450 Relief Boxes from U.S. East Coast: SENT! (NAFCON/SanDiwa’s Bayanihan for Disaster Relief Campaign Continues)

27 January 2010

REFERENCE: Jonna Baldres, Migrante International Coordinator for US East Coast, filipinocenter@gmail.com, (718)5658862

450 Relief Boxes from U.S. East Coast: SENT!
NAFCON/SanDiwa’s Bayanihan for Disaster Relief Campaign Continues

NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY – On January 19, just as news were received that the relief boxes from the US West Coast arrived on the doorstep of Migrante International in the Philippines, US East Coast — New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and its youth arm, Sandiwa National Alliance of Filipino-American Youth — sent off some 450 relief boxes to be shipped to the Philippines on the same day!

“After nearly four months of struggling, and eventually, claiming victories, against the restrictions and repressive policies of the Philippine government on relief donations, NAFCON has once again proven that with collective action, the Filipino community will triumph,” said Nicholas Cordero of Philippine Forum-New Jersey, a member organization of NAFCON in the East Coast.

In September 2009, upon learning that typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines, NAFCON and SanDiwa immediately gathered to launch its Bayanihan for Typhoon Ondoy Disaster Relief Campaign nationwide. Migrante International was identified to become the recipient of NAFCON and SanDiwa’s continued relief efforts, as it has proven to genuinely address the issues of Filipino migrants and, more importantly, their families in the Philippines. With the banding together of the whole Filipino community and friends from all over the United States, fundraising activities and collection of donations began right away, gathering about $15,000 in monetary relief, and more than 500 relief boxes in the East Coast — including food, clothes, medicines, blankets and other material donations.

“Three more typhoons hit the Philippines since Ondoy and the Mayon volcano just erupted in December. In light of all these calamities, the Bayanihan for Disaster Relief Campaign continues as long as the relief has not reached disaster victims, and we, the youth from SanDiwa, together with our mother alliance, NAFCON, will keep close watch and make sure that these donations will not go to corrupted hands,” said Anne Beryl Corotan, SanDiwa chairperson based in New York.

In the course of the relief campaign, NAFCON, SanDiwa and their member organizations all over the US have also led in fighting for the lifting of the ban on used clothing and dropping of taxes on relief by the Philippine government, and lastly, for Migrante International to receive and distribute the donations to affected communities. The campaign did not only focus on collection of donations and creatively fundraising for shipping but also took up the responsibility of challenging the policies of the Philippine government and exposing its inefficiency that caused the loss and displacement of thousands of its people in these tragedies. Community meetings and actions were also held to educate, gather and express the sentiments of the members of the community.

“As long as natural and man-made disasters keep coming to our beloved country and the Philippine government does not take steps to address these, and instead, imposes unreasonable policies preventing our overseas kababayans from sending help to our loved ones back home, we will continue to fight,” said Yves Nibungco, chairperson of the youth group Anakbayan New York/New Jersey and member organization of SanDiwa.

Out of the 530+ relief boxes, ninety-five more were left (New York and New Jersey combined) as the container could not fit any more boxes. NAFCON East Coast will be calling for a community forum within the next few days for the community to decide on what to do with the rest of the boxes. The boxes sent are expected to arrive in Manila by mid to end of February.

On March 7, a victory celebration for the relief campaign will be held as the Filipino community in New York also celebrates the second anniversary of the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center in Queens. Member organizations, volunteers and everyone who helped in the relief efforts are all invited to join in the celebration of the Filipino’s insurmountable strength, resilience and collective action amidst great battle and tragedy, leading to successes of the whole community.

For more information and for continuous coverage of the Bayanihan for Disaster Relief Campaign, please visit www.bayanihan4ondoy.wordpress.com.



More photos from this link: http://s382.photobucket.com/albums/oo261/jonnabaldres/NAFCON_Bayanihan_relief_sendoff_19Jan2010/

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Storage in New York being emptied of ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes

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Loading ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes into the container truck from New York storage

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Volunteers done loading 230+ New York
‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes!

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New Jersey ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes lined up for loading

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Volunteers load New Jersey ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’
boxes into container truck

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Volunteers practice true “Bayanihan” spirit
as they load relief boxes into container truck

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Around 450 ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes sent off to the Philippines!

