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Outreach Activity

Community Relief Mission in Ternate, Cavite

The Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. (OHFWI) aims to bring its programs and services to different corners in the country.  Even before the pandemic started, Open Heart already had a plan to expand.  It has already identified possible areas to extend its services.  But due to nationwide COVID quarantine restrictions and protocols that need to be monitored, these plans have been temporarily put aside.  However, Open Heart has not wavered performing its services and programs.

For year 2021, the Provincial Social Welfare of Development Office (PSWDO) of Cavite, helped the Foundation in identifying areas where to expand OHFWI programs and services. The PSWDO recommended the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Ternate, Cavite. According to them, many students are in need of educational support because the main source of income of families from the coastal area is only in fishing.

To jumpstart the partnership, Open Heart conducted a gift giving activity to help families who were previously affected by typhoon Maring and also served as its service project in celebration of the Foundation’s 29th anniversary and the commemoration of the 21st death anniversary of its Founder, Robert LeGore.

The assigned program coordinator in the area, Ms. Cheryl Ocampo spearheaded the coordination with the LGU.  Courtesy call at the Mayor’s office, ocular visits, and series of meetings with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) to lay out plans for the activity were conducted in preparation for the activity.

When the strict quarantine restrictions were lifted, the Open Heart staffs immediately resumed planning, purchasing and preparing, then finally conducting the relief mission.  Ternate LGU also provided support by overseeing the selection of recipients, registration, crowd control and implementation of COVID protocols. Everyone worked together to smoothly implement the activity.

The Community Relief mission took place on October 26, 2021 and was held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Barangay Poblacion 1-A where 150 families were the recipients of gift giving activity.

Staffs from Fairview, Quezon City travelled at 5am to Ternate, Cavite.  The team arrived at the venue at 7AM and immediately began arranging all the goods to be distributed.  When the participants arrived, the program started and Ms. Cheryl hosted the program. 

To officially start the program, Ms. Saleah Uclusin, Open Heart social worker, led the opening prayer followed by the acknowledgment of guests and participants by Ms. Emiliana Ilago from MSWDO Ternate.  With great pleasure, the Hon. Mayor Lamberto Bambao delivered his welcome message.  Open Heart Executive Director, Ms. Linda Perez, also gave an opening message in which she introduced the Foundation’s programs and services as well as the upcoming partnership of the Foundation with the LGU of Ternate, Cavite.

Each family received gift packs containing grocery items like rice, canned goods, noodles, coffee, spaghetti noodle with sauce, and cheese. Open Heart also distributed hygiene kit containing alcohol, face masks and face shields to each recipient.  Open Heart also prepared snacks for all.

The Honorable Mayor also expressed his gratitude to Open Heart for choosing his municipality to hold the event which he called Early Christmas Gift Giving. It was heartwarming to see everyone coming out from the venue with a smile that mirrored their happiness. Even OHF staffs felt fulfilled and happy seeing the recipients happy. Services is more important during a crisis like this. They feel that doing these activities together bring a deeper level of fulfillment.

To God be all the glory!

Prepared by: Susie Bedia, Admin Officer

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programs

Provision of Broadband Prepaid WiFi for Beneficiaries in Region 4A

Given the current needs of students in the new learning modalities, the Foundation decided to use the cash incentive it received from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the purchase of Broadband Prepaid WIFI with 500 prepaid load cards.

Open Heart Foundation satisfactorily complied with the requirements in the implementation of Community-based programs and services for Children and Youth and their families in Region IV-A. The DSWD-Standards Bureau awarded this incentive to Open Heart as one of the Social Work and Development Agencies (SWDA) that passed the Level 2 accreditation.

The Level 2 accreditation means that a SWDA is compliant to mandatory and higher set of indicators required for its work areas and will be issued an accreditation certificate valid for five (5) years.

The said cash incentive was used to buy prepaid broadband which were given to all senior high school and college beneficiaries of Open Heart in Binan Laguna, Carmona Cavite, GMA Cavite, Silang Cavite and Rodriguez Rizal, who have difficulty accessing an internet connection. On October 18, 2021 a total of 31 beneficiaries received the Broadband prepaid WIFI. The recipients were grateful, for according to them this will be very useful in their online class.

