Typhoon Haiyan, aka Typhoon Yolanda, disaster relief efforts

OWI - Typhoon Haiyan needs OWI

NaFFAA Region 8 Report – Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

By Lorna Dietz, Regional Chair

NaFFAA Region 8’s (Northern CA) board and members are involved with their partnering organizations’ fundraising and relief efforts. We are using our NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group’s expertise in viral communications to highlight ongoing efforts in IMMEDIATE disaster relief efforts that are spearheaded by the private Berkeley-based health and education foundation, http://theoneworldinstitute.org, through Facebook and twitter, doing “shout-outs” about where the latest relief efforts are being done — and asking friends to communicate with [email protected] to point out which areas have not yet been reached and served by relief groups.

QUOTED from Yolanda O. Stern, president of OWI: “Your donations at this time will go for Food and water because we are trying to prevent starvation, thirst and death from both. In a few days there would be an outbreak of cholera. In 21-30 days there will be an outbreak of leptospirosis. Dengue may be imminent. Then children and the old will begin to dehydrate from diarrhea due to  unsanitary conditions and e. coli and other bacterial contamination. Many will die as what is happening in the other shelters.”

Your $100 contribution feeds 40 families per day. OWI buys goods at discounted and wholesale prices, and mobilizes relief missions together with partnering organization, IPI Foundation (whose sister, the for-profit IPI, is renowned as the makers of Omega Pain Killer and Bioderm) and other partners. Hurry and donate via PayPal at www.TheOneWorldInstitute.org. Your tax deductible donations will be matched by a private donor up to $20,000, really badly needed now.

If you are sending donations to the Philippines, please follow the guidelines found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/184196227/One-World-Institute-Nov-13-2013-Newsletter-about-Typhoon-Haiyan-Yolanda-disaster-relief-efforts

If you are sending goods, Philippines Drop off: #17 A, Aces Bldg., Manuela Ave. Manuela Subdivision, Las Pinas City, Philippines

+63 917 345-6140 Fai; +63 922 898-8131

The One World Institute Inc.: ««« OPERATION SAVE LIVES »»»
US PH 501C3

PAYPAL DONATE: http://bit.ly/HZF6eY
FACEBOOK: http://on.fb.me/1j69f8C
URL: http://theoneworldinstitute.org/

Photo  by Ian Atienza.

One World Institute – Nov. 13, 2013 Newsletter about Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster relief efforts by Lorna Dietz

NaFFAA Region 8 also supports the efforts of Rudy Asercion (NaFFAA Region 8 San Francisco chapter chair) at West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center. “West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center opens its doors as a drop off point for anyone interested in donating food and medicine to victims of typhoon Yolanda. The Center is located at 175 7th Street in Downtown San Francisco. Please call 415 431 6266 for inquiries.”

The DREAM Act: Jose Antonio Vargas asks us to DEFINE AMERICAN

Please check in with us regularly for upates about the DREAM Act.

We encourage every city to pass a Resolution that supports The DREAM Act.

If you have out-of-the-box ideas regarding how we can all help out, please email Jose Pecho at [email protected] or Lorna Dietz at [email protected]


Filipina Council member, Pat Gacoscos, in Union City, is requesting the members of the City Council to support the DREAM Act on June 28, 2011 at the Council meeting. The Hayward City Council, she wrote, had passed a resolution in May 2011.

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define AMERICAN

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define AMERICAN

A Community Hall at Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, builds community

Ben Menor, Santa Clara County’s chair at NaFFAA Region 8, and Clarence Madrilejos, the County’s NaFFAA vice-chair, are very busy community coordinators and community developers, with Milpitas’ newest Filipino-centric mall, Seasons Marketplace at Landess, foremost in their collaboration activites and projects. As Seasons’ community developer and E-2010’s “intergenerational leadership in succession planning” champion, Ben explains why a coordinated event schedule in the Filipino American community is a practical, efficient, & collaborative solution. For The Community Hall’s Bulletin Board, go to Ben’s Season’s Marketplace at Landess blog at http://bit.ly/gMwDyF.

In a message to his friends and fellow advocates, Ben said:

This first year of “Building Community at Seasons Marketplace” will offer several programs and activities that will engage your senses — complementary to your shopping and dining experiences. We would like to hear your ideas, too! Email me at [email protected]. The website: http://www.theseasonsmarketplace.com/

You will also be meeting our Community Partners during future events, among them, Seafood City, ChowKing, Xoom.com., and GMA Pinoy TV & GMA Life TV If you are interested in being one of our community partners, please email me.

‘Tis the season for giving — and there’s no place like Seasons Marketplace to make your thoughtful gestures count.

The following videos were taken by members of the NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group (Lorna Dietz and Ben Menor) on October 24, 2010.

