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The year 2009 brought several CHANGES & CHALLENGES for VIDES Philippines and its volunteers.
For one, more and more volunteers are now joining our outreach activities. These include both young
professionals who want to find more meaning in their life and students, whom we call Junior VIDES, who find
joy in helping the less fortunate in our society.
Another challenge, which is a mandate from VIDES International in Rome and the FMA Human Rights Office in
Geneva, is for VIDES Philippines to actively promote the rights of children in our country. A specific focus is on
the subject of Anti-Corporal Punishment where the Philippines has yet to enact a comprehensive law to protect
our children from physical, mental, psychological and emotional abuse. Compared to other countries, we still
have a long way to go in establishing this.
It is in this context that VIDES Philippines launched advocacy initiatives such as the
production of the song entitled “Disiplina, Hindi Parusa” (Discipline, Not Punishment). The song promotes
Positive Discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment. This raised awareness and concern among the
mothers and children in our six Busina Mo, Dunong Ko (BMDK) areas, as you would read later on in this News
VIDES Philippines also became a member of the Child Rights Network, a consortium of organizations that lobby
against corporal punishment and other child rights issues. With this membership, VIDES Philippines seeks to
work closely with other organizations and become an active part of a bigger bloc that could influence our
lawmakers in creating an anti-corporal punishment law.
Apart from typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), we were also challenged by two separate fires that destroyed the homes
of our children in Recto and Pasay during the latter part of the year. As in the past, however, we have showed
resiliency thru the Filipino bayanihan spirit - a very active component of volunteerism. We have received
tremendous support from our donors and the volunteers themselves and we remember once more that no
matter what, we could help the children and their families start all over again.
It is in this spirit of resilience that we, the volunteers of VIDES Philippines, are up to the challenges that may
come in the year 2010 and beyond. We will continue to be advocates for social change and transformation
working in solidarity with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and our mission partners.
Editorial ……………………………………………..…..page 2 Medical Mission 2009 ..……………………………......20-21
Board of Directors ………………………………….………...3 Ondoy relief operations, VIDES Korea visit ……...….22-23
Message from Mother General …………………….….……4 Networks (CWC, IAVE, PAVE, Salesian Family) ……….24
Message from the President ……………………….…….…5 Partners - NGO Coalition, CRN, Jo Tankers … ……….25
Geneva Seminar for Child Rights Defenders……….…..6-7 Fund-raising Activities ……………………………….…26-27
20th Anniversary of UN-CRC (Mission Camp)……….…...8 News Bits………………………………………………...28-30
Advocacy on Children’s Rights , NCM Celebration...….....9 List of Volunteers 2009 ……………………...……………..31
Audio CD lyrics / On-Air at Radio Veritas ………………..10 Volunteers’ Formation……………… ………………….32-33
Advocacy on Positive Discipline at HOR QC ……………11 Junior VIDES Volunteers……………….…………………..34
Multi-sectoral forum on UN-CRC ………………………....12 Retreat, Meeting with Mother General……………...........35
Youth Leadership Training, World Comm Day…...……...13 VIDES Online ………………………………..……..……….36
Education - “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” 2009 results ...14-15 Donors for 2009 ……………………………………….......37
“Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” pictures ……….…………... 16-17 Where We Serve ………………………………………......38
Livelihood Project -”Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko” …….…….… 18 Calendar of Activities for 2010 ………………………..…..39
Solidarity At A Distance - List of Scholars ……………... 19 Children’s Rights (simplified version)….………………….40
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oard of Directors
Antonio Espinosa Jun Pimentel Raymund Zapanta Aissa Manalo
President Vice-President Corporate Secretary Treasurer
Maya Lyn Manocsoc Rudelyn Yaon Anna Theresa Cruz
Board Member Board Member Board Member
Sr. Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA Sr. Ma. Josefina Carrasco, FMA
Board Member Board Member & Delegate
On the cover :
Center cube - To commemorate the 20th
year of the United Nations Convention on the Editor-In-Chief
Rights of Children (UN CRC), VIDES printed this Raymund C. Zapanta
cube design on t-shirts distributed to 2,000
children in 2009. Associate Editors
Maya Lyn Manocsoc
5 cubes - Photos show highlights of VIDES Farahdize Chavez
activities in 2009.
