.”
Recognizing the bayanihan spirit in every the heart of every Filipino, the group has offered their help in packaging the relief goods to non-government organizations and several media groups in Manila.

Basas added that much as they want to raise funds for fellow teachers in the calamity areas, they have no capacity to do so, and just ask the members to donate old clothes or any ready to eat food. However teachers and TDC members who wish to donate cash are endorsed to the mainstream organizations and institutions that can effectively handle such operation.

The TDC leaders from Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Metro Manila will meet this Saturday, November 16 at Morning Breeze Elementary School in Caloocan to tackle the possible assistance the group can offer and the attendees are advised to bring their relief donations.

Basas also said the asked the Budget Department to immediately release teachers and government employees’ year-end bonus (13th month pay).

“If the DBM and our respective agencies can expedite the release of our year-end bonus, then we can help our relatives in the provinces. Also, teachers who are affected themselves will have, at least money for survival and other necessities.” He also asks the government loan agencies to facilitate emergency loans, “The granting of ‘no-interest loans’ from Pag-Ibig Fund and GSIS may also help the teachers and employees to cope up in these trying times.” Basas ended.

Normally, the year-end bonus of teachers comes ‘not earlier than November 16’ according to the policy but normally reach them after a week or two.

The TDC noted that there are several reports already from the field especially in Panay and Samar, however, their members and leaders in Leyte are until now inaccessible thru mobile communication and internet.

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[In the news] In flood-hit Philippines, aid offers a glimmer of hope – www.abs-cbnnews.com

In flood-hit Philippines, aid offers a glimmer of hope
by Arjun Jain, for the UNHCR, abs-cbnnews.com
December 29, 2011

  MANDULOG, Philippines – After surviving decades of conflict, Imelda Anugud never expected it would be the wrath of nature that finally destroyed her home.

“We were asleep when the river began to flood our home around midnight,” said the 43-year-old mother of three girls, recalling how, just over a week ago, tropical storm Washi hit the village she has always called home.

“We left everything, crossed the river and ran for higher ground,” the shaken woman said. “Within two hours, our home and the bridge we had crossed to get to safety were washed away.”

On Wednesday, the first glimmer of recovery arrived when United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) became the first aid agency to deliver relief supplies to her mountain village east of Iligan city in the Philippines’ southern Mindanao island.

This is not the first time residents of this largely Moro (Muslim) community have been displaced. In 2010, the most recent chapter in the long-running conflict between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine government sent them packing. Just over a month ago, a family feud, known here as a rido, which can be epic and deadly, forced them to flee their village.

The UN refugee agency began working with communities affected by the Mindanao conflict in May 2010. Shortly after tropical storm Washi hit, it joined the UN response to support government relief efforts, as the lead agency for the protection cluster. UNHCR decided to target its first emergency assistance to communities that have suffered a double whammy – weakened by years of conflict and now hit by floods.

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[In the news] Search for missing ‘Sendong’ victims goes online – abs-cbnNEWS.com

Search for missing ‘Sendong’ victims goes online
by Ivy Jean Vibar, abs-cbnNEWS.com

  MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos have harnessed the power of Facebook to help tropical Sendong victims search for their missing friends and relatives.

With the number of casualties rising to more than a thousand as of posting time, people are going online to make their search easier. Two pages have been created on social networking site Facebook for people to post photos and profiles of their missing loved ones.

1. Sendong missing persons
2. Missing persons of CDO and Iligan

“One for Iligan, help CDO (Cagayan de Oro)” said the icon of one page which, as of posting time, had 746 likes and less than a hundred photos and personal descriptions posted on its wall.

“PLEASE POST THE PICTURES OF THE MISSING PEOPLE OF CDO AND ILIGAN IN THIS PAGE. May this page help find loved ones and friends who were lost because of Bagyong Sendong.” the page’s “About” said.


[Appeal] Appeal for support for the typhoon victims in Ifugao

Appeal for support for the typhoon victims in Ifugao

Dear CGIP Friends,

We would also like to appeal for any help you can extend to our kababayans who were affected by the recent typhoons. Here are the updates as of 10 am today: affected barangays-110, families – 2,195, Persons – 10,430 (M- 5,130 and F-5,300). totally damaged houses – 139. partially damaged houses- 2,120. 4 dead and 21 injured. there are now 7 evacuation centers (located in Banaue, Lamut and Hungduan). majority of the roads are still impassable due to landslides and collapsed bridges. Food, medicines, fuel and basic necessities are very much needed.  We have drop off sites for donations in kind which are as follows:

Manila: office of the Phil. Assoc. for Intercultural Development (PAFID) at 71 Malakas Street, Central District, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1101. Tel. (632) 927-4580; (632) 928-6267. Please look for Ms. Marge or Jay-R.

**collection of donations will be until Sunday, Oct 9

Baguio: Human Resource Development Office, UP Baguio, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City. Kindly look for Ma’am Maan Diaz.

**collection of donations will be until Saturday, Oct. 8

Thanks to PAFID and UP Baguio for joining us in this initiative.

Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT) is also temporarily converting their GCash Donor account into a Relief Donation venue for Ifugao. Text: DONATE (amount) MPIN CORDI and send to 2882.

For other cash donations, we will be sending the details by tomorrow at the latest.

Thanks and we’ll keep you posted.

From: Robeliza Halip [robieleeza@gmail.com]