Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school

by Philippine American Guardian Association, Inc.
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school
Send 130 needy Filipino Amerasians to school

Greetings friends and donors of PAGA!

During the past few months of summer break we were pleased to see the advancement of many of our student beneficiaries. Congratulations to 11 Senior High School graduates, 11 Junior High completers, and 3 Elementary graduates.

Together with other students at different levels, they were promoted to the next year/grade level despite the challenges and difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. They successfully adapted to the “new normal setup”, with no face-to-face schooling. The highlight of the school year was the attendance of these students through Virtual Graduation and Moving-Up ceremonies uploaded by their respective school in YouTube and/or the school’s social media links.

School is already in session again in the Philippines, as of September 13. A total of 71 beneficiaries are enrolled now. The distance learning mode is still in effect, but responding to the challenges, we will continue to be flexible with our programs to support our beneficiaries in their pursuit of completing the requirements for higher education diplomas.

During the past few months we conducted 4 Webinar sessions via Zoom for 54 of our students with the theme: PAGA Cares: “Student’s Life Learning Experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

This was a venue for students to share their insights and learning experiences with distance learning during the COVID pandemic. Most encountered difficulties but there were also joyful moments during their online class. Many shared about having gained new friends, developed self-confidence, and knowledge, especially on using different applications such as Google Meet, Zoom and Microsoft Office.

All attendees expressed their thanks and appreciation for the support from PAGA especially the grant of their monthly educational stipend which was a big help for them to access data loads and/or internet connections, complete school projects, and enabled them to move up to next educational level.

On September 18, 2021 PAGA conducted a Webinar for the parents of beneficiaries with the Theme: PAGA Cares “Facts and Questions on COVID 19, Self-Care and Vaccination”. 46 attended, with Dr. John Carlo M. Malabad, MD, PhD, an assistant scientist from DOST-PCHRD as the invited resource speaker.

Also, “PAGA Matters” – the May-June 2021 newsletter, was released and can be found on https://www.paga.ph.

In closing, we’d like to emphasize our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of our donors and volunteers. Please know that PAGA management is aware of the act of support that is made by your donation. We would be unable to continue our work for these worthy beneficiaries without your generosity.

Stay safe always!

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Gregorio family beneficiary receives knee surgery
Gregorio family beneficiary receives knee surgery

Welcome to our 8th update report since we began our partnership with GlobalGiving, and our 4th update, post - COVID-19 pandemic.

A year ago we started the June report by saying "The whole world has changed since our March update".

In addition to severe and widespread poverty, what's really changed still, and most challenging to PAGA and its mission, is the public educational system, which is our beneficiaries’ springboard to becoming successful and contributing members of Filipino society.

There are about 29 million students enrolled from the pre-primary to the tertiary level  in the Philippines and in mid-March last year public schools were closed to all of them, and they remain closed today. Face-to-face instruction is forbidden, and even an exploratory program to look at reinstating limited classroom instruction is on hold.

Nowadays, students use a combination of distance learning 'modalities' ranging from TV broadcasted lessons, printed 'modules', and online resources.

Children under 17 years of age aren’t allowed outside of their homes under the quarantine restrictions, but at-home education is not easy for many of these students and their parents. The home environment is often crowded with a quarantined, multigenerational, family. The schoolwork, particularly the printed modules, can be difficult to complete and the parents or elder siblings are often unable to assist with the content. Around 3 million students have dropped out in the first year of distance learning for various reasons, including the difficulty of studying at home.

But we at PAGA have doubled down on our support for the beneficiaries enrolled in school, such as it is!

We have provided dozens of students with tablet computers to assist in their online learning. We are providing financial assistance for the basic survival needs of the poorest of our students’ families. We are rewarding all continuing students with a P1,000/month financial incentive IF they maintain satisfactory progress in their studies. Our social workers are in close, sometimes daily,  contact with our beneficiaries’ families to assist in obtaining health care or meeting other pressing needs.

Failure is not an option, and sincerest thanks to all of our donors for enabling the increased support required to help our students’ ongoing progress towards their educational goals!

Ignacio family beneficiary volunteers as fireman
Ignacio family beneficiary volunteers as fireman

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Greetings donors and friends of PAGA !

The months of November, December, and January have been busy ones for PAGA and its beneficiaries.

The return to school was on October 5, with no face-to-face instruction permitted. Online classes are being conducted but are challenging for some of our learners due to the cost and inadequacy of internet access. In addition, printed modules are made available for students where this is the best alternative.

As of November, approximately 90 PAGA beneificiaries are enrolled and participating in our current educational program. This program provides a minimal financial incentive to the student's family (approx. $USD 20)  for each month that is successfully completed. This payment, though modest, is significant to the student's family finances, and creates buy-in from the families towards supporting the education of their children.

3 PAGA families from Pasig, Cainta, Rizal and Bulacan were affected by Typhoon Ulysses on November 12, 2020. Emergency financial assistance was provided to help repair damage to their houses and for essentials,

December was always eagerly awaited by our beneficiaries as PAGA conducted holiday gatherings for the beneficiaries and their families. These were great events for all of our youth and their families to bond with each other and the PAGA staff and trustees. Games, food, and modest gifts were distributed to the attendees.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented these celebrations due to the health protocols of the ongoing quarantines in the Philippines. But the PAGA staff arranged for pickup or delivery of holiday gift baskets to them as an alternative, to permit the families to celebrate in spite of the restrictions.

January brought the hope of a better New Year for all of us - so we can soon focus only on our mission to support the education and employment of our needy Filipino Amerasian beneficiaries.

