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Fall 2012


Philippine International Aid scholars from Taguig City in Metro Manila give thanks for the financial assistance given after Typhoon Habagat hit the Philippines last August 7-8, 2012 (page 11).

Table of Contents
Women, Children from the Philippines, Indonesia still victims of forced labor The Chairperson’s Message Board of Directors New Board Members Financial Statement Fundraisers Status Reports PIA Thanks Helping the Typhoon Victims 1 2 2 2 2 3 4 8 11

Women, Children from Philippines and Indonesia still victims of forced labor
n undisclosed number of women and children from the Philippines and Indonesia continue to be trafficked into forced commercial sex in countries like China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).


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In a report, the United Nations-attached agency described as “high” cases of forced labor among domestic workers trafficked from these countries to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. “In Japan and Australia, women (from the Asia-Pacific region) have entered these countries legally under entertainment visas in the expectation of working in dance clubs, only to be forced into providing sexual services,” said the ILO, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

It noted that the “root causes of trafficking and irregular migration (of women and children from the region) include poverty, indebtedness and limited educational and employment opportunities in their rural communities of origin, social exclusion and the lure of the big cities.” According to the ILO, women and children from the Philippines and Indonesia are among an estimated 9.5 million victims of forced labor in the Asia-Pacific region, representing over three-fourths of the global total of 12.3 million people. “Forced commercial sex exploitation makes up less than 10 percent of the total while about 20 percent of forced labor, affecting approxiPhilippine International Aid Continued on page 10

The Chairperson’s Message
Dear Friends, Last year, Philippine International Aid (PIA) celebrated its 25th anniversary. It was 1986 and the People Power Revolution brought about renewed hope in our motherland and an eagerness among its citizens and expatriate communities to help in any way they could. A group of former officemates and classmates—Chibu Nanagas and Tere Martinez in New York, Tina Maynigo in Virginia, Frieda Baker in Chicago, Patty Gomez, Jojo Castro and I in San Francisco—formed PIA that year. We didn’t know anything about running a foundation or raising money, but thankfully, our hearts were in the right places. In 25 years, PIA has disbursed $2,300,000 or an average of $92,000 every year. 30,840 children have directly benefited from our programs, and this translates to about 330,000 families. We have expanded our reach outside of Metro Manila—to Cavite, Quezon, Bataan, Cebu, Bohol. Davao, Iligan, Olongapo and Zamboanga. From troubled street kids as initial beneficiaries, we have included talented but poor children, homeless children, malnourished children, indigenous children like the Aetas, sexually abused children, at-risk youth, preschool children, abandoned and neglected children, children affected by the war in Mindanao, child victims of human trafficking, deaf and hearing-impaired children. PIA sends close to 2,000 children to school in the Philippines every year. PIA is also helping Filipino youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. Together with Wells Fargo, scholarship grants are awarded every semester to qualifying college students. Other programs we have funded include a cultural immersion summer program for newly arrived immigrant children in the South of Market through Galing Bata, a gang prevention, leadership training and anti-obesity programs at two Union City high schools through Filipino Advocates for Justice, funding for Tagalog-speaking mental health practitioners through RAMS, Inc., and a youth program to teach the elderly about technology through the Veterans Equity Center. Yes, we have definitely come a long way, and we would like to thank the many individuals who have contributed to our success—former and current board members, volunteers, donors and supporters, designers and choreographers, entertainers and vendors. Without these people, PIA will not be where it is today. Thank you for joining us in investing in the children, and in safeguarding our own children’s future. Sincerely yours,

About Us

2012 Board of Directors and Officers
Mona Lisa Yuchengco Founder and Chair Carlos Y. Abaya Dr. Agnes Y. Alikpala Sonia T. Delen, Secretary Teddy Diaz De Rivera Shirley B. Dimapilis Eliza D. Duerme, Vice President Dr. Edmundo Duldulao J.D. Estella James T. Lim, Executive Director Ben R. Olivas Lyra Rufino-Maceda France Viana Leopoldo R. Briones, Treasurer

Financial Statement
Philippine International Aid Statement of Revenues and Expenditures For the year ended December 31, 2011

New Board Members
Carlos Y. Abaya

Mona Lisa Yuchengco


Carlos Y. Abaya is a Senior Programs Manager in Partner Relations Marketing at AAA Northern California, Nevada, and Utah Insurance Exchange. He has been part of its Marketing and Promotions team since 2003. He was Associate Publisher at Filipinas Magazine from 1999-2001.
Carlos Y. Abaya

Donations Other revenue

Total Revenues


$ 311,880 $ 56,285 662 1,664 1,573 $ 180,099 $ 71,597 $ 60,184

$ 311,736 144

Lyra Rufino-Maceda
Lyra Rufino-Maceda is the president of Line Edit Designs, a jewelry designer and goldsmith. She is also a regent at Georgetown University and a member of the Order of Malta. She used to be a board member of International Diplomacy Council (20032005) and a visiting lecturer of the Ateneo De Manila University in its Political Science Department (June-August, 1995) and its Interdisciplinary Studies Department (JuneAugust, 1994).

