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Fall 2013


1.4 Million Filipino Children Have No Classrooms, UN Says

Progress in reducing the number of children out of school has slowed due to shortage of funds
anila. About 1.4 million Filipino children are out of school because they have no classrooms, the United Nations said.


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Table of Contents
State of Filipino Children 1 1.4 Million Filipino Children Have No Classrooms, UN Says 1 The Chairperson’s Message Board of Directors New Board Members Financial Statement 2 2 2 2

Excerpted from the 2010 Report of the Council for the Welfare of Children, Republic of the Philippines


Fundraisers 3 Status Reports PIA Thanks 4 8

n terms of child survival, malnutrition remains a big challenge in both pre-school and elementary school levels. The incidence of underweight children 0-5 years increased from 24.6 percent in 2003 to 26.2 percent in 2008. Of note is the decline in infant mortality rate from 57 per 1000 live births in 1990 to 40 in 2003 to 34 in 2008.

In early childhood care and development, participation rate in center-based programs among 3-5 year old children has slowly increased over a 10-year period from 29 percent in 2000 to

39 percent in 2010. In basic education, there is a steady decline in school enrolment; there is an observable reduction in completion rate; and there is significant increase in the number of school leavers and out-of-school youth. The country is lagging behind in achieving universal primary education. Gender disparities in the Philippines reveal that girls are outperforming boys at different levels of education in terms of net enrolment, retention and achievement rates. Growing numbers of children are vulnerable to and have become victims of various forms of abuse, violence and exploitation. Data from various agencies reveal the presence of working
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The 57 million children worldwide who have no classrooms also include 10.5 million in Nigeria, 5.4 million in Pakistan, 1.7 million in Ethiopia, and 1.6 million in India, among others, said the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). Meanwhile, Philippine Senator Edgardo Angara said, “There is also good news about our educational system. Between June 2010 and the first half of 2012, 23,646 classrooms were built; 29,261 new teachers were hired; and millions of textbooks and seats were provided. “Possibly, for the 1st time since the 1940s, all

About Us
Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Chairperson’s Message

2013 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 B. Duldulao J.D. Estella Isagani F. Laguisma James T. Lim, Executive Director Ben R. Olivas Lyra Rufino-Maceda Elaine R. Serina France M. Viana Leopoldo R. Briones, Treasurer Raymond Virata, Administrative Assistant

We celebrate Philippine International Aid’s 27th year in existence and we have you to be thankful for this. Without your generosity and compassion for the children, we will not be where we are today. Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children… We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” We, at Philippine International Aid, echo his sentiment, and we are working hard to give the disadvantaged children in the Philippines a safe world for their future. We focus on providing educational assistance because it is the only tool that will give them a chance for a brighter future. We ask you to join us in giving hope to the children. Thank you.
Sincerely yours, Mona Lisa Yuchengco

New Board Members
Isagani F. Laguisma
Laguisma has over 24 years of experience in accounting, auditing, and consulting services. He was a partner at OUM & Co. LLP. Prior to that, Gani was a senior audit manager at a Big 4 firm. His current and past clients include companies in various industries such as biotechnology, semiconductor, banking, manufacturing, retailing and food distribution. He has extensive experience in the audits of financial statements Isagani F. Laguisma and effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting of public companies under the Section 404 of Sarbanes & Oxley Act.

Financial Statement
Philippine International Aid Statement of Revenues and Expenditures For the year ended December 31, 2012
REVENUES Donations Other revenue Total Revenues EXPENDITURES Fundraising Expenses Licenses Utilities Office Expenses Total Expenditures GRANTS DISBURSED EXCESS OF REVENUES OVER EXPENDITURES Fund Balance 1/1/12 (Note 1) Fund Balance 12/31/12 $ 49,620 95 1,876 1,093 $52,684 $ 281,450 ($ 59,282) $ 303,370 $ 244,088 $ 274,649 203 $ 274,852

Elaine R. Serina
Elaine R. Serina, Ph.D., P.E., is a Principal of Talas Engineering, Inc., a nationally-recognized engineering consulting firm and a leader in providing engineering expertise in the areas of Accident Reconstruction, Biomechanical Analysis and Design Analysis. Dr. Serina is passionate about being an active contributor to the Filipino American community as a leader, teacher, and mentor. She founded Pinay Aspirations in 2006, a nonprofit organization created to promote the aspirations of Filipino youth in education, the community, personal growth and career development, and she remained its president for four years.n