Background Grass - symbolizes VIDES Ana Lorraine Gonzales
volunteerism at the grassroots level, where Rudelyn Yaon
Pinoy volunteers conduct direct work in Amy Suzara
Back cover : Jose Ma. Paolo Icasas
Simplified Children’s Rights - design on Daryl Tecson
the VIDES commemorative t-shirts for the 20th
M essage from Mother General
Dear Volunteers of VIDES Philippines,
Thank you for sharing with me your beautiful experiences with VIDES.
Thanks for giving whatever you can, in your own unique way.
For these, I think of you with joy.
VIDES Philippines is dynamically progressing and making a very good journey
because you are very involved and committed.
I deeply appreciate your dedication to education. You are a sign of love. This mobile education
project has given a lot of joy to the children. The children who are most in need, to whom you
reach out to, make you a sign of God‘s own presence among them. God meets these children
through you. The children do not go out to look for you. You go out of your way and reach out to
them. To give them this possibility is your greatest gift to them. Their human dignity is enhanced.
You also conduct medical missions and annual mission camps. I am deeply touched because in
spite of the demands of your work, you still continue to dedicate your life to the youth. You still
have the energy to give your very self.
I am also touched by your individual stories on how you became VIDES volunteers. It is God who
has guided you, through your different experiences. And this is very important because it gives our
mission a wider dimension, a mission which God Himself has given us. This mission has changed
your life. This is what really matters most. First of all, you allow your self to be touched by God.
When you go to the children, you just don‘t bring yourself or your gifts, but in turn, you receive
something. This is reciprocity, where we all grow together, and this is very important.
There are very few people who think that being with children can change their life. You are among
this blessed few. Your sharing has shown this. You can‘t live the same way as before. Your
contact with the children has changed you. You also live this among yourselves, as volunteers.
This transformation makes all your experiences worthwhile. You have this deep within you.
To defend children and their rights is very important and yet it‘s very difficult. It asks for strong
convictions capable of evoking change. Change happens in the inside. In the individual, in the
family, in society, but most of all, change should happen at the grassroots level. It‘s very important
because you can influence others, especially those who are most in need.
There is also a network within you and outside your group. You can do your work with many other
persons and organizations. Many would like to help. They like to find a group which can attract
them. A group working together is better than a single person doing it alone.
Sharing your experiences is a real source of hope. You tell it with your life and with your work that
there is nothing that cannot be changed. The world needs a lot of hope.
VIDES is international and this reality allows you to network with other volunteers. Strengthen
VIDES networking with other volunteers around the world; because an organization which is
international and with the same style and spirituality, can change the world. This is possible.
I assure you of my prayers so that God will continue to let you carry out the work He has entrusted
to you. You can communicate this passion to many other persons. You can be sure of being God‘s
signs of hope for the poor because you let them grow, and enable them to go out of their situation.
Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, FMA
“Let the children know that they have done wrong and teach them what is right.”
- Mark Ian, 13, Delpan
M essage from the President
To all kind hearted people of planet Earth
For the first time, I am ― forced‖ to write something for our News Magazine.