Philippine Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr. gave a 20-minute talk (shown in two parts) about the methods and strategies that would provide a “continuum of Filipino leadership” in coordinating the yearly events. The reality for the local Filipino American community is that our Consulate officials come and go (the nature of their work) — so as a community, we need to formally set up an infrastructure and process that is able to work effectively and efficiently with the Philippine Consulate General’s office.





The shortened link of this Scribd.com form is http://scr.bi/eFRrrH.

Event and Activity Announcements,The Community Hall at Seasons Marketplace at Landess

Technology in Empowerment – E-2010: NaFFAA 9th Live! on UStream on Nov. 20


Our gratitude to our techie gurus whose collaborative experiments in bringing E-2010 accessible to NaFFAA members, affiliates, and supporters worldwide succeeded! We’ve embedded a few videos at a time. Enjoy!

Grace Esteban
Ben Greer
John Juan
Ryan Aldana

Ben Greer, aka PhotoBen750, made the videos available to our online audience. You can also view the videos on your droids and i-phones.

NaFFAA on USTREAM: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/naffaa

AT THE JACINTO “TONY” SIQUIG NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER – NOVEMBER 19, 2010 at the Welcome Reception: A Legacy of Pride”


With Genevieve Jopanda, Session Moderator. We started off with a hip-hop performance from Soulciety!

Meet the YP’s!



Featuring: Kirk Dizon, Nancy Harrington, Cristina Serrano, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Yolanda Ortega Stern, Ph. D. among others.

November 17, 2010

Hello, everyone! Thank you to our techie gurus who helped put this together. Our 9th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference will be accessible online — and your smart phones! If you are not able to make it this weekend, you will still be able to participate. Let’s thank Grace Esteban, John Juan, Ben Greer, and other members of our delegate-volunteer team.

Since this is still in the experimental stages, please bear with us as we keep on experimenting. The plan is for Grace to use an HD webcam to capture the proceedings — and then we can embed the edited videos online. Great documentation for our institutional memory.

Go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/naffaa.


For Oct. 24, 2010, from 4:30pm-6:00pm: You’re invited to celebrate Filipino American History Month at a Community Forum, Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, CA

Check out The #NaFFAA Daily newspaper built from all the articles, blog posts, videos and photos shared on Twitter using the hashtag: #naffaa. NaFFAA Voices for Empowerment daily newspaper (based on @NaFFAAVoices tweets) is coming soon!

What: “Isang Diwa” (One Spirit) Community Forum, Celebrating Filipino American History Month
When: Sunday, October 24, 2010
What Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Where: Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Room 112
1535 Landess Avenue
Milpitas, CA 95035

Your Host: Seasons Marketplace at Landess
Your Community Coordinator: National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Santa Clara County Chapter (Region 8/Northern CA) * Ben Menor – County Chair * Clarence Madrilejos – County Vice-Chair

Our Special Guest of Honor: The Honorable Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., Philippine Consul General-San Francisco.

Merienda will be served.

Limited Seating. Please RSVP by October 21, 2010 to [email protected] (Ben Menor).

This is an initial step for coordinating, collaborating, and sharing the community-based organizations’ Filipino American Community Event Calendar in Santa Clara County. If you have “Save the Date” events that your organization would like to share for the upcoming holiday season and for 2011, please email us at [email protected]

“Meet and Greet” the Merchants of Seasons Marketplace and Introductions.
Website: http://www.TheSeasonsMarketplace.com
For previous media coverage, click here: http://www.filipinasmag.com/?tag=seasons-marketplace
Map and Directions: http://bit.ly/cQPKjc

Thank you — and see you at the Seasons Marketplace!

Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, CA

Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, CA

RELATED VIDEOS: We searched for avaliable youtube videos. If we are not able to feature all the merchants due to the limited time in posting this entry, please email us at [email protected] so we can update this entry and include your youtube video.

A Presidential Visit

Seafood City


Chow King

Max’s Restaurant


E-2010: 9th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference’s theme is “Building the next generation of community advocates.” Click here to enter the E-2010 blog for more information. Please join us on November 19-21, 2010. Ben Menor chairs the E-2010 Organizing Committee. The early bird registration rate has been extended to October 31, 2010. Details about sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available here. Baylan Megino is E-2010-NaFFAA R8’s special events coordinator.

Emergency Preparedness: Information & Tips You Can Use


September 10, 2010 at 5:17pm

From Keesa Ocampo:

**BAY AREA BENEFIT is in the process of organizing a blood drive in the next few weeks. Please stand by for announcements. (www.bayareabenefit.org)

In the meantime, Blood Centers of the Pacific has an immediate need is for O negative donors and are asking that non O- donors schedule an appointment for the upcoming week. Additionally, we are asking that donors review the attached eligibility guidelines order to review the qualifications before coming into a center.