Elaine R. Serina

Note 1 – The amount of $69,300 is committed and considered restricted. 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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PIA Celebrates its 26th Anniversary with Patis Tesoro





hilippine International Aid (PIA), along with Wells Fargo, celebrated its annual fashion show fundraiser “Holiday Haute Couture” last November 18, 2012 at the Hyatt Embarcadero in San Francisco. Last year’s show was highlighted by world renowned designer Patis Tesoro, who is known for elegantly embroidered gowns and barong tagalogs. Veteran journalists Lloyd LaCuesta and Diane Dwyer (KNTV-11 NBC) hosted the event. Singer Divo Bayer performed during the intermission.The fundraiser netted around $85,000.

Barge Ramos

Patis Tesoro (fourth from left) and volunteers


hilippine international Aid (PIA) and Philippine Airlines present “Holiday Haute Couture XII” on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Hyatt Embarcadero in San Francisco.

The fashion show benefit will feature designs of Barge Ramos and will also include a Christmas bazaar, live and silent auction, lunch, and entertainment. Barge Ramos is best known for his work using local fabrics and his barong tagalogs. Broadway's Joan Almedilla will be the special guest entertainer. 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

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ast May 4, 2013, Philippine International Aid, together with Philippine News, gave 76 honorees 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 $3,025.n

Grants for 2013
Alay Kapwa Daycare Program
The day care program that PIA supports with a grant of $15,000 is one of the corner stones of Alay Kapwa’s educational services and has been proven successful for over 25 years in ensuring that the children are better prepared both intellectually and nutritionally in meeting the demands of the formal school system. All preschool children in the program have been accepted to Grade 1. The grant covers 320 children in two centers in Cavite and two centers in Cebu.

Children from the Alay Kapwa daycare center

Association Compassion Asian Youth, Inc.
The Supreme Court of the Philippines is processing accreditation for ACAY as an “official partner in the formation and rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law.” PIA’s grant of $7,000 provided psychological evaluations and monthly counseling for 26 boys and girls. It also provides for a Family Seminar for the parents of the children. PIA also supports the Bangkal mission with the indigenous, young Aetas so they can develop their leadership skills and feel at home in the modern world.

The girls' program of Association Compassion Asian Youth, Inc. (ACAY)

Blessed Elena Academy
PIA’s grant of $2,500 provides educational assistance in the form of subsidized tuition for 29 poor children who live in the area to acquire a private and Catholic education.

Bukid Kabataan Center
Bukid Kabataan Center serves street children who are physically and sexually abused, neglected and/or abandoned. Its programs and services are directed toward the healing of the children and their total development. The Center has six major components: residence for boys and girls (different buildings), elementary school, organic farming and livestock management, after care program, community outreach (livelihood) and educational assistance. PIA’s grant of $9,000 provides educational and counseling assistance to 56 children.
Blessed Elena Academy students 4 Philippine International Aid

Grants for 2013
Catholic Ministry to Deaf People, Inc.
PIA’s scholarship in the amount of $26,000 for 135 deaf and hearing-impaired children does not consist only of financial support. Parents and guardians in the program have to undergo the seven three-hour sessions to process and prepare them for the psycho-socio-emotional issues that have surfaced in dealing with a deaf ward. They are also encouraged to attend Basic Sign Language classes. There is also the Big Brother-Big Sister Deaf Project where college deaf scholars visit younger scholars to assist them in signing skills, in academics and family life.

Catholic Ministry to Deaf People, Inc.'s Christmas party

Child Alert Mindanao
Basic education remains inaccessible to many children and young adults in the urban communities of Davao City. Families cannot provide the basic necessities for their children to actively participate in the school system, so many of them have remained in the survival mode. A significant number of them have either abandoned school to work as child laborers, joined street gangs and/or engaged in substance abuse. Early pregnancies have also been noted among young girls. PIA’s grant of $10,000 gives 191 at-risk youths an opportunity to access vocational and technical training as preparations for adult responsible lives, and at the same time help needy and deserving children attend regular high school through college.
Child Alert Mindanao staff together with some Talomo baranggay officials distributing gift bags to the kids.

