Tribute To Deceased Public Servant Heroes

Originally posted on Honor Awards Program:

The Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLBi) Executive Committee has initially selected 11 beneficiaries of the PLBi program, four of whom were public servants who died in the line of service in the midst of Yolanda storm surge in Tacloban City.

CSC Resolution No. 1302553, promulgated on November 29, 2013, provides for the guidelines on the giving of tribute to government officials and employees who were killed in the line of duty or those who died while in the performance of their official duties. Each beneficiary family will receive a citation, cash reward and scholarships in state universities and colleges.

The PLBi special recognition for the four deceased public servants brought about by typhoon Yolanda is set on April 11, 2014 in Tacloban City and will be done by the PLBi Executive Committee.


The PLBi Executive Committee is chaired by Commissioner Nieves L. Osorio (second from the left) together with Assistant Commissioner…

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100 Days After Yolanda (Haiyan)

Originally posted on I Work Therefore I'm Not:


Boy looks on as planes come and go at the Tacloban Airport in Leyte

They said to pack light, bring extra batteries, a power bank for our phones, a flashlight, and even a sleeping bag because we might not have anywhere to sleep on some nights. Having had some experience as a mountaineer, I also brought along a first aid kit, a portable water filter, and some emergency food. They told us to be ready for anything.

We were not.

What we failed to prepare for was to be greeted with a distinctly recognizable display of Filipino hospitality, and the resilience of the human spirit.


Little girl does her part to clean up the streets in Tacloban, Leyte

At a glance, Yolanda-hit areas were still evidently devastated. Roads were passable, yes. But for the most part, Tacloban and Ormoc still looked war-torn. Piles upon piles of garbage still littered the…

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Isang Kuwento ng Katatagan (tungkol pa rin sa bagyong yolanda)

Originally posted on penpowersong:

Isang Kuwento Tungkol sa Lakas ng Kalooban

(tungkol pa rin sa bagyong Yolanda)

Ni Apolinario Villalobos


Isang umaga, nang ako’y bumisita sa mga kaibigan ko sa Baseco (Tondo), nagdala ako ng pandesal na binili ko sa isang maliit na panaderya malapit sa bukana ng compound. Dahil medyo malaki ang ekstrang pera na dala ko, bumili ako ng 100pesos na halagang pandesal dahil dumami na sila gawa ng mga nagdatingang mga bisita (mga evacuees) galing sa Tacloban. Pagdating ko sa bahay na tinitirhan ng dalawang pamilyang dayo, sumigaw ang pinakabunso sa mga bata, “Lola, may pa-bertdey na kayo, maraming pandesal dala ni Tito …..”(ibang pangalan ang pakilala ko sa kanila, hindi ko pwedeng sabihin). Tinawag ng isa pang bata ang ibang mga dayo sa likod lang ng tinitirhan nila upang maki-bertdey ng pandesal. Sila yong mga taga-Tacloban na pansamantalang nakikitira sa mga kamag-anak nila sa Tondo. Upang kumita, namumulot sila…

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Anno Yolanda


Originally posted on ok go:

Joe lives in Palo and I arrange to meet him there so I find a bus. The road to Palo runs south along the coast. It was the communities along this road which took the greatest impact of the storm. Having seen pictures of the worst of the damage, the severity of the damage is not now what strikes me. It’s the extent of it. The road to Palo is an unbroken line of all types of buildings: houses, shops, offices, factories and municipal buildings. Barely a single building along the ten-mile journey is in one piece. Many are simply completely wrecked. The larger buildings obviously stand out. One is the Convention Centre. It’s right on the seafront. Because of its size, many people evacuated here during Yolanda. Because of its position, it was completely overcome by the 50ft waves which battered everything on the coastline. Everyone who sheltered there…

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Originally posted on OKF Philippines:

OKF RedCross 2

It’s never too late.

That is how Oxford Distributions, Incorporated, exclusive Philippine distributor of OKF Premium Health Beverages such as Aloe Vera King, Milky Be Happy, CoCo Drink, to name a few, perceived the idea in launching its initial Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project for the survivors of the typhoon Yolanda in Leyte.

In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Rizal Chapter, a total of P800,000 worth of OKF products were donated. The CSR project aims to give the much-needed sustaining aid for the affected survivors since the devastation.