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Container truck on the way to ship ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes to the Philippines!

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Packing list ready as early as December 2009


DONATIONS: Breakdown of Monetary Donations from NY-NJ sent to Migrante International for “Oplan Sagip Migrante” (as of 16 Oct 2009)

Breakdown of Monetary Donations
sent to Migrante International
for “Oplan Sagip Migrante”
(as of 16 Oct 2009)


Cheques payable to Philippine Forum (as of 16 Oct 2009)

Steven Anreder $ 250.00
Dobi Veloso $ 100.00
Dorothy D’Amato $ 100.00
Raphael Bartholomew $ 360.00
Fatima Turbulencia $ 100.00
Jeanne O ‘ Sullivan $ 100.00
Rosanna Zemana $ 100.00
Lagrimas Parisi $ 100.00
Dolores Flores $ 50.00
Nestor de Leon $ 30.00
Saturnina Manuel $ 30.00
Rosario Pinguel $ 100.00
Ma. Corina Carasig $ 50.00
Lourdes P. Rosa $ 200.00
Allan M. Cacdac $ 100.00
TOTAL $ 1770.00

* Reimbursements

Carlos Esguerra Cheque $ 150.00
TOTAL $ 150.00

Cheques payable to Philippine Forum (as of 16 Oct 2009) $ 1770.00
Reimbursements $ 150.00


First batch of monetary donations were sent through Prof. Danny Mallonga of Philippine Forum.



1st Envelope

Cash from NY $ 1095.00
Cash from NJ $ 256.00
SHINE Benefit $ 301.01
TOTAL $ 1652.01

2nd Envelope

HALO-HALO Cabaret $ 932.00
Cash from NY $ 265.00
TOTAL $ 1197.00

3rd Envelope

Tabling in NJ (04 Oct 2009) $ 73.00
Tabling in NJ (08 Oct 2009)* $ 212.54
TOTAL $ 285.54
  • Reimbursement will follow = $150.00 + $20.00 = $170.00
  • As of Oct 22 – $150 was already received by Migrante International
  • Receivables from reimbursement = $20.00

4th Envelope

Tabling in NY (09 Oct 2009) $ 83.28
Tabling in NY (10 Oct 2009) $ 108.00
Tabling in NY (11 Oct 2009) $ 151.00
TOTAL $ 342.28

1st Envelope $ 1652.01
2nd Envelope $ 1197.00
3rd Envelope $ 285.54
4th Envelope $ 342.28


Names of donors and amount of cash donations are available upon request.
Second batch of monetary donations were sent through Bernadette Ellorin of BAYAN USA.

NOTE: $561 worth of bills and coins was sent back as banks in the Philippines do not accept change.



* Reimbursements

Packing Tapes $ 20.00


Donations received by NAFCON/SanDiwa after Oct 16 have not yet been included.

DONATIONS: Updates from Migrante International (Oct 22)

Mga kasama,

Please find attached our latst updates on your donations and the relief activities Migrante International has conducted.

All these activities would not have been implemented if not for the outpouring of support our kababayans abroad have given. Truly, the spirit of comradeship, kabayanihan,solidarity has been so felt…

We also would like to remind you to please inform us through email of the details of the donation: NAME OF INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION; DATE SENT, AMOUNT SENT — so we can properly monitor these amounts in the bank AND MORE IMPORTANTLY–ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK THE donor.

Once again, in behalf of all those we have reached out to, our thank yous.

In behalf of MI,





10/12 Rowena Carino/ 4,605.00
10/12 Migrante-Denmark 19,067.27
10/13 Migrante ME-Riyadh -Gerry de Guzman (Guam) 37,413.65
10/14 Mig Melbourne 83,366.00
10/19 Migrante ME  – Riyadh  -Gerry de Guzman (Guam) 25,939.43
10/19 Lito Fedelino-Riyadh (MLhuillier) 2,636.39
10/20 Lingap Migrante-Sydney(Meynard and Joy Argana)c/o cdrc 12,195.00