End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT), Philippines
ECPAT’s Youth and Empowerment Program targets victims/survivors and those who are highly vulnerable to be victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Thus, it provides for the basic human rights of these children in the areas of survival, development, protection and participation. PIA’s grant of $8,000 provides educational assistance, transportation and food allowances to 50 children in the center. ECPAT also provides housing and community based facilities while the children are healing, legal and psychological services.

Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry
Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry’s programs and services are geared towards the holistic development of children in need of special protection to improve their quality of life and well-being. Some of these activities include: street education, after-care program, advocacy, income generating projects, farm training, learning and development projects. PIA’s grant of $10,000 supports the education of 50 children at this drop-in center.

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Grants for 2013
Off the Streets – Off to School Scholarship Program
A total of 897 children were enrolled for the school year 2012-2013 – 643 are in elementary, 174 in high school and 77 in college. This includes 234 children being sponsored by donors of our sister foundation, Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation (PAAFI). Some of the children watched a ballet at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and others had a field trip to Avilon Zoo.

Scholarship Program for Children of Prisoners and Farmers
Sr. Myrna Tacardon, a Good Shepherd nun, heads this community in the mountain on Digkilaan in Iligan City. Recipients of PIA’s scholarship grant in the amount of $11,000 are 300 poor children: ­50 are children of prisoners, 180 are children from poor communities and 70 are children of farmers. The squatter areas have multiplied and children are forced to stop going to school as their parents cannot find jobs. Last summer, the children took Taekwondo lessons as a way to protect themselves from the abuses in the area. Sr. Myrna started a fund where families contribute P1.00 and they can borrow from the fund at low interest rates.

2012-2013 College Graduates 1. Ma. Jeannie Arago - BS Psychology, Unibersidad de Manila 2. Marvin Daniel Bermillo - BS Chemical Engineering, University of Sto. Tomas 3. Lani Brezuela - Dressmaking, National Vocational Rehabilitation Center 4. Lady Camille Camuyag - BS Office Management, Rizal Technological University 5. Ronald Cajurao - BS Information Technology, Jose Rizal University 6. Ma. Hervelita Flores - BS Business Administration, DLSU-College of St. Benilde 7. Kelvin Gregorio - BS Marketing, Unibersidad de Manila 8. Ma. Jessica Laroza - BS Banking & Finance, Polytechnic University of the Philippines 9. Joan Logarto - BS Computer Science, Gateways Institute 10. Rose Ann Moire - BS Nursing, University of Perpetual Help 11. Teody Lee Payot - Consular in Diplomatic Affairs, DLSU-College of St. Benilde 12. Christian Ranche - BS Industrial Psychology, Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Sciene & Technology (EARIST) 13. Connel Gemma Rosanes - BS Marketing, Rizal Technological University

Tanglaw Buhay Center
The scholarship program extended by PIA brought about changes in the lives of the children who have been victims of sexual trafficking. It boosted their morale and they regained their self-esteem. They started to trust the people around them who are committed to helping them. Of the 28 children being supported by PIA with a grant of $6,000, 13 of them are in elementary, 13 are in high school and two are in college.

Teaching Street Children to Love
PIA has granted $8,000 for this educational, medical and dental support program of Sr. Mary Assumpta Lim, Good Shepherd nun. She assists 50 children who 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 through tutorials, personality development and health assistance. n

Open Heart Foundation Worldwide
A total of 19 college students and 3 high school students benefited from PIA’s grant of $5,000. Some of the courses being taken by the students include Education, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Work, Human Resource Management among others.

