Birth Certificate Project Continued at Barangay Mangas II

AWH attended a monthly LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) meeting on 4/13 and learned that more than half of the birth certificates for the residents of  Gulod, barangay Mangas II, Alfonso had not been issued yet. After the meeting, we asked Tess of municipal Civil Registry Office (CRO) the reasons. She explained that many had discrepancies such as misspelling of the names, wrong birth dates, etc. We retrieved 19 negative certificate of birth (document of not having birth certificate) which had been stuck in the process.
Later date we visited Mangas II and collected baptismal certificates for those 19 residents, then proceeded to CRO and checked one by one what the discrepancies are.
Some needed to correct information on baptismal, some needed to change the negative certificates which we had to pay the fees again. Some required voter’s certificates from the election office preceded by certificates of indigent issued by DSWD.
For example, Henry the recovered boy from sickness has no father (deceased). Since his family has no ID of Henry’s father (Tejero), he has to succeed mother’s last name (Mejos) as his parents were not married officially. So we paid to issue a new negative certificate with the corrections. So his name will be Henry Mejos from now on instead of Henry Tejero. It affected entire his family including his sisters and a child of one of his sisters.
Since Gladis who is one of the resident there and volunteers to handle this project ran out of transportation money, we have provided her enough fund to follow up on this issue including her husband’s papers which need to be forwarded from Samar by LBC.

In the meantime, Dindo, the electronic technician in Alfonso, wanted to volunteer by seeing our activities posted on my Facebook and helped our project in Mangas II. We picked up trash in the area with children and he spent his own money to buy snacks for the kids at his own will.

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Livelihood Support in Barangay Mangas, Alfonso, Cavite

DSWD had requested assistance for Gulud Mangas the “squatter” village created by destitute persons from other regions. 47 families were counted during our visit and each family pays Php250 monthly lease for a small housing pad within the agricultural property dotted with mango trees. The club bought two 25kilo sacks of rice and AWH bought another three sacks to provide 2.5 kg rice to each of 47 families. Biscuits and drinks for the children were provided by DSWD. The gift giving was combined with family planning education. Since most households lacked firewood for cooking AWH staff had donated and had made arrangement with the brgy. captain to pick up truck loads of chopped and bundled firewood prepared for this purpose. However, since the brgy truck had broken down Rotarians used the AWH van to deliver the bundled firewood the next two days as time was of the essence since the dirt road cannot be used by vehicles during rainy days. Clothing donated to the club from Japanese visitors as well as other incidentals were distributed also.

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Home for the 100th Sheep – Christmas Giving

December 13, 2014

AWH staff proceeded with its van fully loaded with cut and bundled firewood to the 100th Sheep Resettlement Camp in Dasmarinas. After unloading the firewood which is much sought after for cooking, AWH staff then went Christmas shopping for the children of the Resettlement Camp, purchasing the needed items to feed 130 children from three local grammar schools during their Dec. 17th Christmas party.DSCF5604 (Large) DSCF5605 (Large) DSCF5607 (Large) DSCF5609 (Large) DSCF5611 (Large) DSCF5612 (Large) DSCF5615 (Large) DSCF5618 (Large) DSCF5620 (Large) DSCF5621 (Large)

Barangay Christmas Party 2014

A little Christmas event was held for children on December 20, 2014 at the barangay hall in Sicat, Alfonso, Cavite, where AWH is located. AWH provided pasta and ice cream for 100 children. Barangay captain also joined and greeted the children. He told us that the participated children were one third of the entire children population in Sicat. AWH talked with him about necessity of family planning, otherwise no bright future for these children growing in poverty, hunger and joblessness situation.
Nevertheless, all the children enjoyed the food. 10 gallons of ice cream went empty in about an hour.

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Alfonso Children’s Day 2014

December 19, 2014 @ Municipality of Alfonso

The five poorest families from each of the 32 barangays (villages) in the municipality were chosen to receive gifts. The gifts consisted of a backpack with school materials inside. Mayor Varias and his Vice Mayor greeted everyone and the mayor gave out the gifts. We assisted with the gift giving.
The second part of the event consisted of gift-giving to the handicapped children (PWD: Persons With Disabilities). This consisted of the children, assisted by their parents, receiving the same backpack gift and their guardians receiving Php2,300 cash in an envelope handed out by the major. The cash represented the semester school support for the handicapped.

Raymund, Kimiyo and Klaus represented both AWH and Rotary and Klaus was requested to give a short talk on behalf of Rotary. It was a heart-warming event.

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PANDAN ISLAND

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO(西ミンドロ島)にある、パンダン島へは、マニラからの飛行機で行くルートもあるのですが、AWHのあるタガイタイからは、陸路のルートで行くことができます。まず、南下してバタンガス港まで行き、そこからフェリーで渡り、更に陸路で3時間、SABLAYANというところから、ボートで渡ります。今回は、車、フェリー、バスを使用しましたので、7~8時間かかりました。パンダン島には、北と南があり、リゾートがあるのは、北のほうです。ちょうど、PALAWANのCORONにある、CLUB PARADISEのような感じですが、グレードは庶民的で、かなり安上がりで、ダイビングやシュノーケリング、リゾートライフが楽しめます。宿泊は、コテージタイプですが、エアコンはなく、扇風機もないので、この時期はとても暑いです。野趣満点で、電気も太陽光発電の照明用しかなく、真水もミンドロ島から汲んできたものが、日毎に配給されます。
この地のすばらしいのは、スノーケリングでたくさんのウミガメと泳ぐことができることです。海の状態もほとんど荒らされてなく、島の周りだけでもたくさんのダイビングスポットがあります。実は、ダイバーたちに知られるAPO REEFに最も近いリゾートであるため、ここを拠点にするダイバーたちが欧米から集まってきます。今回は、他にあまりお客さんたちがおらず、単独でAPO REEFに行くと費用が極端に高くなるため、断念しました。
夜は星空が輝き、この時期は南十字星が見られました。交通の便が気にならない方で、キャンプ生活が苦にならなければ、問題なくここの自然美を満喫できることでしょう。

DAPITANへの旅

ある日、何気なくフィリピンのガイドブックを読んでいたら、あるリゾートに行ってみたくなりました。その地は、よく調べてみると、AWHグループをガイドくださっているホセ・リザール先生が、生前スペイン政府により島流しにされたところであることがわかりました。そこで、急遽思い立って、10月後半に行ってみることにしました。MANILAからDIPOLOG空港へ1時間強。そこからは迎えのバンでリゾートへ。DAPITANという街からもう少し北へ行った海沿いの場所です。その途中にあるのがRIZAL SHRINEと呼ばれている、彼が4年間暮らした土地です。
到着した次の日、夜半から朝方にかけて降っていた雨がうそのように晴れ、彼が建てた簡素な邸宅と、診療所や子供たちの教育に使った家屋を見学し、そのときの彼の暮らしを何となく肌で感じることができました。
もちろん、フィリピンの美しい海でのダイビングも堪能しました。このリゾートには、ダイビングを目的に来る人は少ないとかで、周辺の海は自然の景観が比較的健全に残されているように思えました。お客さんのほとんどが現地の人で、外国人はどちらかというと稀のようです。そのため、料金は非常に手ごろに感じられました。また、さすがにシーフードはおいしいです。
リゾート周辺の丘では、夜になると蛍が見られる他、何と光るキノコを発見しました。