On January 12, 2020 around 4pm, Taal volcano erupted. The ashes were brought toward Manila areas due to wind direction at that time. Small seismic activities were observed frequently after the eruption. Manila airports were closed the next day long.
The electrical posts were affected by the frequent tremors along Aguinaldo Highway and power outage started the following day. AWH had 5 consecutive days of blackout and all the communication lines were cut.
All the guests who planned visiting for wellness program in January had to cancel due to this volcanic activities.
Because of this cancellation, AWH staff went immediately to assist evacuees from Talisay and Laurel, Batangas province where volcanic activities were intense.
AWH members attended the Christmas play presentation of “Home for the 100th Sheep” daycare pupils in Dasmarinas, Cavite held on December 12, 2019.
Home for the 100th sheep was founded by Kaloi and Edna as a relocation camp for formerly homeless Manila families and operates and manages several free tuition pre-schools in Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines.
Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) made a monetary donation to the said daycare through Kaloi and Edna. In addition AWH also gave 2 sacks of coconut and a box of toothpaste and body soaps from other donors namely Christine and Carmela residing in Brgy. Sicat, Alfonso, Cavite.
Kaloi, Edna and teachers extended their gratefulness to AWH for the annual assistance to the daycare.
On November 26, 2019 the members of Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) which is a member of LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) attended the National Children’s Month celebration at the events place in front of the Alfonso municipal hall.
AWH financially assisted for Hygiene kits that were given to 650 selected indigent elementary pupils in Alfonso, Cavite.
Mayor Randy Salamat and other officials gave a plaque of appreciation for the support of AWH in the implementation of various social services with DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) and being a sponsor of the event.
On July 31, 2019 Brgy. Sicat Captain Arnel called a meeting to discuss about the collection of residual waste from the 13 commercial establishments in the area.
The barangay (village) will revive the residual waste collection again and the residual garbage will be picked up every Tuesday & Friday (at 7:30 AM) of each week starting on August 6, 2019.
At the end of each month the barangay will bill each commercial establishments based on volume of residual wastes collected.
The minimum garbage collection fee is P1,000 and it will be more depending on the volume of garbage collected.
The barangay is also planning to collect from households in the future.
The municipal dump truck is scheduled to pick up from the MRF shed, which was established by Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) and Rotary Club of Multinational Manila which composes of many AWH staff, once a month.
On June 10, 2019, AWH attended the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) meeting at Mayor Varias office.
The following subjects were discussed:
– Evaluation of Parenting Seminar conducted at Public schools
– Evaluation of Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC)
– Updates on Children Programs and Services
Parenting seminars will continue to be conducted in public Elementary and High Schools this new school year (begins in June in the Philippines) to help parents connect to their children in this generation.
While teenage pregnancy is still a big problem in the community LCPC will conduct Teenage Pregnancy forums in local high schools. They will also include Drug Awareness and HIV Awareness/Prevention during the seminar.
The event for Nutrition Month is scheduled on July 23, 2019
On May 21, 2019, an Expanded Local Health Board meeting was held at the office of Mayor Varias which attended by AWH as a member.
The agenda were the following:
Presentation//Analysis of Municipal Primary Health Care Roadmap
Organization of Barangay (village) Blood Council
Integration of Barangay Voluntary Blood Council to Municipal Voluntary Blood Council
Functioning of GeneXpert machine for TB program. Upgrade of air-conditioning system at the laboratory to meet the needed temperature for the machine.
Dr. Manzo, head of the municipal health center, reported the Mobile X-ray helped detect TB cases of tricycle drivers, senior citizens and barangay officials who are at high risk. Smoking and pollution added the risk to it.
She added the barangay health workers refer TB patients to her.
She reported the GeneXpert machine examines the phlegm of a suspected TB patient and multiple drug resistant TB patients. They can get the result within the day. The dry run of the machine will be on May 28 at the main health center. They are aiming for a “TB-free Alfonso” but admitted that family members usually do not report suspected TB patients to a health authority is still a major problem in the community.
Another squatter camp was discovered in our own barangay (village) recently. The residents consisting of 14 families are mostly from Samar Island, Philippines and 35 persons including children out of 75 did not have birth certificate, which is a prerequisite for school graduation, application for Philhealth (national health insurance), etc.
In conjunction with RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) since its core members are AWH volunteer staff and many of its general members are AWH guests as well, AWH has provided support in obtaining birth certificates for those with none and living staples such as firewood for cooking, rice, etc. On March 9, twelve guests from Japan visited the site, initially providing an additional 15 kg of rice to each family along with goodies for the children as well as six sacks of firewood and 3 sacks of brown coconuts. They also bought and enjoyed the taste of the freshly made ‘taho’ (tofu with tapioca & syrup), which is their livelihood product. Firewood and coconuts are also provided on a continuing as available and needed basis.
On December 18, 2018 as being yearly done so, Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) attended the Christmas play of “Home for the 100th Sheep” which operates and manages several free tuition pre-schools in Dasmarinas, Cavite. More than 80 day care children participated in their Christmas event.
AWH donated P10,000 to Kaloi and Edna who are married together and operate the organization, for the needs of the day care centers such as food materials and school supplies. AWH also brought firewood for the relocated street families from Manila, of which Home for the 100th Sheep also takes care.
Kaloi and Edna were very appreciative of the annual donation of AWH to their day care facilities and children.