You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,
and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
– 2 Corinthians 9:11
The Christmas season is truly a season of sharing and gift giving. OHF beneficiaries are once again blessed for this season for the bountiful donations and gifts from various organizations such the Zero-in Events and Production who donated grocery gift packs on December 21, 2020.
A total of 105 beneficiaries from Quezon City, Manila, Rodriguez, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and 95 families from its nearby partner communities of Barangay Sta. Lucia and Fairview benefitted from these donations which was distributed on Dec 21-23 and 28-30, 2020.
Support from generous organizations and companies are truly appreciated especially at this time of crisis. Once again, our heartfelt thanks to Zero-in Events and Production!
The OHF team in-charge of the relief operation in Cagayan left Quezon City on December 9, 2020 in time for the distribution scheduled on December 10.
The area coordinator of Enrile, Cagayan immediately contacted the Municipality of Enrile through Mrs Erlinda Apostol of the MSWDO and Elaine Respicio of the Legislative Office and a former scholar of OHF upon learning the onslaught of typhoon Ulysses in the province of Cagayan.
After collaboration and coordination, residents of Barangay Batu were identified as recipients of support for it is the most isolated Barangay. The initial plan was to go to Barangay Hall of Batu for the distribution of goods to identified 190 families, but impassable road problems going to the barangay made it difficult for the vans to reach the location. The Engineering Office of Enrile anticipated these difficulties that the Municipal Engineer deployed a road roller to flatten the rough and muddy road which was caused by a heavy rain the night before. However, this did not work. The goods were then unloaded on the cemented part of the road and instructed community leaders to advise the people to go to the location where the vans stopped for the distribution.
The distribution of goods was done smoothly despite the drizzling weather because of the help of barangay tanods and barangay officials of Batu who assisted throughout the distribution and also with the presence of CYDP Scholars who helped in packing items.
Each recipient received a pack containing a plastic pail, cauldron, blanket, sleeping mat, noodles, canned goods, pack of instant coffee and a bottled water. All the 10 scholars also received a pack of relief goods and a cash assistance amounting to P1000.00
Barangay Rosario is one of the communities that was affected by the typhoon Rolly and Ulysses. The after effect of the typhoon left the houses sunk in the flood which made residents move in the evacuation center, leaving them with no food and basic needs.
On December 1, 2020, the Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. in partnership with the International Container Terminal Services Inc. Foundation distributed 100 grocery packs to the families from Barangay Rosario and 35 food packs and giveaways for the children who are the recipients of the Health and Nutrition Program before. The residents expressed their heartfelt gratitude, saying the groceries are a big help for their families.
The little ways of helping the people in the community has a great impact relieving them from worries on how to acquire food for their families. Every meal is a struggle when one does not know where to source them. Help and support from entities like ICTSI and Open Heart serve to uplift the spirits of people affected by these calamities. In every struggle, there will always be a chance to start and rise again. We are glad to witness the resiliency of these families. We are wishing for their safety and good health!
Many Filipinos were in need of help after typhoon Rolly hit the country during first week of November followed by typhoon Ulysses immediately after a week. These two super typhoons of the year reached public storm signal warning number 5 not only in the Bicol region but also in the neighboring provinces leaving several communities flooded, homes roofless, disrupted livelihoods, power outage and signal loss of mobile networks. Both typhoons also came at a time when the Philippines is already suffering from a surge of COVID-19 cases which made responses to victims of the said typhoons more complicated.
Seeing the impact of the typhoons in hard hit areas over the News, the Open Heart Foundation (OHF) quickly responded to the appeals of families from the affected communities. These appeals prompted the Foundation to respond immediately by preparing for a disaster relief mission in Tabaco, Albay. It was previously agreed upon by all the staff that Christmas will be spent serving others in lieu of holding a Christmas Party in December.
No need to wait for December to serve others because the need is now. So planning, coordination and budget preparation were done simultaneously and purchase of items ensued. At first, coordination with the area has not been easy due to lack of electricity and poor signal of mobile networks. So, we requested the help of OHF’s former staff from Sorsogon, Ms. Czarina, to go to the area and find a focal person for the relief operation.