Prepared by: Cheryl P. Ocampo, Program Area Coordinator

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news

OHF Office Disinfection: Reducing Risk of Virus Spread

A proactive move during pandemic like office disinfection can reduce the risk of exposure to the Covid 19 virus which is believed to land on surfaces. People gets infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their noses, mouths or eyes. The emergence of the Delta variant which is feared to be more contagious makes us all careful and resourceful in finding ways to be rid of the virus in our surroundings.

Consequently, Open Heart Foundation (OHF) resorted to an office disinfection cum deep cleaning to a microscopic level to ensure safety of personnel and clients coming in and out of the office.  The disinfection scheduled August 26, 2021.  A private disinfection team utilized a 6-Advance Disinfecting Bundle that leaves to an almost zero possibility for infection and microbes to exist in the vicinity.  The bundle includes Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) monitoring, Spraying, Misting, Wiping, Ultraviolet (UV-C), and Air Purification.  OHF staff Mark and Tatet, assisted in the office disinfection.  After a few hours of process, the team achieved the desired result using a monitoring tester.

As much as possible, every employee wishes to have a comfortable and safe workplace.  And there is a lot of work that we all need to consider in order to adapt to our new normal.  Also, we can only achieve this by helping in maintaining cleanliness, hygiene and strict monitoring of minimum public health standards.

Prepared by: Susie Bedia, Admin Officer

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news

Open Heart at 29th

A year has passed since the pandemic has challenged us all globally. But this did not deter Open Heart Foundation (OHF) to pursue its mission of serving children beneficiaries all over the Philippines.

Likewise, the challenges encountered did not deter our resolve to celebrate a momentous occasion; the 29th foundation anniversary of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc., as well as the commemoration of the 21st death anniversary of the generous founder, Atty. Robert LeGore.

Due to mobility limitations imposed by the Inter Agency Task Force that is in-charge in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the founding anniversary celebration was held through a virtual gathering via Zoom and Facebook Live led by OHF staffs on August 5, 2021.

The program began by honoring the life of Robert LeGore which he selflessly shared with the beneficiaries especially the children and youth. This was followed by a short but very touching welcome message from our Executive Director, Ms. Rosalinda Perez. She delivered a brief introduction about the occasion, welcomed the attendees from the group of the Board of Trustees, the staffs, ECCD teachers, network partners and beneficiaries. She also personally thanked and acknowledged the hardwork of the OHF workforce in delivering programs and services of the Foundation. She also honored the memories of the pillars of OHF; Nory Tabios, the first Executive Director and Robert LeGore-the Founder, both of whom worked very hard and provided guidance in realizing the vision and mission of the Foundation.

After the opening preliminaries, it was followed by a Thanksgiving Mass which was officiated by Rev. Fr. Harvey Bagos of Good Shepherd Church. In his homily, he challenged the Foundation to wholeheartedly continue the legacy of the Founder and to continue its well-established identity which is to improve the welfare of the disadvantaged. He also wished the Foundation to reach the farthest corners of the country to help those most in need.

After the mass, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Carol Encarnacion-Dacanay, took the opportunity to deliver her message and greet all those who are present at the virtual gathering. She congratulated the staff for another good year of work and service. She also expressed that it has been a pleasure working with the OHF family and she looks forward to more years ahead.

In closing, everyone gestured their own version of heart sign which symbolizes commitment, compassion and selfless dedication for the advancement of OHF programs and services and for the empowerment of children and youth.

Indeed, another year is added that forms part of the history of the Foundation. We are so grateful to all the people who have joined us in this significant day. The celebration will never be successful without their presence which signifies that they are one with OHF in its advocacies.

May the Lord bless us and guide us in rendering services to children and youth throughout the Philippines.

Prepared by: Susie Bedia, Admin Officer

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Capacity Building

Voter’s Education

The right to vote is exercised by all citizens of the Philippines who are at least 18 years of age and not otherwise disqualified by law. Most of the college beneficiaries of Open Heart Foundation belong to this age-bracket; thus, the Foundation conducted and facilitated an online webinar on Voter’s Education last 30th of July 2021.

