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Tulong Eskwela for Pepeng Survivors in the Cordilleras

What can Php3,850.00 buy you?

A nice branded bag? A good pair of shoes, perhaps? I know –  a great pair of jeans! How about a fancy dinner date with your loved one? I, of course, can blow that amount (and more) in one grocery trip.

For some of us, splurging three thousand pesos would be too easy.

But do you realize that, for a student in a small college in La Trinidad, Benguet, Php3,850 can help in the continuation his/her studies? This small amount can probably spell the future for a student and his/her family.

Read on and find out how your three thousand-plus pesos can make a difference.

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We all know how much devastation Typhoon Pepeng brought to our country, especially in Northern Luzon. The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) took a bad beating though.

Here are the latest stats on the effects of Pepeng as of October 14, 2009, according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC):

287 out of 375 deaths are from CAR (mostly due to landslides);

37 out of 48 who are still missing are from Benguet;

Estimated cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture amounted to Php 8.142 Billion (Php 1.607 B – Infrastructure; Php 6.532 B – Agriculture; and Php 0.003 B – private property);

Out of the Php 5.6 Billion total estimate of damage to agricultural crops, Php 1 Billion is from CAR.

I am not diminishing the loss of the other regions, especially seeing that Region 1 also lost over Php 1 Billion and Region 2 Php2.2 Billion in agricultural crops. Besides, a large percentage of college students in these two regions are enrolled in Baguio/Benguet schools.

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I am quoting these facts because I received an email from a dear friend, Atty. Shirley Malaya, appealing for help for students in the Cordillera Region who need assistance.

Shirley’s father is Mr. James Malaya, a known educator in CAR, and the current President/Chairman of the Board of Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC).

Most students in CAR are being sent to school because of agricultural income. But now that many farms have been destroyed, CCDC expects a sharp drop in enrollees. Part of Shirley’s email:

Most students from these parts have parents who are farmers… and due to the destruction of their crops, there would be no budget left for the school needs of the kids.  The Cordillera College, which is a small school in La Trinidad, caters to mostly children of farmers.  The problem faced now  is that the students may not be able to enrol this semester.  Considering the observation that once a student drops out of school, the tendency is he would not be able to go back.

Thus, CCDC initiated a program called Tulong Eskwela, which aims to “lend a hand to students whose families had been adversely affected by the typhoon.” It will assist students to find donors to help augment their schooling next semester (November 2009 – March 2010) as an effective way of helping families recover from the havoc wreaked by the typhoon.

Here’s the rest of the program guidelines from Mr. James Malaya: Continue reading Tulong Eskwela for Pepeng Survivors in the Cordilleras

On Money, Time and Giving

I once had a talk with my self-confessed ex-workaholic sister-in-law… Self-confessed because she admits to not understanding why some women totally give up careers to become full-time mothers. (Aray, aray, aray!!!) Ex-workaholic because now she is a mother and totally understands why.

Anyway, back to the talk…

I think the topic was home-making…  I said that I wanted to do so much but didn’t have enough budget to buy stuff to beautify my home. She told me, in a kinda castigating way, that if one has no money, the person probably has time; if one has no time, he/she probably has money. Either way, things can be worked out.

What she said may not be true for all situations (especially in our dear Pilipinas, where working asses off is not necessarily equal to  fat paychecks). But, yes, it does make sense.

Today on the way home, I remembered her words. This time in light of the recent events that have happened in our country. (Ondoy, Pepeng. Hello?)

There are a lot of people who have been just wonderful – serving and giving tirelessly. But there are also some who make excuses for not being able to help. Kesyo they have no money or they have no time. Kesyo there are richer people who should give instead.

It’s sad that giving is mostly attributed to the material aspect. We measure what is given by monetary amounts.

We forget that time is the most expensive currency and giving it has far more (in)valuable effects than money can afford.

What I’m saying is this:  there is no excuse for anyone to not be able to help to the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. If you have no money, give of your precious time. Go out, reach out to your community and volunteer.

If you have money, hooray! Good for you! Share the blessings.

After Ondoy… Pepeng Naman (How to Help) [UPDATED]

Because of the stir caused by the post on ellaganda.com about DSWD relief goods sitting and gathering dust at its Pasay warehouse, DSWD has asked for help (finally!).