On November 2, OHF requested from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Albay for a list of areas badly stricken by the typhoon. The project site was chosen based on damage assessment report which says that the City of Tabaco had the largest number of evacuees reaching more than 16,000 families or approximately 64,000 individuals. When OHF acquired the necessary details, it proceeded in purchasing relief goods to be distributed such as pails, sleeping mats, blankets and grocery packs for 300 families located in 3 barangays; 2 from upland and 1 from mainland.
On November 18, OHF conducted the disaster relief operation in Tabaco City, Albay with a theme “Bukas-pusong paglilingkod, sa iyo’y aming ihahandog.” The preparation was done methodically, observing requirements for the travel and COVID safety protocols. In the morning the group went to upland Barangays Basagan and Bonot. But due to sporadic rain in the area, the group were advised to meet the residents at the nearest covered court from the upland barangays where there was no need to go uphill. In the afternoon, the group continued to mainland barangay, Brgy Cobo.
While receiving the gift packs, the residents expressed their heartfelt gratitude. Some even cried while receiving the goods. They said that the packs will be of great help as they were running out of household supplies. It really felt good hearing such appreciation coming from the beneficiaries. It relieved the fatigue brought about by the 14 hours travel just to deliver these aids and made them feel that OHF is one with them in times like this.
Up to this day, many are still hoping and requesting for assistance for the victims of typhoon. Despite the pandemic, the Filipinos, together with our organization (OHF), do not waver in helping our countrymen in need. The spirit of cooperation and solidarity still prevail.
Typhoons in the Philippines are inevitable. In fact, it has become part of the lives of the Filipinos. We are known for being resilient and know how to survive any hardship.
On November 1, a typhoon named Rolly was declared as the strongest typhoon for the year 2020. It has damaged some parts of the Philippines, leaving houses destroyed and families in distraught. Due to this situation, the national government, local government, non-government organizations and even voluntary individuals organized to help the affected areas.
However, on November 12, another typhoon hit the Philippines which brought about more damages. The typhoon Ulysses had caused so much flood in some of the areas in Metro Manila, other regions and the most shared posts in social media is the province of Cagayan; leaving the houses submerged in flood. People climbed up their roofs, crying for help and rescue.
With these reported disasters, the Open Heart Foundation has organized a relief operation in the area of Rizal, specifically in Barangay Wawa. Barangay Wawa has been greatly affected by the typhoons and is in need of donations. The Foundations donated clothes and food packs to the victims on November 16, 2020 with the assistance of former ABSNET officer, Ms. Marinel L. Montallana.
Keeping other people in need is the very core of the Foundation’s existence! We are wishing everyone’s safety and fast recovery!
During the Enhanced Community Quarantine, Open Heart Foundation (OHF) conducted relief operation by giving grocery items to our needy beneficiaries and their families to ease their concerns of providing foods on the table. This was considered as the PHASE l of the three-pronged-approach envisioned by the Foundation as its pro-active response to the pandemic crisis. Phase l- was providing foods and goods to families who could not go out and work to earn a living.
Now that most of the areas are under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), and people were given a chance to work and earn, OHF moved forward towards the PHASE ll approach by helping out not only its beneficiaries but also its partners who are in the frontlines, Local Government Units (LGUs), school partners and ECCD teacher-partners. OHF donated boxes and packs of personal health protective items such as gallons of alcohol, goggles and face masks. Phase ll’s objective is to support our frontliners; whom we consider our present day heroes.
The OHF staffs conducted a series of coordination with the LGUs, schools and day care centers in their respective areas of coverage and then scheduled the month of June as the start of distribution of health protective items. PHASE ll is still ongoing as of this writing.
The beneficiaries of the health protective items (HPI) were the OHF’S LGU partners and Health Care Workers in Fairview in Quezon City, Carmona, GMA and Silang in Cavite, Binan in Laguna, Catarman in Northern Samar, and Rodriguez in Rizal. OHF also donated sets of HPIs to Marinduque State College. ECCD partners in NCR and nearby towns are also among those beneficiaries.
Looking forward to our PHASE lll approach which we hope to accomplish before classes start!
In this battle of CoVid-19 pandemic, let us work together to completely eradicate this life-threatening virus. Let us also join the government’s call to “Stay Home to Save Lives” and educate ourselves on the CoVid Protocols and Safety Measures.
Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the government ultimately decided to implement a strict community quarantine/lockdown in different parts of the country. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel corona virus that first emerged in Wuhan, China in late 2019. The restricted movement of people was said to contain the spread of the virus.