Ugnay Kabayan Central Coast and Migrante North c/o CDRC 26,040.00


10/22 Migrante Ontario can$400.00
10/22 Philippine Forum-US c/o Danny Mallonga U$1,920.
10/19 MIGRANTE KUWAIT IN KIND: 10 boxes of clothes
Trixie U$80.00

Activities: October 12-20:

DATE Community Activity # of families and Ind.
Oct. 14 Nagkakaisang Nayon, Novaliches – Overseas Filipino Club (OFC) community Relief distribution 220 packs for 204 families=1020 ind
Oct. 16 Donation to KAMP for the affected Dumagats in Tanay, Rizal 100 packs/ sack of goodies for children
Oct. 17 Brgy. Maharlika, Taguig, MSP Muslim community Relief distribution 300 packs for 300 families= 1,500 individuals
Lower Bicutan, Taguig Donation to the brgy 100 packs
Oct. 18-20 Brgy Subil, San Miguel Bulacan, Brgy Asturias, hacienda Luisita Joined peasant Caravan for Land,  Relief and Justice to Hacienda LUisita – distirbuted goods to 240 packs, 13 boxes of loaf bread, 7 small boxes of clothes
October 21 Donation to KMU community of workers in Marikina 3 cavans of rice, 75 packs of relief goods
Oct.22 Brgy Bagbag, Novaliches –  Overseas Filipino Club (OFC) community Relief distribution 200 packs for 141 families=705 individuals

Brief Summary:

The activities for this period were focused on those areas which have not been provided any relief up till now, three weeks after Typhoon Ondoy. Migrante reached out to organizations such as KAMP—the alliance of organizations of indigenous people, MCPA- Moro-Christian People’s Alliance, KMP-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and KMU-Kilusang Mayo Uno – and helped in their relief activities.

The communities in Taguig—both in the Muslim community and the Lower Bicutan Area – were still covered in mud. It is anticipated that the disease of leptospirosis could spread in those communities because the clean-up drive by the local government has not started.

Meanwhile, Migrante also joined the 3 day caravan to hacienda Luisita called the Caravan for Land, Relief and Justice, an activity organized by KMP. Migrante brought relief packs to add to the relief packs of KMP and was able to mobilize 12 volunteerss, 2 from the US and 1 from Spain. These packs were distributed in 3 devastated towns of Bulacan and Tarlac.

This Ocotber 22, a Migrante team of  15 volunteers left for Pangasinan to join the CDRC, Central Luzon in conducting relief activities in three towns of Pangasinan. They brought with them goods: rice, dried fish, mineral water, mongo beans and 9 boxes of clothes (Migrante  Kuwait’s donation) loaded ina truck borrowed from one of the presidential candidates. The targeted towns for the rel;ief goods are towns where families of our members in UNIFIL-Hongkong live. Their relief efforts will be reported in the next update. They will be back on Oct. 24.

Targets for next relief activities:

Brgy. Escopa, Quezon City

Sta. Quiteria,Caloocan

Libis, Caloocan

Rehabilitation Support for 24 Migrante members whose houses were washed away in Holy Spirit

Mylene Anastacio P2,000.00
Migrante Taiwan P 15,119.00 (9113+6000)
Migrante Melbourne P40,772.00
Greg Sadorra P 5,678.
* Donnie Mapanao (Mig Switzerland) P11,850
Unifil Hongkong P141,508.80      *P 53,000 of this will be given to BALSA88,508.00
Migrante-UAE $ 798.11  =  P36,893.00
Migrante Nagoya c/o Rosanna Y 10,000.00 = P5,220.
Migrante Riyadh P12, 354.49
Migrante-melbourne P 40,077.00
Migrante-Israel P   6,968.00
Migrante- Jeddah (Roberto Fajarito) P 37,406.
Unifil-Migrante (Hongkong) P 235,296  *  88,000  given to BALSA  = 147,296.
Migrant Action Trust-c/o Migrante New Zealand P  51,514.56
P 503,978.05

