Spirit of Bayanihan in Dingle – Construction of Homes for the Indigent are Underway


Housing construction starts in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

Housing construction is underway Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

The construction of new homes for the indigent in Dingle, Iloilo is well underway (see construction photos).   The homes are being built through the generous donation of the PFK Family Foundation and the partnership of the municipality of Dingle and mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica. The homes are being built in Dingle, Iloilo and the families were chosen after a rigorous application procedure and a lottery system instituted by the municipality of Dingle.

 These homes are very modest and small compared to American suburban home standards. Despite being small, such a home is such a tremendous blessing, especially to Filipino homeless families.  They are provided a secure roof over their heads; sewage pipes; clean running water;  electricity; access to public schools; a paved road that leads to the highway and the main town.

Construction of new homes in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

Construction of new homes in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

But most of all, the Bayanihan Foundation plans to partner with Dingle Mayor Rufino Palabrica and the municipality in the building and creation of a cacao (raw chocolate) processing plant that will potentially become a source of local income for the residents.  Giving them a home creates a stable home and life environment for their children, so that the parents could support their children to fulfill their hopes and dreams. A good home makes a difference.  I am fortunate to partner with the PFK Family Foundation and the municipality of Dingle to help fulfill people’s hopes and dreams and make a difference in their lives.  A good home creates communities and good homes can become realities.

Construction of new homes in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

Construction of new homes in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

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The Spirit of Bayanihan in Dingle, Philippines


In February 2015, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony of 40 new homes to be built in Dingle, Iloilo. I also helped inaugurate the new hospital lobby waiting areas at JP Rizal Memorial Hospital in Calamba, Laguna. It was fun to join all the fanfare and celebration of these inaugural events. But it also made me pause and think.  Beyond the hoopla and the fanfare of these celebratory events, I reflected on these larger questions:  What is Bayanihan?  What is the real impact of this work beyond the ribbon cutting ceremonies?  Who will benefit from this work? Why am I doing this philanthropic work in the first place?

(standing left) Evelyn Castillo interviewing children of Dingle, Iloilo

(standing left) Evelyn Castillo interviewing children of Dingle, Iloilo

A Good Home Gives Children Hope.  The answer came to me when Evelyn Castillo and I interviewed nine girls and boys from Dingle, Iloilo. The nine children and their families are the recipients of homes being built in Dingle, Iloilo, Their families were chosen after a rigorous application procedure and a lottery system instituted by the municipality of Dingle.  The homes are being built through the generous donation of the PFK Family Foundation.  I interviewed nine young girls and boys from Dingle and I heard their hopes and dreams. Some of them want to become teachers. Some wanted to become a doctor or a nurse.  One girl wanted to become a police officer; a boy wanted to become a pilot.  That was the answer.  The Bayanihan Foundation is helping these young girls and boys fulfill their dreams by giving their families a secure home and a roof over their heads.  The Foundation’s support and supervision in building of these homes will help make the dreams of these young girls and boys a reality. Ten to twenty years from now, when these young children become adults I am hoping they have fulfilled their dreams of becoming doctors, nurses, police officers and productive citizens of Dingle. I also have fulfilled my dream of making a difference in people’s lives for a good home gives children hope.

What is the real impact of this work beyond the ribbon cutting ceremonies?  Who will benefit from this work? Why am I doing this philanthropic work in the first place?

Homeowner Christine Panero (standing center)  shows her home to  Dane Dizon (standing left) and Dale Asis (standing right)

Homeowner Christine Panero (standing center) shows her home to Dane Dizon (standing left) and Dale Asis (standing right)

A Good Home Makes A Difference.  The answer came to me when I visited the home of Mr. Jonery and Mrs. Christine Panero with their six-year-old son, Christian. The Panero family is one of the recipients of the homes being built in Dingle.  They were gracious enough to open their home to me. What I saw was a modest home. There were lots of fresh vegetables and even a papaya fruit tree planted in the front yard.  I went inside their home and I saw a smallish sized living room with a tiny dining area and a basic kitchen. I also saw a small backyard where they hang their laundry and an outdoor ‘dirty kitchen’.  I went back inside their home and they showed me their two bedrooms and one bathroom with a shower. It is definitely a very modest home, compared to American suburban home standards. Despite being small, such a home is such a tremendous blessing, especially to Filipino homeless families.  They are provided a secure roof over their heads; sewage pipes; clean running water;  electricity; access to public schools; a paved road that leads to the highway and the main town.  But most of all, the Bayanihan Foundation plans to partner with Dingle Mayor Rufino Palabrica and the municipality in the building and creation of a cacao (raw chocolate) processing plant that will potentially become a source of local income for the residents. So beyond the hoopla of the ribbon cutting, the real impact of the Bayanihan Foundation is the assistance it can give to the Panero family and 40 other families to have a decent home. Giving them a home creates a stable home and life environment for their children, so that the parents could support their children to fulfill their hopes and dreams. A good home makes a difference.  I am fortunate to partner with the PFK Family Foundation and the municipality of Dingle to help fulfill people’s hopes and dreams and make a difference in their lives.  A good home creates communities and good homes can become realities.