With these restrictions in place, the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) released a directive for business owners to allow their employees and workers to “work-from-home” or “stay-at-home”, except for the medical frontliners attending to people getting sick and military overseeing the implementation of certain protocols related to the containment of the virus.
As a result, many were temporarily deprived of their livelihood. Resources were not enough to provide for their families. Therefore, the national government, LGUs and the DSWD worked hand in hand to provide help and assistance to those gravely affected by the crisis
Open Heart Foundation (OHF)took a pro-active role and immediately responded to help ease the difficulties encountered by the families of its beneficiaries in Quezon City, Manila, Rodriguez, Laguna and Cavite by distributing bags of consumables composed of canned goods, several kilos of rice, noodles, coffee and sugar during the lockdown.
All staff residing near OHF main office in Fairview, Quezon City headed by the OHF Executive Director Ms. Linda Perez together with some volunteers prepared 250 packs for distribution. OHF also allocated 9-10 packs of relief goods for each staff to be given to their relatives and neighbors whom they know to be adversely affected by the lockdown.
Jerry, Tatet and Mark were in charge in the purchasing of the goods. The following day, Ma’am Linda, Jerry, Tatet, Mark, Hanna with her children, and Saleah with her sibling helped in the repacking of the goods. The distributions were done on March 26 and 27 on the said areas.
Together, we unite to fight this virus and pray for its total eradication.
Last January 12, 2020, news flashed on televisions, radios and in social media platforms about the sudden eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas. Thousands of individuals, hundreds of families and lots of properties were affected by the disaster and evacuation centers were quickly prepared for the safety of the residents. Due to the sudden eruption of the volcano, many people were not prepared to bring their basic need like clothes, toiletries, food, water and other physiological needs.
It is at this point when private organizations, government agencies and even good-hearted individuals extended a helping hand and reached out to the victims to give aid and provided some of the evacuees’ basic needs. The Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. (OHF) also did a quick response to the victims of volcanic eruption. On January 14, 2020, Tuesday, the OHF staff started the preparation of foods to be given to the victims of volcanic eruption.
Last January 15, 2020, Wednesday, the OHF prepared 500 pcs of packed lunch, 500 bottles of purified water, face masks and 100 pcs sleeping mats good for 4 pax/piece. Staffs of the Foundation conducted a disaster relief operation in three evacuation centers in the City of Tanauan, Province of Batangas on January 16. The activity was in partnership with the Let’s Share Foundation-USA and Living Waters Church-USA and was coordinated with Tanauan City Vice Mayor Jun-Jun Trinidad.
The Organizations firstly did a courtesy call at the Office of the Vice Mayor with the Councilors of Tanauan, Batangas. After the courtesy call, the organizations then proceed to the first Barangay which is the Barangay Pantay-Matanda wherein 222 individuals and 64 families were affected by the volcanic eruption. The second barangay was Barangay Pagaspas wherein 186 individuals and 49 families were affected. Lastly, the Barangay Sala wherein 227 individuals and 39 families were affected and were also reached to give aid.
No help is ever too little. By giving simple aid to the victims made a big impact and gave hope to the community and to the affected residents of Tanauan, Batangas. The Open Heart Foundation sincerely prays for the welfare of the victims.
Christmas is a time to be merry and office party is one of Open Heart Foundation’s (OHF) social enhancing opportunities to mingle casually with co-workers and with people we don’t see every day.
OHF conducted its annual Christmas Party on December 19, 2019 which was held at the OHF main office in Fairview, Quezon City with a theme Masquerade Party.
It was well-attended by OHF staff, board of trustee, ECCD teachers, invited guests, families and friends. The program was hosted by OHF’s newly hired registered social workers, Ms. Desiree Enriquez and Ms. Mariel Diaz.
The occasion showcased individual artistic and creative inclinations thru the masquerade costumes, intermission numbers by clusters and offices, parlor games and prizes and raffle draws.
There was also an exchange gift activity -something that could not be omitted during Christmas occasions like this. Ma’am Linda sponsored the raffle draws by giving away signatured accessories. She also sponsored the prizes for the best in intermission number.
Somewhere between the merry-making, buffet lunch was served.
The Executive Director, Ms. Linda Perez and Board of Trustee Ms. Marlyn Fernando also shared their messages of inspiration for everyone.
The awarding of prizes for the winners was made before the end of the party.