The year 2009 is indeed ―remarkable‖. After the UN Geneva seminar in
March, VIDES International and the FMA Human Rights Office have given us the
task of becoming multipliers, actively promoting the rights of children, with special
attention to Anti-Corporal punishment. This is also the year that marked the birth
of our Junior VIDES Volunteers, who have actively participated in our medical
missions and our Christmas party with the Aetas in Mabalacat last December 20. On that
occasion, we had the most number of volunteers. More than 80 strong participated, and if I may
add, it was the happiest bunch. One of the biggest challenges to us volunteers, was when we
were asked to take on the leadership in the Foundation. It was a big surprise to us, but
eventually, we accepted the challenge and the rest is history.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank a lot of people during the crisis in Pasay last
Christmas. While most of us are still nostalgic from our just concluded Christmas Party with the
Aetas, disaster struck in Pasay last December 23. A fire hit the residence of our kids at around
10:30 AM. Sister Jojo and Amy went to the site during the fire, to visit and comfort the children
and their families. They gave me an update on the situation and I was able to go to the area in
the afternoon. It was a heartbreaking sight. Almost everyone was in a trance, asking why it had
to happen just two days before Christmas. This very same tragedy tested our faith in Divine
Providence and in kind-hearted people. In this difficult situation, you turn to your friends for help.
I called Norwegian Crew Management who immediately sent USD 1,000. Jo Tankers immediately
confirmed that they will send relief goods, which they did.
On the 24th of December, Raymund, Arnel, Rose, Ali, Virgilio, Eyen , Liza, Anna Lorraine,
Niño and Sr. Jojo helped in the distribution of emergency relief goods. On the 26 th, Tina, Tristan
and the youth leaders of Pasay distributed the relief goods from NCM. On the 27 th, Amy,
Raymund, Pao and Katkat distributed sleeping mats and blankets which they themselves have
donated. On the 28th, Ms. Diva Santos donated blankets and sleeping mats thru Sr Sue. Vanessa
and Peter brought the Doloroso family‘s donations for the fire victims. On the 29th, the food
items plus Php 10,000 worth of grocery items from the Wives of Seafarers of Jo Tankers were
repacked at Don Bosco School, Sta Mesa with the help of Sr Sue, Amy, Raymund, Ali, Eyen, Liza,
Liza M. and the youth leaders of Pasay. With all the help coming from different sectors, we were
still lacking relief goods. Amy sent text messages asking the volunteers to donate sleeping
mats and blankets without much success because most of the volunteers have gone home to their
respective provinces. But as Sister Jojo used to say, ―God will provide.‖ and lo and behold, PTC
donated 280 packed goods consisting of blankets, sleeping mats, towels, soap bars and
toothbrushes. Thanks to Capt. Ronald Enrile, Stan Santiago, Paul Haboc, Edwin Carbonel and
The reason why I am relating this story is to spread the good deeds of people who
participated in alleviating the sufferings of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. This is the true
Bayanihan spirit. This is also to reassure the volunteers that WE ARE ONE. Some have sent text
messages that they could not help because they could not be present. We do what we can and
we know in our hearts that you, my dear fellow volunteers would do the same when given the
opportunity. Thus, on behalf of VIDES, I would like to thank each and everyone for extending
their helping hand during the Christmas crisis. ―Emmanuel‖, God-with-us, truly became one with
us, ONE FOR OTHERS.
And so, my dear volunteers, this is your President signing off.
MABUHAY ANG VIDES!
―My wish is for children to have a good childhood and a bright future. ‖
- Geneva R. Florito, 14, Pasay
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VIDES Philippines shares the “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” at UN Geneva
Last March 4-11, 2009, the seminar entitled “Educational strategies for
welcoming, accompanying, rehabilitating and reintegrating street children in
accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Formation and
Awareness-raising session for ten child rights defenders from Latin America and
Asia” was organized by the Bureau International Catholique de l‘Enfance (BICE),
Voluntariato Internazionale Donne Educazione Sviluppo (VIDES Internazionale) and
Istituto Internazionale di Maria Ausiliatrice (IIMA) at Geneva, Switzerland.
VIDES Philippines, represented by FMA Delegate Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco, shared their best prac-
tices and lessons learned from the Busina Mo, Dunong Ko Mobile Education Project, which renders direct services
to indigent urban children. She also presented the different programs of VIDES Philippines at the side event held
on March 10 at Sala XXIII.