People’s Recovery, Empowerment and Development (PREDA) Foundation
All of PIA’s 57 scholars passed their grade level this school year. PIA continues to provide educational assistance in the amount of $5,000. PREDA continues to rescue children from sex predators. Last February, they rescued 13 young girls from the sex bars in Olongapo City. Two young boys and two young girls were also rescued from illegal detention in jail.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Alabang Foundation
PIA’s grant of $5,000 provided educational assistance to 439 children in the barangays of Bagong Silang (72 chidren), Immaculate Concepcion compound (102 children), Santo Niño (75 children), Rizal (80 children), Kabulusan 2 (52 children) and Kabulusan 3 (58 children). The teaching staff consists of 17 teachers and aides, all of whom are mothers from the different sitios who have been trained to teach children 2 ½ to 6 years old using the Montessori method of education.
6 Kids at Teaching Street Children to Love perform at their annual Christmas party

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Grants for 2013
United States
Philippine International Aid-Wells Fargo Scholarship
In 2010, the Philippine International Aid-Wells Fargo Scholarship was set-up to support deserving Filipino American students who wish to pursue higher education at an accredited community, technical, college or university. The high cost of education is the primary reason why there are less Filipinos at the college and graduate levels. The Filipino American community has the highest college droput rate among Asian Americans. Administered by the Asian Pacific Fund, the program disbursed $5,000 for the school year 20132014. For eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our website at

2013 Philippine International Aid-Wells Fargo Scholars

Nathaniel-Georg Gutierrez University of California, Davis Biomedical Engineering

Devin Moynihan University of California, Santa Cruz Liberal Arts and Sciences

Nathaniel-Georg Gutierrez, the Suisun City math and science whiz, hopes to finds success in the bioengineering field. His family ingrained into him a good work ethic in order to become a better student. Besides working in the field he loves, he hopes to support his family one day.

Devin Moynihan hails from Sacramento, California. This straight-A student is active in the community with her work with Key Club International and the Girl Scouts, where her troop helped with the operations at the annual Halloween Carnival at the Ronald McDonald House for patients at the Shriners Childrens Hospital and UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Joshua Tree Poblete Foothill College Mechanical Engineering

Denelle Regresado University of California, Davis Clinical Nutrition

Joshua Tree Poblete grew up the Philippines, which made him realize him how fortunate he was to come here to the United States and not take the educational opportunities for granted. He plans to take up engineering and would like to give back to the community in the Philippines.

Denelle Regresado was born and raised in Vallejo, California. She credits her Filipino culture in driving her to excel in school. The high school where she came from had a high drop out rate according to the local paper and she wanted to rise above that and graduate. She wishes to pursue a career in health and nutrition.

Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS, Inc.)
RAMS is a private, non-profit mental health agency that offers a variety of services to meet the behavioral health, social, vocational, and educational needs of the diverse community of the San Francisco Bay Area. PIA approved a grant of $5,000 to provide for the enrollment of 5 Filipino students in the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Course. n

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PIA Thanks
List of 2012 Contributors
(based on payments received in 2012) Galleria Park Associates, LLC Google Matching Gifts Program Roger Haeussler Hana Zen Gareth and Ruth Cobb Hill Kaiser Permanente Matching Gift Programs Lucky Chances, Inc. Emmanuel and Ma. Lourdes Maceda Jean J. Maliksi Valentin and Ana Manglapus Stella V. Marquez Lourdes D. Martinez Gloria Melone MZR Inc. Golden Manor Zinnia S. Orosa Consuelo F. Pallas Philippine Association of University Women

$500 - $999
Gabriel Ang AT & T Employees Leilani Vinegas Atis George and Frieda Baker Drs. Eugenio and Trinidad Balbuena Catherine Buan Mr. & Mrs. Cecilio R. Buisan Dr. Cynthia Carsolin-Chang Alexandra Christakos Winston and Pam Damarillo Dr. & Mrs. Edmundo Duldulao Diane Dwyer Sharp Jose D. Estella IV Dr. Mary Ann Fernandez Erlinda T. Galeon Roderick C. M. Hall Julieta Hudson Archie and Joyce Ibardolasa Edward and Ma. Elena Ick Inquirer Interactive Marketing Ken and Lupita Kashiwahara Mr. Adam and Dr. Ester Kotowski Remy Lahrman James and Cay Lim Ernest and Mila Llorente Dr. Rosanna Marquez Manuel Monzon George Olarte OUM & Co., LLP PG&E Corp. Campaign for the Community Lourdes F. Rius Anita H. Sanchez Evangeline Santos Mario A. Santos George and Barbara Sycip Dr. Anthony L. Villanueva

$10,000 and above
Tina and Gerry Gutierrez Wells Fargo Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999
Advent Software Teddy and Jeanine Diaz de Rivera Tellez Family Foundation United Way San Francisco Wells Fargo Capital Management Western Union Financial Services

