First armless pilot to visit HI projects

ShelterBox Helps Remote Communities In Philippines

Stories From The Field

Luncia Tragura and her grandson now have a safe and dry shelter to live in as they begin to rebuild their home, Leyte, Philippines, February 2014. Luncia Tragura and her grandson now have a safe and dry shelter to live in as they begin to rebuild their home, Leyte, Philippines, February 2014.

Over 100 days on since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, ShelterBox continues to help bring shelter and other vital aid to assist communities in some of the most remote areas, like the inland municipality of Dagami on the island of Leyte.

Dagami has received a great deal less international attention than Leyte’s coastal areas, like Tacloban. It directly lies in the path that the typhoon took as it tore its way through the Visayas islands. Subsequently there are parts of the municipality that are difficult to reach and have had little or no assistance with many communities still being unable to meet their own basic needs.
ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) have been exploring these isolated areas looking for vulnerable families or communities still needing…

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Never Give Up by Patti Austin and Ashley Ingram


Never Give Up by Patti Austin and Ashley Ingram

Last year, Patti Austin went to the Philippines for a benefit concert for the Yolanda/Haiyan survivors.  Now, in collaboration with Ashley Ingram, they made this uplifting music for the survivors. 

Sharing this with everyone.  I hope we enjoy the music and be inspired with the words or the lyrics. 

Let’s never give up!

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Coverage in ONE Philippines

Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations 2014

Maraming salamat to ONE Philippines for their coverage of Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser! They printed pictures of Tacloban Rise from our Flickr page. Follow them on Facebook and pick up your copy now!

ONE Philippines posted pictures from Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Maraming salamat! ONE Philippines posted pictures from Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Maraming salamat!

ONE Philippines posted pictures from Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Maraming salamat! ONE Philippines posted pictures from Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Maraming salamat!

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Postcards to Tacloban in action!

Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations 2014

Postcards to Tacloban Postcards to Tacloban in Action: Another set of POSTCARDS TO TACLOBAN came in the mail today for us to hand deliver to survivors of haiyan. Thank you RaeJoyce Anloague Baguilat and thank you to your students!

Photo posted on Facebook by Louella Cabalona and the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations.
Another wave of the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations is flying off to the Philippines today! Please wish the team a safe flight home! Mabuhay!

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vr I 46 Right There!

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vr I 46 Right There!

Valentino Rossi will be here in the Philippines for the Yamaha’s “Champions Rebuild Lives” campaign. Yamaha Motors Philippines is currently selling limited edition Yamaha Racing apparel online to raise funds for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
Click on the “Yamaha Lends a Hand” photo (above) to purchase directly to Yamaha Motors Philippines website.

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MotoGP 2014 season TEST Results in Sepang (February 6, 2014).  Reigning World Champ Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda setting a brutally fast lap of 1’59.533, Rossi is RIGHT THERE behind at 1’59.727 (and said that this is his first time below the 2’00 mark around Sepang) with Lorenzo 1’59.866 in third and Aleix Espargaro 1’59.998 4th, the rest are closely above 2 minutes.

“The Doctor” will be gracing the show at the Yamaha GP One Make Race opening leg that will be held at SM City Sta. Rosa, Laguna on February 23, 2014. This will be a…

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As I’m driving in a van full of people on my way to the airport, leaving Cebu Philippines, I breath in the fresh stench of the city. It’s grown to be a comforting smell. Depending where you are, you may get a whiff of sewage, fish, motor oil, or a certain ocean breeze fragrance. The combo of smells places me in the country that stole a chunk of my heart (I don’t know how to accurately explain it without sounding cheesy.) Filipinos showed me resilience, sacrificial hospitality, smiles in the midst of devastation, and a subtle yearning for encouragement. I made hilarious and kind-hearted friends every where I traveled. The city of Tacloban (destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda) is making huge strives towards rebuilding. It will be years. The government in charge of handing out relief is hugely corrupt. But, in the one month I was in the Philippines, I saw…

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Next Stop Manila…

Philippines Typhoon Relief

After much anticipation and preparation it was finally time to make our move to the Philippines. We had two flights and an 8 hour layover in Singapore’s Chiangi Airport between us and Manila, all of which ran very smooth despite the lack of sleep! We arrived in Manila at 6am after almost 24 hours in transit and proceeded to the immigration desk.

Unsure of what the immigration officer would say to our plan to stay for 7 weeks (instead of the standard 30 days) we approached the desk and were unexpectedly greeted with a smile as she took our documents. As she read through our immigration cards she looked up and asked where we were staying and the reason for our trip. After giving her the details of the organisation she asked us to wait whilst she spoke to her supervisor. She returned after a short while and informed us that…

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV), Typhoon Haiyan Response

Philippines Typhoon Relief

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV), Typhoon Haiyan Response

This is the company we will be working with in Tacloban and some information on their efforts.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, was one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall. The storm has displaced more than 4 million people, affected 13 million, and killed over 4,000. 

We’re currently working in close partnership with local Filipino organisations to deliver relief to the hardest hit areas. As we support local relief efforts we’re also assessing how we can best help with the huge need for longer-term reconstruction and recovery. 

Our early focus on supporting local groups, and our careful consideration of communities long-term needs are essential to our proven model of supporting survivor-directed, sustainable recovery. Recovery from Haiyian will take years, and, with your support, we’ll be there every step of the way.

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PCCI Donates P250,000 for Yolanda Victims

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Hands-Thumb-up-icon   Last quarter of 2013, the Board of Directors authorized the donation of a total of P250,000 to the following organizations at P50,000 each for the victims of typhoon Yolanda:
  1. White Cross Foundation Inc
  2. Tanging Yaman Foundation Inc
  3. Sagip Kapamilya Foundation Inc
  4. Kapatid Foundation Inc
  5. Kapuso Foundation Inc

Source:  PCCI Quarterly Decmber 2013

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