Rev. Fr. Olivier Poquillon, the Director of the Dominican Network, met the participants at the FMA Office of
Human Rights at Route de Veyrier on March 5, 2009 and explained to them the methodology and objectives of the
training session. He also moderated the sharing of field experiences, lessons learned, and best practices among
the participants. In the afternoon, Alfred Fernandez (Director, OIDEL) and Jorge Ferreira (UN Representative, New
Humanity) discussed the anthropological, cultural, and educational challenges to which street children and their
educators are confronted.
March 6, 2009 saw the organizers and participants at the International Catholic Migration Commission
(ICMC) Office, Rue de Varembe. Experts took turns in discussing the following topics and entertaining questions
from the participants:
1. The Convention of the Rights of the Child (Alessandra Aula, BICE)
2. Functioning of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. How field organizations can best collaborate with
the Committee and use its country observations (Ugo Cedrangolo, OHCHR / Lisa Myers, NGO Group on the
3. The special procedures system – Focus on the Special Rapporteur on the right to education (Vernon Muñoz /
Thierry del Prado)
4. The Universal Periodic Review. How field organizations can best utilize this mechanism at the local level
(Budi Tahijono, Pax Romana)
5. Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence Against Children (Veronica Birga, OHCHR)
“Don’t hurt the children. This way, they will grow effectively.”
- Xandrio G. Manlapig , 13, South Triangle QC
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Ms. M. Francisca Ize Charrin of the Office of the UN High Com- Delegates prepare themselves for the side events at Sala XXIII,
missioner for Human Rights moderates the Side Events UN Geneva
FMA, IIMA and VIDES delegates attend the 10th Session of the Rev. Fr. Olivier Poquillon of the Dominican Network orients
Human Rights Council at UN Geneva the participants at the FMA Human Rights Office
Two side events were organized on March 9-10 at
Sala XXIII of the United Nations in Geneva with topics on
the situation of street children in Asia and Latin America.
Among the panelists were the ambassadors of Argentina,
Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Thailand and the Holy See as
well as the invited ten child rights defenders from VIDES,
BICE, IIMA and SDB. The panel discussions were
moderated by M. Francisca Ize Charrin of the Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The
participants were given the opportunity to attend the daily
sessions of the 10th Human Rights Council from March 9-11.
At its conclusion, the participants and organizers Organizers Sr. Leonor Salazar FMA (VIDES Director General)
resolved to share this seminar when they return to their and Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo, FMA (Permanent Delegate of the
FMA Office of Human Rights to the UN) facilitate the
respective countries; to form multipliers who will evaluation at the end of the seminar
actively promote the UN Convention on the Rights of
the Child; to conduct strategic planning for welcoming, accompanying, educating and reintegrating
street children in accordance with UN CRC; and to strengthen local and international networks for the
promotion and implementation of the UN CRC.
The organizers received very positive feedback from the participants, partners and guests.
“For me, children need supervision and guidance coming from their parents because
we don’t have the capacity to protect ourselves against harm and abuse.
- Angelica Angoso, 13, South Triangle QC
20 th Anniversary UN-CRC
VIDES aligns 14th Annual Mission Camp with
20th UN CRC celebration
For this year‘s mission camp, held last August 23, the theme
chosen by the VIDES volunteers and youth leaders is “May K Kami!”,
short form of “May Karapatan kami!” (We have rights!). The choice is
motivated by the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UN CRC). VIDES
Philippines celebrates this milestone with the children of the province of
Negros Occidental by providing them with inputs on the UN CRC and
engaging them in slogan-making, cheering, sharing, discussion and
reporting. VIDES volunteers witnessed the enthusiasm and active
participation of the 1,700 children coming from different haciendas.
Adopted in 1989 by the UN General Assembly, the UN CRC sets
out the children‘s rights in 54 articles and two Optional Protocols. It
defines the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to
survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences,
abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social
life. The four core principles of the Convention are (1) non-discrimination;
(2) devotion to the best interests of the child; (3) the right to life, survival
and development; and (4) respect for the views of the child.