Irwin Center San Francisco
SF Downtown Center San Francisco
Peninsula Center Millbrae
Marin Center San Rafael
North Bay Center Fairfield
Call: 888.393.GIVE (4483)
Website: http://bloodcenters.ehclients.com/
Addresses for blood center sites: http://bloodcenters.ehclients.com/blood-donation/donation-locations/

September 10, 2010 at 3:00pm

From: Fiona Ma
CA Assembly Speaker pro Tempore

Dear Lorna,

San Bruno Disaster Relief

Shelter, food, crisis counseling

Red Cross Shelter at San Bruno
Veterans Memorial Recreation Center
251 City Park Way (at Crystal Springs Road)
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 616-7180

Secondary Shelter:
Receiving Center at Church of the Highlands
1900 Monterey Dr., San Bruno
(650) 873-4095


San Bruno Emergency Hotline
(650) 616-7180

The city of San Bruno is asking residents who were evacuated to let Red Cross officials know they’re safe by calling this number.


This is a Red Cross website.


Please call your homeowner’s insurance agency or the California Department of Insurance 1-800-927-4357


All San Bruno Park School District schools will be closed Friday. Capuchino High School in San Bruno, which announced earlier that it would open, will also be closed. For further questions please call (650) 624-3100


Tanforan PETCO, (650) 589-3757
1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno
Owners can drop off small animals from 9am to 9pm


12 Airport Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone 650.340.7022
Fax 650.348.7891


Red Cross
Best way to help is by giving money online at the Red Cross’ website at http://www.redcross.org/

1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722)

1-888-393-GIVE (4483)
Type O will be needed. People urged to wait until next week to donate

Last evening’s high-pressure natural gas explosion in San Bruno has destroyed numerous homes, displaced dozens of residents, and tragically taken the lives of at least four individuals. My heart goes out to all who are affected.

While the cause of the explosion of the PG&E-owned natural gas line is currently under investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), right now the top priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of those who survived the initial blast and ensuing fire.

On that note, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the emergency crews, firefighters, and other first responders who have been helping residents affected by this emergency since immediately after the initial explosion.

For those who need assistance and live in the affected area, or have friends or relatives who do, it is recommended to contact the Red Cross Disaster Help Line at 650-259-1750. You may also call my District Office at 415-557-2312 for assistance. Another option is to call 2-1-1 for information and referrals of services.

If you do not live in the affected area but would like to help those who do, one of our highest priorities right now is ensuring a constant supply of blood to treat those injured by the fire. If you are interested in giving blood, please call 888-393-GIVE or visit www.bloodcenters.org. For other ways to help, please visit the Red Cross’ local Bay Area website at www.redcrossbayarea.org.

Thank you for helping our neighbors in their time of need.


Fiona Ma
CA Assembly Speaker pro Tempore

Oct. 15, 2009: A Vital Review of the Philippines Disaster Management Story – Issues and Challenges

From Lorna Dietz – Editor’s Note: I just received a re-tweet (Twitter.com) from my sister, Noemi Dado, that Manolo Quezon (or Manuel Quezon III) had tweeted about the THE PHILIPPINE DISASTER MANAGEMENT STORY: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES. Published October 2001 by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center.

For the newly-formed San Francisco-based Philippine Disaster Relief Coalition, this is very timely information.

Here it is.



Oct. 7-9, 2009 – Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) Disaster Relief Updates from San Francisco

To read Oct. 2-5 updates, click here.
To read September 30 updates, click here.

This posting is updated as fast as we can humanly possible. Thank you for your patience.



Updates from Keith Kamisugi (through Odette Keeley of New America Media):

The highlights:

Tonight, Friday, October 9, 2009 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m.

* Senator Leland Yee, Assemblymember Jerry Hill, S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, AC Transit Board Member Joel Young, S.F. City College Board Member Steve Ngo and Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano Paynor, Jr. are expected to attend.
* Proceeds will be donated to ABS-CBN Foundation for the typhoon victims.
* Event chair Keesa Ocampo will be available on-site for interviews.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, S.F. Dist. Attorney Kamala Harris, S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Serve as Honorary Co-Hosts of Oct. 9 Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana. Honorary co-hosts also include S.F. Assessor Phil Ting, S.F. school board vice-president Jane Kim and member Hydra Mendoza; more than 20 community organizations part of event coalition.

SAN FRANCISCO (Revised Oct. 9, 2009) – A coalition of community leaders and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area have teamed up to help raise awareness and funds on behalf of more than 700,000 people displaced as a result of the floods that inundated 80 percent of Metro Manila in the Philippines last week. Typhoon Ketsana (known in the Philippines as Ondoy) claimed the lives of hundreds of Filipinos in the worst such calamity in the region’s history.

WHAT: Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)
WHEN: Friday, October 9, 2009 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Program at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Lot 46, 46 Geary Avenue, San Francisco, Calif.
WEB: http://hapihour.org/ondoy – for radio/audio, BayAreaBenefit.org should be used.
EDITORS: Event chair Keesa Ocampo and other organizers are available for interviews.