Fundraising Expenses Fees and Licenses Utilities Printing Total Expenditures GRANTS DISBURSED

Lyra RufinoMaceda

France Viana
France Viana is a strategic marketing consultant for top brands and Fortune 100 companies with expertise in brand management, advertising, and nonprofit marketing. She has led marketing campaigns for top brand names like Visa, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab and AAA, and in Asia, for the Asian Development Bank and the Philippine Department of Tourism. A dedicated nonprofit contributor, she headed the marketing department of the San Francisco World affairs Council, and co-founded World Ecologists, which grew to be one of the largest Asian grassroots urban reforestation organizations. She is a painter and photographer, a bird lover and claims to be able to bake Thirty Minute Brownies in twenty minutes.


$ 237,131 $ 308,728

Fund Balance 12/31/11

Note 1 – The amount of $64,520 is committed and considered restricted.

France Viana


Note 2 – The organization is incorporated in the State of California. It enjoys Federal Tax Exempt status under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax I.D. Number 94-3008383.

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Philippine International Aid’s

25 Anniversary
Patis Tesoro (center) takes a bow after one of her shows.




hilippine International Aid (PIA) and Wells Fargo will be presenting “Holiday Haute Couture XI” on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Hyatt Embarcadero in San Francisco.

The fashion show benefit will feature designs of Patis Tesoro and will also include a Christmas bazaar, live and silent auction, lunch,

and entertainment. Tesoro is one of the Philippines’ sought after designers. She is best known for her elegantly embroidered gowns and barongs. Philippine Airlines is providing the airfare and Galleria Park Hotel, a distinctive Joie de Vivre hotel, is providing the accommodations.

Mother’s Day Scholarship Fund
Designer Ben Farrales with PIA volunteer model Marilen Bernardo

PIA volunteers and donors at Mother’s Day Scholarship Program Mass, May 5, 2012


ast May 5, 2012, Philippine International Aid, together with Philippine News, gave 86 mothers an advance Mother’s Day celebration at a Mass officiated by Fr. Doming Orimaco at Our Lady Of Mercy Church in Daly City, California. The mothers’ children and their loved ones paid tribute to them by placing a dedication in an ad in Philippine News and contributing to PIA’s Mother’s Day Scholarship Fund that will provide educational assistance to poor and disadvantaged children in the Philippines. The activity raised $4,350.

hilippine International Aid (PIA), along with Wells Fargo and Western Union, celebrated its silver anniversary with its annual fashion show fundraiser “Holiday Haute Couture” last November 20, 2011 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Last year’s show featured the legendary Ben Farrales, who is known for using colorful ethnic fabrics and muslim-inspired designs. Broadway actress Deedee Magno Hall, who appreared in “Miss Saigon” and “Wicked,” captivated the audience with her singing. Lloyd LaCuesta (KTVU-2 Fox) and Diane Dwyer (KNTV-11 NBC) hosted the event. The fundraiser netted around $116,000.

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Grants for 2012
Alay Kapwa Daycare Program
The Alay Kapwa Christian Community was founded in 1979 by the late Sr. Christine Tan to help the urban poor in Leveriza, Malate. The community has grown to support more than 995 children with educational grants and assistance, 300 children with daycare, 280 with livelihood programs and more than 3,000 with other aid programs. Philippine International Aid’s grant of $15,000 partially provides educational, nutritional and spiritual assistance for 300 preschool daycare children in eight centers: 4 in the squatter resettlement areas of General Trias and Paliparan in Cavite and 4 in the depressed areas of Abono and Basak in Cebu. The daycare centers ensure that the children are better prepared both intellectually and nutritionally in meeting the demands of the formal school system. Parents are encouraged to be active participants of the community and to be effective role models for their children.


