NAFCON Reactivates Bayanihan Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Campaign
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is reactivating its ongoing nationwide campaign Bayanihan Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation to help our kababayans who were affected by recent calamities in Cebu, Bohol, and Northern and Central Luzon.
On October 15, 2013, a 7.2 earthquake hit Cebu and Bohol causing massive destruction and reaching a death toll of 141 as of October 16. 3 days earlier on October 12th, Typhoon Santi hit Luzon causing massive flooding, killing at least 13, displacing more than 43,000 in the north, and destroying agriculture in Central Luzon worth close to 3 Billion pesos.
Once again, NAFCON, along with Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Inc (VPHCS), and our other partner organizations in the Philippines who ensure donations go directly to victims in the Philippines, reactivates the Bayanihan Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation campaign. The primary focus will be on gathering monetary donations, ensuring the fastest way of getting aid to the Philippines. Donations can be made through NAFCON’s Paypal account at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort. Make checks 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 at 17895 San Bernardino Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335-6155 c/o Naida Castro. Please include your return address with your donation. For qualifying tax-deductible donations, please, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the necessary documentation.
“Every year, NAFCON stays alert and ready to respond knowing that calamities frequently threaten the livelihood of our kababayan. The alliance knows overseas community support is important to relief efforts due to the Philippine government’s consistent inability to effectively assist victims and culpability in contributing to the problem,” said Terrence Valen, President of NAFCON. According to the World Disaster Report 2012, the Philippines ranked third in the world as one of the most prone to disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes.
One example of the government’s role in worsening the effects of natural calamities is highlighted in the recent pork barrel scandal. The scandal revealed billions of taxpayer pesos embezzled into the coffers of corrupt politicians, including President Aquino.
“The Filipino people were infuriated to learn that the government stole exorbitant amounts of money while spending very little on disaster prevention, response and infrastructure development. Because of this, corrupt politicians are high and dry while Filipino families and their children suffer the most from these natural and man-made calamities. Because of the government’s inaction in using funds to help the victims of natural calamities, support for grassroots campaigns like NAFCON’s Bayanihan Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation come with great urgency,” said Valen.
Therefore NAFCON remains ready to reactivate Bayanihan Disaster Relief as an ongoing means of helping our kababayans in frequent need. The disaster relief effort was first launched in the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, sending 750 boxes of in-kind donations as well as $95,000 to the communities most devastated by the typhoon. NAFCON joined with Migrante International to distribute the donations which were coursed through the “Sagip Migrante” relief operation. Migrante International is a grassroots alliance in the Philippines addressing needs of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) and their families in the Philippines.
In 2011, Typhoons Pedring and Quiel also caused much damage in the areas of Metro Manila and provinces in Luzon with massive flooding in streets and farmland, and strong winds causing long power outages. In 2012, Typhoon Pablo wiped out much of Compostela Valley in Southern Mindanao, leveling trees, destroying crops, and displacing indigenous communities, in what one survivor describing the aftermath as a World War II-like “total devastation.”
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.
You can also send your monetary donations directly to the Philippines:
*Luzon partner information to be updated on our website soon.
Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Inc (VPHCS) www.vphcs.org
Contact person: Executive Director Dr. Petty de Castro DDS
Name: Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Incorporated
Peso Acct #: 006110005001
Dollar Acct #: 106110039631
Banco de Oro
F. Gonzales Branch, Cebu City
Material donations can be shipped straight to:
BOHOL Drop-Off Point:
Farmers Development Center (FARDEC) Office
Contact person: Marinet Pacaldo and Maria Ira Pamat
Address: Lower Butalid Street Tagbilaran City, Bohol Philippines.
Mobile: 011 63 912 594 9170
Phone: 011 63 38 501 9276
Phone: 011 63 38 501 8359
CEBU Drop-Off Point:
Community Empowerment Resource Network, Inc (CERNET)
Dr. Oliver Gimenez, MD, Executive Director
phone: 011 63 32 514 9919
mobile: 011 63 918 651 6132
address: Door 5, Rosdell Apartment, Englis, V. Rama Avenue, Cebu City