The event will be hosted by Aimee Allison, host of KPFA’s Morning Show with featured DJs Chief Xcel of Blackalicious, DJ Big Rich, DJ Romeo and peformances by Kristine Sinajon, Gabe Bondoc and Patrick Landeza.

The “Benefit for Victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)” is supported by a number of elected officials serving as honorary co-hosts, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee, Senator Leland Yee, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, Assemblymember Jerry Hill, SF. Mayor Gavin Newsom, S.F. District Attorney Kamala Harris, S.F. Assessor Phil Ting, S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, S.F. Board of Education Vice-President Jane Kim, S.F. Board of Education Member Hydra Mendoza, AC Transit Board Member Joel Young and S.F. City College Board Member Steve Ngo. Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano Paynor, Jr. is also an honorary co-host.

Community organization partners for the event include: ABS-CBN Foundation-USA, Asian American Bar Association, Asian American Journalists Association, SF Chapter, Asian Business League, Bay Area Asian Pacific American Legislative Staffers, Bliss Entertainment, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Citizen Hope, Clubworks, DineForChange, Drink for a Cause, Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce Santa Clara, Filipina Women’s Network, Filipino American Arts Exposition, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, hapihour.org, Inspire Hope Institute, Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, Philippine American Press Club USA, Philippine Consulate General – San Francisco, San Francisco Fil-Am Jazz Festival Community, San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee, Soulciety.org and Young Filipino Professionals Association.

Organizers are requesting a $20 donation at the door. Proceeds will be donated to the ABS-CBN Foundation, which has served over 100,000 families to date. Advance tickets available, as well as complete event and contact information, at http://hapihour.org/ondoy.

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From: Jacqui Conclara
Date: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Dear Friends in the Fil-Am Media,

Please find attached the latest press release on LBC’s Typhoon Ondoy Project. Starting October 8, LBC can no longer accept donations containing used clothing in behalf of the Typhoon Ondoy victims.

Sincerely, Jacqui

Jacqueline P. Conclara
Coordinator, Marketing Dept.
LBC Mundial Corporation/LBC Foundation
363 East Grand Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel. No. (800) 338-5424, ext. 3040
Fax No. (866) 647-3561


Contact: Patricia G. Garcia/Jacqueline P. Conclara
Tel. No. (650) 876-0410; 1-800-338-5424, ext. 3024/ext. 3040
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]


South San Francisco, Calif. – By virtue of Republic Act (RA) 4653, which was passed in 1966, LBC Mundial Corporation (LBC USA) can no longer accept donations of used clothing in behalf of the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) beginning October 8.

LBC was informed of this directive from the Philippine government only last October 7 at a community meeting at the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in San Francisco.

The meeting, organized by local Filipino community leaders, was held to discuss fundraising activities for the families affected by typhoon Ondoy.

“Used clothing as donations is prohibited under Republic Act No. 4653, thus the Bureau of Customs can seize/apprehend said importation,” stated a letter to the community from Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr.

The letter further explained that “donations in kind (except used clothing) shall be exempted from custom duties and taxes provided that these are directly addressed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.”

LBC wants to apologize to all individuals and Fil-Am organizations that have shown their solidarity to their “kababayans” affected by the flood.

“We understand and appreciate how much time and effort were spent by Filipinos in the U.S. to gather these donations of used clothing. We are all heroes to Ondoy’s victims. Unfortunately, we need to follow the law and the directive from Malacañang,” said Hugo Bonilla, LBC USA’s president and CEO.


Meanwhile, LBC will still continue to provide free sea cargo and money remittance services to other in-kind and cash donations to the typhoon victims.

Cash donations sent through LBC USA will still be remitted to the Sagip Kapamilya project of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.

According to the PCG in San Francisco (PCGSF), the Department of Social Welfare and Development has released a list of priority relief items for the typhoon victims.

These includes: food, non-food, mats, blankets, flashlights, emergency lamps, tents, generators, water container, hygiene kits (bath soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, laundry soap, feminine napkins) baby diapers, and slippers.

The PCGSF also released a separate list of priority relief needs from the Department of Health.

These includes medicines for wounds, the common colds, skin diseases, diarrhea, typhoid fever and cholera as well as intravenous supplies, and other medical supplies and equipment.


Typhoon Ondoy – Congresswoman Jackie Speier of 12th District Introduces House Resolution 800


For the complete slideshow, click here.


Philippine Consulate General
447 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108
415-433-6666 ext. 313 (public information section)

San Francisco, 07 October 2009 – The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) donated several boxes of canned goods, noodles, candies, and other food items as part of their humanitarian assistance to victims of Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines.

SFPD Captain Eric Quema, a Filipino American and one of the ranking police officers in the Bay Area, handed over the donations to Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. today at the consulate.

The donations from the SFPD included food items given by Captain Quema, Inspector Milanda Moore and other personnel of the Special Investigations Division as well as those collected from Lt. Louis Espinda, Sgt. Ray Cruz, Officers Dizon and Gummo and police personnel from the Bayview Police Station.