In the Philippines, studies reveal that 85% of children suffer from
corporal punishment, which violates their right to protection from abuse.
This includes physical, emotional and psychological harm inflicted on children
which diminishes their self-confidence and destroys their self-esteem.
Together with the other members of the Child‘s Rights Network (CRN),
VIDES Philippines advocates for and supports Positive Discipline as an
alternative to corporal punishment. The input on the UN CRC given by the
volunteers opened their minds to their rights and responsibilities as Filipino
citizens. The skit performed by the volunteers depicted the historical
background on the drafting of the UN CRC as well as the fruitful effects of
positive discipline in the home. Through their posters and slogans, the
children expressed their appreciation for dialogue, understanding, discipline
and respect. The presentation of their cheers in the assembly brought
greater awareness on their rights and responsibilities as children.
“Please protect and take care of children being maltreated by their parents‖
8 - Joy T. Tosio, 16, Delpan
VIDES Volunteers promote UN CRC at San Roque Parish
The VIDES Volunteers animated the annual “Pista Para Sa Mga Bata”
of the San Roque Parish, Cabrera St., Pasay City, on August 15. More than
300 children and 100 adults representing different parish groups, zones, and
barangays took part in the celebration. Mr. John Carlyle Quimbo, President of
Altus Communications, led his employees in supporting this outreach by
providing school supplies and prizes.
The program started with the opening prayer and blessing of children
by Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon. It was he who invited VIDES to facilitate this feast
of the parish for children. Songs and dances about the protection and care of
children ensued, presented by various youth and children‘s groups.
After the program, Sr. Jojo FMA gave a child-friendly input on the UN
CRC, followed by educational games and small group activities animated by
the VIDES volunteers and Parish youth leaders. All throughout, the children
were enthusiastically involved and
participative in the discussions,
slogan-drafting, poster-making, and
cheer-dance presentations which
highlight their responsibilities and
rights as children.
Snacks and lunch were distributed to all the participants by the
officers and donors of San Roque Parish.
On the eve of the feast, the parish also organized a cultural night
where the creative presentations prepared by all the Parish Mandated
Organizations (PMO) were showcased. Directed by Jun Pimentel, VIDES
Volunteers and kids beautifully performed Michael Jackson‘s ―Heal the
World‖ and received the highest citation: ―Best in Presentation Award”.
VIDES Volunteers and “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” Kids celebrate
National Children’s Month
Last October 4, 2009, 500 kids from age 9 to 16 attended the 17th National Children‘s Month
Celebration organized by VIDES Philippines at the Don Bosco Youth Center in Barrio Magsaysay,
Tondo, Manila. This year‘s theme, provided by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), is:
“BRIGHT CHILD: PROTEKSYON NG BATA, PANANAGUTAN NG BANSA”.
CWC Director Ma. Elena S. Caraballo, guest of honor and keynote speaker during the said
celebration, honored the children as society‘s most vulnerable and in need of protection. She cited
our country‘s experience during the recent typhoon Ondoy where children truly suffered most.
Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB presided the Eucharistic celebration and underlined the important
role of the family in the protection of children. He said that God wanted that husband and wife be
united in love for the rest of their lives in order to care for their offspring. The children actively took
part in the Holy Mass, led by the choir, Voice of VIDES.
Songs, skits, dance numbers and
choral recitation on children‘s rights were
among the many creative presentations
rendered by both VIDES volunteers and
children. The children‘s groups were
organized and animated by the VIDES volunteers. They
deepened their awareness on children‘s rights thru
games, puzzles, cheers, posters and slogan-making
activities. T-shirts on the 20th UN CRC were also
given to the kids. At the end of the half-day event, Sr.
Sarah B. Garcia, FMA Provincial Superior, gave her
message to the children, instilling in them the values of
respect, responsibility, goodness and faith.