$3,000 - $4,999
Alex and Barbara Abela Bank of America Employees Matching Gifts Consuelo H. McHugh Ben and Rose Olivas Mona Lisa Yuchengco

$1,000 – $2,999
ABS-CBN International Marivic C. Agoncillo DDS, Inc. Agnes Y. Alikpala Ethel S. Allen Malou Babilonia Dado and Maria Banatao Katrina Montinola Marilen Bernardo Leopoldo and Eloisa Briones Maryles V. Casto Chevron Texaco Employees Lito and Polly Cortez Sonia T. Delen Shirley B. Dimapilis Eliza D. Duerme Filipino American Association of Foster City

Rely Pio Roda Crisanto and Evelyn Raimundo Elaine R. Serina Mitchel Stark Tancinco Law Offices Lourdes S. Tancinco Conchita L. Taylor Peter and Jessica Tcherepnine Cora M. Tellez The Joseph R. McMicking Foundation Thomasians, USA Jose Claver N. Toledo II Towne Mazda UBS Employee Giving Program United Way California Capital Region University of San Francisco Dr. Cesar and Suzette Veluz France M. Viana Victor N. Villagracia Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign

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$300 - $499
Abiog and Abiog Dental Corporation James Bradford Adkins Dan and Linda Altamirano ANX Home Healthcare Anne Hunt Archer Arkipelago Books Auntie Em’s Fine Foods Dr. Peter L. Brion Evangeline Canonizado Buell Dr. Lucia C. Cabreros Karina Calayag Sherman and Ria Calinga Dr. Norma C. Catajan Earl Quong Chan Dae Advertising Sherida I. David Delphi Consumer Insights Ritchie Desuasido Clarissa Dimacali Dr. Erlinda Dizon Christina M. Dunham Stanley and Donna Egbert Fil-Am Friendship Network Dr. Corinna A. Gamez Prudence Gaspar Eric Joel Gatchalian Global Impact Matching Funds Maria Zosima Hill Theodore Jojola and Adelamar Alcantara Margie Katigbak Helena Leiner Katz Stephen Kech and Randy Ortega Deborah D. Landstrass Nate and Mary Lane, III LBC Mundial Corporation Dr. Curtis W. Lee and Joyce Trompeta Loida Nicolas Lewis Eric and Aurora Linak Rafael C. Lumanlan Luvican, Inc.

Purisima Magdaraog Michael Gil Magnaye Gary J. Malinski Vincent and Maria Marsella Theresa S. Martinez Lorna H. Mello Josefina R. Mendoza Charmaine Mesina Ramona Z. Monzon Leila L. Nachtigall Sarah Napolio National Pension Consultants Maximo and Dr. Patria Abaya Natividad Mark T. Ng Julie Nesenblatt Pixie O’Neill Ruben and Marietta Ocampo Dr. Lourdes Olivares-Agcaoili Mark and Imelda Oppenheim Peter and Cora Parel Consul General Marciano Paynor, Jr.

Joshua and Pauli Ann Thomson John and Nilda Timbs Union Bank Employee Program Linda R. Victoire Byers Karen S. Webb Vicky Wong

$100 - $299
Carlos and Elizabeth Abaya Renzi Abedania Lia Acuna, Esq. Arnaldo and Carmencita Agcaoili Col. Nestor and Dr. Rozanna Aliga Claire Allphin Oscar and Margarita Alvarado Lorelle Ann Amante Rosario B. Angeles Alva Appel Vincent Arcega Dr. Azucena L. Arguelles Alex and Gina Atanacio Melito and Asuncion Balon Ronald Banks Kavoos Bassiri Consul Reginald Bernabe Oscar Bernardino Bradley Bertalan Better Homes Real Estate Patrick J. Boland Dr. Wilma Bontuyan-Maniago Edele Borbon Richard Breneman Susan Brissenden-Smith Alexander M. Brown Buchmeyer Communications, Inc. Barbara K. Bundy Dr. Margaret G. Burke California Transplant Donor Network Rosalinda Campbell Victoria Canovas Ofelia Capuyan Jerrymain Carlos Celine’s Kitchen Jennifer Centeno-Grullon Chevron Filipino American Employees

