No time to lose | Help our lumad brothers and sisters
The number of displaced families in Surigao del Sur Sports Center in Tandag City has increased. It is almost unimaginable that a less than 3000 sq. m. area could accommodate almost 5000 individuals seeking shelter from violence in their communities. Children and women are crammed in the area.
When it rains, the tattered tents provided could not shelter them all. Diseases have started to spread. Water, sanitation and hygiene kits are badly needed.
Aside from affecting the livelihood of the communities of the Indigenous Peoples, at least 9 tribal schools has been closed affecting 676 students and 47 teachers.
Despite reports from the Department and Social Welfare and Development that they have enough relief to sustain the needs of the internally displaced families evacuated at the Sports Center, the supplies of the families are slowly dwindling day by day. The response and aid reaching the IPs displaced are as indefinite as the length of their stay in the area.
We commend your efforts for being with us in these kinds of situation. At present, we are passing around the hat once again for all our partners to help our Lumad brothers and sisters.
Below is the list of the immediate needs of at least 808 families or 4,270 individuals inside the Sports Center. Let us also call for justice while we provide them with whatever we can gather to help them through this ordeal.
1. Food items: 1 sack of rice/family; 1 dozen eggs; ½ kilo salt; 1 kilo cooking oil; 1 bottle soy sauce/toyo; ½ kilo dried fish; 5 sachets milk; ½ kilo sugar
2. Non-food/hygiene items: 5 bath and laundry soap; 5 pieces toothbrush and 5 sachets of toothpaste; 5 sachets shampoo; slippers for children; diaper; undies for adults; blanket and towels (new or used but in-good condition)
3. WASH: 15 liters of water/family; 2 jerry cans, water container/family; thermos
4. Educational supplies: notebooks; pencil; paper (scratch papers will also do); ballpens; coloring books; manila paper; felt-nibbed/pentel pens
5. Medicine: carbocisteine; lagundi; ambroxol; salbutamol; cefalexin; cetirizine; ascorbic acid; multi vitamins; metronidazole; cefuroxime; omeprazole; celecoxib; naproxen
6. Supplies: povidone-iodine; cotton; alcohol; hydrogen peroxide; plaster; gauze; gloves; kidney basin; instrument for wound dressing; blood lancet; strips; nebulizer
The evacuees are also in dire need of:
• Psycho-social interventions/counseling and therapy (among women and children)
• Feeding program/hot meals for young children
• Community consultations, dialogues
• Developmental legal support We will accept all kinds of pledges, whether in kind or monetary support.
You may deposit your pledge thru:
Acct Name: Social Action Center – Diocese of Tandag
Acct Number: 1-423-35916-8
RCBC Bank Tandag Branch
Acct Name: Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.
Acct Number: 0991 00568 2
Allied Bank Cagayan de Oro Branch
For donations in kind:
Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc.
53-A, 12th Street, Zone 2, Upper Bulua,
Cagayan de Oro City 9000
3227 J.P. RIZAL, PROJECT 4, QUEZON CITY
Lastly, let us decry these kinds of violence and injustice towards the vulnerable sectors. Express our support via Social Media and in public discussions.
Thank you very much for your continuous support.
For further information, you may contact us:
Yoly R. Esguerra
Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc +63922.850.1843
Unit 204 Pacific Century Tower 1472-1476 Quezon Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
www.pmpi.org.ph | www.facebook.com/pmpi.org
Your gifts have come a long way.
Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. NCR-Urban Quick Response Team led by Integrative Medicine for Alternative Healthcare System Philippines, Inc. (INAM) has successfully delivered a community medical mission to our brothers and sisters in Bulacan.
At least 550 families have availed of modern medical treatment, while 80 individuals have undergone acupuncture in Northvillle 9 of Barangay Iba O'este in Calumpit town.
Community Organizers Multiversity (COM), TAO Pilipinas, Inc., and Urban Poor Associates (UPA), John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI) are also part of the community clinic.
Annie Sollestre of INAM expressed her gratitude to those who contributed to the response, and those who were present during the day-long medical mission.
"It is very appreciated in the community if we can respond to such distress call. We are more than happy to extend assistance and we are greatful to those who have shared their time and resources," said Sollestre.