Children from the Alay Kapwa daycare center

Association Compassion Asian Youth, Inc.
Association Compassion Asian Youth, Inc. (ACAY) offers holistic and creative approaches for restoring the dignity of the youth and families in difficult circumstances. ACAY helps them re-discover meaning in life and become agents of change. Philippine International Aid’s (PIA) grant provides psychological evaluations, counseling sessions and transportation of 45 at-risk youth (20 girls aged 14-21 years old who were orphaned, neglected, abandoned and/or sexually abused and 25 boys who have had conflicts with the law). A second program funded by PIA provides nutrition and educational activities (games, singing, storytelling, group discussion and cultural activities) for indigenous children (Aetas) between the ages of 2 to 11 years old in Bataan. In all, PIA funds both programs with a grant of $8,000.

Indigenous children (Aetas) under the care of Association Compassion Asian Youth, Inc. (ACAY)

Blessed Elena Academy
Blessed Elena Academy (BEA) was founded in 1962 by the Sisters Oblates of the Holy Spirit. The schools’ Student Assistance Program covers poor children from kindergarten to 4th year high school who wish to go to school and recommended by the elementary and high school principals. A grant from PIA of $1,900 allows the school to subsidize the tuition of these children. Counterpart funding will come from BEA’s Parents-Teachers Association, school supply companies, school cultural benefit presentation and the school canteen.

Bukid Kabataan Center
The center is a shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Run by the Sister Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, it provides a residence, an elementary school, organic farming and livestock management, an after care program, community outreach and educational assistance. Its programs are directed toward the healing of children to enable them to have a promising future. PIA provided a grant of $8,000 for children’s education.
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Catholic Ministry to Deaf People, Inc.
One million Filipinos are deaf, according to the World Health Organization and the Philippine National Statistics Office. Only 2.4 percent of the 5- to 24 year-old deaf Filipino have had at least a pre-school education. The schools that accept deaf children in the Philippines are few and far between. Some families travel as far as 40 miles on a bicycle to bring their deaf child to school. Unfortunately, most families are disappointed with or are ashamed of their deaf children, adding stigma to the child’s disability. Philippine International Aid’s (PIA) grant of $25,000 to the Catholic Ministry to Deaf People, Inc. (CMDPI) provides educational assistance (transportation, food and school expenses) to 75 deaf students. The grant also bolsters activities like sign language sessions for parents, workshops to help them accept children with disability, and the Big Brother-Big Sister Deaf Project in which older deaf scholars help younger deaf scholars with their schoolwork and personal life.

Grants for 2012

Child Alert Mindanao
Child Alert Mindanao is a consortium of several non-governmental organizations to address issues confronting children in Davao City. It seeks to activate barangay councils to protect children and conduct psychosocial activities among children and their parents. In Davao City, many street children have adopted anti-social behaviors to cope with hard times. Most are victims of domestic violence and engage in substance abuse and street disturbances. Philippine International Aid’s grant of $10,000 provides educational assistance for 198 at-risk youths. The project facilitates the social integration of street children in Davao City and develops their ability to survive in especially difficult circumstances.

The Catholic Ministry to Deaf People, Inc. encourages parents and families of deaf children to learn sign language.

ECPAT Philippines
ECPAT Philippines is part of a global network of organizations and individuals working together for the Elimination of Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of children for sexual purposes (ECPAT). It seeks to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of sexual exploitation. PIA’s grant of $8,000 will provide educational assistance to 43 children who are victims and survivors of trafficking.

Child Alert Mindanao takes care of at-risk youth in Davao City. The project aims to reintegrate them back into society.

Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry
Established in 1986 by a network of Christian churches around Ermita-Malate area of Manila, the Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry, Inc. is a non-profit corporation licensed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). All programs and services are geared toward the child’s character development, formation of moral and spiritual values, development and enhancement of capabilities and potentials, raising self-esteem and equipping the child with life skills that they may become self-reliant and productive citizens if not reconciled to their families and communities. The Ministry operates a drop-in center in the Ermita-Malate area, as well as another facility in the province of Laguna. Many of the children left in their care have been abused. Philippine International Aid’s grant of $10,000 partially funds tuition fees, shoes, school projects, daily allowances, and other needs of the 50 children in their care. The center’s social workers and staff monitor the children’s school progress and update the parents. The centers also hold workshops on responsible parenthood to strengthen the family relationships.

Off the Streets – Off to School Scholarship Program
Started in 1987 as a way to take children off the streets and into the schools, the program now has 644 students enrolled in various public schools and colleges across Metro Manila in the Philippines. The scholarships are granted based on the students’ desire and need rather than academic performance. The scholars are chosen with the help of parish priests and social workers who
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PIA supporters David Caldwell and Jose Mari Casas visit the children at the drop-in center of Kanlugan sa Er-Ma Ministry, Inc. 5

Grants for 2012

monitor the income level of the families, their compliance with the terms of the program, and their participation in the educational and spiritual life of the child. Scholars are matched with individual donors who receive letters from the children throughout the year, progress reports from the social worker assigned to the child and copies of the child’s report cards. The cost of sponsoring a child’s education is $150 a year or 40 cents a day. Donors are asked at the end of the year if they wish to renew their sponsorship.