―In my opinion, positive discipline means sincerely talking to us to correct our
mistakes and not hurting us. Punishment often results to tantrums and develops
attitude problems in children.‖
- Ana Maria Jessica, 14, Recto
Volunteers promote Volunteerism and Positive
VIDES produces Audio CD on Discipline at Radio Veritas 846
Anti Corporal Punishment
On three separate occasions in 2009, Radio Veritas has invited the
The idea of launching a Tagalog volunteers of VIDES Philippines to promote volunteerism among
song on positive discipline came after a young professionals and advocate for positive discipline in the home,
series of heart-to-heat talks with especially among parents, foster parents and caregivers.
mothers of BMDK kids in Pasay. Their Mr. Bernard Cañaberal, who hosts the program “Pamilya Muna”
sharing on painful and humiliating at Radio Veritas, expressed particular interest on what motivates
childhood experiences still bring forth VIDES Volunteers in serving others. He also asked then to enlighten
bitter tears today. Asked about how his audience about parenting with Positive Discipline as opposed to
they would have preferred to have been Corporal Punishment. In the course of the interview, text messages
reared, they unanimously answered: to were sent by the listeners for the volunteers to answer and/or react
have been loved, accepted and to.
understood. Ms. Angelique Lazo and Fr. Benny Tuazon, hosts of “Barangay
A brief meeting with the Simbayanan”, explored where and how volunteers make themselves
Zaballero family led to the production of available for service. They also interviewed them about VIDES, its
this audio CD on Positive Discipline as projects, programs, partners and members.
an alternative to Corporal Punishment. Among those interviewed were Rosylyn Arnigo, Syra Liza Suzara,
They have donated this to VIDES last Girlie Amarillo, Raymund Zapanta and Sr. Jojo who all graciously
October 1, 2009. shared about the great sense of fulfillment that they get when they
Copies are available upon truly serve others from the heart
request from the VIDES Office. ―God has blessed us bountifully; therefore we are also inspired to
———————————————————— share our blessings with others, especially the neediest.‖, says Girlie,
DISIPLINA, HINDI PARUSA who works at the Office of Senator Chiz Escudero.
Composed by Eric V. Zaballero Raymund, an engineer, adds: ―It is not enough that we work for
Artists: Rya Patricia E. Zaballero, ourselves. We find meaning in our life when we educate the youth
Rachel Pauline E. Zaballero and share our talents and skills with them.‖
―It is when we give without being compensated that we truly feel
(1st Verse) fulfilled. The smiles on the children‘s faces express their happiness
Sa tuwing nagkakamali si totoy and contentment at having the VIDES Volunteers around.‖, says
Pinapalo agad ni itay Rosylyn, an employee of the Philippine Women‘s University.
Konting mali ni nene Syra, a registered social worker, rejoins: ―We really get inspired
Sinisigawan, sinasaktan ni inay when we see the children‘s improvement in their attitude, habits and
(2nd Verse) Referring to Positive Discipline, Sr. Jojo explains that this is in accord
D‘ kailangang..saktan..parusahan with Don Bosco‘s ―Preventive System‖, which is based on reason,
Mali‘y itama..sa tamang paraan religion and loving-kindness and does not apply corporal
Mali ng mga bata
Di maiwasan, di sinasadya
Karapatan nilang mga bata..kilalanin
Kinabukasan ng mga bata
Ngayon pa lang ay ihubog na
Sa inyo, mga magulang
Sa inyo ang..simula
Mali‘y itama, sa tamang paraan
―We need guidance and assistance because some of us are still unfamiliar with
our rights. Children really need to be protected.‖
- Judy Ann A. Relojo, 13, Delpan
VIDES celebrates Children’s Month at the House of Representatives
In celebration of the 2009 Children‘s Month,
the Child Rights Network (CRN) and the House
Committee on the Welfare of Children launched
“UNAHIN KAMI: MAKE LAWS THAT PROTECT
CHILDREN” on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, from
10AM to 4PM, at the North Lobby, House of
Representatives, Quezon City. As a member of the
CRN, VIDES Philippines actively took part in this
whole day event by sending four young artists
attending the mobile education project “Busina Mo,
Dunong Ko” to the On-the-Spot Poster-Making
Contest entitled: “Ang Batas sa Mata ng Bata” (The
Law in the Eyes of A Child).