Consul General Paynor, Jr. welcomed the donations from the San Francisco police force as “indicative of their concern for the situation in the Philippines.”

“We have a number of Filipino Americans in the San Francisco Police Department who still have families and relatives in the Philippines. Their and their colleagues’ immediate response to the call for humanitarian assistance for the flood victims will add to the on-going relief effort being undertaken by the Bay Area Filipino American community,” he said.

Captain Quema is one of the founding members of the SFPD Police Exchange Training Program (PET) with the Philippine National Police (PNP). The program, conceptualized nine years ago by SFPD officers with Filipino ethnicity, has now expanded to include other police officers from San Francisco’s culturally diverse communities. Under the exchange program, the SFPD and their PNP counterparts share best practices on key areas as counter-terrorism, defense and security, and law enforcement. END


October 6, 2009


AF-USA is waiving its 5% service fee on all donations for Typhoon Ondoy until the end of October 2009!

AF-USA Partners with Companies for their Employee giving program


Ayala Foundation USA

Some of the biggest and most prestigious names in the world of business are listing Ayala Foundation USA in their employee giving and corporate matching programs. Chevron, AmGen, Microsoft and PG&E are just some of the companies that have listed AF-USA as another vehicle by which their employees can spread the fire of volunteerism.

Continue reading here.

FWN 100 Selection and Gala Awards Host Committees
Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 1:40 PM
Subject: Invitation to the Awards Gala (Oct 30) honoring The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.


URGENT APPEAL: Women and girls in the Philippines need your support – many of them single mothers and shelters for domestic violence, rape victims and survivors – affected by the typhoons that recently hit the Philippines – the worst in 40 years.

Filipina Women’s Network has collaborated with Feed the Hungry to ensure women, girls and the shelters are not neglected. To donate, please go to http://feedthehungryphil.org and indicate on your donation “FWN Women & Children Fund Disaster Relief”.

Maraming salamat!
The FWN Board



Oct. 2-5, 2009 – Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) Disaster Relief Updates from San Francisco

See September 30, 2009 updates here.

October 2, 2009

We are documenting the latest information that we received from our reliable sources and contacts. Please confirm whatever you get here. We do our fact-checking as quickly and humanly possible. We have also been advised that as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, there are certain words and actions we cannot use/do, such as “lobbying,” “political,” “political endorsements” and “political fundraising.” Thank you. – Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA Region 8 Vice Chair

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From: Jose Pecho
Date: Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 10:51 AM
Subject: Only $100,000 from US Government for Victims of Typhoon Ondoy

Dear Friends:

NaFFAA in conjunction with other community organizations will seek the support of US Senate and Congressional leaders to provide the Philippines, Asia’s oldest democracy, more emergency and humanitarian aid.

An amazing $100,000 has been provided the Philippines by the US government. In comparison the European Commission in the Philippines has provided over $2 Million in assistance. Below my signature line, is an article providing assistance information from countries who have pledged or donated to help the typhoon ravaged portion of Manila.

There are 4 million Filipinos residing in the US. If each of us pledged $10 each, it would raise a whopping $40,000,000! This amount would make a bigger impact than any government or country could do and would go a long way toward helping the 800,000 families displaced by this catastrophe.

We hope to provide further information in the days ahead on how you personally can help. Please go to http://naffaar8.com for further details.


Jose Pecho, Chair
Region 8, Northern California
National Federation of Filipino
American Associations (NaFFAA)

By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 21:33:00 10/02/2009
Filed Under: Foreign Aid, Foreign affairs & international relations, Ondoy, Weather

MANILA, Philippines—Donations for the relief and recovery assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ondoy” from the international community has reached over half a billion pesos, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo reported to President Macapagal-Arroyo that donations from various governments have reached P566 million as of Oct. 2. The National Disaster Coordinating Council, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Red Cross and other agencies have been authorized to receive the donations, which will greatly complement the government’s efforts.

“The Philippine Government is deeply appreciative of our international partners’ swift response to our call for aid. The DFA will work with the NDCC, DSWD, PNRC and other agencies to ensure that these donations reach our distressed kababayans as soon as possible,” Secretary Romulo said.

Ondoy, which whipped Manila Saturday, caused severe flooding in the metropolis and nearby provinces.
The government said nearly 300 people died from the disaster, which also displaced hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.

The European Commission in the Philippines has allotted 2 million euros (P138 million) in urgent relief funding, the DFA reported. The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines has ordered the release of 150,000 euros (approximately P10 million) for food aid, while Spanish organization Accion Contra el Hambre donated 250,000 euros (approximately P17 million).

The Swiss government also issued CHF250,000 (approximately P11 million) to support emergency related operation which will be funded by the Swiss Red Cross to the Philippine National Red Cross. The French Foreign Ministry has earmarked initial 10,000 euros (P690,000) to the Philippine National Red Cross as its initial contribution.