Open Heart Foundation Worldwide
A non-profit, non-governmental organization supporting urban poor community and street-based children who have potentials and are interested in acquiring higher education. PIA’s grant of $6,000 provides assistance to 22 children. The grant includes tuition fees (for college level), transportation and food allowances, fees for special projects and other school contributions and educational materials.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Alabang Foundation
The foundation’s parish preschool has been actively serving the educational and spiritual needs of 430 children in seven depressed communities (sitios) in Muntinlupa City. Besides the children, the school trains the sitio “mothers” to become Montessori teachers. PIA has approved a $6,000 educational grant.

Scholarship Program for Children of Prisoners and Farmers
Run by the Good Shepherd Sisters of Iligan City, this project provides education to 80 children of prisoners still in jail or released, and poor children in the surrounding area of Malindawag, Barangay Abuno in Iligan City. Parents are given assistance with small income generating projects. Due to the recent Typhoon Sendong, the sisters have also assisted 120 victims. PIA funded this project with $10,000.
Kids under the care of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Alabang Preschool

Tanglaw Buhay Center
The Center opened in 2008 in Zamboanga and has served 31 children survivors of trafficking coming from western and northern Mindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. They are aged from 6 to 16, most of them are girls, and almost all have been abandoned by their families. PIA has provided the center with an educational grant of $6,000.

Teaching Street Children to Love
Run by Sr. Mary Assumpta, a Good Shepherd nun, this educational, medical and dental support program for 50 children has received PIA funding of $8,000 for the past seven years. The children reside in the poverty-stricken areas of Escopa, Payatas, Montalban, Antipolo and Marikina. Many live in cemeteries and under bridges. The program aims to help street children regain their self-worth and dignity. Parents of the children are also assisted with livelihood programs.

People’s Recovery, Empowerment and Development (PREDA) Foundation
Children in the Good Shepherd Sisters' program in the areas around Iligan City

The PREDA Recovery and Therapeutic Communities for Children is based in Olongapo City. It has provided home and protection for sexually abused and commercially exploited children. The PREDA services reaches all areas of Luzon and provides residential care and therapeutic intervention in a healthy environment with experienced and trained staff. Legal services are also given to the children. PIA has granted $5,500 to provide educational assistance to 57 children in PREDA’s care.

Amigonian Youth Center Foundation, Inc.
Amigonian Youth Center Foundation, Incorporated is owned and managed by the Religious Tertiary Capuchins of Our Lady of Sorrows, also known as the Amigonian Fathers and Brothers. In 1995, the Congregation started its mission in helping the marginalized youth in some areas of Cavite, particularly in nearby barangays of Gen. Trias and Amadeo. PIA had approved a $5,000 grant to provide educational assistance to 22 students in the Cavite area.


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United States
Philippine International Aid-Wells Fargo Scholarship
Filipino Americans are the second largest minority group among Asian Americans. Almost 6% of Filipino Americans live below the poverty line and Filipino Americans are considered a priority, under-represented group for admissions to the UC system. In addition, Filipinos have the highest college dropout rates among Asian Americans primarily because of financial need. The Philippine International Aid-Wells Fargo Scholarship was started in 2010. The program was designed to support Filipino students who pursue higher education at an accredited community, technical, college or university. This year three students’ scholarships were renewed and four new students were accepted. The program has disbursed $10,500 for the school year 2011-2012. For eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our website at

Grants for 2012

Philippine International Aid-Wells Fargo Scholars
Marcie Cerezo De Anza College Public Health


Lance Cadang University of California, Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology

Cydni Leigh Quenery University of California, Irvine Pharmaceutical Sciences

Nicu Listana San Francisco State University Computer Science Catherine Mullings Stanford University Computer Science Leanza Tupfer University of California, Berkeley Public Health

Trixy Joy Manansala University of California, Berkeley Cognitive Science major minor in Psychology

San Francisco Veterans Equity Center
The San Francisco Veterans Equity Center (VEC) is a multi-service center designed to provide linguistically competent and culturally appropriate services for the estimated three thousand (3,000) Filipino-American World War II Veterans and their immediate families living in San Francisco. This year, PIA granted $5,000 for VEC’s Mano Po Program wherein 6 youth can teach 12 seniors communication and technology skills.

