Archive | November 2013

OCHRP in the news

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Through ongoing media engagement and other awareness-raising activities, members of the Global Justice Tour 2013’s delegation have been finding ways to share what they learned during their July trip to the Philippines.

Journalist David Koch did a segment during Carleton University’s September 3 OPIRG Roots Radio show on CKCU FM 93.1. It starts at approximately 38:00 on the player here.

OCHRP members Kelti Cameron and Alana Roscoe published an article discussing issues the delegation witnessed, as well as the more recent pork barrel scandal, in the September/October issue of Ottawa independent newspaper The Leveller. Their article can be found on page 10 of Volume 6, Issue 1.

The appeal by OCHRP’s partners, ICHRP-Canada Committee and Migrante Canada, for increased Canadian assistance for Typhoon Haiyan relief, was published in the Philippine Reporter on November 22, 2013. The letter of appeal is shown in a previous blog post here.

Following an October 28 presentation, held in Ottawa, by COURAGE National President Ferdinand Gaite on the subject of water privatization in the Philippines, The Leveller newspaper published an in-depth article exploring the issue. Printed in the paper’s Volume 6, Issue 3 in November 2013, the article was written by Alana Roscoe.

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Bring and Buy Auction – Let’s help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan!

*UPDATE: As reported by PMSC Ottawa on December 4 on the Bring and Buy Auction Facebook page, the successful event “allowed us to raise approximately 110% of our 10 k goal.” Read PMSC’s press release here.

As of December 11, total funds raised for typhoon relief exceed $15,000, as donations continue to roll in.  

Paypal accounts have been set up to enable credit card donations and bank transfers via the links below; those over $20 are eligible for tax receipts.

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For more information, please contact Aimee, Doug, or Joe at the phone numbers or email addresses on the poster and the bottom of this post.

OCHRP would like to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who attended the event, as well as those who made donations, big and small, of items, funds, and/or volunteer efforts. It is truly amazing to see what can be accomplished when people come together for a good cause!

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The Philippine Migrants Society of Canada/Pilipinong Migrante Sa Canada (PMSC), Migrante Ottawa, and the Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (OCHRP) are raising funds for the victims of the Haiyan typhoon as part of Sagip-Migrante.

We are co-organizing an auction and aim to offer a variety of donated items (e.g., art, gift certificates, wine, desserts, dinner for two) and services (e.g., videography, massage therapy, computer services) to auction off.

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Time: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Location: Montgomery Legion,  330 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Facebook event page

People who donate items will get free admission, but otherwise tickets at the door will be $10.

For more info, please contact

Douglas Booker
Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines-OCHRP
ochrp.ottawa@gmail.com

Aimee Beboso
Philippine Migrants Society of Canada-PMSC
(613) 255-1921
pmscottawa@gmail.com

Joselito Calugay
Migrante Ottawa

Appeal to the Canadian Government for Typhoon Haiyan relief

November 12, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
80 Wellington St
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

Re: Appeal to the Canadian Government to increase the federal financial aid for typhoon Haiyan relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction

As the Canada Coordinating Committee of the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), we welcome the announcement of the Canadian Government that it will provide up to $5-million to assist with humanitarian aid in the communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and in addition, match the money donated by individual Canadians.

While the full extent of the devastation is not yet known, early reports reveal that the impact on affected communities is catastrophic. In addition to the tragic loss of life and displacement of entire communities, it is estimated that the damage could reach $14 billion.

The half million Canadians of Filipino descent along with other generous Canadians and Canadian organizations have responded quickly to mobilize resources to aid the affected communities. However, private funding from individuals and charitable organizations can scarcely meet the enormous resources required for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. The half million Canadians of Filipino descent along with other generous Canadians and Canadian organizations have responded quickly to mobilize resources to aid the affected communities. However, private funding from individuals and charitable organizations can scarcely meet the enormous resources required for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. The UN has launched a flash appeal for $301 million for typhoon Haiyan emergency relief efforts to cover an initial period of six months. In past emergencies of this magnitude, Canada has been among the major donors of assistance. It gave $425 million to countries hit by the 2004 tsunami. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Canada immediately allocated $150.15 million for humanitarian and initial reconstruction efforts and another $400 million for the Haiti Action Plan.
We appeal to the Canadian Government to increase Canada’s direct financial aid for Typhoon Haiyan relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, in addition to what it had already promised
We ask that information about the assistance provided by the Canadian Government to the Philippine Government and non-government organizations be made public to ensure public accountability for the use of the funds.

Sincerely,

Bern Jagunos
On behalf of the Canada Coordinating Committee – International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines
Email address: ichrpcanada@yahoo.com
Mailing address: 211 St. Patrick St., #702, Toronto. ON M5T 2Y9

Appeal for Support

Let’s help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda!

To families, friends and supporters of the Filipino people:

Greetings of peace!

The typhoon that struck the Philippines on November 8th was the strongest storm to make landfall this year, and perhaps the most powerful in recorded history. This super typhoon claimed up to 10,000 lives according to some estimates. The storm cut a swath of destruction throughout the Visayas region in the Philippines, affecting as many as 4 million people across 36 provinces. Haiyan came only 3 weeks after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake destroyed buildings and homes in central Philippines.

Many areas in the Eastern part of the Central Philippines remain without food, water, power and communications facilities. Entire communities and cities have been completely annihilated by the storm. Relief workers are trying hard to reach rural communities, which have been devastated by the strong winds and the storm surge.

Livelihoods are compromised throughout the archipelago, and countless residents are displaced or homeless. Little government assistance is reaching the people who are in dire need of water, sanitation, food and safe shelter. They are relying on organizations on the ground, such as Migrante, to ensure donations go directly to those most in need.

For a number of years, Migrante has responded to crises and carried out its overseas relief and rehabilitation efforts with partner organizations that maintain a proven track record of serving Filipinos communities with integrity and trust.

In this state of calamity, there is an urgent call for assistance to help communities ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda through Sagip-Migrante.

The Sagip-Migrante fund-raising drive aims to gather financial assistance to support rescue missions, distribution and delivery of essential goods such as rice, canned goods and bottled water, setting up of soup kitchens and other relief missions in affected areas in the Visayan region.

In Ottawa, local partner organizations of Migrante, such as the Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (OCHRP), the Philippine Migrants Society of Canada (PMSC), and Migrante Ottawa are receiving cash and in-kind donations intended for the victims of the typhoon.

Donations can be sent by mail to:

Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
2852 Grandeur Ave.
Ottawa Ontario
K2B 6Y9

By direct deposit at any Toronto Dominion Bank or Canada Trust

Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Canada Trust – World Exchange Center Ottawa
Branch 0354 Account # 7947-5260585

Philippine Migrants Society of Canada
Wellington at Holland
Branch 3344 Account # 0288-5203646

Charitable tax receipt may be provided upon request for donations over $20.00.

If you would like to send relief goods, you can send your packages to the home office of Migrante International, #45 Cambridge St, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines.

For more information, you can contact us at ochrp.ottawa@gmail.com or pmscottawa@gmail.com or call Doug 613-726-6556 or Aimee 613-255-1921.

In solidarity,

Douglas Booker
Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

Aimee Beboso
Philippine Migrants Society of Canada (PMSC)

Joselito Calugay
Migrante Ottawa