Members of BFP Ilocos Norte joins Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

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Members of BFP Ilocos Norte joins Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors,a fund raising event of government and non government organization, was organized by Local Government of Laoag City. It is the first step to rolling-out a project to help the victims of typhoon Yolanda, rebuild their lives devastated by the said typhoon.

Members of BFP PHQ Ilocos Norte and BFP Piddigjoined the run. The three and five kilometers Run/ Walk for a Cause around the vicinity of Laoag City was held Sunday, 25 November 2013 at 6 o’clock in the morning.

Around 200 compassionate runners participatedthe said event. As donation, runners gave a minimum amount of P50.00 and some gave in-kinds. A total of more or less Php 19,000.00 and 6 boxes of in-kinds were raised.

article by: FO1 Frances Diana C Pascua

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P10M aid for ‘Yolanda’ survivors from Papua New Guinea

By Matikas Santos
INQUIRER.net12:29 pm | Friday, February 21st, 2014


MANILA, Philippines – Students from poor schools in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and hundreds of local companies and individuals banded together to raise more than P10 million for the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

“What happened here is that the small schools gave kina [the local currency of PNG]. We know the schools are impoverished but they still came up with money they got,” Roel Sta. Cruz, president of the Filipino Association of Papua New Guinea (FAPNG), shared in an email to

“It was probably their lunch money that they donated. We were shocked because they weren’t even Filipino and all of them are coming forward. It’s unbelievable,” Sta. Cruz said.

In the full list of donors disclosed by the FAPNG, among the donors are the Grade 10 students of St. Joseph’s International Catholic School which contributed 614 kina or approximately P11,052.

It also listed donors such as Kopkop College (1,600 kina), Kenmore Men’s Volleyball Team (700 kina), Port Moresby National High School Teachers and Students (3,009 kina), St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School Students (1,000 kina), and Korobosea Boroko East International School Students (445 kina).

PNG is a developing country in Southeast Asia beside Indonesia and just north of Australia with a population of around seven million.

The FAPNG raised a total of P10,185,360 from individuals, companies, schools, and local governments which they donated in full to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).

“It’s not just the association itself that donated, the Papua New Guinea community as a whole really pitched in together,” Sta. Cruz said.

“Our goal was to coordinate all these charity fundraising and make sure they are funnelled through us to make sure that the money will get through the right hands,” he said.

The FAPNG also organized a three-night concert to raise funds. One of the bands who performed and helped organize the event was independent Australian pop band “Sheppard.”

Three of the band members are siblings and their father, who has many Filipino employees, was the one who contacted the FAPNG volunteering to perform in the fund raising concert.

Proceeds from the concert totalled 163,648 kina or approximately P2,945,664.The head of the local government of Bougainville, the easternmost island of PNG, donated 100,000 kina or approximately P1,800,000.

John Momis, Autonomous Bougainville Government president, “wanted to make sure he gives back to those who suffered there,” Sta. Cruz said because Momis used to come to Manila for his medical check-ups.PNG is home to 21,888 permanent, temporary, and irregular Filipinos, according to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.Majority of them, 20,157, are temporary meaning they are only there under a limited employment contract.

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Starting Over

Sprouting Leaves

So typhoon Haiyan happened and we were right smack in the middle of it. The whole country, the whole world was aghast with the amount of destruction it had caused and is still causing. We had no running water for days, no electricity for months. People are still rebuilding their homes, starting over from scratch. Not to mention the lives that were lost. But let me tell you something. When the storm ended and our neighbors were starting to come out of their houses, or what was left of it, they were smiling, we were smiling. We were laughing even. We were just happy to be alive. The men quickly brought out tools and started fixing what could be fixed.

Filipinos are known to be happy people. Now the world knows we are happy, strong, and resilient.

Thank you for all those who helped. Daghang salamat!

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Thank you World

Quierosaber's Blog

typhoonThe Filipinos will never forget the worst devastation by a typhoon, when the strongest ever recorded – the super typhoon Yolanda (International codename: Haiyan), made landfall in the Visayas region on November 8, 2013 triggering a tsunami-like massive destruction and deaths in its wake, thus, causing a humanitarian crisis.

Now, more than 100 days since, survivors are slowly starting to get back on their feet and making life as normal as it can get with the help of government, the private sector, civil society, the church and local humanitarian organizations.

But, most of all, the survivors owe it to the tremendous response and relief efforts by the international community and agencies, not only in terms of money and personnel, but also in kind ranging from food, clean water, shelter and basic health care.

We could not thank enough for the concern, prayers and acts of compassion extended to the Filipinos…

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Hope in a Card



Hope in a Card raises funds for Typhoon Haiyan survivors through Gawad Kalinga Philippines


Journeys in Medicine

Part 3 (link to part 1 and part 2)

After the first ten days I feel more at ease. Things that looked exotic and strange to me a week ago seem now familiar. The days pass in a predictable pattern and we don’t get called out at night anymore. We usually set up our surgeries the day before which gives me ample time for preparation. Routine kicks in and I can slowly reclaim my comfort zone.

The on-calls are still a bit of a nuisance though. Most patients that are admitted at night have medical conditions which I have forgotten all about and so I have my nose buried deep in the books of medical wisdom every time an asthma or hypertension patients enters the tent. We are five doctors and thus on-call every fifth night and that means we spend 34 hours at the hospital. We are not overwhelmed…

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Aid For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims


We at AFTHV, sometimes forget that there are people behind this small organization that also deserves to be recognized. In fact these few members have gone far beyond their duties to help run our Facebook campaign. These three people have done so much to make things happen from the beginning of our campaign up to the end of our last donation drive. They also come from different background in there perspective career, but they all share a common goal, to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

I would like to share with you three of our people that have helped AFTHV become a reality, Brian Hungerford, Brittni Smallwood, and Juliet Corpuz.

Brian Hungerford is a registered nurse working in the field of home visiting nurse program. His passion to help people has resonated also to helping the people of Leyte. He is the cofounder of AFTHV and have helped me…

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December 28th – another distribution :-)


A next distribution has been possible thanks to the donations of Germany and Switzerland. The distribution has been made in Estancia where a lot has been destroyed as well.

After a tough journey due to a lot of road destructions our loyal helpers made it happen 🙂 A great distribution of goods to families 2 months after Yolanda. It is scary to see how many people still haven’t been taken care of by the government even after almost 8 weeks after this natural disaster. So much the more it is such a great gift to see how many of you are being part of this proof that even a little can go very far. Thank you to all who have donated and who are still continuing to donate. It means heaven for all those who you are seeing on the pictures 🙂 So from them and from us again a…

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