Filipino Advocates for Justice
Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ), formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines. Over the years, the organization have been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights for the Filipino community and served the more vulnerable in our community by helping recent arrivals, youth and low income workers navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US. PIA has given the organization a grant of $5,000 for its 4-week summer camp, Positive Living through Active Youth (PLAY), focusing on obesity and diabetes prevention for 25 youth. The participants were selected from FAJ’s youth programs at James Logan High School, Alvarado Middle School, and Conelly-Carabello Alternative High School. There are around 83,000 Filipino Americans in Alameda County and they comprise the largest Asian American group in Union City (20%). Adolescent obesity prevention has become a national strategy to mitigate the development of chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, all of which are prevalent in Filipinos.

San Francisco Veterans Equity Center

Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS, Inc.)
RAMS, founded in 1974, is a private, non-profit mental health agency committed to advocating for and providing community based, culturally-competent and consumer-guided comprehensive services, with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific Islander Americans. PIA approved a grant of $5,000 to provide for the enrollment of 5 Filipino students in the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Course.
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PIA Thanks
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Gutierrez Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Wells Fargo Foundation Western Union Annabelle Yuchengco

List of 2011 Contributors
Mitchell Stark Sutter West Bay Medical Foundation Lourdes S. Tancinco Tancinco Law Offices Cora M. Tellez Thomasians, USA Ben Tiu Transprosper Corporation University of San Francisco Dr. Cesar and Suzette Veluz France M. Viana Victor N. Villagracia Claire Allphin Maria Rae Almajose Oscar and Margarita Alvarado Maryllis Alvarez Victoria and Anthony Ang Florencia and Dennis Anglin Joseph Anonuevo Bruce and Alva Appel Conchita N. Applegate Arkipelago Books Arturo Albano Bendict Allen Dan and Linda Altamirano Anne Hunt Archer Auntie Em’s Fine Foods Arlene Azarcon George and Frieda Baker Drs. Eugenio and Trinidad Balbuena Fernando and Melissa Balazs Melissa Baltazar Ernesto and Florinda Baluyut Yasaman Banietemadbromand Ma. Aileen and Neil Baquiran Aida Barrios Kavoos G. Bassiri Robert Beardsley Lourdes Ramirez Beltran, DMD Victorino and Cecilia Bermudez Reginald Bernabe Oscar Bernardino Bradley Bertalan Better Homes Real Estate Edgardo and Patricia Biscocho Patrick J. Boland Robert and Mialisa Bonta Dr. Wilma Bontuyan-Maniago Edele Bourbon Philip V. Branzuela Dr. Peter Brion Susan Brissenden-Smith Alexander M. Brown Kenneth and Cristina Brugge Evangeline Canonizado Buell Barbara Bundy Margaret G. Burke Bennie Lou M. Quevedo Burris Linda R. Victoire Byers Dr. Lucia C. Cabreros Deogracias and Cynthia Cadiz California State Automobile Association Sherman and Ria Calinga Yaya Cantu Benito and Ofelia Capuyan Wilfred and Rosemarie Carino Jones and Marina Castro Dr. Norma C. Catajan Celine’s Kitchen Center for Asian American Media William and Sally Chao Ester M. Chavez Alexandra Christakos

$5,000 - $9,999
ABS-CBN International, Inc. Advent Software Teddy and Jeanine Diaz De Rivera Tellez Family Foundation Wells Fargo Capital Management

$500 - $999
Susan J. Aguado ANX Home Healthcare Leilani Vinegas Atis Autobahn Collision, LLC Clarissa Balmaseda Prithviraj Bhikha Cecilio R. Buisan
Dr. Cynthia M. Carsolin-Chang

$3,000 - $4,999
Alex and Babsy Abela Dr. Agnes Y. Alikpala Dado and Maria Banatao Winston and Pam Damarillo Ben and Rose Olivas Catherine Buan Peterson Mona Lisa Yuchengco

$1,000 - $2,999
ABS-CBN Foundation Ethel S. Allen Rene Astudillo Malou Babilonia Marilen Bernardo Leopoldo and Eloisa Briones Comcast Cielito and Polly Cortez Sonia T. Delen Shirley B. Dimapilis Dr. Erlinda Dizon Eliza D. Duerme Fil-Am Association of Foster City John and Therese Finnegan Dr. Maryjane Fuster Gap Foundation Carol and Frank Goretti Hana Zen Milagros Haw Ruth Cobb Hill, Ph.D. Arcenio and Joyce Ibardolasa Laluces Dental Nathan and Mary Lane Margaret Lapiz LBC Mundial Corporation Lourdes D. Martinez Consuelo H. McHugh The Joseph R. McMicking Foundation Menlo Mazda Katrina Montinola Zinnia Orosa Patio Filipino Philippine Association of University Women Rely Pio Roda Danilo and Eleanor Sebastian Elaine R. Serina