Concepcion S. Peterson Ruben Diego Picardo William Radulovich Gary Resurreccion Leopoldo Reyes Marie Rivera-Yip Bess T. Roces Louis T. Rodrigo Peter and Arlene Rojo Philip Rustia San Francisco Premier Lions Club Inez F. Sandejas Sarah Oliver Handbags Danilo and Eleanor Sebastian Mary Jo Smith Vaughn Dr. Edmundo Somoza James and Agnes Strandberg Carissa Suarez Bernadette Sy Richard A. Taguinod Jauw and Lourdes Tan Margriet S. Tang The Reyes Family Trust

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Rene P. Ciria Cruz Sarah Jane F. Cobb Dr. Eleanor R. Constantino Vicente and Grace David Rene V. Dawis Clem Dehesa Honor and Evangeline del Castillo Lydia de la Cruz R.B. and C.B. de la Vega Alejandro Alvarado Diesta Elaine Ellison Juannie Eng Carmen Esteva Elizabeth Esteva Roy Ferreira Filipina Women’s Network Katrina Finnegan Flour Foundation Therese Foley Dulce Franke Leslie Fullerton-Pacis Dr. Maryjane Fuster Dr. Rowena Gail Garcia-Chuapoco Evelyn Gavino Josephine Gerardo Giggles and Grins Dental Care Odette Go Giovanni Gomez Patricia F. Gomez Denise Gonzalez Michael and Joan Carole Green Dr. & Mrs. Agaton Gualberto Leslie Anne Guevarra Voltaire Gungab James and Lynda Hampton D. T. Hand Glen and Reiko Hatakeyama Clayton and Patricia Hayes Mickey and Pat Hayes Patrick and Yan Hong Heim Gonzalo and Ana Hernandez Hotel Whitcomb Marissa Imperial Zenaida P. Iñigo

Joseph and Rosario Isidro Jan Yanehiro Investments William Kapfer Agnes C. King Lloyd R. LaCuesta Rafael J. Ladao Sophie Ladenla Alberto and Annie Mae Laurena Eileen Laurena Norman and Imelda Leoncio Michael Liang Angelita Louie Michael Louie Dr. Lourdes Ramirez Beltran LTD Global, LLC Dr. William D. Lubart Dr. Ruben and Zenaida Mallari Raymond and Maria Manzano Estela V. Maracha Marlene P. Marin

Antonio and Patria Mataban Estela C. Matriano Katrina Mayol Terry McGee Amy McHugh Michael G. McNeal Brenda Kwee McNulty Evelyn Melone Genaro E. Mempin Ruben and Tita Mendoza Dennis and Sylvia Mesina Mark Miller Eva M. Monroe Rona Nicolas James E. Norton Anna and Clarissa Ocampo Daniel Oh Ma. Teresa D. Ojeda Douglass and Jennifer Olney Kathleen Orrico Remedios Ortigas Marissa Otto

Deborah G. Ouyang Efren Pacis, Jr. Linda Palermo Salvador F. Partible Joe Partida Philippine Department of Tourism PICPA-USA Susan Po Rufino Vivian Poblete Edward and Lydia Pomposo Alejandro and Maria Prieto Edcelyn N. Pujol Bennie Lou M. Quevedo Burris Norman and Belgica Quintela Rebarts, Inc. Juan and Miriam Recinto Susan Reiss Ruben and Daisy Rodriguez Eris and Sylvia Rodriguez Adolph and Normita Roldan Frederick and Elizabeth Roldan Adelaida Rubia Stephanie Rubin Mary de Leon Rufino Robert and Ellen Ruperto Dr. Oscar Saddul Laarni San Juan Richard and Maria Santos Pelcyida Sarno Save a Tahanan Brenda Valencia Simson Dave Smaby Regina Stroud Rodney and Grace Suzuki Agnes C. Torres Avelina Udan-Fogerty Joyce Uy Dr. F. J. Valen Maria P. Vanderburgh Lea Ver Milagros R. Vizcarra Ronald V. Wagner Ethel A. Ward Steven Woo Christopher Yap Homan Yin Ms. Luisa S. Yujuico Jesus Zapanta