The webinar discussed various topics on the qualification of voters, registration process and where to register. All beneficiaries who are qualified to vote were advised to cast their votes come election day in May 2022. Those who are first timers were encouraged to register early so they could exercise their right as provided for in the Constitution.

Choosing right candidates with good track record, value honesty and integrity and those  who have the heart to serve Filipinos shall be on the list. 

 “Sharing the essence of voter’s registration to enable every qualified Filipino Citizen to use their power this upcoming 2022 National and Local elections to make a positive change and choose only the rightful and competent Leaders” – Atty. Ronald “Atty. Boom” Santiago.

Topic:

*Registration

*Voter’s certification

*Health Protocols

*Reminders during election

Qualifications of Voters:

Filipino Citizen

At least 18 years of age on election day (May 09, 2022)

Resident in the Philippines for at least 1 year prior to election day (Domicile; permanent residency)

Resided in place wherein propose to vote for at least 6 months prior to election day (permanent or temporary)

Free from Disqualifications

In order to vote, must be a Registered Voter

Voters Deactivation:

Disqualified to vote

Failed to Vote in 2 preceding elections

Registration Excluded by the Court

Loss of Filipino Citizenship

Failure to validate biometrics

When to Register:

Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm (including holiday)

Where to Register:

Office of the Election Officer in the place having jurisdiction where you intend to register and vote

Reception of application shall be from January 20,2020 to September 30,2021

COMELEC Resolution No.10635, Promulgated: 10 January 2020

All information was basic but important to know. Let us cast our vote on May 09,2022!

Prepared by: Davilyn Fajardo, Program Area Coordinator 1

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Capacity Building

OHFWI 3rd NPAC Cavite Cluster

On June 19th, the Children Talk to Children Coalition (C2C) launched the re-echoing activity of its organization about the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) which focused on informing the youth members regarding the national plan made for children in the Philippines. The webinar was open for different child-led organizations, their members, parents, and other concerned parties that accommodated around 200 participants in the Zoom meeting conference. During the webinar, the former delegates of C2C called young people (YP) discussed the plan for the new members of the coalition. The children and parents shared their opinions, insights and learning before the session ended.

Mr. Orly Gallano of SM-ZOTO, C2C Project Team, C2C Adult Support Team and child-led organizations in the Cavite cluster joined hands to successfully spearhead the event. Youth speakers from OHYM, VIDES, AKKAP and AYM were chosen beforehand to discuss the plan for the children.

The webinar was led by Ms. Crystal Timbal from Open Heart Youth Movement together with her fellow youth speakers Ms. Jeanne Manegkad (OHYM), Mr. Angelo Alisna (VIDES), Mr. Roberto Vetonio (AKKAP) and Mr. Macoy Castro (AYM) who were former youth representatives for C2C Coalition. Each speaker shared their thoughts regarding the contents of the plan and made the discussion child-friendly by citing simple related information.  The webinar mainly deliberated about the importance of child rights and the movements implemented by the government as well as other concerned organizations to continuously make the plan meet reality.  The webinar was, indeed, fruitful as the child participants clearly understood how essential their rights can be and as they were empowered to spread their learning to help other children.

Prepared by: Davilyn Fajardo, Program Area Coordinator 1

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news

OHYM BULUSAN CLEAN-UP DRIVE

To raise environmental awareness in our community and to secure a clean, conducive and healthy lifestyle for the youth, the Open Heart Youth Movement (OHYM) Bulusan volunteered a day of cleanup drive in Brgy. Dapdap, Bulusan, Sorsogon on June 5, 2021.

This initiative is also to support the project taken by the Sangguniang Kabataan in the said barangay entitled “One Day Cleanup Drive and Healthy Lifestyle to Youth Amidst COVID-19”.  This project is developed so that everyone can work together in promoting a clean environment and implementing COVID preventive measures to ensure that its citizens stay in a clean and safe environment.  