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Bayanihan Foundation Offering Pagbabalik (Coming Home) Travel Scholarship


The Bayanihan Worldwide Foundation is offering the Pagbabalik’(Coming Home) Travel Scholarship for travel to the Philippines this summer 2015

In 2015, the Bayanihan Foundation will sponsor travel and accommodations for up to three young adults ages 18 years old and above to visit the Philippines for 14 days. The immersion trip is coordinated to promote diaspora philanthropy; know more about Filipino culture; learn about the foundation’s sustainable projects; connect and develop the participant’s potential sustainable projects; and connect with relatives and the participant’s heritage. The NEXTGEN Travel Program is scheduled for June 23, 2015 to July 7, 2015 and travel to four different islands in the Philippines.

Participants of the 2014 Environmental Youth Camp, Cebu, Philippines

Participants of the 2014 Environmental Youth Camp, Cebu, Philippines

If you are interested, please come to an Informational Session

on Monday, March 9, 2015

5 – 7 pm

DePaul Lincoln Park Campus

LPC Arts and Letters Room 412

2315 N. Kenmore Avenue; Chicago, IL 60614

**Pizza and Pancit will be served

Here is the link to the Bayanihan next-gen project application online:

http://fdnbayanihan.org/current-projects/nextgen-volunteer-program-in-the-philippines/

For additional information, please contact Mr. Dale Asis of the Bayanihan Foundation.

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Groundbreaking Housing Project Demonstrates Hope for the Future


Municipality of Dingle and Bayanihan Foundation celebrates ground breaking ceremony of construction of 40 new homes in Dingle (left to right): Ms. Evelyn Castillo, Bayanihan Foundation Liaison; Mr. Jessie Alecto, Vice Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation; Dr. Rufino Palabrica (Doc Pinoy) Mayor of Dingle

Groundbreaking ceremony of construction of 40 new homes in Dingle (left to right): Ms. Evelyn Castillo, Bayanihan Foundation Liaison; Mr. Jessie Alecto, Vice Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation; Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor of Dingle

(left to right): Febbie Ann Deatras Celo of Dingle; Evelyn Castillo of Bayanihan Foundation; and Mark of  survey the new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February 2015, I was proud to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for 40 new homes in Dingle (pronounced ‘ding-leh’), Iloilo. The Bayanihan Foundation is partnering with the Municipality to provide 40 families with new homes equipped with running water, electricity, bathrooms and the comforts of a modern home. This project has been made possible by the generous contribution of the PFK Family Foundation. Dr. Rufino Palabrica, mayor of Dingle (affectionately called Doc Pinoy) has been the catalyst in making this project a success. He leveraged the funding and provided the roads, electricity and sewer connections and other infrastructure to make this housing project possible and affordable for deserving families.

(left to right): Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation and Marfe Quinlat, Municipality of Dingle Agricultural Officer, in charge of the cacao processing plant

(left to right): Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation and Marfe Quinlat, Municipality of Dingle Agricultural Officer, in charge of the cacao processing plant

Ripe cacao bean, the raw ingredient for fine chocolate

Ripe cacao bean, the raw ingredient for fine chocolate

But most of all, Doc Pinoy and the Municipality of Dingle have secured funding for a plant to process organic cacao beans into raw chocolate. The chocolate processing plant will be built near the housing project to provide much-needed jobs and economic development to the town of Dingle. The Bayanihan Foundation hopes to provide the connections abroad to fetch better prices for the town’s organic chocolate and potentially create higher income for the local families in Dingle.

