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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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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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McDo Toys Donation from CSA

MCDO Toys Donation from Center for Social Action, DLS-CSB.

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde through Center for Social Action generously donated 150 pieces of Mc Donald toys on March 1, 2021.  These toys were distributed to four partner Early Childhood Care and Developments (ECCD) centers of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. located in Quezon City, Manila and Cavite on March 3, 2021. These centers are Kapalaran Disciples Child Development Center, Mabadan Child Development Center, Buklod Diwa Child Care Center, and Gospel Remnant Child Development Center.

During this pandemic time, children are one of the most neglected sectors in our society.  They are deprived of their normal routine like playing and socializing with other kids, which is vital to their growth and development.  A simple toy puts a big smile into children’s faces.  It is also a tool for their entertainment, spending their time into something meaningful and vital activity during their age.

Prepared by:  Saleah Uclusin, RSW/Program Area Coordinator 1

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ZERO-IN DONATED 200 GIFT PACKS

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!

Prepared by:

Janette Corollo, RSW
Area Coordinator

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RELIEF GOODS DONATION TO VICTIMS OF FLOOD IN CAGAYAN VALLEY

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

Prepared by:

Farisa Baniaga, RSW
Area Coordinator

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PAMASKONG HANDOG IN BARANGAY ROSARIO, RODRIGUEZ, RIZAL

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!

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Desiree B. Enriquez, RSW
Area Coordinator

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DISASTER RELIEF OPERATION IN TABACO CITY, ALBAY

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.

Prepared by:

Jesusa Bedia
Admin Officer

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RELIEF ASSISTANCE FOR THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOON ROLLY IN RIZAL

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!

Prepared by:

Desiree B. Enriquez, RSW
Area Coordinator

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RELIEF OPERATIONS PHASE II FOR FRONTLINERS DURING GCQ

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.

Prepared by:

Jesusa Bedia
Admin Officer

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RELIEF OPERATION PHASE 1 DURING ECQ

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.

Prepared by:

Jesusa Bedia
Admin Officer