The Shared Aid Fund for Emergency Response (SAFER) Foundation is leading the distribution of food kits in partnership with Aksyon sa Kahandaan sa Kalamidad at Klima (AKKMA), through Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Maralitang Navoteño Federation Inc. (NLMNF), which provided the needed ground work for community profiling and organizing.
A Brief History of NLMNF
The Nagkaisang Lakas ng Maralitang Navoteño Federation Inc. (NLMNF) was founded in 2010 as a form of protest to a house demolition incident in Navotas, in order to make way for road widening in their area. Prescilda Juanich, NLMNF president, relates that despite the government’s offer of financial assistance and relocation to Montalban to the affected households, “gusto namin ng relocation para may maayos kami na paninirahan.”
Living in the relocation area in Montalban was not feasible for many residents. Prescilda said that many chose to return to Navotas to work at the fish port as this was their only source of income. “Halos lahat kami umaasa sa fish port. Ang mga trabaho dito ay pagtitinda ng isda, yung iba nagdadaing, nagtutuyo, nagtatrabaho sa pabrika. Pati harap ng bahay naming pabrika na. Wala na din side car, di na nakakapagpadyak.” (Almost everyone relies on the fish port. Jobs here include selling fish, making dried fish and working in factories. There was even a factory located in front of my house. Even the pedicab drivers lost their income).
“Nag-camp kami ng 13 days sa harap ng NHA at DPWH para magkaaron kami ng pabahay. Dahil dito, almost 700 ang nailipat galing Montalban papuntang Navotas.” (We wanted a proper relocation. We camped for 13 days in front of NHA and DPWH. Because of this, almost 700 were transferred from Montalban back to Navotas.)
Today, NLMNF focuses on Disaster Risk Reduction in Navotas. “Sa awa ng diyos, wala pong casualty kahit malapit kami sa dagat. Madali naming nareresponde ang pamilya dahil sanay na kami at equipped kung may disaster.” (With the grace of God, we have had any casualties even if we’re near the sea. We can respond quickly to families because of our training and experience.)
Navotas and the ECQ
The SAFER campaign to help the daily wage earners in Navotas was started during the early weeks of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). A multi-stakeholder effort, different groups coordinated and supported the campaign to help provide food kits to families in this vulnerable group.
Olive Illut, 23 years old is the youth leader of NLMNF and is the organization’s main documentor during the food kit distribution. Olive explains “Sobrang laking tulong sa mga tao talaga kasi may krisis talaga ngayon.” (It’s a huge help because there is a crisis right now.) According to Olive, distributing the food kits while trying to maintain social distancing is a challenge. Movement in and out of the fish port and market is limited. They are now planning to distribute the food kits in front of the fish port gates in order to efficiently distribute the food kits.
Message to the donors
NLMNF is grateful to all the donors of SAFER Foundation. Prescilda notes “Ang laki ng aming pasasalamat na kami ang napili ninyo para tulungan. Malaking tulong po talaga ito sa amin. Sana hindi po sila magsawa na tumulong sa nangangailangan. God bless you po.” (Thank you for choosing to help us. This is a big help. We hope you will continue to help those in need.)”
Update as of April 16, 2020
SAFER Foundation has so far conducted 332 food kit distribution campaigns to 332 families in North Bay Boulevard (North and South) Navotas and is committed to continue to provide weekly distribution during the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
This is all possible because of the support received from our donors. Currently, we have gathered donations from individual donors, formed partnerships for online fundraising shows (PAK! Kyusi Improv Wednesdays, Mike Unson, and from groups/organizations: Ateneo High School Batch 2007 Section M, Harnessing Self-reliant Initiatives and Knowledge Inc. (HASIK) and Philippine Humanitarian Coalition (PHC) in Washington DC.
We are very grateful to all the donors who helped us reach Php 332,000!
- First disbursement (April 7, 2020): P166,000 for 332 food kits
- Second disbursement (target date April 17, 2020): P146,500 for 293 food kits.
Breakdown of P332,000
- BPI Bank Donations: P176,200
- Gava Gives: P18,800
- Quick Response Fund: P137,000
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Ways to give
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Bank of the Philippine Islands
Account Name: Shared Aid Fund for Emergency Response, Inc.
Account Number: 3081-1194-21
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