Maryles V. Casto Ma. Angela Castro Domingo Cosino Sherida I. David Dr. Mary Ann Fernandez Erlinda T. Galeon Galleria Park Associates, LLC Ana and Gonzalo Hernandez Edward and Ma. Elena Ick IW Group, Inc. James and Cay Lim Mila and Ernest Llorente Michael Gil Magnaye Jean J. Maliksi Gloria Melone Josefina R. Mendoza Pixie R. O’Neill Consuelo F. Pallas Vivian Poblete Crisanto and Evelyn Raimundo RCBC Remit Center Ray B. Riess Josephine Romero Danilo Santiago Mario A. Santos Santa Cruz Skilled Nursing Center, Inc. Diane Dwyer Sharp SHP Foundation Squire Sanders Legal Counsel Worldwide Conchita and Ricardo Taylor Peter and Jessica Tcherepnine Maria L. Yabut

$100 - $499
Antonio Abarquez Carlos Y. Abaya Alexander and Belina Acenas Carmencita and Arnaldo Agcaoili Dr. Rozzana Aliga

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Rene Ciria Cruz and Elaine Elinson Katherine Cloutman Virgilio and Rose Co Sarah Jane F. Cobb Danielle Conkling Dr. Eleanor Reyes Constantino Tom and Christine Consunji Antonio and Ligaya de la Cruz Danilo and Lydia de la Cruz Rose de la Cruz Dae Advertising Daniel Dames Ruby Ann Daroy Vicente and Grace David Genevieve Dee Delphi Consumer Insights Evelyn Dilsaver Clarissa Dimacali Do Consulting Lily Dominguez Dr. and Mrs. Edmundo Duldulao Christina M. Dunham Norma Edar Karla Ek Margarita L. Emmanuel Juannie Eng Maria Ramona Escano Carmen F. Esteva Elizabeth J. Esteva Anders and Ms. Corazon Fahlander Fil-Am Friendship Network Filipina Women’s Network Katrina Finnegan Fluor Foundation Dulce Franke William P. Fuller, IV Cynthia Galang Glenda and Anthony Galvan Dr. Corinna A. Gamez Eric Joel Gatchalian Lourdes and Edgar Gatchalian GE Foundation Josephine J. Gerardo Giggles and Grins Dental Care Thomas Gitto Odette Go Patricia F. Gomez Denise Gonzalez Terrence Gosliner Evan Green Ghia Griarte Jeanifer L. Centeno-Grullon Virginia C. Gualberto Leslie Anna Guevarra Emil A. de Guzman Dr. Vivien D. Hernandez Nathalia Hizon Beverly Ida Sarah Jane Ilumin Zenaida Inigo Inquirer Interactive Marketing Shareen Jafri Rogelio and Emylene de Jesus Irwin Jose
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Denise Kahn James and Leslie Kaji Ken and Lupita Kashiwahara Clarissa Kao Margie Katigbak Helena Leiner Katz Stephen Kech and Randy Ortega John Kessler Gail M. Kong Maria Sarina Konoff Dr. Esther L. Kotowski Lloyd LaCuesta Rafael J. Ladao Sophie Ladenla Remy Lahrman Dr. Felicidad G. Lao-Domingo Eileen Laurena Roseanna Lavia Dr. Curtis W. Lee and Joyce Trompeta Legacy Homes Realty Diana and Christopher Lerma Christine Levine Aurora and Eric Linak Edgar and Jo-Anne Linares Lorenzo Listana Consuelo Babsie Litton Angelita Louie Rafael C. Lumanlan Purisima Magdaraog J. Maliksi & Associates Dr. & Mrs. Ruben Mallari Marlene P. Marin Stella V. Marquez Riz B. Marsella Ma. Theresa S. Martinez Estela C. Matriano Lily Mauricio Marita Mayer Zandra McKendriek Noel McNabola Michael G. McNeal Mariel Melarpis Lorna H. Mello John Melone Genaro and April Mempin Karina Mendoza Ruben and Tita Mendoza Charmaine Mesina Jeany Miyoshi Marisa Robbins Mizono Eva M. Monroe Christopher Mow Ramona S. Monzon National Pension Consultants Native Leaf BC Nicolas James E. Norton Erwin Nucum Clarissa Ocampo Marietta and Ruben Ocampo Ma. Teresa D. Ojeda Dr. Lourdes Olivares-Agcaoili Imelda Oppenheim Remedios Ortigas

