2017 Christmas Gift Giving for Indigent Families

On December 28, 2017, RIMM President Betty and its members conducted a community service for 80 indigent families residing in Usting, Luksuhin Ibaba, Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines. Past President (PP) Don Shields of Rotary Club of Geelong Central of District 9780, Australia and his wife Loida, Gina of DSWD and RIMM Honorary Member Jun of the Philippine Army Reserve Command also participated in the meaningful event.

In order to purchase additional items such as bags of rice, cans of corned meat, bath soaps and noodles the following donors namely PP Don and Loida and the mother of Rotarian Kimiyo gave P10,000 and P8,000 respectively.

In addition many used clothing and foot wear for adults and children that were brought by guests from Japan, assorted hygiene kits donated by relatives of Captain Domeng’s relatives through Christine and bundles of firewood were distributed. Our home grown bananas were even enjoyed by the children. Due to the uncertainty of weather the venue was held at the premise of Captain Cynthia of Luksuhin Ibaba where a tent cover was installed.

During the event everyone sang Christmas songs. There were even dancing and singing presentations by mothers and children who received a little Xmas cash donations from Pres. Betty, PP Don and Loida.

Many mothers with their children were joyous to receive their bags of rice and other mentioned items as they were called and were grateful that they were remembered.

2017 Christmas Day Event at RIMM President Betty’s House

On December 25, 2017, RIMM President Betty invited nearby indigent families with their children to have lunch at her house. She also gave gifts to them.

RIMM members brought 3 bags of rice, cans of corned meat, bath soap and noodles for 3 indigent families residing in Brgy. Sicat that Pres. Betty has been attending too since one of the children has been a rape victim.

RIMM has been giving out financial assistance every quarter to Gina of DSWD for its program “Stop Sexual Abuse on Children”.

Pres. Betty has been voluntarily doing the Christmas Day community service evey year even before she became a Rotarian. Many other indigent families from Brgy. Sicat in Alfonso and relatives also joined in the whole day occasion.

Monthly Club Meeting with PP Don Shields of Rotary Club of Geelong Central (Australia)

On December 16, 2017 Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM) conducted its monthly meeting with a visitor, Past President (PP) Don Shields of Rotary Club of Geelong Central under District 9780 in Australia.

PP Don and his wife Loida committed to participate in our club’s community services as mentioned below:

1. As invited by President Ann San Antonio of Rotary Club of Manila Kalaw we will participate in their club’s community services at Asis Elementary School in Mendez, Cavite. It was originally scheduled on December 18, 2017 but postponed due to rainy weather. Media will cover the event wherein more than 500 public elementary school children along with their parents will be the recipients of the whole day humanitarian event.

RIMM will donate toothpaste and used clothing from Japan (donated by some guests of AWH) for the pupils and their parents. In addition, RIMM President Betty bought toothbrush and cotton earbuds for the event.

2. On December 28, 2017 we will be going to Usting in Luksuhin Ibaba in Alfonso, Cavite to donate rice, canned goods, used clothing including footwear from Japan and firewood for 80 indigent families. Gina of DSWD and Barangay Captain Cynthia of Luksuhin Ibaba will assist us.

PP Don has committed to donate P10,000 to buy needed additional items mentioned above to provide for 80 indigent families. In additional the mother of Rtn. KImiyo donated P8,000. Their monetary donations will be fully used for those 80 indigent families.

President Betty has invited us to join her on December 25, 2017 at her home to celebrate Christmas Day with many indigent families. She is going to prepare healthy sumptuous meals and give out gifts to them. We will also include this event in our club’s Midyear Review Report.

PP Don mentioned that his wife Loida was interested in joining our club. He also conveyed that many 2nd hand items in Australia (ie. remote controlled folding hospital beds, etc.) in good condition can be shipped to the Philippines. He told us to request any items we need from Australia, while customs matters in the Philippines are another issue.

Our neighbor friends donated 72 big bath soaps and 55 pieces of instant noodles. We intend to include these donations to Usting.

2017-18 Team Visit – District 3810

On December 15, 2017 RIMM conducted its Team Visit Meeting (a prerequisite meeting to the Governor’s Visit Meeting) in Mall of Asia in Pasay, Metro Manila represented by President Betty and Rotarians Raymund and Henry.

AG Arlene Gracia presided over the Team Visit Meeting. Raymund reported the substantial increment of RIMM membership from 13 to 23 members. We conveyed that our flagship program is Family Planning and Prevention of Tuberculosis (TB). We outlined many community activities that we have accomplished for current rotary year. AG Arlene was grateful for our upcoming community services we share to the needy during December.

RIMM pledged to donate for the Rice Foundation for Don Bosco street children in Metro Manila as it does every year.

Responsible Parenthood & Family Planning Seminar by POPCOM

On November 8, 2017 we attended a seminar on Responsible Parenthood & Family Planning hosted by Alfonso Local Council for Protection of Children (LCPC) at the Alfonso Municipal covered basketball court. It was attended by parents mainly mothers of Day Care children in Alfonso.

Anna of Population Commission (POPCOM) from Trece Martirez City, Cavite who was one of the key speakers of the seminar said this was the first time they conducted it in Alfonso upon the request of Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development).

POPCOM collects the following profile data from individual participants:

  • Number of children in their family
  • Job of the parents
  • Forms of contraception they are using, if any

From the data they have gathered they will encourage each mother to use the most suitable form of contraception depending on her health and financial situation and refer her to the nearest clinic where she resides to get free contraceptive provided by the Department of Health. POPCOM cannot impose contraception but instead educate & offer the women what contraceptive services are available for them.

