pilipino association of Workers and immigrants
To all our friends and family
please come and join us and bring items to
sell for our community garage sale
all proceeds will go to nafcon
typhoon relief effort
Saturday & Sunday
8am – 4pm
1426 Morril Ave
san jose ca 95132
On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Pacific Island Blood, a coalition of Bay Area Motorcycle Clubs will be hosting a donation drive at James Logan High School (1800 H. Street, Union City, CA 94587). The “rally” will be from 11am – 4pm. There will be food, merch tables, a raffle, as well as performances and martial arts demonstrations. PIB will be hosting a box drive, for which they will be accepting in-kind donations. Blankets, towels, canned foods, water, matches, candles, baby formula, powdered milk, and baby bottles are among the items requested for donation.
JLHS Filipino Heritage Studies and KAISAHAN will also be present to take monetary donations, 100% of which will be donated to NAFCON.
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco State University
Sponsored by Chi Ro Omicron, Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center of San Mateo County, LBC, ABS-CBN and others.
Special thanks to Oscar Gonzales, Cindy Sacramento-Enriquez, Mary Nite, Andy V Galeon, Jeremy Jocson, Johnathan Ezekiel Winston Siu, Allan S. Manalo, Kevin Camia, Native Elements, Lorenzo BigLarr Santiago, Augustus Tagaro, and YOU!
110% of fund proceeds will be donated to NAFCON and material donations will be shipped via direct distribution to affected areas. $10 only!
7:30pm in EST December 18
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
74A East 4th Street, New York, New York 10003
La Mama e.t.c and Kinding Sindaw present Haiyan Relief
Featuring performances and Artwork auction to benefit the victims of Haiyan/Yolanda.
Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage
Maria Elena Anaya (Flamenco)
Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance group
10tecomai Yosakoi Dance project
(We will be updating the performers list constantly) Please keep checking.
All proceeds will go to NAFCONUSA #HaiyanRelief fund# nafconusa.org
for more info: email@example.com
We are all devastated by the news of the damage done by the typhoon in the Philippines. We will be donating 100% of sales from Red Horse and San Miguel Beers, our Calamansi Cosmo, and Ube Cheesecake from Blackbeard’s Dulceria. We will also be auctioning off a gift certificate for a 9 inch Ube Cheesecake.
Funds will be donated to http://nafconusa.org/programs/
“In this state of calamity, there is an urgent call for support and assistance. In an effort to have a united and
concerted response, we encourage all supporters to coordinate with respective NAFCON chapters throughout the
United States to ensure that our actions are effective, sustainable and empowering of the local communities,
especially those that are the hardest hit, poorest and underserved.
At this time, NAFCON will assist in the direct transfer of MONETARY donations. Your donation will be sent
directly to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan or BALSA (People’s Cooperation for the People), a national grassroots
relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response
NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.”
This is a benefit show for the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort. Come show your support for the Filipino People ♥
100% of all proceeds will go to BALSA and Lingap GABRIELA, Philippines-based coalitions comprised of volunteer-led church organizations, schools, and disaster relief organizations that work with victims & survivors of calamity in the hardest hit areas by Typhoon Haiyan.
I would like to personally invite you to a Fundraising Event I am organizing this Sunday for the Philippine relief efforts for the victims of typhoon Haiyan at the East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC) in Oakland from 11:00AM to 4:00PM.
We will be selling traditional filipino food as the main source of income for the charity. We will also be holding raffles with multiple prizes and selling merchandise as well. EBAYC will also be serving as a donation station for a specific list of supplies that the relief effort has an immediate need for.
Please come out and support this event, all proceeds go directly to the relief efforts.
“Come out and eat good food, with good people for a good cause.”
Attached is a flyer with all the details included. Please spread the word.
Philippine Relief Fundraiser
Sunday November 17th, 2013
East Bay Asian Youth Center
2025 East 12th St.
Oakland, CA 94606
Details for donation items are below
Send SPECIFIC items to the Philippines for FREE:LBCexpress is a Philippine shipping company that has partnered with the Red Cross and will send specific items for FREE!
Items they need:
•Towels (all sizes)
•Blanket (thin cotton)
•Medicine adult and children (aspirin, ibuprofen, cold medicine, Tylenol) Please be mindful and make sure they are not expired or will expire soon!
•Juices- again please make sure they do not expire soon
•Canned goods they can eat right away without cooking (check expiration dates)
a. Do not wrap any items in plastic-use towels or blankets instead
b. NO CLOTHING
c. You must box them no bigger than 24X18X18 or smaller
d. Deliver items to the nearest LBC warehouse- in our case it’s in Hayward:
New York University’s International Filipino Association presents Mr. Philippines 2013!
**PROCEEDS from Mr. Philippines 2013 will benefit NAFCON USA’s Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation program. Learn more here: http://nafconusa.org/programs/**
This year, our theme is “Legacy” and we are looking for the timeless Filipino-American man who bridges his cultural roots with having a meaningful influence on the next generation of Filipino-Americans. Contestants are challenged to think about the dichotomy of the two identities and ask themselves: “What is my legacy?”
Please join the De Anza community in supporting the people of the Philippines who have been impacted by the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which hit and ravaged numerous provinces in the central Philippines on November 8. Haiyan’s 195 mph winds and huge storm surges killed thousands, displaced nearly 600,000 and affected 9.5 million people across the Philippines, according to the United Nations.
Nearly 4 million of those affected are thought to be children, according to international aid organization Save the Children. Officially, confirmed deaths stood at 2,357 on Thursday morning, Nov. 14, according to the Filipino government.
Make a Monetary Donation through NAFCON
The National Alliance for Fillipino Concerns (NAFCON) has provided an easy way to make a monetary donation online. Donate today.
NAFCON has a well-respected track record in supporting disaster relief efforts since the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and has been widely publicized as a top option for donations. NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members are active in 23 cities in the United States. Read about the relief efforts in Northern California.
Volunteer Opportunities on Campus
Also please consider volunteering time for much needed assistance. There will be upcoming events on campus in support of relief efforts. For more information about how to get involved, contact Associate Vice President of Instruction Rowena Tomaneng, a former volunteer with NAFCON USA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.864.8510.
During the week of November 18 – 22, multiple school sites within the New Haven Unified School District, in Union City, will be holding a donation drive for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Spearheaded by the students of the Filipino Heritage Studies class at James Logan High School, the drive, entitled PROJECT HAIYAN, will culminate with a benefit event held on Friday, November 22 at Alvarado Elementary School from 7pm – 9pm.
The event will feature performances by local youth and artists, Filipino and mixed martial arts demonstrations, and updates about Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Merchandise and food will be sold with proceeds going towards NAFCON’s relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines.
The event is free and open to all who wish to support the effort. Monetary donations will be accepted in exchange for admission. Filipino Advocates for Justice and PYC will be hosting a booth to take in-kind donations: non-perishable food, bottled water, towels, and blankets are among the list desired items.
Alvarado Elementary School is located at 31100 Fredi St., Union City, California 94587
Please show your support and love for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Mix, mingle, and have a drink for a good cause!
Event: FBANC and NAFCON Typhoon Haiyan Relief Drive
Location: Drake Bar and Lounge, 508 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: 6-9PM pm
*FBANC has teamed up with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) (Terry Valen) to host a fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. All donations will go to NAFCON, a volunteer-run Filipino-American alliance in 23 US cities. Since 2009, NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation program has responded to all major typhoons and other calamities that have hit the Philippines. 100% of the proceeds collected for relief go to those most affected and devastated, on the ground in the Philippines.
Well-known community leaders will be attending, including some as guest bartenders!
Queer and allies party to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. THIS Saturday, Nov 16th (10pm-2am).
WE LOVE THE PHILIPPINES AND WE KNOW YOU DO TOO. TOGETHER WE CAN LINK ARMS WITH THE SURVIVORS TO RE-BUILD, FIND HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT IN THE MIDST OF SEVERE DEVASTATION & GOVERNMENT NEGLECT. 100% OF OUR DONATIONS WILL REACH THE PEOPLE. #HaiyanRelief #TaskForceHaiyan #GABRIELAUSA
1924 Franklin Street (3rd Floor), Oakland
$5- 10+ Sliding Scale @ the door.
**PLEASE RSVP – Email or FB private message us if you are attending. You will need a special passcode to get into the building.**
Please join us. Everyone is welcome!
Where: Corner of Powell and Post (Union Square)
Volunteers from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), a member of the broad formation “Bay Area Task Force Haiyan” invites you to a candle light vigil to honor the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who fell victim to Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda in the Philippines. This week vigils have taken place throughout the bay area.
We are humbled by the overwhelming support and sympathy we’ve received from every day people such as yourself. We would like to take this opportunity to gather together, mourn, pay our respects, and most importantly share how we can continue the long journey ahead and rebuild the lives and areas affected.
10,000 are feared dead in Leyte, and 300 more in Samar. We are still waiting for information from other provinces. Many remain missing, and it is estimated that 4 million people have been affected. We need to provide immediate relief for the families and individuals who have survived.
100% proceeds of the donation will go to the victims. For more information about NAFCON, please visit www.nafconusa.org. We will be collecting donation during the vigil.
D.C. (area) – Taking the P*ss – Benefit for the Philippines
Marx Cafe has generously agreed to make this a benefit for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Proceeds of the bar will go to GABRIELA Washington, D.C., which has partnered with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) to accept online donations via nafconusa.org.
When: Friday, November 15, 2013
Time: 10:00 pm – 3:00 am
Where: Marx Cafe3203 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010-2103
Rise Up! UCD Fil Am Typhoon Relief Efforts On November 8, the Philippines experienced the strongest storm ever to make landfall in history. With an estimated death toll of 10,000+ (in one province alone) and 10 million people directly affected by its path, Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan razed communities to the ground in Central Philippines, many of these towns, cities and provinces have yet to recover from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last month. In solidarity with the Filipino people, the UC Davis Filipino American community (or the Filamily, as we fondly call it) is coordinating a joint effort to raise money for the relief and rehabilitation of those directly affected by this tragedy.
A dollar goes a long way in the Philippines. All monetary donations will be sent through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns or NAFCON, an organization that works closely with grassroots community organizations in the Philippines. Their Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation Program ensures that monetary donations go directly to the communities in need.
Our goal is currently at $1500 but we will continue to raise it to reflect the amount of support we receive. We shall also be sending our donations in increments to address both immediate and long-term needs. Everything will be documented through photos/videos and social media (follow the hashtag #UCDRiseUpPh).