Last February 24, 2014, Philippine Red Cross as represented by Ms. Pleshette Wee (Council Member and Fund Generation Chair), Mr. Paul Bryan Castillo (Administrator) and Ms. Mirasol Nano (Staff) trooped to Oxford/ OKF Philippines Head Office in Paranaque City to meet the team headed by Mr. Mario Jurilla (General Manager), Mr. Randy Bayona (National Sales Manager) and Ms. John Marie Ledesma…

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Hey Joe! We love Tacloban!

Originally posted on Mellan diarre och eufori:

Tyfonen Haiynan aka Yolanda drabbade Filippinerna den 8 November och media har sedan länge packat ihop sina saker och lämnat Tacloban. Nu, fyra månader senare, bor många fortfarande i tält utan rinnande vatten eller elektricitet.

Vi mötte en amerikan i Loboc som berättade att han hjälpt till direkt efter tyfonen och att han fick se saker han aldrig kommer glömma. Han minns speciellt den tomma svarta blicken på en man som kom bärandes på sin döda 6åriga dotter. Han frågade oss hur Tacloban mår idag och vi berättade att leendet börjat komma tillbaka.

Vi åkte till Tacloban med spända förväntningar, utan större erfarenhet av katastrofområden, och det är det bästa vi någonsin gjort! Det är ett underbart vackert land och i Tacoban möts du av miljoner leenden, alla välkomnar dig och tackar dig för din hjälp.


Dessa människor har förlorat allt från sina hus, familjer, ja ända ner till sina…

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Journey’s Arnel Pineda helps Typhoon Haiyan victims – Anderson Cooper

Journey and vocalist Arnel Pineda come to the aid of Filipino countrymen with Haiyan relief

Arnel Pineda write song for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

Prudence Foundation Teams up with Rock Singer Arnel Pineda for Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Efforts


Journey Vocalist Gives a Charitable Boost to Typhoon Haiyan Recovery


By Josephine Cuneta

MANILA, the Philippines—Arnel Pineda, the Filipino lead singer for American rock band Journey, is on a new mission – giving his voice to an animated music video to drum up support for Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts.

The three-minute video segment titled “Charity” is part of the first season of Cha-Ching, a project aimed at broadening awareness about what’s needed following a disaster like the one that devastated the central Philippines last November.

Along with animated scenes that depict the relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, an animated version of Mr. Pineda appears in the music video asking people to give their money, time and goods to help others. He sings a duet along with Anna Jomeo from the Philippine band Mulatto.“We all need to be reminded of our social obligation to share with those who have less than we do,” said the 46 –year-old rocker, who partnered with Prudence Foundation, the charitable arm of insurance giant Prudential Corporation Asia, to produce the video.“I am glad to play a part,” he added.

Mr. Pineda grew up in a poor neighborhood in Manila and has long been involved with charity projects, which he sees as his way to give back to his community. An organization he founded in March 2010, the Arnel Pineda Foundation Inc., provides underprivileged children quality education, health and services and medical attention.

Following Typhoon Haiyan, Mr. Pineda and several other well-known Filipino musicians recorded a tribute song called “Listen With Your Heart” as a gesture of thanks for the aid extended by more than 50 countries in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Together with Journey, Mr. Pineda has also helped donate more than two million meals to the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

His personal commitments and those made by the band following the typhoon made the decision to collaborate a natural one, said Sean Rach, Prudential’s regional director and the co-creator of Cha-Ching.


“His voice is incredible and we are very glad that he agreed to donate his time and talent,” said Mr. Rach.

Before Mr. Pineda shot to fame after joining Journey in 2007, he sang with small bands in the Philippines and did covers of American songs that he posted on YouTube. One of those videos – a rendition of Journey’s hit “Don’t Stop Believin” in which Mr. Pineda sounds strikingly similar to former Journey front man Steve Perry – eventually caught the eye of the band’s guitarist Neal Schon.

This year the band is touring the United States and Canada and Mr. Pineda says the group is contemplating another album later in the year.

Despite his busy schedule, his manager, television director Bert de Leon, convinced Mr. Pineda that the Charity video fit well with his advocacy efforts.

The Cha-Ching series is meant to educate kids about the value of donating, said Marc Fancy, Prudence Foundation’s executive director.

“What we do in our disaster preparedness and relief programs is encapsulated in the song – we help people in need make a fresh start,” he said.

The Cartoon Network began airing the new Cha-Ching Charity music video across Asia on Saturday. It will also air on Channel V for one month.Together, the channels broadcast to an audience of 15.7 million households. Proceeds from downloads of the song, which is available on iTunes, will got to support the Prudence Foundation’s Typhoon Haiyan recovery effort.

