The Shared Aid Fund for Emergency Response (SAFER) has been supporting localization in disaster response. Here is a brief timeline of our activities.
SAFER is a consortium that is the result of the combined network and capabilities of CODE-NGO, HRC, and NASSA/Caritas Philippines to address the gaps in financing local disaster relief efforts.
SAFER was one of the outcomes of the START Network’s Transforming Surge Capacity Project in the Philippines in 2015. The project was aimed at making surge capacity more effective and more efficient by promoting local collaboration and coordination. As a result of this project, four large national NGO networks in the country—Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODENGO), NASSA/Caritas Philippines, National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP),and Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC)—formed the Philippine Partnership for Emergency Response and Resilience (PPERR), which aimed to improve humanitarian coordination in the country. Later, CODE-NGO, NASSA/Caritas, and HRC organized SAFER to create a joint fundraising mechanism to address financial gaps in emergencies and disasters.
SAFER was publicly announced last May 15, 2017. Chairperson Fr. Edwin Gariguez states that with SAFER, “we will be able to fast-track relief work by providing the necessary funds to mobilize resources straight to affected communities,”
Last September 4, 2017, it was registered as a done institution in the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
The following year in July 26, 2018, SAFER was formally registered as a foundation in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
During October 2018, the Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) tapped SAFER to help them raise funds for Typhoon Ompong in Cabiraoan, Cagayan. During SAFER’s first response, it was able to disburse P100,000 to fund 40 households.
To build up the Quick Response Fund (QRF), SAFER partnered with U.P. Town Center and Aji Events Management services last November 18. SAFER raised P133,264 during the first Buyanihan Summer Bazaar.
Last February 12, 2020, SAFER disbursed P100,000 to 40 farmer families affected by Tropical Depression Usman in Baco, Oriental Mindoro. This response was a partnership with KAFCODE and the Oriental Mindoro Municipality.
The following month, SAFER launched its 2nd fundraising bazaar called BUYanihan Pop-up Bazaar, in partnership again with Century City Mall. The event raised P60,910 for the QRF.
March was a busy month for SAFER. Last March 12, 2020, a distribution of housing materials (200 pieces of nipa shingles, 1.5 kilos of common nail and 1 kilo of tire wire) was disbursed to 150 households affected by Typhoon Ursula in Bagong Sikat, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro through AKLAS Mindoro and other partner organizations KAFCODE and PHILSSA, in cooperation with the local government unit and Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro. The Nipa weavers were also given additional livelihood income.
Last March 16, 2020, relief goods (rice, groceries, seeds and fertilizer) were disbursed to 101 families in Castilla and Pilar, Sorsogon last March 16, 2020. These were for those affected by Typhoon Tisoy. Donations were collected by SAFER through the Coalition of Bicol Development (CBD) and PANGOPOD and Jollibee Group Foundation thru LIKAS. SAFER originally implement projects based on Appeals. However, as SAFER went forward and acknowledged the need for more proactive efforts to emergency response, the foundation started doing online fundraising campaigns starting with the Typhoon Tisoy appeal.
SAFER also raised P34,840 for the survivors of the Taal eruption in Batangas and Cavite in partnership with LASAC, to be used for 100 hygiene kits to 100 families. As of March 16, 2020, this operation is temporarily on hold because of the enhanced community quarantine policy in the evacuation centers. Rest assured, SAFER Foundation will give another update once operations can safely resume.
Daily wage earners in Navotas have dwindling savings each day and are at risk of hunger because of the extended community quarantine. Having no source of income, they cannot provide food for their families. SAFER Foundation has raised over P400,000 to more than 900 families, making this the biggest funds raised since SAFER’s launch.
On its second year, SAFER continues to help communities to build back better after an emergency by securing funds even before the next disaster strikes.