SOS for our KAISA KA Fire Survivors

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Dear Friends and Allies

Yesterday, February 7, 2017 at around 9:38 PM, fire quickly spread through Gates 1 and 10 of Barangay 20 Zone 2, District 1 in Parola Compound. The blaze displaced an initial estimate of 3,000 families or approximately 18,000 individuals. Though the cause of the blaze is still unknown, it was only two years prior that the other side of Parola Compound, Barangay 275 Zone 25 in District III, Binondo went up in flames for twelve hours, which ate up two hectares of houses corresponding to 55 Million pesos worth of damage.

The area is being eyed for the Pasig Rehabilitation Plan and Port Development Plan despite two Presidential Proclamations (2002 and 2004) and one Executive Order handed down during the Arroyo administration that has awarded the area to its current residents.

For Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan Para sa Kalayaan or KAISAKA, a national grassroots women organization, it counts among its members at least one thousand individuals affected by the fire. Thus we are switching on our Oplan Sagip Bayan (Oplan People’s Rescue) in behalf of those affected by the fire.

This is in close coordination with CONCERN or Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation, an institution that has more than twenty-seven years of consistent work in the field of disaster-risk and rehabilitation and has assisted more than two million individuals since 1988 including Pinatubo, Milenyo, Yolanda, Ondoy and even Lawin.

The affected residents were only able to escape the blaze with their lives. Devoid of roofs over their heads some sought to go back to their homes, now blackened stubs, trying to salvage anything serviceable. Some sought shelter in the nearby Iglesia Church Compound or at the Delpan Complex.

Their ability to eke out a living, already precarious from the onset is made more so made even more so when disasters like this happen. As of now, adult and child alike have yet to have a warm meal or even a comforting cup of milk or coffee.

They already occupy the bottom rungs of society and are in dire need of assistance from various concerned sectors like as clothing including underwear, baby diapers and sanitary napkins; sanitary kits: toothpaste, toothbrush, soaps, shampoo and face towel, food including milk for babies (breast milk or formula milk), potable water, kitchen utensils (including pots and pans) and cooking stoves; flashlight and batteries, medicines, heavy canvass (for make-shift roof/wall) and rope; sleeping materials like mats, pillows and blankets; along with building materials (wood, G.I sheets, nails, cement etc.) including hammer and saw.

As we switch on Oplan Sagip Bayan, we are sending out an appeal to all our friends and allies, like you, hoping that we can gather both food and non-food support for the fire victims and able-bodied volunteers, specifically for the one thousand five hundred members who are part of our network of grass roots organizations.

Our ability to respond hinges on how fast we can muster the needed support for the victims. Help us help the Parola fire victims now. Please see the attached PLEDGE FORM below. You may also bring your donations to our drop center : Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas (MKP) Building, 22 Domingo Guevarra St., Brgy Hi-way Hills, Mandaluyong City or call us at these numbers : (02) 717 3262 c/o Josef (0932 8662094)or DJ (0923 8161971).  You may also contact local operators at kaisaka.north@gmail,com and at +639182086666.

Respectfully,

(SGD) Atty. Virginia Suarez-Pinlac

Coordinator, Oplan Sagip Bayan

Email: sagipbayan.pinas@gmail.com

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P L E D G E   F O R M

 

YES, I/We am/are intend to (please check the appropriate item)

 

_____ provide food, medicines and other forms of non-food assistance

_____ donate an amount of PhP ______ for the purchase of relief goods and other logisticsneeded for the emergency response (a standard pack of relief goods enough for a family of 6 to consume in 3 days amounts to PhP1250.00 or $ 27.00)

_____ share my time and skills on emergency response from ______ until

_____________

_____ disseminate your appeal to other organizations and individuals

_____ lend my/our equipment which could be used for the Emergency Operations Center

           ______ vehicle

           ______ radio transceiver

           ______ cellular phone

           ______ fax machine

           ______ warehouse

           ______ others (please specify) _______________________________ endorse the OSB to my friends who are also willing to do the same

 

You may come to pick-up my/our support on _____________ (date) at _________ (place). In case, I/We am/are out, please coordinate with Mr./Ms._____________

 

Name:               ____________________________

Signature:         ____________________________

Date:                ____________________________

 

………………………………………………………………

For financial assistance in our cash or checks, please send it to:

 

PESO ACCOUNT

Account Number: 6930027498                                       

Account Name: Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KAISA KA) Inc.

Bank Address: BDO Mandaluyong Libertad Branch

                        GF Sierra Heights Place, Libertad corner Sierra Madre Sts., Brgy. Highway Hills,

                        Mandaluyong City Philippines 1550

 

DOLLAR ACCOUNT

Account Number:106930026351                         

Account Name: Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KAISA KA) Inc.

Swift Code: BDO-BNORPHMM

Routing No.: 021-000089

Bank Address: BDO Mandaluyong Libertad Branch

                        GF Sierra Heights Place, Libertad corner Sierra Madre Sts., Brgy. Highway Hills,

                        Mandaluyong City Philippines 1550

 

 

For volunteer work and endorsements, please coordinate with the Secretariat:

(02) 717 3262 c/o Jhay or DJ (0923 8161971) @ Oplan Sagip Bayan Volunteer Center – NCR: Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas Bldg. #22 Libertad St. Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City Tel/ Fax: (02) 717 3262         Email: sagipbayan.pinas@gmail.com

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