Rock Ed Philippines is coordinating with DSWD to schedule a shift for volunteers who want to pack at the DSWD warehouse. There is also a call for vehicles that can help transport the goods. The shift for those who want to volunteer via Rock Ed is Mondays through Fridays 3PM to 11PM. More info at Ms. Gang Badoy’s site.

Instead of complaining and whining (yeah, it’s given that the government won’t always do its job, gahh), let’s all do our part. I agree with what Ms. Gang says:

Political leanings are not primary at this point.  After the work is done – then we can go our separate ways again if that works for us.  Personally, for now – I will be more than happy to help the government if that means more Filipinos get what’s rightly theirs.

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Metro Manila, Rizal, Pampanga and Bulacan have yet to recover from the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy. But another typhoon,Pepeng (International codename Parma), came to ravage the Northern provinces of Luzon.

I am not sure how much Pinoy resilience can take. I know we are a people  known to crack jokes even in the midst of difficult situations. But this is just too much. And it’s getting closer to home, if you know what I mean.

It’s one thing to see people suffering loss due to a calamity. It’s totally another thing to see relatives and friends who lost family members, property, and/or livelihood.

It’s taxing on the emotions, even for the remote spectator such as myself. I don’t even want to imagine how they themselves are feeling now.

But we must not get weary of helping, and of appealing for help.

Right now, it’s difficult to transport relief from Metro Manila to the North, specifically Benguet, because all major roads are closed. Just this afternoon, Kennon Road was opened to light vehicles, meaning heavy vehicles for transporting major goods cannot pass yet.

But there are ways to help.

Organizations are encouraging local purchase of goods because this will help spur local economy, consequently helping the locals recover their losses. We who are remote can send cash donations. Here are some direct ways I’ve found in the web:

1. Cafe By The Ruins, one of my favorite places in Baguio, is now a feeding and relief operations center. Everyday since Saturday, the cafe has been cooking food for evacuees and rescue volunteers, bringing food to various locations in Benguet such as Tublay and Puguis, La Trinidad. If you’re in Baguio, bring rice, monggo, vegetables, and reusable food containers to CBTR. They are also gathering other relief items such as clothing, blankets and medicines.

I spoke to Feliz Perez, one of Cafe by The Ruins’ owners, over the phone, and she says the operations will continue for as long as help is needed. They will also be extending burial and livelihood assistance to those who lost a lot to the typhoon.

For those outside Baguio or the country, you can send in your monetary donations via the cafe’s bank account:

RUINS INC. savings account #940060574, BANCO DE ORO, Baguio Legarda branch, Yandoc Street, Baguio City. SWIFT CODE: BNORPHMM, ROUTING #: 0210-0001-8.

For more info on how you can help, you can call them at +63 74 4464010.

2. The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) is appealing for our help for the Cordillerans – the people of Benguet and Mountain Province. They will be doing relief operations in affected areas through its Serve The People Brigade. They need the following items:

food-  rice, canned goods, monggo, salt, boiled eggs

drinking water

blankets and clothing; mats and tents

medications for fever, cough, colds, for wound disinfection (betadine, hydrogen peroxide), antibiotics

For cash donations, please deposit to:

Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Savings Account: 1-326-72354-8
RCBC Baguio Peso Account

Volunteers also needed – drop by their office at No. 55 Ferguson Road, Brgy. A. Bonifacio, Baguio City and look for Mr. Santos Mero, Serve the People Brigade Coordinator and CPA Deputy Secretary General (09152054262). You may also call or text the Hotline at mobile number 09209286370 or Telephone Number 63- 074304-4239, Fax number is 63-074-443-7159, or email at cpa@cpaphils.org for queries.

3. World Vision is also mobilizing its local offices and cooperating with the Philippine Coast Guard for relief operations in Pepeng-affected areas. They are targeting to help 20,000 families who were displaced by both Ondoy and Pepeng. Ready-t0-eat food and cash donations are preferred. There is also a need for able-bodied volunteers.

Donations can be brought directly to WV office at 389 Quezon Avenue corner West 6th Sreet, Quezon City. For online donations through credit card or bank deposit, simply fill out this form at the World Vision website.

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I will update list as I gather more information.

I know some of us are exhausted with helping. But let’s not grow weary helping one another.