Below $100
Danilo M. Africa Jo-Ann Agcaoili Edna Y. Alikpala Joseph Anonuevo Merriam Aranzanzo Alfredo C. Arellano Violy Arroyo Elvira V. Aryan Fernando Aryan
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Lisa Bailen Belinda Bautista Winnie Beckman Virginia Belenzo Dr. Milagros T. Buenviaje Alma Jane Cagalawan Arnel and Ma. Carmela Cajulao Juan Carlos and Rebecca Muñoz Michelle Carrillo Reena Carvallo Patrick Chan Esther M. Chavez Katherine Cloutman Noel and Rowena Columna Daniel Dames Charles U. de la Torre Renato and Divinagracia Duerme Edison International Employee Campaign Elias Enciso Jeronimo and Arlene Enriquez Florencia L. Erana-Quesada Ma. Elisa Escano Filipino American Media Partners Hermes Ford Leoncio and Milagros Gabbac Genentech Employee Giving Program Stewart Ick Jeremy and Ellen Jones LB Jones Alberto and Ileana Lim Jesus Luy Patricia S. Makalintal Tina Manglapus Maynigo Tomas Mascardo John Melone Carlos Mendez Shaun P. Osburn Mary Jean T. Pagnillo Arlene Paloma A;fredo P. Patiag Lynn Rivilla Stacy Robinson George and Catherine Romero Lisa Sacilioc Hugo Selinger Celia D. Short Jon and Judianne Steffes Alejandria R. Steiner Kim T. To Noe and Cora Tuason United Way of Greater Rochester United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Maria Y. Urquhart Tessie Evelyn Velicaria Edward and Theresa Ick Wilhelm Michelle Wun Patricia Yadao n

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children (4.1 million as of 2001); street children (246,000 as of 2001); sexually abused and exploited children, trafficked children, children in armed conflict; children in drugs, children in conflict with the law; and children without parental care and at risk of losing parental care. The situation of children in Mindanao deserves special attention considering that several regions and provinces in Mindanao are worse off in terms of child protection indicators especially those related to children in especially difficult circumstances such as those affected by armed conflict and displacement as a result of disaster, both natural and man-made. Due to the continuing conflict, families experience a diminished capacity to protect and care for their children resulting in increased deprivation of basic services and lack of opportunities for normal growth and development. One other consequence of this frequent and continuing emergencies and disasters is the overstretched capacity of service delivery system in the area. The establishment of the Sangguniang Kabataan or the youth councils, the formulation of the National Framework on Children’s Participation, Child 21 (the Philippine National Stra-

tegic Framework for Plan Development for Children), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission Children Basic Sector representation are among the significant efforts of government to engage young people to participate in the deliberation of matters concerning them. The report reiterates the recommendation made in previous country reports submitted to the United Nations: “The biggest long-term challenge in upholding the best interests of the child is to create the structural conditions conducive to the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights, most especially children’s rights. This requires the strong and unrelenting political commitment and government capacity, as well as active civil society participation to undertake all necessary measures that will (a) effectively eliminate poverty, (b) reduce disparities in wealth and resources, (c) wipe out rampant graft and corruption, (d) put an end to armed conflict, and other forms of organized violence, (e) generate food and job security for families, (f) provide opportunities for education, as well as health, nutrition and other social services without discrimination, (g) care for and protect the environment, and (h) bring peace and stability among families and communities,”n

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deficits in classrooms, water and sanitation facilities, and teacher items may be eliminated by the end of 2013,” predicted Angara. He did not give details. However, despite a shortfall in classrooms, the Philippine Congress passed a law increasing the number of years for primary and secondary education from 10 to 12 years, which means

additional funding for public schools. At the same time, Unesco’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report also said that progress in reducing the number of children out of school has come to a virtual standstill because international aid to basic education fell for the first time since 2002. At the same time, funds are not being directed to the regions and countries most in need. Only $1.9 billion (Dh7 billion) was allocated to low-income countries in 2011, a reduction of 9 per cent from the previous year and a far cry from the $26 billion needed to fill the finance gap for basic education, said the report. Six of the top ten donors to education reduced their spending. The United Kingdom is now the largest bilateral donor to basic education, taking the place of the United States, the report added. The large number of children out of school could increase the number of child labourers, said the International Labour Organisation (ILO).n -Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief, Gulf News.

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