Anna told us that her team which is in charge of certain Cavite areas has been conducting the said seminar and Adolescent Sexuality & Reproductive Health seminar for high school students in the other areas of Cavite since there is an urgent need to control the alarming increase of population in the Philippines.They target more than 400 local high schools in Cavite. They have many team leaders assigned to cover other provinces of Cavite to conduct the seminars. They do not provide snacks to the participants but the students are given a short break period to relax & snack.

Anna said they have a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education to conduct the seminars at any local high schools in all regions of Cavite. RIMM could invite her as a speaker in our Teenage Pregnancy Forums or RIMM can join their seminars. In any case we can work together since we share the common goals.

Joint Teenage Pregnancy Forum with IDN Manila

On October 14, 2017, RIMM was invited by Indonesia Diaspora Network (IDN) Manila (an NGO involved in social services in Asia) to conduct speaking engagements on Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines held at Barangay. Payatas in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

IDN noted that Brgy. Payatas has one of the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Metro Manila. The area is known as a trash dumping site of greater Manila.

The forum was attended by female and male teenagers along with their mothers totaling around 100. The local barangay officials and health workers got also involved in the forum.

RIMM speakers past president Raymund and current president Betty along with Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) Alfonso and Anna of LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) relayed the social aspects of teenage pregnancy. Gina made the whole audience to vow to prevent teenage pregnancy. Another invited speaker of IDN Dr. Belen Rajagukguk talked abut the health aspect of teenage pregnancy.

In the discussion session the participants were separated into 3 groups. The first group consisted of 12 to 20 years old female and male teenagers; the second group consisted of 9 to 11 years old children and the third group consisted of parents. Key speakers Anna, Gina and president Betty acted as facilitators of the said groups respectively. President Betty found out during the discussion session that the parents of the teens are busy scavenging the dumpsites for livelihood and do not spend time with their children.

A role playing depicting the disadvantages of teenage pregnancy was performed by teens residing in Brgy. Payatas.

Several video clips on teenage pregnancy gave a visual chilling factor on the realities of early pregnancies.

IDN gave a full meal to their audience and even a loot bag to take home after the forum.

At the closing ceremony a certification of appreciation was given to the speakers. IDN officials told us that they were very satisfied about our speakers that they feel had given a direct impact to the teenagers and mothers who attended the forum.

IDN gave a donation of P4,000 to our club. IDN said they are looking forward to working with RIMM again.

Teenage Pregnancy Forum at Luksuhin National High School

On September 14, 2017 RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) and LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) conducted a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at Luksuhin National High School in Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines.

The forum was attended by 60 students from Grade 7 and 8. Two new speakers shared their insights on teenage pregnancy namely Dr. Evangelina Manzo (Municipal Health Officer) and Mr. Manilito Mondejar of RIMM. Other speakers were DSWD Officer Gina Vedan, Pastor Domingo Santiago and Ana Liza Alcazar of Kiwanis. President Betty Vicedo also gave her motherly advice to the young students to prevent teenage pregnancy.

The school principal of Luksuhin National High School requested RIMM if we can conduct another Teenage Pregnancy Forum for Grade 11 and 12 students because the senior high school students also wanted to participate in the forum.

President Betty relayed that school officials of Palokpok National High School in Mendez, Cavite are also interested for RIMM to conduct a Teenage Pregnancy Forum at the school but RIMM will try to comply with the request.

RIMM paid for the nutritious snacks and drinks of the students and speakers prepared by the.school canteen amounting to P2,100 (P30/person x 70 persons).

Donation to Stop Sexual Abuse On Children

On August 8, 2017 RIMM donated P10,000 to Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) to support the “Stop Sexual Abuse on Children” Program.

In the meantime, Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) which works with RIMM also handed 3rd quarter donation of P15,000 to Gina and witnessed by Alfonso Police Officer Janet, who is also a member of LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children).

Donation to House with No Steps / Fixing of Oxygen Therapy Machine

On May 12, 2017 Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM) brought adult diapers, bottles of rubbing alcohol, sanitary wipes and packs of cotton balls to Mrs. Brual of House with No Steps Foundation in Alfonso, Cavite, where severely handicapped orphans reside. The said donation was given by All Star President Marni Sy of Rotary Club of Cavite Export Processing Zone through IPP Raymund Balicha of RIMM. 
Christine who supports RIMM from time to time came with us and donated bed pads. 
Mrs. Brual mentioned that the electric oxygen therapy machine they are using which was donated to them was not emitting out enough oxygen after several weeks of usage. She said the oxygen therapy machine is very useful to them when an orphan gets ill. We saw one orphan hooked up to an oxygen-filled tank. She relayed that they have difficulty finding a driver to have the oxygen tank refilled each time in Silang, Cavite.
Club Rotarian Henry offered to bring home the oxygen therapy machine so he can check on the problem. He managed to fix it by removing many dust particles on its filter. Mrs. Brual was very grateful to when the oxygen therapy machine was brought back to them in working condition. 

Stop Sexual Abuse of Children

Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) Alfonso presided over the Local Council for Protection of Children (LCPC) meeting on January 30, 2017 at the Brgy. Hall of Poblacion II in Alfonso.

PP Raymund Balicha announced that RIMM would be financially supporting “Stop Sexual Abuse on Children” with P10,000 per quarter starting this immediate quarter through Gina, DSWD Alfonso, in addition to the quarterly funding of P15,000 by AWH (Academy of World Healing Foundation) whose funding members are also serving as RIMM club members. The donation will be used specifically for sexually abused children matters. Gina will be submitting quarterly reports to AWH and RIMM on this issue.

Dr. Manzo of Alfonso chief Municipal Health Officer noted RIMM’s advocacy to End TB program.

Gina was very grateful to RIMM for the quarterly financial support on sexually abused children. She said she will use part of the fund for the 5 year old rape victim.