Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Operations in SG [Working Document]

15 11 2013

I want to volunteer!
I want to donate in kind!
I want to donate cash!
In what other events can I participate?

I want to volunteer!

Platitos SG
Volunteers needed to sort donations
When: Nov 16-17 (Sat-Sun), 12 nn – 12 mn
Where: 1 Tras Link, #01-08 (nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar)
Site: https://www.facebook.com/platitosSG/info

Pinoygraphers / Kigwa Badminton Group / Bagong Bayani / LBC
When: Nov 16 (Sat), 8-10 pm
Where: Marina Bay Sands (in front of Louis Vuitton)
Site: https://www.facebook.com/PinoygrapherSg

Singapore Red Cross
Volunteers needed to man the hotlines and fund collection booths.
Site: http://www.redcross.org.sg
Contact: 6664 0500

GK Singapore
Volunteers needed to handle volume of calls, and office manager Claire Pascua urgently needs help for a number of disaster-related efforts (1-2 people needed a day to help).
Where: 352 Tanglin Road, #01-02 Strathmore Block
Contact: cpascua@gk1world.com or 8522-4098

Bayanihan Center
Volunteers needed for packing goods
Contact: Bembit Villa bembit.bosavilla@gmail.com

I want to donate in kind!

LBC (in partnership with the Phil. Red Cross) @ Lucky Plaza
Goods needed: canned/bottled food, medicine, bottled water/juice/milk, sleeping bags, mosquito nets, toiletries, laundry detergent/soap
When: Until Nov 30
Where: LBC Lucky Plaza, #03-46, 304 Orchard Road (nearest MRT: Orchard)
Contact: 800-1012708

Kigwa Badminton Group @ Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall
Goods needed: Clothes, food, etc.
When: Nov 16 (Sat), 8 am – 3 pm, during GOB’s Cup Filipino Badminton Tournament
Where: Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall (nearest MRT: Yio Chu Kang)
Site: https://www.facebook.com/PinoygrapherSg

Platitos SG
Goods needed: canned/bottled food, medicine, bottled water/juice/milk, sleeping bags, mosquito nets, toiletries, laundry detergent/soap
When: Nov 16-17 (Sat-Sun), 12 nn – 12 mn
Where: 1 Tras Link, #01-08 (nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar)
Site: https://www.facebook.com/platitosSG/info

Macoline (S) Pte Ltd @ Jurong Port Road
Goods needed: bottled water, ready-to-eat/canned food, biscuits, baby needs (milk powder, diapers, wipes, etc.), feeding bottles, old clothes (pls do not send torn or tattered clothes), used children’s/baby clothes, blankets, slippers
When: Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm until Nov 20 (Wed)
Where: 31 Jurong Port Road, #05-20 Jurong Logistics Hub 619115
Site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/179859388876067/

I want to donate cash!
(source: Website of the Embassy of the Philippines, Singapore: http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/news/2013/11/typhoon-yolanda-relief-assistance/)

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC)
Account Name : NDRRMC Donated Funds
Account Numbers: 0435-021927-030 (Peso Account);
0435-021927-530 (Dollar Account);
Swift Code : DBPHPHMM Account #36002016
Address: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Camp Aguinaldo Branch, PVAO Compound, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines 1110
Contact Person: Ms. Rufina A. Pascual
Contact Number: (632) 421-1920;911-5061 to 65 local 116
Email : accounting@ocd.gov.ph; website : http://www.ndrrmc.gov.ph

2. Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
http://www.redcross.org.ph; Tel. (632)527-0000
Banco De Oro: (Peso)00-453-0018647; (Dollar) 10-453-0039482; Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Metrobank: (Peso)151-3-041631228; (Dollar)151-2-15100218-2; Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Philippine National Bank: (Peso)3752 8350 0034; (Dollar) 3752 8350 0042; Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
Unionbank of the Philippines: (Peso)1015 4000 0201; (Dollar) 1315 4000 0090; Swift Code: UBPHPHMM
Donations can also be sent via Groupon SG: http://www.groupon.sg/deals/singapore/Singapore-Red-Cross-Society/717760697

3. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Account No.: 3124-0055-81
Bank Branch Address: Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan, Quezon City, Philippines
Contact Person: Ms. Fe Catalina Ea
Contact No.: (632)931-8101 local 226; CP(632)918-628-1897
Website: http://www.dswd.gov.ph

4. Singapore Food Bank
Cash donations needed to fund food packs to be sent to the Philippines
To donate, go to http://www.foodbank.sg/masaya/
Contact: nichol@foodbank.sg or shermain@foodbank.sg

In what other events can I participate?