Students organize drive for Typhoon Haiyan relief


By Carolyn Lucas-Zenk
West Hawaii Today

The day after Super Typhoon Haiyan — one of the most powerful storms ever recorded — devastated the Philippines, the English Language Learners at Kealakehe Intermediate School pondered the heavy damage inflicted on the many islands in the archipelago nation and their uncertain future.

Their substitute teacher — the school’s ELL coordinator Myfanwy Brunner — led the discussion, asking the students to consider how they would feel in a similar predicament and what they would like or need to cope. The students began making lists of items.

Some also shared their knowledge and experiences of living in island communities where typhoons are commonplace. A few had only moved to Hawaii from the Philippines about a year ago.Soon Brunner, ELL teachers Maurianne Nohejl and Kim Kozak, and the school’s 92 ELL students were brainstorming ideas to help the Philippines. They came up with the idea to collect clothing, school supplies and dental items.

The cause coincides perfectly with Kealakehe’s vision statement, “Relationships are the heart of all learning,” as well as its mission to “nurture the mind and spirit of our students.” This effort has also provided an opportunity to explore empathy, compassion and altruism with pupils — one that shows schoolchildren who have a genuine wish to contribute that they can keep this intention alive and make it a reality, Brunner said.

Monday morning, ELL students happily packed boxes of donated items, as well as made origami animals and cards. They wrote messages of hope, encouragement and support.When seventh-grader David Falefa, 13, heard the news of Super Typhoon Haiyan last November, he was struck by the death toll, the number of people missing, and the millions affected.“So many lost so much and not just stuff,” he said. “I kept thinking what if this happened here to my family, what would I do? I would help. I would not let a nation die.”

This effort was a way to get involved. He appreciated the support from his teachers, school and community, all of which encourage the students to try to make a difference, even if it’s just a small one. The best part, he said, is how the effort allows his peers to work together and learn more about other cultures while also helping another nation. He hopes the recipients feel “surprised, happy and blessed.”Seventh-grader Sepe Palik, 13, felt sad about the situation in the Philippines and wanted to help “make them peace.” Her grandmother has always talked about the importance of helping those in need and Palik saw this effort as a chance to do just that.“If we didn’t help each other out then we wouldn’t leave with peace and there wouldn’t be the word love in this world,” she wrote in her card.

Palik said one’s race, culture and everyday differences don’t matter; “only heart” was most important. “This shows how we care and want to help make the world a better place,” she added.

Everything will be delivered in June by participants in University of the Nations’ Crisis Response Discipleship Training School and Youth With A Mission, who will be providing physical, emotional and spiritual needs to those affected by the disaster.

University of the Nations and YWAM got involved with this drive because their members regularly tutor ELL students on Wednesdays. A few members also further motivated and inspired the students by sharing how they traveled to the Philippines immediately following the typhoon to help provide medical care, food, clean water technology, solar, and other humanitarian aid.Aurelio “Rheo” Loseo has been serving the poor and needy in his home country for roughly 30 years. He’s the former YWAM Philippines national director and is helping lead rebuilding efforts in the Philippines with University of the Nations. He said University of the Nations and YWAM have made a long-term commitment toward helping those affected by the typhoon, with teams being sent every quarter. There are also plans to set up a donation distribution center in Tacloban, the hardest hit city, and to build 100 homes.

Other key contributors and partners in this drive were Dr. Douglas Dierenfield and Dr. Gabriel Uy who gave dental supplies; Robert J. Clancey Limited, a 61-year-old aloha apparel company, that donated piles of new clothing; and Renee Puou, a friend of the ELL teachers, who transported the donated goods from Oahu to the school. The ELL students and teachers repeatedly expressed gratitude to all donors, saying this wouldn’t have happened without them.Donations are still being collected and those interested in contributing may contact Brunner at the school.

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Left behind


Originally posted on No Big Deal:


After the typhoon in the Philippines last November, millions were left homeless.
Twelve-year-old Adrian is one of them.

He is living in the Tacloban bunkhouse created for survivors who lost everything.
How he found himself there is nothing short of amazing.

To understand his story, we have to go back in time.

NOVEMBER 7 was a perfect day on Leyte Island – bright and sunny, a small breeze.

For Adrian, it was a perfect play day – one meant for climbing trees. He scrambled up and down giant mango trees and plucked ripe fruit with his friends – four children who lived in the big house next door.

Together, they filled baskets on the ground below.

“It’s one of my favourite things to do,” Adrian says.

When a typhoon warning was issued that day, people along the coastline were urged to evacuate. Police circled Adrian’s neighbourhood and told families to…

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