To start with, the volunteers gathered in the Barangay Hall of Dapdap, early morning of the said date.  Of course, there is a serious virus out there so cleanups should be done in harmony with the latest health protocols against COVID like wearing face mask, physical distancing and frequent hand washing.  The group also had a warm up first to make sure that our bodies are conditioned for the activity.

At least 75 youth participated in the cleanup drive. Among the activities done were the cleaning of streets and riverbanks, clearing drainage, disposing non biodegradables such as cans, bottles and plastics.  Sacks of rubbish were collected and dumped them in the right place.

The participation of the OHYM Bulusan has been meaningful because we know that in our own little way, through such activities, we make a significant contribution to this goal… a better environment for all.

To God be the glory!

Prepared by: Jennifer Bugaring, OHYM Bulusan Beneficiary

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news

WEBINAR FOR ECCD TEACHERS

The continuous surge of the COVID-19 infection from the time it was declared to be a global pandemic in March 2020 has devastated lives of most Filipinos. Death of loved-ones, stoppage of businesses and livelihood opportunities, unemployment and social isolation all contributed to negative emotions, thus causing the emergence of fear, anxiety and stress that affected the mental health of Filipinos. We were all advised to follow certain protocols and practices and adopt to the “new normal”.

For more than a year now, we are still in this state of uncertainty. The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has not ebbed our fears and anxiety. Mental health issues evolved into serious ones that needed intervention from professionals and from the experts in the field.

The Open Heart Foundation was made aware of the situation which also affected most families of its beneficiaries, partners in service and other child-service providers. It is for this reason that on May 29 and June 5, 2021 it offered a 2-day webinar entitled: “Light Up: Staying Fit in the New Normal”. We’ve seen this webinar as an opportunity for participants to hone their knowledge and skills to effectively be of service to all in need and also to support their institutions, agencies or organizations.

The objectives of the webinar:

Session 1. Topic: Mental Health Matters

Learning Objectives: At the end of the activity, participants are expected to:

Identify the challenges caused by the pandemic.

  1. Increase understanding of the value of mental health.
  2. De-mystify and break stigma of mental health problems.
  3. Be ready with mental health challenges in their homes and communities.

Session 2. Topic: Mental Toughness: Calming the Storms Within.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the activity, participants are expected to:

  1. Understand compassion fatigue and self-compassion.
  2. Unfold the power to choose the responses for hope and healing.
  3. Be equipped with simple yet effective and cost-efficient stress management solutions and skills to prevent stress disorders.

The Resource Speaker:  Ms. Gladys Ramos. She is a Registered Guidance Counselor and currently working at the Lyceum of the Philippines. She also holds specialized credentials as a Certified Mental Health Trainer awarded by the Center for Credentialing and Education National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC-USA). She continues to serve as one of the mentors of Peer Facilitators and handles Anak OFW.

Ms. Rosalinda Tabios-Perez, The Executive Director of Open Heart Foundation greeted the participants and inspire them to be at their best to share the learnings and take aways as they go back to their own field and community with a renewed and refreshed mind.

This webinar learning sessions were attended by our partners in different areas; from the Cities of Quezon, Manila & Caloocan. Also from the provinces of Cavite, Abra, Pangasinan, Rizal, Sorsogon, Masbate, Catarman, Negros Occidental, Sarangani and Zamboanga del Norte with a total number of 136 participants.

If there is an advantage this time, it’s the connection of people via different platforms in social media.

The Open Heart Foundation considers this webinar as its share in mitigating the negative effects of this pandemic to all child-service providers so that they could continue serving our children during these difficult times.

Mr. Alber Hisoler, the School Principal of Dumalogdog Elementary School, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte gave his learning insights on the first day of the session and Dr. Emelia Ramos, the Campus Director of Romblon State University shared her piece on the last day of the session.

Kudos! To all who participated in our 2-day series Webinar Learning Sessions. We adhere to follow the tips and precautions on how to stay healthy in the midst of these trying times. We can now help other people by helping and taking care of our self first.

To God be all the Glory!  