Germany is providing 500,000 euros (roughly P35 million) in emergency humanitarian aid for the victims, which will be placed at the disposal of German humanitarian aid organizations The combined European aid reached P254 million.

Aside from the European partners, other countries like the US and Canada sent financial assistance to the victims. The US government donated US$100,000 for relief efforts, while Canada pledged Canadian $5 million (approximately US$4.7 million).

China pitched in US$100,000 check donation; US$10,000 to the PNRC; while Chinese firm Huawei donated US$30,000. Singapore raised US$30,000 and a further US$20,000 in seed money to jumpstart a donations drive by the Singapore Red Cross.

The Republic of Korea has donated emergency relief assistance in the form of rice, tents, medical supplies and other essential items worth $300,000 coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development. A Korean company, OCI Company Ltd., also donated $50,000 through the Philippine National Red Cross.

The Japanese government is sending $220,000 worth of relief goods to the Philippines. Australia pledged Australian $1 million (approximately US$879,000) to support response and recovery activities.

The UN World Health Organization has launched earlier a $42,000 relief fund. The UN World Food Programme has also stepped up its efforts to provide immediate relief to the typhoon victims.

Basic necessities such as food, clean water, shelter, clothes, and medicines were in short supply in many communities and evacuation center.

A delegation of UN workers is set to arrive in Manila on Saturday to help in the relief and rehabilitation operations. UN WFP executive director Josette Sheeran said the organization will have a three-month emergency operation to bring food and other assistance to people affected by Ondoy.

See a similar news article here.

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October 1, 2009

Hello all — Thank you all so much for taking the time to meet last Tuesday evening at the Philippine Consulate. It was truly a strong showing of unity, compassion, and generosity. Many of us are involved in a myriad of relief efforts and the consensus of the meeting was that we, as well as the flood victims, will benefit from consolidating and streamlining our charitable efforts. This will save us valuable time/resources, avoid re-inventing the wheel, and duplication of efforts. Also, all agreed that this tragedy/disaster was an opportunity for our community to unify and harness our talents/skills to assist the flood victims. Moreover, we hope to create a formalized emergency response system and infrastructure to address future disasters, emergencies, and calamaties.

In an effort to move forward with such objectives, discrete tasks were discussed and division of labor identified.

There may be more steering Committees that will be formed along the way so stay tuned.
Overall Coordination: Marivic Bamba
Co-Coordinator: Bernadette Roco

Everyone is encouraged to participate, all your ideas are welcome…so please don’t be shy. Many of the members are already working hard at their respective tasks. Mark Grafilo of KAYA, Chair of Political Committee, has sent out notices on advocating support from USAID.

By the way, we urge all members to join Facebook as it is an effective media tool to publicize our activities and notify all of upcoming activities.

As we resolved at the meeting, we will be meeting EVERY Wednesday at 7pm at the Philippine Consulate, 5th floor Social Hall.

See you all next Wednesday, October 7, at 7pm. Please check with the Reception Area since the meeting venue might change. It might take place in the first floor, 447 Sutter Street.


Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) disaster relief efforts in San Francisco, CA

Please watch out for updates in this posting.

Please see October 2-5, 2009 updates here.

Updates from the 12 regions of NaFFAA will soon be found at our national website, http://NaFFAA.org.

Posted in Facebook, from Joy Martinez:

“Something inspiring: Caught on TV- Man rescued in a rubberboat asked, “28 na ba ngayon?” Cameraman: “Opo, 28.” Man somberly replied, “Bday ko na pala.” Rescuers who were paddling hard turned to him in surprise before slowly singing, …”happy birthday to you…” Even in the midst of devastation the Filipino spirit never ceases to acknowledge and celebrate the gift of life.”

Posted in Facebook, from Mary Anne Alcordo-Solomon:

“To the dollar earners, your $1=PHP48 can buy 4 cans of sardines or 3 cans of corned beef or 12 packs of noodles or 3 kilos of rice.”

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From Lorna Dietz, Regional Vice Chair of NaFFAA R8 / NaFFAA Online Coordinator, regarding monetary donations:

We’ve received several inquiries on how everyone can help if they reside outside the Philippines. I collected some information from my Facebook account. The information will most likely be expanded soon after our coordinating meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29, especially regarding donation centers for goods. Please check in often.

Philippine National Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/wtd.aspx

9/30/2009 – Update from Bing Branigin, NaFFAA Region 2, thru Louie Pawid & Dennis Mendiola. “Fil-Am donations for Typhoon Ondoy effort now possible through PAYPAL at [email protected]

Most urgent needs

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

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

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

Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair

American Red Cross – 1-800-435-7669 (posted by Joseph Francia, GMA Pinoy TV)


Quoted – The American Red Cross is monitoring the situation and remains in communication with our Red Cross partners in the area. Although there hasn’t been an appeal for international assistance, the American Red Cross is prepared to mobilize support, including relief supplies, trained personnel or financial assistance if necessary.