OTB Builders, Inc. Marissa Otto Deborah G. Ouyang Efren Pacis, Jr. Victoria Padilla Michael Panganiban Salvador F. Partible Peachy Pelaez Reyes Victoria T. Perez Shauna Santos Peterson Philippine Department of Tourism PICPA - USA Olga Poblete Carrie A. Pohl Lydia and Edward Pomposo Peter John Popovich Rosita Preciado Edcelyn N. Pujol Juliet Quiambao Norman and Belgica Quintela Maricel and Josef Quiroz Mona Ramos Susan Reiss Gary Resurreccion Ronald and Editha Reyes John W. Rhodes, Jr. Lourdes F. Rius Luis Francisco Rivilla Bess T. Roces Angelita Rodelas Edna Rodis Elsa F. Rodriguez Jose and Lora Rodriguez Ruben and Daisy Rodriguez Normita Roldan Rebecca S. Roque Joanne del Rosario Bradley Roxas Adelaida Rubia Susan Po Rufino Katherina Russakow Law Offices of Joseph A. Sacramento Laarni San Juan Cheryl Sandaydiego Inez F. Sandejas Belinda Santos Hugo Santos and Joji Arellano Richard and Maria Santos Pelcyida Sarno Seton Medical Center Tim Sevilla Epitacio M. Sison, Jr., D.D. S. Cynthia Sixt Ma. Carmen Sobrepena Anne Soler Dr. Edmundo A. Somoza Agnes Strandberg Carissa Suarez Rupert and Maria Suarez Lourdes Maria Abad Sy George and Barbara Sycip Lety and Samuel Sycip Richard A. Taguinod Lourdes Tan

Margriet S. Tang John and Nilda Timbs Emelinda Timonera Celia Tomlinson Agnes Torres Noe and Cora Tuason Agnes Ubalde Lorenzo Ursua Jose Mari Valles Maria P. Vanderburgh Mary Jo Smith Vaughn Rodolfo C. Villasin, DMD Katerina Villanueva Isabel T. Villongco Jonalyn B. Visenio Milagros R. Vizcarra Ronald V. Wagner Ethel A. Ward Karen S. Webb Vicky Wong Xroads LLC Jan Yanehiro Alex and Cristina Yap Christopher Yap Reynaldo Ybanez Marie Rivera Yip Celine L. Young Young Filipino Professionals Association Ma. Luisa S. Yujuico Jesus Zapanta

Maria T. Zuschlag

Below $100
Amelia Viana Abalos Alfredo C. Arellano Fernando and Elvira V. Aryan Rosalie Bacal Jinni Mabalot Bartolome Alma Beasenburg Francisca and Ana Belo Biscocho Insurance Services, Inc. Sylvia Blanch Tammy Blewitt Blue Ribbon Optical Lourdes Borden Emma Briones Catalina Bugayong Arnel and Ma. Carmela Cajulao Dr. Violeta M. Carnero Victor and Nemia Castillo Manuel and Gail Cecilia Cruz Julieta Cuvin Ma. Regina and Gina Delfino Felipa Domingo Reynaldo and Solita Ejanda Leah Espitonia Jean and Gloria Etchelet Arlene and Jeronimo Enriquez Roseline L. Fernandez Regina N. Galarneau Ma. Christina Gonzalvez

Hats on Post Vince and Vivian Herrera Maria Zosima Hill Theresa and Emmanuel Ilarina Jie Xiong li and Feng Yi Ruan Panchito and Carmelita Lasat Michael Louie Aurea B. Magsaysay Patricia S. Makalintal John and Graceamanda Mangini Estela V. Maracha Gemma Nemenzo Arnel Novenario Christopher and Andrea Ocampo Daisy Mae and Leodegardo Quitoriano Gloria Ramirez Arthur and Amelia Rodriguez Criselda Morte Rodriguez Leah V. Rodriguez Mercie del Rosario Amelia Q. Sandro Fe and Christina Anne Santos Rodrigo and Alegria Sapiera Felizardo and Susan Serrano Richard Steel Maria Suzuki and Ruperto Atencion Arnel and Vivian Tecson Romana B. Tuliao Maria Y. Urquhart Natividad Uy Estelita A. Villamil

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mately 1.9 million people, is state-imposed and concentrated in a few countries,” said the agency.