Laying the initial foundation during the ground breaking ceremony of 40 new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

Laying the first foundation during the groundbreaking ceremony for 40 new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

Foregound: Children living in Dingle, Iloilo that will potentially live in the 40 new homes. Background (left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Dale Asis, Dr. Rufino Palabrica and Mr. Jessie Alecto

Foreground: Children living in Dingle, Iloilo who will potentially live in the 40 new homes. Background (left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Dale Asis, Dr. Rufino Palabrica and Mr. Jessie Alecto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to share two personal reflections of this special and momentous occasion for the Bayanihan Foundation:

(left to right): Vicente Yanesa graduating from College of Nursing 2008 and Dale Asis

(left to right): Vicente Yanesa graduating from College of Nursing 2008 and Dale Asis

1. Providing housing and education and giving the gift of choice. In 2008, I was able to provide a scholarship for my cousin’s son, Vicente Yanesa, to study nursing, my first act of philanthropy. I was proud to make a difference in Vicente’s life and thought that, like many nursing graduates at that time, he was going to migrate to Chicago and work there. But the gift of education gave him the power of choice. He chose to stay in Bicol and practice his profession there. He now works in a local hospital and helps his family. In 2015, I cannot help but reflect that the gift of housing will bring choices to 40 families and their children. I cannot help but admire the impact of the generous gift that the PFK Family Foundation will have in giving these families security, a roof over their heads, and the power of choice. Many years from now, I will look back with pride knowing that I participated in this project and made an impact on the lives of 40 families, giving them a choice and a decent life.

(left to right): Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor Dingle; Mr. Romeo Aguirre, Dingle Housing Association President; Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation

(left to right): Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Romeo Aguirre, Dingle Housing Association President; Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation, surveying the new homes

2. Finding dedicated public servants like Dr. Palabrica. The news tabloids are filled with stories of corrupt politicians and mismanaged projects. However, we should not lose hope that there are still many people in public office who want to serve and help the community. Dr. Rufino Palabrica (Doc Pinoy) stands above the crowd. The moment I met him he showed his selflessness and dedication to serve the municipality of Dingle. He has managed to build the existing 20 homes in Dingle at a reasonable and manageable cost. Doc Pinoy leveraged the municipality’s finances and infrastructure to support the building of these homes. The housing project is built near the main road; it’s close to the elementary and high schools; and all the homes have access to clean running water. Mayor Palabrica demonstrates that dedicated and honest public servants still exist and should be supported in their careers of public service.

You can view more pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony in Dingle, Iloilo by clicking THIS LINK: https://bayanihanprojectsmoveforward.shutterfly.com/

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‘Adorables’ Fulfill Dream of Protected Waiting Area for Hospital Patients


Ground breaking ceremonies at JP Rizal Memorial Hospital (left to right): Dr. Borlongan, Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Ronaldo Catindig, Jeff & Penelope Krogmann, Christine Krogmann, Evelyn Castillo, Gov. Hernandez, Mrs. Hernandez, Brian Aldeza, Atty. Rebanal, Angelita Alviar & Rosemarie Aranza

Ground breaking ceremonies at JP Rizal Memorial Hospital (left to right): Dr. Borlongan, Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Ronaldo Catindig, Jeff & Penelope Krogmann, Christine Krogmann, Evelyn Castillo, Gov. Hernandez, Mrs. Hernandez, Brian Aldeza, Atty. Rebanal, Angelita Alviar & Rosemarie Aranza

On February 17, 2015, I joined Carminda Aldeza and her family in the groundbreaking ceremony of two new hospital lobby areas for the JP Rizal Memorial Hospital in Calamba, Laguna, the only charity hospital in the Laguna area, located 100 kilometers south of Manila. The hospital serves over 20,000 indigent patients and it’s the only medical facility for miles that provides charity care.  However, it did not even have a proper hospital lobby. All indigent patients have to wait out in a makeshift shed with a few corrugated metal sheets attached together as a roof and a few slabs of wood as benches. I’m glad that it was a nice sunny day when I visited.  I wondered what happens when it rains and you have to wait out in the open?

Makeshift hospital lobby of the Calamba Municipal Hospital

Makeshift hospital lobby of the JP Rizal Memorial Hospital

 

Woman holding infant waiting in JP Rizal Memorial hospital

Carminda Aldeza and her legion of volunteer Filpinas called ‘Adorables‘  (Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Aurora Gagni and Eva Torres) immediately got to work and fundraised for the hospital lobby project, in honor of my late cousin Peter Aldeza, honoring his memory, his goodwill and his legacy. The new lobby will offer protection from the elements while patients wait to be seen by doctors.