A delegation of 20 VIDES children and mothers from
Bgy. Bagong Pag-Asa, San Roque, Quezon City,
attended the Forum on Positive Discipline and Anti-Corporal Punishment of children. To deepen said topics,
a video on corporal punishment was shown by the organizers to the assembly, followed by the messages of
the congressmen and reactors. In his speech, Hon Jose Carlos V. Lacson underlined their contribution to
the protection of children through the enactment of laws.
Hon. Rodolfo G. Plaza, an alumnus of Don Bosco Technical
Institute of Makati, stressed the importance of promoting
unconditional love and positive discipline in the home and
eliminating all forms of corporal punishment of children. For
the main input, Ms. Minerva Cabiles of Save the Children
extensively discussed the long-term benefits of Positive
Discipline and the adverse effects on self-esteem and short-
term benefits of Corporal Punishment.
In the afternoon, Sr. Maria Josefina S.
Carrasco, FMA Delegate of VIDES Philippines,
presented their audio CD on Positive Discipline
entitled “Disiplina, Hindi Parusa”. This is an
original composition of Eric V. Zaballero, sung
by his daughters Rya Patricia and Rachel
Pauline for all Filipino families, and donated to VIDES Philippines. This audio CD is a powerful tool that can
shape one‘s values and options, especially in applying positive discipline in parenting. To officially launch
the audio CD, the Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids performed their interpretation of the song before the
Hon. Monica Louise “Nikki” Prieto-Teodoro, Chair of the House Committee on the
Welfare of Children gave her keynote speech. She congratulated the Child Rights
Network and her staff for organizing this special event. She expressed her all out support
for the children, having lobbied for the creation of the Committee on the Welfare of
Children at the House of Representatives in 2006.
―It‘s good if parents can talk in such a way that they don't hurt their children. And it‘s
also good to give advice so that next time, the child will know what to do‖
- Joy T. Tosio, 16, Delpan
VIDES Philippines delivers Reaction Speech at the multi-sectoral forum on the UN CRC
As part of the Children‘s Month celebration, the Child Rights
Network (CRN) and the Philippine NGO Coalition organized on
Wednesday, October 28, 2009, a multi-sectoral dissemination forum
on the UN CRC Reports at the Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan City.
Entitled “Realizing the 20th Year of the UN Convention on the
Rights of the Child: A multi-sectoral Dissemination Forum”,
this event was participated in by about a hundred stakeholders on
children‘s rights issues from the government, legislative offices,
NGOs, POs, academe, international development agencies and
individuals working for and with children. The objectives for this
gathering are as follows: 1) To disseminate the government and NGO
alternative reports to concerned stakeholders of children issues;
2) To gather multi-sectoral support to address gaps and challenges
set in the UN CRC report; and 3) To broaden multi-sectoral support
on children‘s rights issues.
To start the day, VIDES BMDK kids from Pasay choreographed the opening prayer.
Representatives of CRN and NGO Coalition welcomed the speakers and participants, provided
background on the UN CRC report, and oriented everyone on the objectives, overview and expectation of the
Dir. Ma. Elena Caraballo of the Council for the Welfare of Children of the Department of Social Welfare
and Development presented the thematic summary of the government report submitted to UN Geneva.
Ms. Rowena Cordero of Save the Children presented the NGO Alternative
Report on behalf of the Philippine NGO Coalition, focusing on the gaps of the
UNICEF, represented by Atty. Albert Muyot, reported on the Concluding
Observations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
(UNCRC), whereby the Philippine government is being urged to ―take all necessary
measures‖ to prevent summary executions, because the victims have included
children. The report also underlined the government‘s poor funding for social
services, saying that it‘s denying the Filipino children their rights.