And without your help it wouldn't be possible, we are deeply grateful for you, our donors.


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Our last GlobalGiving report, dated June 25, 2020, covered the arrival and entrenchment of the COVID-19 pandemic, from whose effects we are still reeling.

Since then, we have ‘reformatted’ our delivery of services to PAGA’s beneficiaries to comply with the government’s evolving health protocols, and continue to spend the majority of our budget on combating the direct and indirect impacts of this invisible enemy.

One major change is the cessation of face to face learning in the Philippines’ school system, which will now employ various modes of distance learning, including online.

Due to health requirements, interactions between PAGA staff and beneficiaries are being conducted by Zoom teleconferencing, cell phone calls, text messages, and social media messaging.

PAGA social workers continue to facilitate psychosocial interventions, as necessary, to those families experiencing anxieties related to their income loss, and fears for the school enrollment of their children. The social workers help them plan and explore possible resources available.

PAGA was grateful to be the recipient of a hardship grant in the amount of USD $ 1,000 from GlobalGiving which will be used in support of our most vulnerable beneficiary families.

On July 8, PAGA’s Executive Committee approved the immediate payments of PHP 1,000 to approximately 20 families in desperate need due to their near total loss of income by the COVID-19 lockdown. The first payment was made in early July, a second payment during the first week of August, and another in September due to the ongoing need.

Also approved was a proposal to provide all officially enrolled students’ families with a monthly financial stipend of PHP 1,000 upon resumption of school on the new start date of October 5, 2020 and continuing through the end of the school year. The purpose of this is to provide some incentive income to students for attending school, partially offsetting their associated expenses and most importantly to reduce the parental pressure on our students to drop out and work.

This program has had an immediate positive impact on the number of youth enrolled in school.

Sixteen students began schooling prior to the October 5th official start, and have already benefited by the start of the monthly PHP 1,000 in the second weeks of September and October 2020.

In late September PAGA received approval of its application for a Beacon Grant from Elks National Foundation. This grant was in the amount of USD $3,500, to be used for the acquisition of 34 tablet computers for our High School students’ online learning needs.

Please donate to support PAGA’s assistance to these needy biracial Filipino-Amerasian children and their families. Indicate “COVID-19” on your donation and we will allocate 100% directly to our beneficiaries..

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The whole world has changed since our last project update on March 2.

On March 16 Metro Manila, and soon thereafter, all of Luzon, was placed under quarantine in an attempt to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Schools had already been closed in Metro Manila, and with this quarantine, all schools were closed.

The original government plan was for the quarantine to end on April 12 but it has since been extended and modified repeatedly and will now be in effect indefinitely as the government juggles the need to “re-open” the economy with the risk of further spread of the disease and associated fatalities. The government recently announced that there will be no “new normal” and the quarantines will be kept in place for the foreseeable future.

In addition to the schools, the quarantine on March 16 immediately shuttered all "non-essential" businesses, and therefore all of our PAGA beneficiaries' families suffered from a partial or total loss of income, resulting in financial stress and hunger.

In order to help our beneficiaries, given the urgent circumstances, our social workers interviewed and assessed them all. They determined that 64 of our beneficiaries’ families were in immediate need, and we provided cash remittances of 2,000 to these 64 families in March, and again in a second round of payments in April. A third tranche was paid in late May. Our intention is to augment, not replace, what they may already receive in cash or relief goods from the local barangay, LGU, DSWD, or DOLE. Until now, most of these government agencies have struggled with getting the funds and/or food in the hands of the needy recipients in a timely and undiluted fashion. In fact there are still funds from the 1st round of DSWD’s Social Amelioration Program in April that are undisbursed as of now, in June.

We are now under a “GCQ” or General Community Quarantine in Metro Manila and a modified form of GCQ with lesser but still intrusive, sets of restrictions in all other provinces of the country, except Cebu City which is under a very strict lockdown called “ECQ” (enhanced community quarantine). The threat of future localized strict lockdowns to control “hot spots” is ongoing. Some citizens have returned to work but many more remain unemployed, with total job losses in the Philippines estimated at around 5 million, and government coffers seriously depleted. Estimates are that 70% of Filipino families have lost their livelihood. To make matters worse, typhoon season has arrived and we’ve already experienced an intense tropical storm on top of the quarantine in some of the eastern provinces ...

PAGA’s social workers are in constant contact with our beneficiaries and will continue to review the status of their families. We will respond accordingly by providing periodic financial assistance as long as our resources permit.

Online registration for the now delayed start of the next school year is ongoing. The start date is August 24, but no face-to-face instruction will take place. Distance learning, in different forms, will be the only allowed modality “until a vaccine is available” according to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Our PAGA beneficiary enrollment is well below that of last year due to the parents’ fear of allowing their children to attend school, and perhaps more importantly due to the almost universal poverty that has affected our families. They can’t afford to let the children receive education while they need them to work for whatever small amount they can earn to contribute to the family coffers.

Even after the final quarantine has been lifted, the economic damage to the country’s economy, and to the frail finances of our beneficiaries will continue for months, if not years.

While the goal for our project seems unrealistic at this point, the assistance we can provide to our current beneficiaries is very important.

Please donate to support PAGA’s assistance to these biracial Filipino-Amerasian families. Indicate “COVID-19” on your donation and we will allocate 100% directly to our needy families.


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Philippine American Guardian Association, Inc.

Location: Makati City, NCR - Philippines
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Twitter: @PAGA_PH
Project Leader:
Terry Haas
Makati City, NCR Philippines
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