We will also have a series of fundraising events in collaboration with other groups, so please keep an eye out!
This is a crucial time for our communities to come together to raise awareness of these natural disasters and mobilize relief efforts.
Your generous donations are very much appreciated!
Every penny counts
Suggestions for material donations:
- Non-perishable food that DOES NOT require water, electricity or can openers.
- Basic medicine and first-aid kit supplies for surface wounds.- Bottled water. Currently, there is no drinkable water in affected areas.
- Candles and matches since there is no electricity. – Clothing
- Any other items that may be useful.
*This will be an ongoing effort so we will continue updating this gofundme and our social media pages.*
*This is a collaboration between Project: Bulosan, BRIDGE, FAHC, FILAH, Mga Kapatid, PASE, KPE and XPO.
API club at Tennyson High School in Hayward. They did a fundraiser with the money going to Gabriela USA/NAFCON. It’s actually via Jaynee Ruiz’s instagram. She’s from babae/Gabriela USA, and she’s a teacher here at THS.
PUSO (Pilipinos at UCSF student organization) and VSA (vietnamese student organization) will be hosting a fundraiser next THURSDAY 11/21/13 to raise money for relief efforts that have been going on for Typhoon Haiyan (please follow the link below to order). ALL PROFITS will go to NAFCON (National alliance for filipino concerns). For more information about how NAFCON is helping and about their organization please follow the link: http://nafconusa.org/
Typhoon Haiyan is considered to be the worst calamity and natural disaster that Philippines has ever faced with speeds as high as 195 mph and gust speed up to 235 mph with around 10,000 people are feared to be dead or displaced. Families affected by the storm are in drastic need of basic supplies, medical supplies, food, and clean water. Thus, Our goal is to provide support and relief.
So please come out and support our cause! Any donations are welcome and will definitely make a difference!
WE ARE ACCEPTING ORDERS UNTIL MONDAY 11/18/13 at 9AM.
After filling out the survey, you can pick up your order for your BBQ pork skewer, vegetable lumpia, and/or meat lumpia and drop off your donation on Thursday 11/21/13.
We are asking for recommended donations but you are free to choose what ever you want to donate to the cause!
3. Donate supplies:
We are currently setting up a canned food, medical supplies, and bottled water drive. In the next few days we will have more information on how you can donate goods and where to donate the supplies to.
Thank you for your support and time. Your donations do make the difference to those out there in need.
In the last few months the world has seen the powerful and devastating destruction that earthquakes and typhoons caused much of the Philippines coastal areas. This effort is not just to only fundraise aid to the people of the P.I. but to also rally ourselves here in the Bay Area to causes abroad and at home. We must remember we are a part of a global community. Neither seperate or alone. But connected by life. Let us give art, support, and love to one another. Let’s pass it around.- DandiggityShowcasing words and songs from a variety of talent from all over the Bay Area.Jason Bayani (Proletariat Bronze/The ReWrite)
Lorenz Dumuk (The ReWrite)
Kristen Sajonas (The ReWrite)
Amy DabalosHosted by: Dandiggity & Ruby VeridianoSounds by DJ Sig-O (Affinity Sounds)
$10 at the door All Ages
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Doors at 7:30pm. Show promptly at 8:30pm.
The Blackbird Tavern Annex
200 S. 1st St., San Jose, California 95112
100% of the proceeds go to nafconusa.org
JASON BAYANI is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, “Amulet” was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. www.jasonbayani.com
RUBY VERIDIANO is a glamour girl off to change the world. A writer, speaker, and media personality, she was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Sacramento, and has spent time in Italy, France, Atlanta, Oakland, and New York City, shaping her global perspective as an advocate and voice for Asian American women. Ruby is passionate about creating media that bridges entertainment with messages of positive social change, and is the founder of a writing empowerment program called “The Glamourbaby Diaries”.
Since 2002, Ruby has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, presenting her writings, lectures, workshops, and media projects at hundreds of venues including Cornell University, Columbia University, Morehouse College, the United Nations, De La Salle University Manila, and the American University of Paris, France, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and visionaries. She has reached thousands of youth through her spoken word performance work with iLL-Literacy , an artist collective that she co-founded in 2002. Through her work with iLL-Literacy, she has shared the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, Goapele, and Saul Williams. Her movement to empower youth extends to her work with non-profit organizations such as Youthspeaks, Urban Word, LitWorld, and Book-In-A-Day. In 2008, she became a VJ for international music channel, MYX TV North America. In the same year, she published her first book, Miss Universe.
In 2010, she made it as a Top 3 Finalist for Alicia Keys’ head blogger search for her women’s empowerment website venture, “I Am A Superwoman” (IAAS.COM). During this time, Ruby was flown out to London to meet with Alicia Keys and attend the Black Ball, upon which she interviewed celebrities such as Christian Louboutin, Swizz Beatz, and Alicia Keys on the red carpet.
In 2011, she became the first LitCorps Ambassador for Global Literacy Organization LitWorld, where she spearheaded LitWorld’s girls literacy empowerment program in her home country of the Philippines. During the same year, she founded Meeting of the Minds, an initiative to connect the global youth Filipino diaspora to galvanize social change.
Currently, Ruby travels the University circuit to tour her program, Glamourbaby Diaries, and serves as a TV Host/Correspondent for global Filipino channel ABS-CBN. www.rubyveridiano.com
Hello Northern San Mateo County community members,
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, ravaged central Philippines this past weekend. More than 10,000 people in Leyte alone are estimated dead and thousands more elsewhere are missing. Countless are homeless and hungry throughout the archipelago and are in dire need of water, sanitation, food, and safe shelter.
On Wednesday, November 13th, Bay Area Taskforce Haiyan was launched by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) with different organizations to coordinate typhoon relief efforts in the Bay Area.
As part of this bigger network, we invite organizations and individuals to join the Northern San Mateo County Taskforce Haiyan with LAYA Migrant Youth for Change and Action, Migrante-San Mateo Organizing Committee, Westmoor High School, and NAFCON.
At this event we will discuss what Taskforce Haiyan is all about, how you or your organization can get involved in the relief efforts, and how we can further gather support from the larger community.
Event is open to all groups and individuals — teachers, youth, students, professionals, workers, church groups, unions, or any concerned resident of Northern San Mateo County, Filipino or Non-Filipino alike!
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) is a mass-based women’s organization serving New York City and its surrounding areas. We connect the Filipino diaspora to the women’s struggle in the Philippines. We are women of Philippine descent, including those who are migrants, immigrants and US-born. We recognize Filipino women of mixed heritage and adoptees. FiRE is a LGBTIQ-(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning) friendly organization that is inclusive of transgender people of Philippine descent. For more information, please visit http://www.firenyc.org.
We are a proud member organization of GABRIELA-USA that is the first overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines. To learn more, please go to http://www.gabusa.org
FiRE is a member of BAYAN-USA, an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S. representing organizations of students, scholars, women, workers, and youth. To learn more about BAYAN, please visit http://bayanusa.org/
We, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) & PSU Kaibigan Alumni Advisory Board, are keeping our hearts and minds with the Filipino people who are experiencing one of the world’s strongest and most devastating typhoons this year. In times of disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos in Portland and all over the world are all thinking of our loved ones and the millions who will be displaced because of the calamity.
Currently, the Philippines is bracing itself for Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Typhoon Yolanda), a category 5 super typhoon, which is expected to displace more than 25 million Filipinos. Families are packing up anything they can and are making their way to safety. The storm is expected to make landfall over Samar-Leyte area today (11/08/13) and continue until early tomorrow morning. It is expected to go through parts of the Philippines including Leyte, Northern Cebu, Capiz, and Semirara Island. Winds are expected to reach up to 195 mph, gusts of 235 mph and a diameter of 1,150 miles as it moves west over the country. This is one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded in a storm in world history.
This storm will not only affect the Philippines, but also Filipinos across the world as many OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) who still have families back home are watching from afar. Even right here in Portland, community members are still trying to contact family and friends back home to check on their safety.
In this state of calamity, there is an urgent call for your support and assistance. Our fellow Filipinos need your prayers and your monetary donations. In the past month, we have been working with grassroots organizations in the parts of the Philippines that will be most impacted. Your donation will be sent directly to the poor and underserved who need our donations the most through organizations such as Visayas Primary Health Care Services (VPHCS), our partner organization on the ground in the Visayan region. We hope that you can join us in supporting our kababayans back home as they go through one of the toughest storms to hit the Philippines. Donations can be made through National Alliance for Filipino Concern’s (NAFCON) Paypal account at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort or you can make checks payable to PCHRP and mail to PCHRP ℅ Rossella De Leon at 5250 SE 73rd Ave. Portland, OR 97206.
It is as simple as skipping your morning coffee – that same amount can feed a family of four for at least three days in the Philippines.
Please contact Rossella De Leon at email@example.com or 503-915-7283 for any questions regarding this relief effort or ways to collaborate.
*** Please let us know by posting on this page if/once you make a donation through the link provided so that we can keep track of the total amount donated from Portland.
Join us as we raise funds for relief efforts in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan. All proceeds will to go to NAFCON USA where 100% of funds raised will go directly to relief to where it is needed most. NAFCON USA will assist in the direct transfer of monetary donations to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayan or BALSA (People’s Cooperation for the People), a national grassroots relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.
Come and share words and song on the mic. Share your thoughts, your grief, your anger, your inspiration, and your drive to rise up. In the midst of disaster, let’s emerge together in solidarity.
For more information or to sign up on the open mic ahead of time, please contact Megumi Yoshida.
Kilusan Pilipino at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA
If you are interested in donating to the Typhoon Haiyan relief fund, Kilusan Pilipino has a table outside of the DeRosa University Center. We will be here everyday from 11-2pm until December 5. Please stop by and show your support, we accept cash and card. every little bit counts! ❤️
Pictured below left to right Kevin Hernando, Rebecca Liu, Val Taylor, and Maurelle Bagus and photo credit goes to Leah Cruz
TASKFORCE HAIYAN to Coordinate Urgent Disaster Relief
San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim to Co-Chair Collaborative Grassroots Response
San Francisco — In response to the growing and urgent need to step up relief efforts for the victims of
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, civic leaders, community organizations, businesses, and faith groups
from throughout the Bay Area launch Taskforce Haiyan, to coordinate people-to-people grassroots
response to what is being touted as one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history. This local launch
is part of a US-wide effort led by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) to coordinate and
strengthen community-based relief efforts across the U.S.
WHO: Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim
Bay Area Families of Typhoon Haiyan Victims
Filipino and Faith-based Civic Leaders
WHAT: Launch of Bay Area Taskforce Haiyan
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13
TIME: 10:00 am
WHERE: Bayanihan Community Center: 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Typhoon Haiyan, slammed through the Philippines when it made landfall on November 7, 2013. The
destruction caused by the storm quickly claimed over 10,000 lives in one city alone- Tacloban City in
the province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas. Many Bay Area families with families in affected areas are still
waiting to confirm whether their loved ones have survived.
NAFCON, a volunteer-run Filipino-American alliance in 23 US cities, calls on organizations, communities,
and residents of the Bay Area to join in the grassroots relief efforts. Since 2009, NAFCON’s Bayanihan
Relief and Rehabilitation program has responded to all major typhoons and other calamities that have hit
the Philippines. 100% of the proceeds collected for relief go to those most affected and devastated, on
the ground in the Philippines.
“These last few days have been very difficult for Filipino-Americans with loved ones back home. Haiyan is
the fourth major typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, and by far the most destructive. The devastation
of poverty-stricken communities is simply beyond our collective imagination,” states Terry Valen,
NAFCON President. “There is a need to increase our efforts. That’s why we are happy to join hands with
community, labor, business, and church groups across the Bay Area and the nation to form Taskforce
Haiyan, to increase and better coordinate the aid and relief to the most devastated areas in the country.”
Anakbayan Seattle extends our deepest gratitude to everyone that supported us yesterday as we sang and played music in the heart of downtown Seattle’s Westlake Center in effort to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. Without your help, we would not have been able to raise nearly *$500 for the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns’ (NAFCON) Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation Program.
It was inspiring and uplifting to have been able to turn this idea around so quickly in less than 24 hours and mobilize the large group we had. A big thank you to the organizations of Filipino American Student Association of the University of Washington (UW FASA), the Pacific Islands Club of the University of Washington, and Pinay sa Seattle for joining the efforts.
Please join Anakbayan Seattle in coming together as a community to send love and healing to typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda survivors in the Philippines.
***NOVEMBER 13, 2013 AT 6:00PM @ RED SQUARE***
If you are not able to physically be at the vigil, please continue to keep the Philippines in your hearts as this will be a continuous relief process.
***For more information about why these natural disasters occur/how the Philippine government contributes
to worsening the immense damage the Philippines
has to endure please visit —> http://relief.anakbayan.net/
***If you are interested in donating to fund disaster relief in the Philippines please visit: http://nafconusa.org/
***100% OF ALL FUNDS THAT ARE DONATED THROUGH NAFCON WILL GO TO DISASTER RELIEF***
November 13th, 2013 is a call for International Solidarity with the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Please join us in a candlelight vigil honoring the lives lost and the people struggling to survive in wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.
Meet up at Malcolm X Plaza at 5:30pm. The vigil will being promptly at 5:45.
With the lack of government investment into Visayan livelihood, built environment and safety protocols, impoverished Filipino women have had to subsist at an atrocious level of poverty. Filipino women, at the helm of family structures, were not able to work and find the money to evacuate their families into safety or save up for emergencies such as these.
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and Fellowship for Filipino Migrants had a fundraiser at Allegretti’s Pizzaria. It was a successful event and we thank the owner (a family of ours) for opening their doors to have the venue at their restaurant. They also donated the food and drinks for the fundraising! Thanks to everyone who came and donated! And we are still accepting donations!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD
For folks in Chicago area who wants to donate:
Address cheques to: Fellowship for Filipino Migrants or FFM
Drop off cash/cheques at: Allegretti’s Pizzeria, 933 E. Oakton St. Des Plaines
Mail your cheques to: 113 Washington Rd. Glenview, IL 60025
For material donations please contact:
The images of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan are heart wrenching. They are the gaping wounds of a Philippines that has been beaten again and again by natural and not-so-natural disasters. This time the world cannot turn away. It cannot deny the suffering of the Filipino people. We are moved and compelled to open our hearts and give, but time and time again we are faced with the dilemma of which organizations or groups to support.
For me, the answer to that question is clear. I will not give my money to giant NGOs with huge overhead costs, other foreign organizations, or militaries that swoop in on these communities for a week or a month or two and then leave. When I look at images on my computer screen or my television, my eyes focus and linger on the faces of people who are hungry, homeless, and hurt because of these calamities. I do not see the faces of transnational organizations or their CEOs.
My heart is with the people. I would like my money to go there aswell. This is why I will give my time, energy, and financial support to organizations like NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) in the US that donates to BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan- Peoples Cooperation for the People) in the Philippines. These relief efforts are led and conducted by all volunteer grass roots and community organizations–organizations that are committed not only to the immediate needsof the people for relief, but the much more difficult task of rebuilding,rehabilitating, and restoring these communities with dignity and compassion. These are peoples organizations thatare built by the people in the communities in which they live. They know the conditions, the struggles, and the aspirations of people in these communities because they are therewith them.
Participating in the International Solidarity Mission in Mindanao this summer, I was surprised to see so many people in communities devastated by Typhoon Pablo still living in tents or crumblingstructures with only a piece of tarpaulin to protect them from the elementseight months after the typhoon. It was shocking to see these tents and piecesof tarp emblazoned with the names of international relief organizations likethe Red Cross and UNICEF. It washard to accept that with the millions of dollars donated by people all over theworld, that these organizations along with many other transnational NGOs wereonly able to erect tent cities and distribute plastic coverings for homes andcalled it “relief.” They are no longer there in these communities. They have wiped their hands clean. They believe they have done their jobs. Hand in hand with the broken-ness of the Philippine government’s ability to respond to the needs of the people, these organizations failed to serve the people ofthe Philippines.
Thankfully, I was able to witness peoples organizations in action. I saw their rebuilding efforts in parts of Mindanao devastated by Typhoon Pablo.Their efforts were conducted quietly and humbly; they were ongoing eight months after the disaster. They were there for the long haul. One afternoon I was able to visit an evacuation center where people sought shelter because of militarization of their villages. The center was buzzing with activity as volunteers from peoples organizations were hard at work. I did not have to stay long to see the comprehensiveness of their work–from the cooking crew to the medical team to the psychosocial team for the children. The volunteers were tireless in their efforts to not only meet the immediate needs of the people,but to also find a way for them to return to their homes and live their lives peacefully once again.
These peoples organizations know that every child, woman, and man deserves to be fed, housed, and given medical care as soon as possible. But the difference is that they also know that the relief work only feeds, houses, and treats a person for that day or a few weeks. Their work cannot and will not stop there. They work for rehabilitation and rebuilding of communities. They will take a hammer and nails and wood to create new homes, hospitals, and schools, but they will also work at building a better system–one that responds to the needs of the people, one that fights for environmental justice, one that brings hope and courage for people to fight for what they need and deserve in the face of injustice.
Our people deserve more than pieces of tarp emblazoned with the names of international relief organizations or tent cities that are supposed to replace sturdy, livable homes. They deserve more than spoiled rice after it was withheld from them by the Philippine military. They deserve more than empty promises and poor governance.
And you–people from all over the globe with big hearts who donated for a whatever reason–maybe you have family members in Tacloban or you simply turned on the television and were moved by the images you saw, you deserve more than that, too. You deserve to know that the support you offer will be delivered to the people you so care for. You deserve to know that you have not only given someone a chance to fill their bellies with a healthy meal and sleep under a roof, but in supporting peoples organizations, you have also given people a chance to participate in the (re)building of a better, brighter community and world and the hope that they may thrive again.
Donate to support Typhoon Haiyan victims at http://nafconusa.org and support peoples organizations working for typhoon relief!
Written by Theresa De Leon Jaranilla – Chairperson for Anakbayan Los Angeles
Come join Anakbayan Silicon Valley (ABSV) as we commemorate the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) this Wednesday, which has been designated as the International Day of Solidarity for Victims of Typhoon Yolanda. It was possibly the strongest storm to ever make landfall, and the estimated death count to date is over 12,000, with over 4 million families affected.
The event will take place in front of MLK Library on the corner of E San Fernando St. and 4th St. in downtown San Jose, right by City Hall and San Jose State University campus.
ABSV is a comprehensive youth organization that seeks to unite all youth in the struggle for genuine social change and liberation of the Philippines. By educating, organizing, and mobilizing the youth in Silicon Valley, ABSV fights for the rights of Filipinos in America and advances the Philippine struggle for national democracy. ABSV is a member organization of NAFCON.
Anakbayan stands in solidarity with those affected by the typhoon. We also realize that our work does not stop with relief efforts alone. While natural disasters are inevitable for the Philippines, systemic corruption in Philippine politics has exacerbated the effects of natural disasters. We believe that in addition to raising much-needed funds for our kababayan back home, we must also link arms and fight against such injustice. For more information, please visit http://relief.anakbayan.net/.
NAFCON Southern California and the Filipino Migrant Center will be holding a Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Friday November 15, 2013. It will be held at at 7:45pm in front of Grace United Methodist Church (2325 East 3rd St.) in Long Beach, CA. Monetary donations will be collected for NAFCON’s Bayanihan Disaster Relief campaign to aid disaster victims of the typhoon.
On November 8th, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, Super Typhoon Yolanda, pounded central Philippines with torrential rains and powerful winds. Just a little less than a month before this, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Central Visayas, resulting in over 200 deaths and $20 million in property damage. Many people have died in these disasters, and thousands are currently homeless. Please consider making a donation to our Nov 23rd Run for Relief and help our team support affected communities.
You can donate online at nafconusa.org (click Help Victims of Philippine Calamities Donate button), and also donate by cash or check. Please make check payable to “NAFCON” and write “5K Run for Relief” in the memo.
For any questions or comments, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for your support!
One of the biggest hip hop artists this year tweeted: “Over 10,000 people died as a result of the typhoon in the Philippians… If you want to help those affected go to nafconusa.org”. He then added later, “*Philippines…Points finger at auto correct and 6th grade teacher.”
PAWIS – Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants, ABSV – Anakabyan Silicon Valley and PASU – Pilipino American Student Union posted up in front of the new Island Pacific in San Jose to outreach and raise funds for the NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief Effort. We were able to take in cash donations and talk to people about the Bayanihan Relief Effort and how 100% of the donations will go to a trusted partner organizations in the Philippines.
November 8, 2013
Contact: Terrence Valen, NAFCON President
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns
NAFCON Ramps Up Relief Campaign as Super Typhoon Yolanda Ravages Central Philippines
The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is appealing for increased donations for its Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation Campaign to assist communities in the Philippines affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”). On November 8th, one of the strongest typhoons in recent history pounded over provinces in the central part of the Philippines resulting in massive devastation of crops and homes and loss of electricity and communication lines. Around 10 million people who live in the central Philippine islands were most at risk of a direct hit of the super typhoon. Yolanda also lashed communities in Cebu and Bohol, two cities that have yet to recover from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last month.
“I was just in the Philippines this summer when another storm hit and caused a lot of damage and I’m really not sure if my family was prepared for something even stronger and more destructive. We are hoping that they are okay, but we haven’t heard from them since electricity and phone posts were toppled by typhoon winds and powerful stormwater surges,” says Julian Jaravata of Anakbayan Silicon Valley, member organization of NAFCON. Julian has relatives in Romblon, one of the islands in central Philippines hit by super typhoon Yolanda.
NAFCON is collecting monetary donations, ensuring the fastest way of getting aid to the Philippines for what is needed most. Donations can be made through NAFCON’s Paypal account at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort. Checks can be made payable to “St. George Fontana,” and on the memo line, write: “NAFCON Bayanihan Relief” to clearly allocate it for this purpose.
NAFCON Bayanihan Disaster Relief Regional Coordinators can collect your donations or mail it to our local nonprofit partner, c/o Naida Castro at 17895 San Bernardino Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335-6155. Please, include your return address with your donation. For qualifying tax- deductible donations, please, email email@example.com for the necessary documentation. “Every year, NAFCON stays alert and ready to respond, knowing that calamities frequently threaten the livelihood of our kababayans (countrymen). The alliance knows overseas community support is important to relief efforts due to the Philippine government’s consistent inability to effectively assist victims and its culpability in contributing to the environmental injustices plaguing our country,” said Terrence Valen, NAFCON President.
For more information on regional collection centers and fundraising activities in your area, please contact NAFCON Bayanihan Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation regional coordinators nearest you or go to our website at www.nafconusa.org.
Contact: Terrence Valen, NAFCON President
Typhoon Pablo Survivors Deserve Relief, Not Repression
Filipinos Demands Justice in response to recent killing of Cristina Morales Jose
The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) demands for immediate investigation and subsequent prosecution of those responsible for the murder of Cristina Morales Jose, leader of a Typhoon Pablo survivors group Barug Katawhan, a councilor in her local town Baganga, and also a member of the progressive partylist Bayan Muna.
Jose was killed on March 4 in Davao Oriental, Philippines. According to human rights organization Karapatan in Southern Mindanao, she was killed by a motorcycle riding assassin as she was on her way home from a Barangay Council session.
According to Jose’s text message to fellow Barug Katawhan leaders, military and other local state forces threatened residents who joined the barricade that they will not be rationed food. The typhoon survivors were subjected to threat and intimidation by members of the Philippine Army. Before she was killed, Jose intended to travel to Davao City to file a complaint about the blacklisting of those who joined the protest and barricade of typhoon survivors.
“The Philippine government and its military is again the prime suspect in the gross violation of human rights. Typhoon Pablo survivors deserve compassion and support as they rebuild their livelihood not repression,” states NAFCON Midwest Coordinator Nerissa Allegretti, who visited Pablo-stricken communities early this year. “The demands of Barug Katawhan are legitimate. They have the right to food, shelter, and humanitarian aid. We condemn the repression of the typhoon survivors as they fight for these basic rights.”
In January, Jose was among those who exposed the food blockade and militarization of relief efforts by members of the Philippine Army in her town. In February, she joined more than 4,000 typhoon survivors in a 3-day barricade of the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and demanded the release of 10,000 sacks of rice that was earlier promised to typhoon survivors. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman threatened to press legal charges against leaders of various organizations involved in the barricade.
Since Typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao in December last year, NAFCON has coordinated relief in the United States to support our fellow sisters and brothers in Pablo-ravaged areas, raising relief donations and educating our local communities.
“We are not only disgusted by the Philippine government’s ineptness in preparing for these disasters and failure to distribute much-needed relief goods to affected communities. We are equally outraged that this spate of extra-judicial killings has intensified and directed not only towards the typhoon survivors but also progressive Party List members who exposed the government’s criminal neglect of its own people,” declares NAFCON President Terrence Valen.
“The hard-earned money we send back home must not be used for human rights violations, especially against those who are merely defending their basic right to land and life. We call on the Philippine government to immediately provide much-needed relief to typhoon survivors, pull out the military forces from the affected communities and stop large-scale mining by foreign and large corporations which aggravates the effects of environmental disasters,” ends Valen.###
Dear members and supporters of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON),
Mainit na pagbati mga kababayan at mga kaibigan sa US! [Warm greetings to our fellow Filipinos and friends in the US!]
Organizational and individual members of NAFCON, their supporters, and observers are invited to the upcoming NAFCON General Assembly meeting and related activities. The Assembly will be held October 10-12, 2014 in Long Beach, CA. Please make appropriate plans to send member delegates to attend and participate in our General Assembly.
The theme of this NAFCON General Assembly and the upcoming three-years is, Ipagdiwang Ang Ating Pagkakaisa! Sulong Sa Mas Maraming Tagumpay! [Celebrate Our Unity! Win More Victories!]
The General Assembly will discuss reports on the status of our national campaigns and projects and on the advances and challenges of our national alliance, elect new members to the National Council, approve our next 3-year General Program of Action, and celebrate our unity through cultural presentations. Tentatively, the schedule for the weekend gathering is:
Friday, October 10 (Until 9pm)
1pm Mobilization (Pre-Opening)
7pm Welcome Remarks & Keynote Speaker
Saturday, October 11 (Until 11pm)
9am General Assembly Business Meeting, Elections, Workshop Sessions, & Closing Remarks
8pm Cultural Solidarity Night
Sunday, October 12 (Until 6pm)
9am Interfaith Offering/Service
12pm BBQ, National Council meeting, and local tour
We look forward to your attendance and active participation. For more information, please go to the GA2014 page, e-mail the GA Secretariat (GA@nafconusa.org), or contact your regional coordinators.
Mabuhay ang Sambayanang Pilipino! Maraming salamat po,
On Monday, July 28th, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). The annual speech delivered to the Philippine congress every July is similar to the State of the Union address given by U.S. presidents in January of each year. Both speeches serve as key moments for a nation’s people to hold their president accountable to the promises they made in order to be elected.
This year’s SONA comes at a very significant time when Aquino’s main campaign promise to lead the “Daang Matuwid” or “Straight Path” against corruption is very seriously questioned. Earlier this month, the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was unconstitutional.
“Aquino’s leadership behind the DAP scandal demonstrates he has not only broken his promise to lead the ‘Daang Matuwid’ but much worse he serves as the champion of corruption in the Philippines,” said Terrence Valen president of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).
DAP, which totaled 157 billion pesos ($3.6 billion) from 2011 – 2013, was created by President Aquino under the pretense of stimulating the economy. However, in truth, Aquino used DAP as a form of “pork barrel,” or a sum of funds that were not subject to scrutiny by the Commission on Audit (COA), to bribe congressmen for their support. This bribery was achieved by funneling money to them to pay for fake development and social projects, a scam exposed last year during the “Pork Barrel” scandal. One example is during Aquino’s first two years as president, large sums of DAP funds were given as bonuses to politicians who voted to impeach former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona who ruled against the president’s family in the Hacienda Luisita Case.
Lending to the tragedy of the current scandal is the millions of victims from Super Typhoon Haiyan who more than eight months later are still without adequate relief or support from the Philippine government.
Robin Navarro who recently returned from visiting Leyte where Typhoon Haiyan hit hardest explained, “It still looks as if the typhoon just hit yesterday, rubble, uprooted trees and collapsed homes are seen everywhere you turn. Driving by different areas of Leyte you’ll see graves of children in front of the schoolyard, and in some areas you can still smell the bodies from the mass graves. There are many families without homes and food, the basic human necessities to live. The livelihoods of the people need to be restored. People there are infuriated at the Aquino administration for failing to help them. The president must be held accountable for their suffering.” Navarro is the Campaigns Chair of San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SFCHRP) a member organization of NAFCON.
NAFCON along with many Filipinos in the U.S. are very concerned with the long-standing practice of politicians, including the president, stealing public funds versus using them for the benefit of the people. Fifty percent of the $25.1 billion in remittances comes from the U.S.
“Si Aquino ay nagnanakaw sa higit 12 milyong mga OFWs na nagtratrabaho bilang mga caregivers, hotel workers, nurses, mga guro at iba pa sa ibang bansa para lang mabuhay ang kanilang mga pamilya sa Pilipinas. Habang inaangat ng mga migrante ang ekonomiya ng bansa, salungat naman ang ginagawa ni Aquino sa pamamagitan ng pagtuloy na pagnakaw sa kaban ng bayan.” (Aquino is stealing from the more than 12 million overseas Filipino migrants who work as caregivers, janitors, hotel workers, nurses, teachers, and so many other jobs to feed their families back home. While the Filipino migrants continue to hold the country’s economy up, the President does the opposite by continuously stealing the people’s money),” said NAFCON Vice-President Bernadette Herrera.
Although it is certain that Aquino will present statistics to depict the economy as improving, the increasing number of Filipinos forced to go abroad in search of work demonstrates the worsening economic situation and the diminishing job market at home. During his term the number of Filipinos leaving the country daily has increased from 2,500 in 2010 to 4,884 in 2013 according to the Philippine Labor Department. Under the current administration more than two million Filipinos left the country in search of work, the highest total in history.
NAFCON is currently engaged in an Environmental Justice campaign aimed at addressing the government policies and practices that prioritize Philippine land and resources for the benefit of foreign corporations and local politicians versus the Filipino people themselves.
“The culture of corruption that Aquino champions is also embodied in the wholesale plunder and destruction of our country’s land and wealth. The key to improving our economy is protecting, preserving, and prioritizing the land and environment for the people of our country. But minimally, we have to put a stop to blatant corruption once and for all, and we must start at the top with President Aquino himself,” said Valen.
Over the last week, three impeachment complaints have been filed against President Aquino. Although it is uncertain whether or not these complaints will be handle appropriately by the Congress, NAFCON encourages the public to continue to strengthen the growing movement to hold the president accountable by joining in activities that educate the public about the DAP scandal and the worsening situation in the Philippines as well as support the campaign for Environmental Justice.
NAFCON is an alliance of over 30 organizations spread throughout major cities in the U.S. aimed at defending and advancing the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the U.S. and around the word. For more information on NAFCON go to www.nafconsa.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.###
Relief to Rebuilding:Join the Summer Mission in the Philippines to Help Haiyan Survivors Rebuild Their Homes, Farms, and Lives
June 8th, 2014
It has been seven months since Super-Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. The survivors have courageously persevered in putting their lives back together and preserving their communities. Their endeavor to survive has been bolstered by local grassroots relief efforts and the support of NAFCON and generous volunteers and donors from around the world.
However, more than half a year later, the situation is still dire, as the country enters a new phase in the post-Typhoon Haiyan era: rehabilitation and rebuilding. Safe, sturdy housing is needed for the more than 4.1 million people who were displaced. Farmers and fishermen whose crops and boats were destroyed need to restore their land, seedlings, and farming and fishing equipment in order to regain their means of survival.
With relief from official government agencies still inadequate, NAFCON organized five Solidarity and Health Missions (SHM), sending health professionals and volunteers from the U.S. to directly attend to health needs of those in hard to reach areas. These missions served more than 100,000 survivors by providing timely relief, medical assistance, and psychosocial intervention (PSI) therapy to assist families in the healing process.
Equally important to the rebuilding effort is also protecting communities from future calamities. This effort includes holding the Philippine and local governments accountable for environmental preservation such as maintaining forests and watersheds that act as natural barriers against the massive destruction caused by flooding.
As Typhoon Haiyan survivors move into the rehabilitation and rebuilding phase and continue to pursue long-term sustainability, we invite you to support them by joining the upcoming NAFCON SHM from July 24-29. This mission will focus on distributing humanitarian assistance to Haiyan survivors, as well as activities such as rebuilding homes and farms. It will also be a key opportunity to participate in NAFCON’s campaign to further the rebuilding effort within the framework of social and environmental justice as a foundation for long-term sustainability.
Learn more about and register for SHM by going to nafconusa.org/SHM or contact the National Coordinator Eugene Gambol at (916) 296–4848 or email@example.com. We hope this will be a successful endeavor you can share with your family and community.
Terrence Valen, President – National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
In celebration of our 10th Year, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is printing a commemorative Dekada (ten in tagalog) T-Shirt. We are asking the community to help choose the design. The shirt will also include our General Assembly theme: Migrante, Magkaisa, Manindigan! (Migrants, Unite, Stand Up).
Today marks six months after Super-Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. In half a year, due to the outpour of contributions made through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) along with the perseverance of our partners and the resilience of the survivors themselves, the lives of so many have been preserved. In five solidarity and health missions we were able to send health professionals and volunteers from the U.S. to directly attend to health needs of those in hard to reach areas. In missions conducted each month that served more than 100,000 survivors, our partners on the ground provided timely relief along with psychosocial intervention (PSI) therapy to assist children and families in healing from the intense trauma of the calamity.
However, half a year later, the situation is still dire. Providing appropriate housing for the more than 4.1 million people who were displaced is a major concern. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that over 5,000 of the most vulnerable families are still living in evacuation centers and tent cities.
Assisting communities in restoring their means of livelihood is also a major challenge. The coconut industry that provided for much of the employment in the Eastern Visayas, where Typhoon Haiyan hit the hardest, suffered damages to more than 33 million trees or 72% of the total before the typhoon. OCHA also reports that nearly two-thirds of fishing communities lost their productive assets; 10,000 mainly small-scale fishing boats were lost or destroyed and 20,000 damaged.
As the 2014 typhoon season begins next month, we ask the community to continue to donate and give hope to survivors. NAFCON has maintained its endeavor to gather monetary support to sustain the much needed relief and rebuilding efforts. By doing this, we can do our part in addressing the urgent housing and livelihood needs, alongside our partners on the ground, in anticipation of the hard rains and strong winds to come.
Finally, as a part of NAFCON’s environmental justice for the Philippines or “EjforPh” campaign launched last Earth Day, our 30 member organizations throughout the U.S. are inviting the community to participate in activities that protect the Filipino people against future calamities. These efforts start with community education and awareness building regarding the deep connections between environmental preservation and preventing the loss of life. Additionally we ask to hold the Philippine government accountable for its responsibility to prioritize the welfare of its people. The current phase of the “EjforPh” campaign also includes sending more health professional and volunteers from the U.S. on solidarity and health missions to severely affected areas.
Migrante Northern San Mateo County (Migrante NSMC) and National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) hosted a community forum to commemorate International Workers’ Day, and to learn and address the various issues of the community.
The event was covered by Balitang America, too. Watch it here:
NAFCON Joins Millions in Honoring Workers and Im/migrants on May Day
On May 1st, International Workers Day, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) joins millions around the world in reaffirming that all workers and working-class peoples should be valued and treated with dignity and respect for the role they play in sustaining and moving our society forward.
The thirty organizations of NAFCON are united in addressing the current situation, in which workers are exploited and treated as commodities by the multi-national corporations and the elite who exert great influence over the economy and politics of the world. It is their prioritization of profit at the expense of the rights and welfare of workers that has driven so many to poverty in the U.S. and, to an even greater extent, in countries overseas such as the Philippines.
Such blatant disregard for what is right and humane has compelled the people of Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East to emigrate in search of livelihood to support themselves and their loved ones.
We stand with all who remain undaunted by the overwhelming challenge of fighting for a better world and remain committed to the long-term vision of a society that holds true the promise that all who labor and work honestly should receive in return a meaningful and satisfying life.
As we endeavor for this vision far ahead, we also push for immediate changes, particularly in the U.S., that would improve the conditions of its workers and the many who have migrated here.
We duly and urgently call for the following:
Dignity and Respect for all Im/migrants and Workers! Legalization for All!
It is not a crime to try to feed yourself and your loved ones. Im/migrants and workers must be given the “Dignity and Respect” they deserve for sacrificing their bonds to their homes and their loves ones in the hopes of a better future. It is wrong for Filipino workers and im/migrants from all countries to be illegalized and criminalized. All im/migrants should be able to gain legal status through a genuine and humane process that recognizes their meaningful contribution to both the U.S. and to their home countries.
We in the U.S., particularly the President and the lawmakers, must realize the adverse effects of the various U.S.-led economic agreements. Such agreements have proven detrimental to the ability of other nations to develop sustainable economies and create enough meaningful jobs for the people.
Two examples are the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has devastated the Mexican economy, and the currently debated Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), which will lead to a long list of foreseeable (and hidden) problems for the people of Asia, including the Philippines. The long history of extremely unequal trade relations embodied by NAFTA and the TPPA—in which economic superpowers like U.S. profit immensely to the severe detriment of its “partners’” economies—has perpetuated the lack of decent livelihoods and prosperous futures in migrant-sending countries. It is no wonder that migrants throughout the world are left with no choice but to leave their homes and come to places like the U.S.
Stop All Deportations Immediately
The fear of being deported and forcefully separated from family and loved ones threatens the more than 11 million human beings in the U.S. who are currently undocumented or out-of-status. In the same sense that it is wrong to criminalize a person for trying to feed his/her family, it is equally wrong and inhumane to forcefully abduct, imprison, shackle, and send someone overseas, or create conditions in which this threat is forever imminent. Deportation is wrong and must be stopped.
During his presidency, Obama has deported more people than any other president; the total number of people deported exceeds 2 million. 34,000 im/migrants are detained every night, and 1,100 are deported every day. Additionally, it has been recently reported that 300,000 Filipinos face deportation. With the lengthy legislative process for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) still held in question, we stand with the many who demand that Obama stop all deportations now and that he exercise his authority to extend “Deferred Action” to all who are undocumented.
Temporary Protected Status for All of the Philippines NOW!
We demand that the U.S. government designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the entire Philippines. This would strengthen the ability of undocumented and out-of-status workers to better participate in the rebuilding of the country after Super-Typhoon Haiyan. Deportations of workers and im/migrants, who deserve dignity and respect, are inhumane. It is even more inhumane to deport Filipino nationals back to the Philippines in the midst of its slow recovery from the humanitarian crisis caused by Haiyan.
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2014
During the event, participants of the South Bay Task Force Haiyan held a candle light vigil and prayer for the survivors and victims of Typhon Haiyan while holding signs advocating for TPS.
San Jose, CA – In anticipation of President Obama’s arrival in the Philippines, the South Bay Taskforce Haiyan held a candle light vigil last Friday evening at Welch Park expressing, with urgency, the continuing need for relief for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan and for Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all of the Philippines. The event also featured a panel with two speakers who recently returned from a typhoon relief mission in the Philippines.
Bo Redondiez, one of the panelists and President of the Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants (PAWIS), (a member organization of the South Bay Taskforce Haiyan), discussed why even nearly 6 months after Haiyan, the situation was still dire. While showing a picture of coconut trees uprooted by the typhoon, Redondiez said, “For instance, the coconut trees take about ten years to grow back and that’s one of their major economic sources over there. When they say that the Philippines is already recovered I don’t agree with that. It’s going to take so much more from the people themselves and it’s going to take so much more from us to help the people there.”
Bo Redondiez, President of the Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants (PAWIS), pointing to a photo of uprooted coconut trees while explaining how long it will take the region to recover from the typhoon.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the Eastern Visayas, where Typhoon Haiyan hit the hardest, is the third largest coconut-producing region in the country. The region suffered damages to 33 million trees or 72% of the total existing before the typhoon. As Redondiez mentioned, coconut trees require nearly a decade to grow. Therefore, the massive devastation of the region’s coconut industry will take almost ten years to recover, creating a major economic set back to the economy of the whole country.
The issue of the typhoon affecting all regions of the Philippines has been a major concern for the U.S. Government’s process of deciding on TPS for the Philippines. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of State recommended that only partial TPS be granted, limited to only Filipino nationals in the U.S. from the regions directly hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Dr. John Po, explains about the differences between medical care offered in the U.S. and in the Philippines.
Dr. John Po, who also returned from the relief mission that was hosted by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), commented on the effect of the typhoon on the whole country. Po said, “It doesn’t just merely affect the people in the region, but it affects their brothers, sisters, grandsons, grandmothers, grandfathers, and it isn’t just restricted to this area. When you think that it only affects one area, it doesn’t convey the gravity of how it can affect the rest of the Philippines especially when this isn’t going to be the only typhoon to hit the country. The Philippines has been hit with typhoons year in and year out. This isn’t something that is only going to happen once; it’s going to happen again.”
Advocates of TPS for the whole of the country contend that the U.S. must consider the total humanitarian crisis of the Philippines caused by the numerous calamities that have hit and will continue to strike the county. Since 2011, major typhoons have devastated the archipelago every year, each typhoon exceeding death tolls of over 1,000 people and property damages of billions of pesos. Each major typhoon was also more catastrophic than the one before, including Typhoon Ondoy that hit in 2009 and killed 747 people. The frequency of major calamities in the country is one reason why the World Disaster Report of 2012 identified the Philippines as the third-highest disaster risk country.
Fe Rodriguez, also a member of PAWIS, explained why she is urging the U.S. government to grant TPS, “If they are here with the money that we are sending to the Philippines we will be able to help our relatives in the Philippines especially those who have been victims by the Typhoon Haiyan. There are 300,000 Filipinos facing deportation. What will they do there in the Philippines if there are no jobs there? So it is better for them to be able to work here and be able to help. They will have peace of mind that they won’t be deported and that they can work freely here in the U.S. when they have that Temporary Protected Status.”
TPS is a temporary form of humanitarian relief the U.S. government can offer to aid in the recovery of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. If granted, TPS would provide undocumented and out of status Filipinos in the U.S. protection from deportation, authorization to work, and eligibility for overseas travel.
In addition to continuing to push for TPS for the whole country, members of the South Bay Taskforce Haiyan encourage the community to continue to support the ongoing Haiyan relief efforts of NAFCON. Those interested may do so by donating online and participating in future relief missions.
Dr. Po, who resides in Arizona explained why he chose to go, “I was given this opportunity and talent to treat people as a doctor and if there is some way that I could return a favor this is the best way I can do it and practice my profession for the greater good of the Philippines.”
South Bay Taskforce Haiyan is a NAFCON initiated network of organizations, businesses, churches, institutions, groups, and concerned individuals who were moved by compassion to extend support and solidarity to the peoples and communities of the devastated areas of the Philippines.
1. Why did President Obama visit the Philippines on April 28th and 29th?
As part of his trip in the Asia-Pacific region, two of the main reasons Obama met with President Aquino was to strengthen agreements giving foreign corporations special privileges so they have greater access to the Philippines’ abundant human and natural resources and to increase U.S. military presence in the region.
2. Why do Obama and the United States want to increase privileges for foreign corporations?
Obama and the U.S. are world leaders in pushing free trade and globalization for the benefit of multi-national corporations. This means convincing governments in the Asia-Pacific region, like the Philippines, to eliminate or reduce existing laws and policies (i.e. minimum wage laws and tariffs) that restrict foreign corporations from exploiting a country’s human and natural resources. The agreement that Obama is pushing Aquino to support is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
3. What is wrong with increasing privileges for foreign corporations?
Increasing access of foreign corporations means decreasing resources for the Filipino people. For example, U.S.-based Dole Pineapple, which has owns thousands of hectares of land in the Philippines, continues to acquire more land until this day. This process occurs at the cost of displacing thousands of Filipino families who need the land to live and grow the food they need to eat. This also applies to Philippine resources such as gold where small-scale Filipino miners cannot compete against foreign large-scale mining corporations. In the case of the mining industry, over the long run foreign corporations could legally extract all of the country’s mineral resources and pollute the surrounding area leaving the land and water toxic and unusable for generations.
4. Will increasing privileges for foreign corporation create more jobs for Filipinos?
Not the kind that Filipinos need. Increasing privileges of foreign corporations means decreasing restrictions that prevent exploitation. This means the government of the Philippines would be forbidden from ensuring foreign corporations pay wages that enables workers to appropriately feed their families. This also means limiting the ability of the government to protect workers against unsafe and inhumane work conditions. Provisions in the TPPA even allow corporations to sue the government for intervening in their business, should the government try to protect Filipino workers.
5. Why does the U.S. want to increase military presence in the Philippines?
As China continues to develop as a leading world power, the U.S. plans to move 60% of its military force including warships, troops, surveillance equipment, drones and others weapons to the Pacific region by 2020 to challenge China’s political and economic influence in the region. This move, referred to by Obama as the “Asia-Pacific Pivot”, is a shifting of military resources from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific.
6. How does increasing U.S. military presence combat China’s growth as a world leader?
In the U.S. approach to world politics, military power equates to negotiating power. The U.S. will use the indirect or direct threat of military force to pressure China to align its policies with American interests including economic policies and agreements like the TPPA.
7. Does increasing U.S. military presence protect the Filipino people from China?
No. Increased U.S. military presence escalates the conflict and puts the Filipino people at greater risk of being caught in the middle of an armed conflict between two foreign powers. The issue with China over territorial claims must be settled using diplomacy. The Philippines should not surrender its sovereignty to China or the U.S.
8. What does “increased U.S. military presence” mean for the Filipino people?
Historically U.S. military presence has resulted in many unresolved and severe violations against the rights of the Filipino people. For example the U.S. was not held accountable for the damage its warship caused to the Tubbataha reef in January 2013. Following the rape of Nicole and many other similar cases, U.S. soldiers who have committed sexual abuse have almost always been released without accountability. Ultimately increasing the presence of foreign soldiers, weapons, and nuclear materials near schools, places of work, and peoples’ homes puts at risk the health, safety, and vitality of the Filipino people.
9. Why is the Philippines important in the U.S. military strategy?
The Philippines has always been the cornerstone of U.S. military presence in Asia. The first U.S. military bases were built on the archipelago. The Philippines was the main launching pad for U.S. bomber plains during the Vietnam War. It plays a key role in the U.S. strategy today due to America’s continuing influence on Philippine politics as well as the islands’ proximity to China.
10. What does this mean for the taxpayers in the U.S.?
It means appropriating $50 million tax dollars every year for military aid to the Philippines and sending tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers to the Philippines to support and train the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) instead of allocating these funds to the budget for education, job creation, and social services in the U.S. It is also important to note that the AFP is implicated in thousands of unresolved cases of human rights violations against the Filipino people who they are supposed to protect.
11. What should I do if I do not want increased U.S. military presence in the Philippines?
Call President Obama’s office at 202.456.1111 and tell him that you do not support the TPPA and you do not want your taxpayer dollars to go toward increased military presence in the Philippines.
Unite for Environmental Justice in the Philippines
The Philippines is facing unprecedented destruction and pollution of its natural environment. Less than one million hectares of tropical rain forests in the Philippines remain, compared to 30 million hectares in 1950. At least one billion cubic meters of prime topsoil are eroded every year. Thirty percent of the rivers have died. There has been a tremendous loss of biodiversity on land and in waters and thus a drastic reduction in agricultural and marine productivity.
The Problem of Deforestation
Deforestation, together with its various consequences, is the principal ecological problem in the Philippines. Since the 1960s, many corporations in partnership with the Philippine government have expanded mines, logging, and plantations, uprooting vast tracks of land without genuine consideration of ecological balance and the social costs.
Due to the widespread denudation of the forests, the destruction of watersheds[i] and the massive siltation[ii] of rivers, the annihilation caused by typhoons and flooding has massively worsened in the past 20 years. The natural barriers that once aided communities to survive these storms have been destroyed by inhumane government policies and profit driven corporations. Thus, the greatest calamities and threat to the Philippine environment and to the Filipino people are not “natural” but are man-made.
The Role of the Philippine Government
Sadly, the administration of Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has no viable plan to address the problem of deforestation and eroding watersheds. This failure has long been cited as a condition that would lead to the massive flooding, as seen by the world during Super-Typhoon Haiyan. Most of the victims of such flooding are the fisher communities and peasants who live on riverbanks, at the foot of mountainous areas and cramped shantytowns. Consequently, Aquino also has no competent plan in place to create decent and safe housing for these thousands of residents living along riverbanks and other endangered areas.
Instead, Aquino has further developed policies that cause widespread environmental destruction. This includes decades of large-scale mining and logging; the clearing of thousands of hectares of forest land to give way to the operations of multinational plantations, real estate companies and other businesses; and indiscriminate quarrying and mining activities in rivers that aggravate siltation.
Furthermore, the Aquino administration has supported increased military presencein areas that face widespread environmental destruction. The military serves to protect the interests of corporations against efforts of the community to defend their land, livelihood, and safety. They do so by aggressively discouraging protest, harassing, injuring, and even at times killing community leaders. The government carries out these acts claiming they are conducting counterinsurgency operations; however, the military is undeniably guilty of countless human rights violations against every day citizens and community leaders.
The Role of the United States
The U.S. plays a role in both aggravating the issue of environmental destruction in the country, as well as contributing to the poor human rights record of the Philippine military.
Like his predecessors, Aquino is acting within an economic framework of globalization guided by the U.S. The U.S. exerts its influence by pushing Aquino to expand and liberalize the privileges of foreign corporations and their local partners increasing their ability to exploit the abundant human and natural resources of the country at a major cost to the Filipino people and the environment. Thus profit is prioritized over people and as a result, millions of peasants and workers are left landless and unemployed, resulting in the mass exodus of Filipino migrants abroad, including migrants to the U.S.
Secondly, the U.S. is the primary funder, trainer, and supporter of a Philippine military that is complicit with thousands of human rights violations. In fact, Aquino’s administration utilizes the U.S. Counterinsurgency Guide as the model for the Philippines own counterinsurgency plan (Oplan Bayanihan).
Toward an Environmentally Sustainable Philippines
On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is launching a campaign to unite all Filipinos and supporters to work toward environmental justice and sustainability in the Philippines. Due to Super-Typhoon Haiyan, the world has already witnessed the massive loss of life and destruction possible if we do not come together to address the environmental issues of the country.
Super-Typhoon Haiyan is not an isolated incident or a one-time occurrence. The United Nations has identified the Philippines as the third most vulnerable country to climate change. Since it is expected that major calamities hit the country on a regular basis, there is an urgent need to prepare proactively and respond effectively.
It is imperative that Filipinos, and all those who believe in a sustainable environment for the Philippines, hold accountable the Philippine government, the U.S. government, the politicians, and the corporations who are destroying the environment, increasing the people’s vulnerability to calamities, and violating basic human rights of the people.
Join NAFCON as we work toward environmental justice and sustainability in the Philippines. SIGN ONTO OUR NEWS LIST to get updates on future ways to participate that will aim to:
- Help rebuild communities and assist in rehabilitating the environment affected by climate-change disasters in the Philippines.