For almost 20 years, the UNCRC has reminded the government to weigh its
budget priorities, and to channel the funds for debt payments to social services that directly benefit the children.
From the concluding observations, we read that: ―The Committee reiterates its deep concern at the fact that the
State party (Philippine government) allocates more than 30% of its national budget to debt service-interest
payment and that the share allocated to debt servicing has increased over the last years.‖
Since its ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, the Philippine
government and child rights groups were obliged to monitor the country‘s compliance to the convention and to
present a status report every five years. Under the UNCRC, the Philippines committed itself to create programs
and policies that would promote and ensure child rights, among them, access to education and healthcare, and
protection from abuse and exploitation.
At the end of the three reports, reactions were given by the following
agencies: Department of Health, Department of Education, Commission
on Human Rights, Local Government Units. People’s Organizations,
Legislators, and VIDES Philippines.
During the Open Forum, the stakeholders took turns in clarifying points
and submitting suggestions in support of children‘s rights.
The signing and reading of the Statement of Declaration of Commitment
to work on the general comments presented in the UN CRC Report was done
towards the end of the assembly.
“Children’s rights must be protected so that our health and education will be
promoted .” - Christine Camille, 10, San Roque QC
Volunteers train BMDK Youth Leaders
Last May 17, 2009, VIDES Volunteers conducted a whole
day youth leadership training for 48 Busina Mo, Dunong Ko
(BMDK) leaders at the La Mesa Ecopark, Quezon City. Based in
the six areas being served by the VIDES Volunteers, these youth
leaders assist VIDES in the organization of groups, facilitation of
activities and coordination with the barangay officials and parents.
Their contribution to the implementation of the BMDK project is
deeply appreciated by the volunteers. On this note, VIDES then
thought of enhancing their leadership skills thru this training
At the opening prayer, everyone invoked God for guidance and wisdom. After this, the Volunteers took turns
in inspiring the children to serve by sharing about their personal leadership
experiences. Jun Pimentel gave an input on Servant Leadership, followed by
team building activities and fun games intended to boost their leadership skills
and talents. At the end of the talk, the children presented their tokens of
gratitude to Jun and the VIDES volunteers.
To complement the inputs with fun activities, the children also went swimming
after lunch. Basic swimming lessons were taught by Volunteers Simone, Varry,
Pauline and Syra. At around 4:00 PM, the group gathered again for the recap.
Volunteers Joy and Amy facilitated the session on lessons learned for the day
and the leaders' resolutions.
BMDK Leaders join Youth C-A-M-P
In celebration of the World Communications Day, the Daughters
of St. Paul organized a gathering of youth leaders on Sunday,
May 31, 2009, at their Auditorium along F.B. Harison Road,
Pasay City. 44 BMDK Leaders took part in this event.
Entitled “Youth C-A-M-P”, this one-day gathering of 300 youth
leaders representing schools and parish-based Youth Ministry
groups sought to strengthen Communion, deepen Awareness of
media’s impact, and Motivate them to Promote media literacy
education among their peer group / members.
The invited resource speakers developed the following topics:
(1) the message of Pope Benedict XVI to the youth on the
occasion of the World Communications Day; (2) new technologies; (3) God‘s challenge to the youth on the
proper use of the modern means of communication; and (4) the importance of mass media.
Apart from the input, there were open forums, games, unfreezers and group discussions on the Pope‘s message
regarding the use of new technology. The BMDK Leaders actively participated in the various activities
organized. Some were even assigned to share about what they learned from the training in front of the
assembly. Others were given liturgical assignments by the facilitators.
Above all, they were able to come up with doable plans to achieve the
Youth C-A-M-P goals.
The celebration of the Holy Eucharist, presided by Rev. Fr. Ramil Tapang,
capped the day‘s activity. Volunteers present during this event in order to
assist the BMDK kids are the following: Romina Mazzotta, Elisa Pieralice,
Simone Lalli, Amalia Suzara, Jovito Braga, