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


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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Thanks to you and our other generous donors we have raised over USD $8,464 towards this project on GlobalGiving. To date we have received 68 donations for this project. Our goal is still USD $20,000 but we are already moving forward with the amount raised, which will help fund 40 Filipino Amerasian children for a year!

PAGA continues with its busy calendar of events and services for assisting the development of our beneficiaries, and here are some of the activities from the past few months:

In November we gave an update presentation to members of the Manila Elks Lodge, a charitable fraternal organization and an important PAGA donor.

The annual December Christmas activities brought joy to the PAGA community. 146 beneficiaries and family members attended and enjoyed the food, Christmas baskets, games, prizes, and gifts.

On January 18 a Dental Clinic was conducted at the state-of-the-art facilities of National University's College of Dentistry. 34 beneficiaries availed of the free dental services.

Other areas of financial support during the past few months are:

Educational Assistance - P 13,525 USD $690 for (graduation expenses, books, uniforms, enrollment, etc.) 

Disaster Relief - P 3,000 USD $60 (damages caused by Typhoon Tisoy)

Health Care - P 5,650 USD $110 (hospitalization, meds) 

Again, sincere thanks to all who support our mission of improving the lives of Filipino Amerasian children!

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Thanks to you, our generous donors, we have raised over USD $8,394 towards this project. Our goal was, and still is, USD $20,000 but we are already moving forward with the amount raised, which will fund 40 Filipino Amerasian children for a year!

This is update #2 since the fundraiser promotion period, which ended on June 28. PAGA continues with its calendar of events and services for assisting the development of our beneficiaries.

Here are some of the activities that PAGA has sponsored or participated in since the previous update report, through mid-November:

EDUCATION

Patricia B., graduated - BS Mechanical Engineering (TIP Manila) She finished the course on October 29, 2019, will join the graduation rites on April 2020. She is currently taking up review classes in preparation for board exam in February 2020 at the Prime Mechanical Review Training Center.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Five beneficiaries received a total of P7,800 for various educational expenses including uniforms, OJT fees, books, and Immersion.

HEALTH-CARE

Jennyvie D., Grade 12, Humanities and Social Science Strands – provided with P1,680 for diagnostic procedure and laboratory fee to rule out abnormal size of the neck. Results presented on September 30,2019 showed no evidence of mass. She was advised to refrain from over stressing her throat.

Dental Care Program – just received NU’s approval of the Dental Care program for PAGA beneficiaries. Working on the transportation logistics.

PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Seminar on “Promoting Self Care for Children and their Parents” with a team of resource persons from Angeles City Social Welfare and Development Office and DSWD Region 3.

Held on October 5, 2019 at Conference Hall, Barangay Balibago, Angeles City. 16 (8 students and 8 parents) attended and actively participated in the workshop. The seminar was timely and as they became abreast with the current societal concerns and how they can apply the learning as part of self-care. The total expenses of the activity were P6,194.00.

“On-Line Career Assessment Test” Guidance for Career Planning. The free career assessments for our Junior and Senior High students is courtesy of Mr. Malcolm Pick, National Director of Profiles Asia Pacific, Inc., a friend referral of Mr. F. Holz. 

Held on October 26, 2019, 12 students (5 Grade 10 and 7 Grade 12) took the On-line Career Assessment Test that was conducted at the PAGA office in two batches. At the end of the activity, the students were asked about their experience and lessons learned taking the online assessment test, some of their responses are:

- The test was not easy, especially since it has a time limit, focus is very important.

- Read and understand the instructions carefully as well as the questions.

- Very timely, because soon, school tests, submission of projects and research might be on-line; and we’re able to experience it here in PAGA.

Thanks again for your donations. They are critical to our ongoing support and services.

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Thanks to you, our generous donors, we have raised over USD $6,600 towards this project. Our goal was, and still is, USD $20,000 but we are already moving forward with the amount raised, which will fund 40 Filipino Amerasian children for a year!

Since the fundraiser promotion period, which ended on June 28, PAGA has continued with its busy calendar of events and services for assisting the development of our beneficiaries.

Here are some of the activities that PAGA has sponsored or participated in since the fundraiser:

US Flag Day - 10 youth and 1 parent attended the activity on June 10 upon the invitation from the Manila Elks Lodge 761. Social worker Phen and program assistant Axil also attended. 5 PAGA youth served as flag bearers and were thankful for the experience and appreciated learning about some of America’s patriotic customs and practices. Each one also received a school bag filled with school supplies.

4th of July Celebration - at the Corinthian Carpark in Makati City. 10 beneficiaries participated and were accompanied by social workers Phen and Rory.

Dental Health Care clinic - July 27, targeting 50 youth

Self Care and Self Management seminar - Aug 17, targeting 30 youth and parents

This seminar provided beneficiaries and parent knowledge about protecting one's self during periods of stress and difficult situations. It also aimed to raise awareness on certain laws to protect women and children against acts of violence, in particular, the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act of 2004 (R.A. 9262).

A Resource Person from the Makati City Social Welfare Development Office facilitated the seminar.

Interactive Workshop for College and Senior HS - Aug 31, targeting 38 youth

Thanks again for your donations. They are critical to our ongoing support and services.

With much appreciation,

Terry Haas

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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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