Ayala Foundation USA – http://www.af-usa.org/donate_now.aspa>

GMA Kapuso Foundation – http://www.kapusofoundation.com/donate
(credit card donations)

ABS-CBN Foundation – www.abscbnfoundation.org

From Keesa Ocampo, ABS-CBNi – US donations can be sent to: ABS-CBN Foundation,150 Shoreline Dr.Redwood City, CA 94065

Heartbridge International Foundation’s List of Contact Persons (for information) in the USA – http://02c3ec5.netsolhost.com/breakingnews.html

Xoom.com is offering fee-free money transfers to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)
– You can donate to the relief efforts by visiting Xoom.com and entering the coupon code “HELPONDOY” to make a fee-free money transfer donation to the Philippine National Red Cross. This special coupon code is valid until Friday October 9, 2009. Source: http://rfonline.holy-order.org/guild-news/119-operation-ketsana-xoom-free-transfer-to-philppine-national-red-cross

– From Yvette Tan, via Twitter on 9/30/09: RT @wwwgmanewstv: Breaking News : iRemit waives remittance fees for Ondoy victims: Starting October 1, Wednesday.

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Please go ahead and forward, download, print, or embed this important letter from the Philippine Consulate General’s office in San Francisco. The contact information re: donations to the Philippine Red Cross and donations-in-kind is also found here.

LTR-484-2009.Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) – Message From Philippine Consul General Marciano Paynor, San Francisco

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If you are from the San Francisco Bay Area, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Region 8-Northern CA, will be co-coordinating a meeting with other Fil-Am organizations & healthcare professionals — to discuss the aid/assistance process on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 at 7:30pm at the 5th floor Social Hall, Philippine Center Building (where the Philippine Consulate is located), 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. Your contact persons will be Viki Bamba (former NaFFAA R8 Regional Chair) & Dr. Carmelo Roco & Bernadette Roco.


Thank you.

Lorna Dietz
NaFFAA R8 Vice Chair
on behalf of Jose Pecho, NaFFAA R8 Chair

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From: Greg B. Macabenta
Date: Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM
All NaFFAA Officers and Members,

The devastation in Metro Manila caused by Typhoon Ondoy – which brought one month’s worth of rain in only 12 hours – calls for a humanitarian response from all of us in the US. The devastation is severe. While the hardest hit are the areas of Quezon City, Pasig and Rizal, the water rose as high as 7 feet in the Sukat Area in Paranaque where I have a home. Mercifully, everyone in the house is safe. But the casualties and fatalities in Metro Manila continue to rise.

We urge everyone to help and to pass on this appeal to your respective networks.

To those who would like to donate cash or goods, our suggestions are as follows:

1. Work closely with your local Philippine consulates which are coordinating relief operatiions.
2. Or course your donations through Ayala Foundation USA or the Philippine National Red Cross.

Those of you who have homes or relatives in the affected areas may, of course, find alternative means to help.

We do not advise that NaFFAA itself should receive donations for this calamity. We do not have the resources and the infrastructure for delivering these to the victims. However, we urge every city, state and regional chapter to get organized so that they can efffectively urge donations and channel these to the proper relief agencies.

We will keep you posted on developments as they come, including contact numbers of the proper relief agencies.

Thank you very much. Let us pray for the victims and generously help.

Greg B. Macabenta
National Chair, NaFFAA

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From Lorna Dietz:



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Charisse Aquino, a San Francisco and Manila-based FilAm anthropologist & adventure tourism entrepreneur, updated her Facebook with some vital comments:

9/30/09, evening in Manila – Eusebio Gym in Pasig needs volunteers. Imagine, 3 volunteers for 300 evacuees. 1:100. Kawawa.
9/30/09 evening in Manila – Evacuation centers need Portalets, please pass! And more kids getting sick, please ask all your doctor friends to volunteer their time, and ask the pharmacies to donate more medicines

Charisse asked for an updated listing of places to volunteer in Manila (Facebook). Here are some of the responses.

9/30/09 – From Izah Morales: Here’s the website of DSWD. Department of Social Welfare & Development, http://vrplus.dswd.gov.ph/

9/30/09 – From Izah Morales: Evacuation Centers, list of verified relief centers
But re: Pasig, you can go there in the Municipal Hall of Pasig. The evacuation center is right beside the Municipal Hall.

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9/29/09, Cebu – Dear friends from New York – NEW YORK: Disaster Relief drop off center @ Pandayan Center, 406 W40th St. Between 9th and 10th Aves. New York, NY 10018 or call 212.564.6057. CALIFORNIA: donate at branches of Island Pacific Supermarket, and they’ll ship it to the Philippines.

9/29/09, Cebu – With more than 100K people in shelters, stagnant water, I’m fearing an outbreak of disease that we need to address NOW! My brother in Philhealth is willing to provide coverage for affected families and medicines but needs sponsor partners. Sample: Sponsor gives P60k, Philhealth gives coverage to 200 families and P30K worth of meds. Please call Jam @687-4956 or email [email protected]

9/29/09, Cebu – For friends abroad, here’s another way to help…thank you for your kindness to our kapwa Pilipino. The World Food Programme at https://www.wfp.org/donate/ondoy


A donation of:

– $18 provides a family with rice for 2 weeks
– $90 feeds 5 families for 2 weeks
– $180 feeds 10 families for 2 weeks

And if you are capable of going that extra mile, $18,000 will provide 1000 families with rice for 2 weeks.

Joy Martinez is sending updates from Cebu via Facebook, where the first container of donated goods has been loaded on an Aboitiz shipping vessel tonight (September 29 in Manila at 10:30pm), bound for Manila. Please email Lorna Dietz at [email protected] if you want to be connected to Cebu-based volunteer efforts.

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UPDATES FROM YVETTE TAN, GlossMania of Twitter

9/29/09, Manila – RT @ageofbrillig: RT @giboteodoro For those who can’t get through NDCC Rescue Hotlines. They now have a text/call line: 0917 733 4256

or from the US, 0-11-63-917-733-4256

National Disaster Coordinating Council’s website: http://ndcc.gov.ph/home/

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MoonGirl – http://moongirl.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/donating-to-manila-from-abroad/

MoonGirl has collected a lot of information — from Australia, Europe, to the US, where citizen volunteers have made their homes “temporary donation centers.” Thank you to Joey Alarilla for informing Luna about our website’s updates from San Francisco, CA.

Click on LINKS at the Comments section below.

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UPDATES FROM USA-BASED FRIENDS: Please contact them directly and let them know that NaFFAA Region 8 referred you to them. Thanks!

Southern California


From: Bisaya Bulletin
Date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 10:27 PM
Subject: Relief Convergence for Typhoon “Ondoy”

Let’s all converge in helping our brothers and sisters in Northern Philippines affected by typhoon “Ondoy”. BisayaBulletin.com invites everyone to join in our collective effort to donate relief goods and bring them to a designated place in Los Angeles, CA (specific location to be determined in separate email).

Join us in packing and sorting your donations on October 10, 2009, Saturday between 9am – 3pm. We have arranged a Manila forwarder offering free freight for your donations and goods bound for Manila. Items will be picked up by 3pm so please plan to come early. Let us all collaborate and be instruments in helping our country in dire need. Please forward this information to all.

Suggestions for donations:

Sack of rice
Balikbayan Boxes
Rubber Slippers
Soap and Toiletries
Canned Goods (ready to eat)
Clothes, Towels and Blankets

Note: Details on Venue will be emailed upon determination***


“from our little visayan corner to the global community”


Charina Vergara Carrera, through Facebook
Contact: [email protected]

9/30/09 – REPOSTING FROM PETE AVENDANO: We’re doing a fundraising concert on Sunday at St. Genevieve Church in Panorama City for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. The concert is going to be free but we would like to ask for donations. All monetary donations will go to help our kababayans who were affected by this calamity.

9/30/09 – Relief goods (clothing, beddings, blankets, and canned goods are accepted at ANY ATLAS cargo location (including Atlas outlets with Seafood City, http://www.seafoodcity.com)

Prosy DeLaCruz, through Facebook
Contact: [email protected]

9/30/09 – Your donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 until October 6, 2009, if we succeed, we will have donated Php 10 million to the Typhoon Ondoy families and directly to the children through UNICEF. I donated $150 and it was doubled. If you donate, send an email to [email protected] — report the amount and organization you donated to. I volunteer to tally every night.

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Source – From Clorox FAQ.

You can copy and paste this section and send it to your relatives and friends in the Philippines.

Q. Can Clorox® Regular-Bleach be used to disinfect water?

(Remember, 1 quart is equal to 4 cups.)

A. Yes. When boiling of water for 1 minute is not possible in an emergency situation, you can disinfect your drinking water with Clorox® Regular-Bleach as follows:

1. Remove suspended particles by filtering or letting particles settle to the bottom.
2. Pour off clear water into a clean container.
3. Add 8 drops of Clorox® Regular-Bleach (not scented or color-safe) to one gallon of water (2 drops to 1 quart). For cloudy water, use 16 drops per gallon of water (4 drops to 1 quart).
4. Allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat and wait another 15 minutes. The treated water can then be made palatable by pouring it between clean containers several times.


FROM YVETTE TAN, VIA FACEBOOK (Via Joelle Jacinto and Oli Reyes)

Reposting: Message from a doctor – For people whose houses have been submerged:

1. Make sure you use CLOROX for dirt and not just Lysol to kill molds.
Then 2. Spray/Fumigate against mosquitos, otherwise there will be an outbreak of dengue & cholera may follow. Please pass.
(Note: Earth-friendly MESSY BESSY or PLANTEX is better than Clorox.)