(left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, Carminda Aldeza and Dale Asis

Filipina women working together in Bayanihan spirit at a fundraiser in Carminda Aldeza’s home (left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, and Carminda Aldeza, with Dale Asis

I am proud that the Bayanihan Foundation made it possible that the charity donations of the ‘Adorables’ became a reality and made real impact in people’s lives in Calamba, Laguna. After construction, the new hospital lobby will be used by over 20,000 indigent patients every year that otherwise would have to wait outside in the elements.  ‘The Adorables’ demonstrated that the four golden Filipino values are alive and well:

  • Tiwala’ (trust)
  • Kabalikat’ (interdependence, sharing responsibilities)
  • Pagkakaisa’ (mutuality, helping each other)
  • Tradisyon’ (traditional values of helping ‘bayanihan’)

The family of the late Peter Aldeza at a fundraiser in Carminda Aldeza’s home (left to right): Jeff Krogmann, Christine Krogmann with baby Penelope, Carminda Aldeza, Carminda’s father, Brian Aldeza

I also would like to extend my sincere thanks to Evelyn Castillo of the Bayanihan Foundation and Dr. Doreen Sales for all their help in making this project possible, despite first challenges in implementing the project.

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Partnership To Build 40 homes for the Indigent in Dingle, Iloilo


40 additional homes planned at PFK LIGHT Village Housing in Dingle, Iloilo

40 additional homes planned at PFK LIGHT Village Housing in Dingle, Iloilo

Dingle Iloilo

(left to right): Housing Village Association President, Dingle Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Dale Asis and Dane Dizon surveying land for 40 more homes in Dingle, Iloilo

I am excited to announce that the Bayanihan Foundation plans to partner with the Municipality of Dingle to build 40 homes for the indigent in Dingle, Iloilo Philippines. The project is made possible by the generous contribution of the PFK Family Foundation to build these 40 homes as part of the PFK LIGHT Village Housing Development in Dingle (pronounced ding-leh).

Dale Asis (center) and Evelyn Castillo (next) surveys the area for the additional 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo

Dale Asis (center) and Evelyn Castillo (next) of the Bayanihan Foundation  surveys the area for the additional 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo, with residents looking on (December 2014)

The Bayanihan Foundation will partner with Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica in the building of these homes. Dr. Palabrica, affectionately nicknamed Doc Pinoy, remains the key  in the continued success of this project. He exemplifies an elected official who is truly dedicated to serve his community.  The Municipality of Dingle has generously provided  the infrastructure including building of the road, sewers, electricity and water lines to accommodate the additional 40 homes. The municipality also has set up a lottery system and a thorough screening process to name and select indigent families that deserve the homes. The families also have to contribute hundreds of hours of ‘sweat equity’ in the construction of their home.

(left to right): Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Village Housing Association President; and Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation

(left to right): Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Village Housing Association President; and Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation

But most of all, the Bayanihan Foundation is excited to partner with the PFK Family Foundation and the Municipality of Dingle in the construction and establishment of a cocoa processing plant nearby. Upon completion, the residents will work in processing and manufacturing raw organic cocoa that can be refined and manufactured into fine chocolate and artisan chocolate products.

I am hopeful that the foundation can continue its five-year track record of transparency and accountability of its diaspora philanthropy projects, in order to engender more support from Filipino diaspora donors. The Bayanihan Foundation continues its winning streak of completing projects that can be accounted for.

Planned 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

Planned 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

Bayanihan Foundation visits Dr. Palabrica in the municipal hall (left to right): Dale Asis, Evelyn Castillo, Will Dix and Dr. Rufino Palabrica

Bayanihan Foundation visits Dr. Palabrica in the municipal hall (left to right): Dale Asis, Evelyn Castillo, Will Dix and Dr. Rufino Palabrica

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Highlights From 2014, Looking Forward to 2015


Maraming Salamat!  Thank you for your support of the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide. You helped make 2014 one of the best fundraising years for the Foundation. 97% of all your donations went directly to our programs and intended beneficiaries. In 2014, the Foundation earned the Guide Star USA Exchange Gold logo as a symbol of commitment to transparency and accountability. Gifts like yours are critical and are put to work right away. In 2014, I wanted to share four highlights of the foundation’s work:

1. Provided Immediate Recovery Relief to 12,000 flood victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Typhoon Haiyan Eye of the Storm about to Hit Landfall (November 2013)

Typhoon Haiyan Eye of the Storm about to Hit Landfall (November 2013)

On November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Guian, Samar becoming the strongest typhoon ever recorded, with sustained winds recorded up to 315 km/hour. By August 2014, I had visited Leyte and Samar three times and handed out 12,000 emergency food relief packages worth over $15,000 to far-flung barangays (villages) including providing food relief packages to street children scavenging on a garbage dump in Tacloban, Leyte.