- Contribute to greater people’s access to livelihood and sustainable agriculture in the Philippines.
- Protect communities against further destruction of natural resources of the Philippines.
For more information on NAFCON, please visit us at www.nafconusa.org, call us at 415.333.6267, or mail us at 4681 Mission St. San Francisco, Ca. 94112. Please let us know if you are interested in attending any of our events hosted throughout the U.S. or joining solidarity and health missions to the Philippines.
We also welcome you to DONATE to our alliance and support our work.
NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the U.S. serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the U.S.
[i] Watersheds can act as a natural barrier to prevent the flow of water into communities.
[ii] Siltation is silt or fine particles polluting and severely decreasing a rivers flow and vitality.
WATCH NOW this short video featuring San Francisco legislators, immigrant workers, and children voicing their support for Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines.
1. What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the Philippines?
TPS is a temporary form of humanitarian relief the United States government can offer to aid in the recovery of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. If granted, TPS would provide undocumented and out of status Filipinos in the U.S. the following:
- Protection from deportation
- Authorization to work
- Eligibility for overseas travel
2. If granted, who would qualify?
A national of the Philippines who has been continuously physically present in the United States since the date of Typhoon Haiyan or a date to be determined by USCIS upon granting TPS.
You MAY NOT be eligible if you:
- Have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States;
-Are found inadmissible as an immigrant under applicable grounds in INA section 212(a), including non-waivable criminal and security-related grounds
-Are subject to any of the mandatory bars to asylum
-Fail to meet initial or late initial TPS registration requirements
3. How long would the benefits of TPS last?
Other countries that have been granted TPS such as Haiti and El Salvador have maintained their benefits for their nationals in the U.S. for several years with renewals of the status. Although we are not certain, the Philippines may be handled similarly based on past experiences.
4. Why should I support TPS for the Philippines?
- TPS would prevent Filipinos in the U.S. who have committed no crimes from being deported back to the Philippines, which is currently living through a humanitarian crisis wherein 4.1 million people have been displaced by the typhoon.
- TPS would strengthen the ability of undocumented and out of status Filipinos in the U.S. to send money back home and contribute to the rebuilding of the Philippines.
5. How can I support the campaign to get TPS for the Philippines?
- Call the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking for TPS for the Philippines. Dial: (202) 282-8495 then say:
“Hello. I’m (YOUR NAME), from (YOUR CITY and STATE). I am calling because it is very important that TPS be granted immediately for ALL of the Philippines.”
Over the past three months, NAFCON, with the support of your donations, has partnered with genuine grassroots all-volunteer networks to offer direct relief and rebuilding support to tens of thousands of typhoon-affected families and individuals.
FROM RELIEF TO THE SEEDS OF REBUILDING
Most recently, in Palo and Tacloban in Leyte, our partners conducted relief missions where they distributed squash and sayote in addition to relief packs. The team also provided medical assistance to 900 community members. In these areas, the prices of vegetables, including sayote and squash, have skyrocketed following Typhoon Haiyan. They currently range from P100 to P130 per kilo, these vegetables sold previously for only P20-P50 per kilo or less.
In the last month, our partners also conducted missions in the Eastern Visayas, which began sowing the seeds of rebuilding—literally. In addition to delivering 8,000 relief packs, the teams also provided construction materials and 2,000 seed packs so that affected communities could begin building shelter and planting their own crops.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO A VILLAGE
Conducting relief operations in communities with no infrastructure and lacking electricity, running water, communication, roads, and shelter requires relief teams with comprehensive skills, supplies, and equipment.
These operations also depend on thousands of volunteers from other parts of the Philippines and around the world, willing to donate their time, skills, and compassion to helping those in need. Many of the volunteers on these missions are low-income working people too, some of whom faced similar tragedies themselves, such as those from BALSA Mindanao who were impacted by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012.
THE RELIEF PACK
One of the main forms of relief is the packs which address the most immediate needs of those in affected communities. Providing this form of relief entails a massive effort that organizes the preparation and transport of food and other basic items to support several thousand families from one island of the archipelago to another.
Each relief mission provides comprehensive relief packs. For example, BALSA National missions in November and December distributed several thousand packs with:
5 kilos of rice
6 canned goods
1/2k dry fish & 1/2k monggo
1/4k salt & 1/4sugar
2 packs biscuits
YOUR GENEROSITY CULTIVATES HOPE
Our efforts together have already contributed to the immediate relief and early rebuilding of more than 50,000 families. Your generosity has helped to heal broken limbs, feed starving people, and shelter families. Your kindness also symbolizes international solidarity and hope for the people of the Philippines. By donating through NAFCON, your support, united with thousands of volunteers and grassroots, people-to-people organizations, demonstrates the power of our collective humanity and our international solidarity and hope for the people of the Philippines. Together, we have coursed 100% of NAFCON’s proceeds directly toward providing relief. Below is an example of how NAFCON donations were used in November and December.
TOGETHER WE CAN
The more than thirteen million people impacted by Typhoon Haiyan have been doubly victimized, both by the typhoon and by government neglect. We must continue our support. The need for rehabilitation and rebuilding will continue for years to come, and we know that the people’s perseverance, in conjunction with genuine solidarity, will succeed.
Please, continue to support and join NAFCON’s efforts to rebuild the Philippines. We encourage you to participate in ongoing Solidarity and Health Missions and contribute first-hand to offering hope. For more information visit us at www.nafconusa.org, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 415.333.6267. You can also find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/nafconusa.
SF Supervisors, organizations, and residents calling for TPS prior to vote on resolution.
San Francisco, CA – On Tuesday, February 11, on the 3-month mark of Super-Typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines, San Francisco legislators along with dozens of Bay Area residents and organizations mobilized on City Hall to call for Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines (TPS). The action culminated with a unanimous vote, amongst the eleven Board of Supervisors, to pass a resolution calling for the U.S. government to grant TPS for the Philippines.
Harold Butanas, a victim of human trafficking that participated in the mobilization and who does not have work authorization explained why TPS is important to him, “My entire neighborhood was wiped out. My house is gone. Without TPS, I cannot work and send money back to help support my family.” Butanas has a wife and kids living in the Philippines and is their primary source of livelihood.
Supervisor Avalos who co-authored the resolution added, “There is still so much devastation in a country that needs the support of its own people including the many people who are here as immigrants, who are workers, who are often working undocumented and who want to be able to stay here and contribute to our local economy and also contribute to the rebuilding effort in the Philippines. Granting TPS will aid the Philippines which is reeling from 4.1 million people who are have become homeless as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.”
TPS, if granted, provides Filipino nationals protection from deportation, authorization to work, and eligibility to travel. The measure is a humanitarian provision of U.S. immigration law offered to countries that can no longer receive deportees due to national instability caused by war or natural calamities such as Super-Typhoon Haiyan.
TPS is an administrative measure that does not require congressional approval. Although the authority to grant TPS resides with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it has communicated that it will not do so without a positive recommendation from the Department of State (DOS) who is expected to make its decision within the next week.
Throughout the U.S., a national movement has formed to push for TPS to be granted. In Washington D.C., participants of this movement have met with representatives from DHS and have been informed that one argument against TPS being granted is a concern that the entire country of the Philippines is not affected.
Priscilla Cacho, a member of Migrante Northern California, whose family is from one of the hardest hit areas said, “It is ridiculous to think the typhoon only affected one area. My family had to move from Dulag, Leyte to Manila.” Cacho’s comment refers to the need of areas such as Manila that were not completely destroyed to absorb the millions who were displaced by the typhoon.
Jun Cruz, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) Public Information Officer commented, “The 4.1 million Filipinos that were displaced sadly doubles the total that were left homeless due to the Haitian earthquake in 2010. Just like Haiti, the Philippines should be granted TPS immediately.”
Alicia Largo, from La Collectiva, an organization of domestic workers said in support, “We as Latinos would like to support the Filipino Community because they are very kind, very accessible, friendly and hardworking people that deserve similar treatment that Latinos have been given in this country like Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras that have been granted TPS also. Yes we can!”
Supervisor Kim who also co-authored the resolution said, “Yes they can. Washington D.C. can definitely designate the Philippines for TPS as they have done for many other countries. The Philippines is absolutely deserving.” Kim continued highlighting her opposition to all deportation in general, “We should not be deporting any of our residents. No more deportations. Stop separating our families.”
Currently in the U.S., there are more than 1 million undocumented Filipinos. A little less than one half or around 400,000 is expected to be eligible for TPS if it is granted. Various qualifications are required to avail of TPS, including paying fees, being free of felony convictions, and registering during a set period of time. TPS is also temporary and is not a path to citizenship.
Organizations that participated in the rally include, the Migrante Northern California, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), Filipino Community Center, (FCC), Filipino American Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ), Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC), La Collectiva, Soma Action Community Network (SOMCAN), Active Leadership to Advance the Youth (ALAY), League of Filipino Students (LFS) and Mckinley Elementary School.
As a part of the national movement, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) recently issued a letter urging DOS to grant TPS for the Philippines. CAPAC is comprised of Members of Congress who are committed to addressing the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community including forty member of congress. Nineteen senators have also joined the recent effort issuing a similar letter.
For more information on TPS or NAFCON, go to www.nafconusa.org or call Jun Cruz at 415.333.6267. ###
Three Months after Haiyan, Affected Communities Call for Justice
Sr. Edita Eslopor, a Catholic Nun and chairperson of “People Surge,” a newly formed alliance of Haiyan survivors demanding the government to provide justice including effective relief and an end the “No Build Policy” which is forcing residents off their land into substandard bunk houses.
Despite the outpouring of support and massive grassroots mobilization to provide immediate relief to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, there continues to be an overwhelming need for greater support and effective rehabilitation.
Reports from the ground depict homes, buildings, schools, town centers, and hospitals still smashed with materials scattered in every direction. Rows upon rows of people beg for food along the highways. Food, water and everything else are scarce. At night kerosene lamps illuminate heaps of scrap wood and tin roofs as makeshift shelters with people huddled for light, heat and consolation. Months after being hit by the storm, things are far from recovered.
One of the Typhoon survivors, Sr. Edita Eslopor, from the Order of Saint Benedict explained, “If you are in Tacloban now, with all the debris and piles of garbage around the city, you will think that the Typhoon only happened yesterday.” Eslopor is now the chairperson of “People Surge,” a newly formed alliance of typhoon survivors seeking justice.