By Gaia Mandala
Bus and taxi drivers threw coins on the group tailing the hearse as a sign of respect and observing superstition. The funeral march along EDSA was carrying no dead celebrity. In fact, it’s not carrying any remains at all.
To call for justice and pay tribute to the brutally killed members of Indigenous Peoples, several organizations and lumad groups marched from the People Power Monument towards Camp Aguinaldo, led by a white hearse carrying an empty coffin on October 30.
Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc., Alyansa Tigil Mina, members of B’laan community, the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocate (PAHRA), and Lilak-(Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights) remain steadfast in their stand that the mining operations has perpetuated rampant violence and human rights violations, leading to the deaths of several IPs opposing the destructive industry in their respective areas.
The protesters parked the hearse by the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to light candles for the dead during a short program. The groups also chanted for justice, holding the government and its defense department accountable for the continuous deaths among lumad groups.
Aside from the recent killings of educators and IP members in Surigao del Sur, the groups also commemorated the Capion Massacre, where the members of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines reportedly strafed a hut killing B’laan family inside. This happened three years ago, in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur.
“As President Aquino remembers his own dead loved ones this Undas, we also urge him to remember the names of numerous IP children, women, and men who were slain under his administration. Among them are Jordan and John Capion, B’laan boys aged 13 and 8 who were killed along with their mother Juvy, by the military men under the 27th IB,” said Lilak coordinator Judy Pasimio.
ATM, meanwhile, noted that 32 IP leaders within its network were killed under the Aquino administration, because of their struggle to protect their community from mining activities.
“We are hoping that impunity, injustices and IP Killings will not be part of the things that PNoy will hand over to the next administration,” PMPI campaigner Ed Garingan said.
By JG Soriano
Over the weekend, a leadership training for the Marinduque Council for Environmental Concern-Youth (MACEC-Youth) was held in Gasan, Marinduque from October 23 to 25. The activity aimed to teach the youth about leadership, theatre, and social media to further MACEC’s campaign by instilling leadership values to the youth and honing their talents and skills in advocacy.
AFTER POTONG PICTURE-TAKING. The facilitators sitting in front wearing black shirts and red crowns with the MACEC-Youth
Five facilitators from children’s International Manila Alumni Association (CIMAA), an organization that promotes leadership and volunteerism, were invited to facilitate a leadership training program for the MACEC-Youth, joined by a staff from the Philippine-Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI). The two-day program resembled an academy wherein the youth were the students and the facilitators were the teachers who will grade the kids according to their performance and participation.
Elizabeth Manggol, the executive director of MACEC told the youth on her closing remark “madami na kaming na-invest sa inyo, at nakikita na namin ang balik kita.” The investment that Mrs. Manggol was pertaining to was the trainings and other values-forming activities that they have prepared and made available for the youth of Marinduque. She shared that she was worried that the youth was not yet mature to represent themselves, more so, the environment. But she was relieved when she realized that the youth were actually learning from the trainings when she saw the outputs made by the children at the end of the program.
By Gaia Mandala
Environmentalists under the banner of Tampakan Forum held a protest outside the building of National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) central office, October 23, denouncing the agency's continued inaction on the killings and other human rights violations against Indigenous Peoples across the country.
CRIMSON RAGE.Protesters show their 'bloodied' hands symbolizing deaths among their tribes from the violence and militarization brought by mining activities in their communities, and how the office of the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples's alleged silence on the killings render them as guilty as the perpetrators of neglect and inaction.
Ed Garingan, anti-mining campaigner of Philippine Misereor Partnership Incorporated (PMPI) added that the NCIP should be alarmed on the continuing militarization of various ancestral domain areas in the countryside.
During the protest, environmental groups Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), PMPI, and Lilak - Purple Women's Action for Indigenous Women's Rights, and representatives of different IP tribes including B'laans, Teduray, Dulangan Manobo, Higaonon, and Lambangian lighted candles in honor of the slain IPs. The group also poured stage blood in front of the NCIP building, a symbolic representation of blood shed by the victims of human rights violations in provinces affected by mining.