Evelyn Castillo and Dale Asis distributing food relief to street children in Barangay (Village) Santo Nino Tacloban City, Leyte Philippines

Evelyn Castillo and Dale Asis distributing food relief to street children in Barangay (Village) Santo Nino Tacloban City, Leyte Philippines

Volunteer doctors from Medical Action Group provided much needed medical care

Volunteer doctors from Medical Action Group provided much-needed medical care

2. Impact on education and children

In August 2014, the Foundation donated ten used laptop computers and ten used desktop computers to Giporlos, Samar, donations courtesy of Will Dix, Linda Jamrozy and other donors like you. Since 2011, James Castillo and other donors like you have supported youth environmental education for hundreds of youth in Cebu, planting over 10,000 mangrove trees to promote long-term sustainability and positive climate change.

(standing left to right) Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo handing over six laptop computers to the Giporlos Central Elementary School

(standing left to right) Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo handing over six laptop computers to the Giporlos Central Elementary School

  1. Supported Health and long-term sustainability

In August 2014, the Foundation built two latrines for 4,000 schoolchildren in Iligan, Philippines in partnership with Rotary Chicago Far North. In 2015, foundation plans to build 1,200 latrines in partnership with Rotary clubs, the Samar Health Office and the local government.

(standing left) Dale Asis inspecting new wash basins with running water, with Principal Vivian Santiago and teacher Ms. Gutierrez looking on

(standing left) Dale Asis inspecting new wash basins with running water, with Principal Vivian Santiago and teacher Ms. Gutierrez looking on

  1. Raised funds to support a public hospital

In October 2014, ‘The Adorables’ (Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Aurora Gagni and Eva Torres) held a fundraising party to build a hospital lobby in Calamba in memory of the late Peter Aldeza, a native of Calamba living in the US. It’s a testament of Filipinos working together.

(left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, Carminda Aldeza and Dale Asis

(left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, Carminda Aldeza and Dale Asis

Plea for your Continued Support and Donation

Although we have made major gains, I would like you to stay with the Philippines and continue your support for long-term sustainability. Would you be able to help the Foundation build on its successes? The Foundation is also working on other issues including advocating for Filipino Amerasians and the cleanup of former US military bases.

Your donation of any amount will go a long way.

  • Would you consider donating $25? It will provide continued recovery in areas hit hard by Typhoon Yolanda or help Board member James Castillo led a campaign to help children plant thousands of mangrove seedlings to support long-term recovery efforts including permaculture.
(standing second from right): James Castillo, foundation board member, leads youth participants in planting mangrove trees in Cebu, Philippines

(standing second from right): James Castillo, foundation board member, leads youth participants in planting mangrove trees in Cebu, Philippines

  • Would you donate $50 to help conduct one educational workshop on youth and sustainability? In 2015, the Foundation plans to build 1,200 public and private latrines in Eastern Samar to contribute to the UNICEF WASH efforts of ‘zero open defecation’ for long-term health.
Bayanihan Foundation board member conducting permaculture workshop in Cebu, Philippines

Bayanihan Foundation board member conducting permaculture workshop in Cebu, Philippines

  • Would you donate $100 to build one latrine, end open defecation and promote hygiene?
Open sewer of non-functioning latrines at Iligan Central Elementary School in 2012

Open sewer of non-functioning latrines at Iligan Central Elementary School in 2012

  • Would you donate $500 to build an additional home for low-income families in Dingle, Iloilo?
Planned 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

Planned 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

You can send your donations directly to Bayanihan Foundation 2020 N. California Ave. Suite 7 Chicago, IL 60647. You can also donate securely online through PayPal at www.fdnbayanihan.org Remember, 97% of your donation directly goes directly to our projects. Maraming Salamat! Thank you again for your continued support.

 

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