Prepared by: Davilyn Fajardo, Program Area Coordinator 1

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Outreach Activity

OHF-PIA OUTREACH PROJECT

OHF-PIA Outreach Project

It’s been almost a year since the news broke about the health problem facing the world today, the COVID-19 pandemic.  But during those times, one thing prevailed… solidarity!

The Philippine International Aid, a long-time partner of Open Heart Foundation (OHF), invited OHF to submit a proposal that could respond to the needs of the families of beneficiaries who were again affected by the lockdown in April 2021.

Open Heart was lucky to have been granted with required budget for our outreach mission.  In May 2021, OHF conducted an outreach activity for the families who were severely affected by the pandemic; families who lost livelihoods due to job closing, lack of transportation, quarantines and lockdowns.  These two agencies delivered assistance to families covered by the Greater Manila Area such as Cavite, Laguna, Manila, Quezon City and Rizal.

OHF staffs helped with the preparation from purchasing to repacking of 85 sets of goods for the recipients.  Each recipient received two bags of goods containing one grocery bag and one sanitation bag.  Grocery pack contains 5 kilos of rice, canned goods, noodles, coffee and Sanitation pack contains 1 gallon of alcohol, face mask, face shield, bath soap, powder detergent and toothpaste.

The distribution took place in Binan and Carmona on May 19, in Rodriguez on May 22, in GMA and Silang on May 24, and in Manila and Quezon City on May 25.  These were spearheaded by the Executive Director and the Program Area Coordinators 1.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has passed its one-year anniversary and vaccines are becoming available day by day, Open Heart Foundation continues to look for ways to help our less-fortunate brethren affected by the pandemic.  We believe that there are more ways to help and there are generous group of people who are willing to join in this endeavor.

To God be all the glory!

Prepared by:  Susie Bedia, Admin Officer 1

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Supplemental Feeding

OHYM MARINDUQUE FEEDING PROGRAM

Sa likod  ng ating kinakaharap na problema dahil sa pandemya, ang kabataan ng Barangay Maybo Boac, Marinduque at miyembro ng Open Heart Youth Movement (OHYM) – Marinduque Chapter  ay nagkaisa upang ibahagi ang mumunting biyaya para sa mga batang may mga pangarap sa buhay. Nagkaroon kami ng isang aktibidad (Feeding Program) na may temang Kabataan para sa Kabataan, Ambagan para sa Hapag-kainan“. Ang programang ito ay ginanap noong ika-24 ng Mayo, 2021 sa Barangay Maybo na pinamunuan ni Mr. Richard Malabayabas at ng iba pang kasama ng scholarship program ng Open Heart Foundation.  Ang nasabing aktibidad ay nakapaghandog sa limampu (5) na mga bata na may edad tatlo (3) hanggang labing-apat (14) na taong gulang.  Nagbahagi kami ng pagkain at ilang mga damit mula sa donasyon para sa kanila pati na rin sa kanilang mga magulang.  Nagkaroon kami ng pagkakataon upang maibahagi sa mga bata ang mga biyayang aming natanggap.  Nakakatuwang makita sa mga mukha ang galak at ngiti ng bawat isa dahil sa simpleng biyaya na kanilang natanggap sa likod ng pandemyang ating pilit na nilalabanan. 

Ang kabataan at miyembro ng Open Heart Youth Movement (OHYM) Marinduque ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa mga nakilahok upang maisakatuparan at maisagawa ng maayos ang nasabing aktibidad, lalong lalo na sa suportang ibinibigay ng mga taong bumubuo ng Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc.

Maraming maraming salamat po sa suportang tulong pinansyal upang maghatid ng kasiyahan sa iba lalo’s higit sa mga taong nangangailangan.  Kailanman ay hindi naging hadlang ang pandemayang ating kinakaharap upang mag-abot ng tulong sa lahat.  Bagkus ito ang nagbigay daan upang maiabot  ang biyayang pinagkaloob sa bawat isa.

Together we will say “Tara na at tumulong ng magkakasama sa kabila ng Pandemya!”

Prepared by: Nichelle Perlas, OHYM Marinduque Beneficiary