Mass for the special intention of the typhoon victims
When: Nov 15 (Fri), 8pm
Where: St. Ignatius Church, 120 Kings Road.

GK Singapore’s 5k/10k Fun Run (apologies for the seemingly inappropriate name but only this week was it converted to a fundraiser specifically for Typhoon Yolanda)
When: Nov 24, flag-off at 7 am
Where: Bedok Reservoir
Site: http://runtobuild.gksingapore.org/


Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dHZDkITH7tvCXq3VhAksDCFMDi2Mxyc714OyuzY5DjI/edit


Through a prayer

18 05 2013

On the 26th of April, we attended a weekday mass. At the end of the ceremony, I asked her to kneel and pray with me.



Thank you for bringing Jewella back home to me. Thank you for keeping her safe during her stay in Iligan, in keeping her healthy until she has come back to my arms. I am grateful for all that you have given to both of us. Thank you for our families and friends who have continued to love and support us. Please continue to keep them safe and strong. Continue to bless them as you have blessed me and Jewella.

In front of you Lord, I make this solemn promise to continue to love and cherish Jewella. I promise to take care of her the best I can. I know that to promise the world to her is impossible but she means the world to me and through you I offer myself to her, now, and especially as we take this next step in our life together…

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2012: A year in focus, of change

31 12 2012

2012 turned out to be not what I expected when it began. Nevertheless, it allowed me to refocus and change. It was a difficult start of the year when I hurt my back and diagnosed with problem that had to make me stop doing a lot of things. I gave up a lot of things and it was difficult to get over the fact.


But when life gives you lemons, cut it in half and sprinkle over your salmon. Piece by piece, I guess, you can get back up your feet. Now, with new eyes and a different perspective, I’d probably be able to look back on 2012 and think of it as when hell of a meal.

Filipino Dragons (Singapore) 2012

24 12 2012

One Mind
One Focus
One Goal

One Soul
One Stroke
One Passion

One Heart
One Beat
One Love

One Team.

Behind the Story from Jeffrey Tan on Vimeo.

Meet my dragon boat -> The Filipino Dragons (Singapore)

A Commentary on the Philippine Party List System

29 10 2012

I was reading through an article regarding the Comelec tearing through the legitimate party-lists from those that aren’t. What I found quite interesting was a comment by a reader (Platypus09):

There should only be 2- to 3-political party structure in our country like the US’ Democratic Party, Republican Party, and the Green Party.

It has to be mandated by Congress as a political reform law or by way of a Constitutional
Amendment to streamline and get rid of multiple-political party structure during elections, which sounds ridiculous and out of control.

More parties means chaos, people will be divided, more-than-half-of-the-majority mandate will not be reached if there are more than two candidates running for national government
positions from multiple political parties, Comelec will need more manpower and thus VERY COSTLY.

If there are only two main political parties as electoral structure, these candidates will run against each other first depending on their party affiliations in the geographical or electoral divisions they belong and then the party winners will run against each other. Thus, there will be only two to three candidates per position per electoral division.

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Philippine Independence Day 2012

12 06 2012

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
– Thomas Paine –

Freedom has its price and the price is to ensure that the freedom we enjoy will not be taken away again – to be constantly vigilant of those who we allow to lead and of ourselves that we do not take away the freedom others deserve. A free society must be a society where each member gives respect and confers constraint where due. While we fight for a corrupt free government, we must also fight for a corrupt free self. In no way can we expect leaders of our society to do us right, when we as the society do not always do right.

Freedom is our cause. Freedom is our cost. Freedom is an obligation we allow for our fellowmen. Happy Independence Day! 🙂

On Chief Justice Corona’s Impeachment

29 05 2012

The merits and demerits of the case are both valid. Now, I hate to be in the shoes of the senator-judges now as they try to make a decision that is both fair and right. The quasi-judicial, quasi-political excuse is now thrown back at them as they cannot simply make a judicial decision without any political implications, and vice versa. Come tomorrow, whatever the result, I hope that we all would  respect that decision and move on.

Hoping and praying for a safe Tuesday afternoon.