Gigi Disini 20 boxes of noodles(1440 packs)
26 boxes of bottled water (910 bottles
288 cans of corned beef
4 cavans of rice
Castillo family 8 cans of taho
Old clothes
3 trays of boiled eggs
Senator Manny Villar 300 bags of rice
300 pcs. Of bottled water
Pasei 1 cavan of rice
Chadli and Sihaya Sadorra 2 bags of clothes and shoes
Mehol and Nilda Sadain 2 boxes of bottled water
2 bags of clothes
Atlas Exhibits A bag of RTWs
Cecille Tellez 10 cups of noodles, old clothes, plastic plates and spoons,plates
Government employee 200 packs
San beda exposurists Bags of old clothes and cup noodles
Residents of Bagong Barrio 439 packed bags

DONATIONS: Amount Raised for Bayanihan for Typhoon Disaster Relief (Batch 2)


(As of 12 October 2009)

ADDITIONAL CHEQUE (as of Oct 16): $100.00





Total from New York/New Jersey (o4 October 2009): $2562.01
Total from San Francisco, CA (05 October 2009): $4903.69

Total from New York/New Jersey (16 October 2009): $2854.82


GRAND TOTAL: $10320.52


Thank you very much to everyone who contributed!

Please find list of donors here (for monetary support) and here (for material support).


All donations will be channeled through Migrante International. Head office is at #63 Narra St., Brgy. Claro, Project 3, QC. You may call at 4210768 and hotline no: 09212709079. Or may email your inquiries at migrantecampaign@gmail.com.

DONATIONS: Updates from Migrante International (Oct 7)

(Translation to follow)

mga kasama,

nasa ibaba po anglatest photos ng relief operations ng Mig sa Lupang Arenda sa Taytay. Hanggang ngayon ay baha pa din sa kanila kaya talagang napilitang magrubber boat (c/o barangay official) upang makapasok sa inner barrio. Muli, ang mga tulong ninyo ang unang unang natanggap na relief ng mga residente doon mula pa nung bagyo. Napilitan din lumusong sa tubig ang ilan sa atin-kasama na ang ating chairperson, si Lean kasama ng ilang MSP staff. Payo ng mga barangay officials, mas maganda kung mag-house to house na lang ang pamimigay.

ngayong linggo, 3 pa ang nakaskedyul na pupuntahan:

Oct. 8– Montalban– kasama natin ang kadamay community
Oct.9- Brgy Sauyo– Quezon City
Oct. 10– babalikan ang Bagong Silang Caloocan kasi kakaunti ang napamahagi nung una.

Next week ay may target tayong 2, isa na ang Muslim communitysa Taguig. maraming mga ofw relatives dito. Kaugnay natin ang MCPA. YUng isa pang community ay nakikipagusap pa tayo sa barangay-kung matutuloy ay iaannounce natin.

Sasama din ang Mgrante sa isang centralized relief operation under BAYAN. kaniya kaniyang ambag na relief goods para makapgdistribute ng libo. as of now, wala pa ding natatanggap na tulong ang mga taga Sta Cruz mula sa gobierno. Inaayos na alng ang mga banka dahil underwater pa din ang bayan hanggang ngayon.

We are also thinking of targetting the needs of school children whose schoolsupplies and books were lost in the floodwaters. Thus we also plan to distribute school supplies.

We will send you more updates.

For migrante international,


— On Wed, 10/7/09, campaignprop <migrantecampaign@gmail.com> wrote:

From: campaignprop <migrantecampaign@gmail.com>
Subject: photo
To: migrante2007@yahoo.com.ph
Date: Wednesday, 7 October, 2009, 3:21 AM

Just follow link of Oplan Sagip Migrante in Taytay, Rizal.

DONATIONS: Amount Raised for Bayanihan for Typhoon Ondoy Disaster Relief (Batch 1)


(As of 04 October 2009)






As soon as cheques are encashed and as soon as we have collected the funds raised from the Halo-Halo Cabaret Performance last Saturday, we will be sending the monetary support straight to Migrante International, our partner alliance facilitating the relief efforts in the Philippines. We will be updating this page again within the week so please stand by for more details.



In our first week of collections Oct1(Thur)-Oct 5(Mon) FCC received:

$3458.19 in cash donations received at FCC in San Francisco
$1423.50 in checks written to Lakas Diwa
P1000 in cash ($22, based on P46 = $1)




GRAND TOTAL: $7465.70


Thank you very much!

Please find list of donors here (for monetary support) and here (for material support).

VIDEOS: Oplan Sagip Migrante