New forms of coercion
The ILO also reported that “domestic workers in the region are facing new forms of coercion.” “Sometimes, an initially freely-chosen job later becomes an exploitative trap while in other cases, women and girls are trafficked into forced domestic service overseas. Forced labor situations can develop when workers are confined to the employer’s home, subjected to physical, verbal or sexual abuse, and their freedom to leave the job is denied, particularly when passports and other identity documents are confiscated,” the agency explained. The ILO pointed out that “in Asian countries, domestic workers are not recognized as workers and deprived of labor rights.” “To remedy this situation, both the Philippines and Indonesia have filed bills that provide for a minimum wage for domestic workers and for working hours and benefits similar to those for workers in other sectors,” it said. The agency said it was “helping Indonesia and the Philippines strengthen the outreach of domestic workers’ organizations and creating linkages with groups of migrant workers in the

neighboring destinations of Malaysia and Hong Kong.” In the same report, the ILO said some migrant workers from the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka “have died in unclear circumstances while others have been subjected to severe punishments in several Middle Eastern countries.” “In Hong Kong and Singapore, several cases of severe ill treatment of migrant domestic workers by employers have been prosecuted since 2000,” it added.

Work deficits
In another report, the ILO said its primary goal is to “promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and human dignity.” However, it pointed out “the world today is facing a number of decent work “deficits.” “These come in the form of unemployment and underemployment, poor quality and unproductive jobs, unsafe work and insecure income, rights that are denied, and gender inequality. Many migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, lack of representation and voice and have inadequate protection from income loss during sickness, disability and old age,” said the agency.

According to the ILO, here are some of the indicators of decent work deficits: • Labor migration is on the rise. There are more than 86 million migrant workers worldwide, 34 million of whom come from developing countries. • There are over 85 million unemployed youth around the world, comprising nearly half of the world’s unemployment rate although this age group makes up only 25 percent of the working age population. • Half of the world’s workers are unable to lift themselves and their families above the $2 (about P88) per day per person poverty line. Much of the world has a significant gender gap in both quantity and quality of employment. Women are more likely than men to work in the informal economy with little or no social protection and a high degree of insecurity. But the ILO expressed confidence that “putting the Decent Work Agenda into practice can be achieved through the implementation of four strategic objectives with gender equality as a cross-cutting objective.” It referred to “creating jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection, and promoting dialogue and conflict resolution.” -Article by Jerry E. Esplanada, reprinted from Philippine Daily Inquirer, January 2, 2012
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Helping the Typhoon Victims

Hundreds of families stay at the multipurpose center at San Pedro Bautista Parish in San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City, because because of the

Grateful PIA scholars from Christ the King Parish in Pamplona, Las Piñas City

mud and garbage that swept into their homes.


hilippine International Aid has extended assistance to our “Off the Street-Off to School” scholars who were affected by Typhoon Habagat in Manila last August 7-8, 2012. PIA’s grant of $5,150 helped 207 families. Many of them were extremely grateful, because they did not know where to get money to buy their basic necessities such as food and medicine.

Child Trafficking in the Philippines


he island of Mindanao has become one of the trafficking hotspots because of armed conflict. Children are trafficked to major cities and neighboring countries, particularly Malaysia.

Trafficking victims are promised jobs such as domestic helpers or entertainers. Unware of the dangers ahead, children often have their own aspirations of wanting to see the big cities, helping their siblings and family, acquiring material gains, going to Japan as “entertainers”, and improving their physical appearance. Children are commonly trafficked for exploitation in the sex trade - an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution rings. There is a high incidence of child prostition in tourist areas. An undetermined number of children are forced into exploitative labor operations. Among the main causes of child trafficking in the Philippines are poverty, low economic development in communities of origin, gender
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inequalities, limited employment opportunities, existence of and access to public infrastructure (roads, schools, health centers, etc), large family sizes, inadequate awareness among families, and sex tourism. The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was enacted by the Philippine legislative in May 2003. The law mandates the establishment of the National Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons, which is now charting the national course to combat trafficking. The establishment of similar councils at the provincial and city levels is ongoing.

UNICEF’s efforts to combat child trafficking in the Philippines include: • Strengthening data collection and monitoring systems to better track and document this largely under-reported phenomenon. • Sensitizing parents and communities to change values, attitudes, practices and behaviour

that lead to child abuse and exploitation. • Training social workers, police, prosecutors, judges, church workers and other extension workers on anti-trafficking law. • Supporting surveillance, rescue and recovery efforts. • Educating communities on the dangers of trafficking. To date more than 500 communities have been reached and are mobilized against child trafficking. The UNICEF-assisted project against child trafficking mobilizes and trains the port community to raise awareness and levels of understanding of port workers and officials. It has also established the Multi-Sectoral Network Against Trafficking in Persons, a national civil society-led initiative that aims to provide direct action, build capacities of partners, advocate for policy reforms and network. -Source: UNICEF

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