In addition to feeling abandoned by their government, those in affected communities such as Tacloban are feeling doubly victimized, first by the typhoon and then by the Aquino administration’s neglect for their livelihood and social welfare. Typhoon survivors are appalled at the government’s broken promise to provide effective relief and the administration’s recent moves to implement a “No Build Zone” which is forcing communities off of their land into substandard bunkhouses.
Typhoon survivor holds up sign saying “Continue to give relief” in Visaya.
Rowena Berio, a 36 year-old mother of five and Haiyan survivor from Tacloban City, who is without any shelter or source of livelihood said angrily, “Help from government? What government? The only help we get is from the international organizations.”
Patrick Escalona, another typhoon survivor of Tacloban City said, “We are homeless, jobless, hungry and sick. Our children cannot go to school yet. If the government can easily allocate pork barrel funds for congressmen and the President, there is no reason why the same government can not provide immediate monetary relief for us victims.”
Escalona referred to the Pork Barrel scandal where government officials, through the creation of fake non-governmental organizations and sham local development projects, embezzled trillions of Philippine taxpayer pesos. While congressional pork barrel has been declared unconstitutional, President Aquino, who holds the largest allocation at P1.4 trillion ($32.053 billion), has fought aggressively to keep his share.
After enduring for more than two months deprivations in food, shelter and medicines, more than 12,000 residents of Leyte and Samar converged on devastated Tacloban to express their indignation against the agonizing inaction of the national government.
Uniting to demand justice for all Haiyan victims and to assert their right to food, housing, livelihood and social services, the People Surge alliance organized a vigil and protest bringing together 12,000 typhoon survivors together in Eastern Visayas State University. The massive number of attendees at the protest counter the results of a recent Social Weather Stations survey giving Aquino “very good” satisfaction ratings from Haiyan survivors.
In support of People Surge, Terrence Valen, NAFCON President, declared, “The international community has shown its love for the Philippines with the generous outpouring of support and millions in monetary and material support. Now we must continue to build on this solidarity by demanding justice for all typhoon victims. The communities in the Philippines can never rebuild unless we compel the Philippine government to end its corruption and genuinely prioritize the needs of its people.”
In the coming months, NAFCON will be launching its campaign for environmental justice to address the ecological crisis caused by widespread deforestation, mining, and other forms of environmental plunder that have made natural calamities in the Philippines so much more frequent and devastating.
For more info on NAFCON go to nafconusa.org, call our national office at 415.333.6267, or email email@example.com. ###
Local students and teachers raise funds and awareness for Typhoon Haiyan relief
By Jean Bartlett
Pacifica Tribune Correspondent
Posted: 01/28/2014 05:03:31 PM PST |Updated: a day ago
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, ripped across the central Philippines, leaving heartbreak and tragedy in its wake. Over 6,000 died, more than 27,000 were injured, 1,800 are still unaccounted for, and 3.9 million people have been displaced.
In the first few days following the aftermath, members of Oceana High School’s Kapamilya Club hit the ground running, talking to students during breaks and at lunch about Haiyan. As described on their facebook page, the Kapamilya Club is “for any student interested in learning more about the Filipino culture, history, and current community issues.” The club is connected with the larger community beyond Oceana, including with members of the local Pilipino Youth Coalition — San Mateo County (PYC-SMC) at the Liwanag Kultural Center in Daly City.
Through collaboration between Kapamilya and Interact Club, Penny Wars was initiated at Oceana to raise funds for Haiyan relief. Running from November through mid-December, and combined with funds raised through visual art/performing art teacher Graham Cruickshank’s open mic fundraiser “FAME,” Oceana students donated $1,504.54 for Typhoon Haiyan relief. In addition, Kapamilya got the word out on the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).
Formed in 2003, NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. Active in 23 U.S. cities, since 2009, NAFCON has responded to all major typhoons and other calamities that have hit the Philippines. Consistently given the highest marks for their supportive and productive disaster relief, on November 13, NAFCON launched the Bay Area Taskforce Haiyan.
Made up of Bay Area civic leaders, community organizations, businesses and faith groups, Taskforce Haiyan is a coordinated people-to-people, grassroots response to what has been described as one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history. Through Kapamilya’s informational handouts on NAFCON, in-kind donations of clothing, medical/first aid supplies, and canned food were collected via drop-off in a centralized Oceana classroom. Kapamilya has also been participating in the efforts to build a San Mateo County chapter of Taskforce Haiyan along with many Westmoor High School students and staff, Skyline College students and staff, and community organizations like Laya in Daly City, and Migrante-San Mateo Organizing Committee.
To date, Taskforce Haiyan has raised over $730,000, of which $330,000 is from California alone. Taskforce Haiyan of Northern San Mateo County has raised over $25,000. All money raised has been wired directly to Taskforce Haiyan/NAFCON’s partner organization in the Philippines, BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan — Peoples Cooperation for the People). BALSA is a national grassroots relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.
Because of scandals of misappropriated funds in past disaster efforts, experts have warned that post-disaster reconstruction in the Philippines needs to be transparent. (Following the severe impact of Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines in September of 2009, Rev. Benjamin Alforque, NAFCON president commented, “The real catastrophe is not the typhoon but the government neglect and corruption that led to the overwhelming number of avoidable casualties.”)
Bay Areans report that Taskforce Haiyan is going “above and beyond” to address concerns about transparency regarding relief efforts.
“NAFCON/Taskforce Haiyan and BALSA have worked to provide an alternative avenue to provide relief efforts,” said Sergio Robledo-Maderazo, Oceana High School chorus director and humanities teacher, “especially ones that focus on providing direct relief to the affected communities. Beyond the initial ‘relief’ stage, Taskforce Haiyan is organizing long-term to support the ‘rebuilding’ stage as well as to raise awareness about the needs to better prepare the country for future natural disasters. This includes pressuring the Philippine government to ensure that resources are allocated effectively in the future and that they are done so in a more transparent way.”
The meetings of Taskforce Haiyan of Northern San Mateo are ongoing. The last meeting was held at St. Martin Episcopal Church in Daly City. They will do relief missions to the Philippines throughout the year.
“We are especially interested in supporting efforts to rebuild the educational infrastructure of affected communities,” said Robledo-Maderazo, “since most attendees have been teachers and students from Jefferson Elementary School District, Jefferson Union High School District and Skyline College.”
Let your hair down after hours with art, cash bar refreshments, a special tea tasting courtesy of ATELIER DION and Song Tea, and music by P-Play of Honey Soundsystem. Get the insider’s perspective on “Proximities 3: Import/Export” with curator Glen Helfand, who’ll be giving an in-gallery talk.
Some of the artists will also be in attendance. And of course, our collection galleries will be open as well. This is our final “Proximities” exhibition, so let’s celebrate it in style before its closing on Feb 23.
►More on the special tea tasting:
Inspired by the exhibition themes of commerce and exchange, Jay and Rie Dion (the husband and wife team behind ATELIER DION) have produced a limited edition tea cup making its debut at this event. It’ll then be made available to participants in exchange of a donation to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, supporting Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
►About Proximities 3: Import/Export http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions_index/proximities
The concept that almost everyone on the planet touches something that is conceived, mined, manufactured, routed, or outsourced in Asia informs this final installment of our contemporary art series, “Proximities.” Bay Area artists Rebeca Bollinger, Amanda Curreri, Byron Peters, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Leslie Shows and Imin Yeh examine ways in which mass production, raw materials and economies of trade contribute to impressions of Asia.
The SALO Project is a series of Traveling Underground Pop-up Dinners featuring Regional Filipino Cuisine touring to the 50 States of America over the course of 50 weeks.
Why the SALO Project?
The main goal of this project is to create and raise awareness of Filipino cuisine and to highlight Filipino food by focusing on the flavors of its three regions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; also by providing a unique social dining experience with my underground, pop-up dinners throughout America.
Filipino cuisine has been an underdog compared to our Asian neighbors. My quest to bring Filipino food to all 50 states is to broaden people’s palate and bring to light a new cultural social dining experiment experience.
These dinners will encourage the adventurous to experience the other side of the (usual and conventional) dining experience. SALO dinners bring together a group of culinarily curious strangers around a common table and encouraged to abandon the standard way of eating, through the absence of tableware.
This project also heightens the value of passionate home cooks. Julia Child brought over her passion for French cuisine to America and encouraged people to cook more. I aim to do the same, but with Filipino cuisine.
A portion of my 50-state dinner proceeds will be donated to the contingency relief plan for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines via Nafconusa.org.
How am I doing the SALO Project?
I gave up my lease in New York, sold all my belongings and whittled it down to one backpack, my knives and a bicycle. My good friend, Cassandra Sicre, a filmmaker and producer, will be coming with me for the entire year’s worth of adventure to document every moment from start to completion.
My plan is to make this a very minimal-impact journey. We will be traveling by bus and/or train. We will be couch-surfing at people’s houses who are willing to host us. We will be relying on the innate goodness and kindness of strangers.
I will be tailoring my menu according to what is local and seasonal in each state. I will be compiling state-specific recipes and making a mini-cookbook for each state. This will help the diners to recreate the dishes from the dinner with the ingredients that they have locally.
How can you help?
For investing in me and my epic journey, my gift to you is a documentary – a story on how Filipino food can build community and transform 50 states.
The money that we raise from this will be used for travel, event production and documentation and to help us finish this project in 50 weeks.
Also, I would appreciate spreading the word to find hosts, diners and spaces. You can help connect me with them through www.thesaloproject.com or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is SALO?
SALO, in my native language of Tagalog, is a derivative of the word “Salu-salo” meaning big party or gathering. SALO, with a different inflection, may mean “catch”. Hence, my tagline: To catch and to gather.
I started SALO because I missed the flavors of home. I grew up in a city called Iloilo, in the island of Panay in the Philippines. Even after 9 years and 2 coasts, I still cravedwhat home tastes like. So I decided to recreate them by hosting underground dinners featuring the flavors of all three regions of the Philippines.
SALO is presented in a way that Filipinos traditionally (and I personally) eat Filipino food: Kamayan Style. Kamayan means to eat with your hands. Food is served on banana leaves with no utensils, heaped in a pile in the middle of the table and everyone sits around and digs in. I believe food tastes so much better when your taste buds are coupled with your tactile senses and you are sharing the experience with other people. There’s a direct relationship with the food and its consumers.
Here are some links that would give you a glimpse of what SALO is about:
As Filipinos, we value the culture of sharing and gathering together. SALO is my way of bringing people together who otherwise wouldn’t know one another if not for their curiosity and love for Filipino food.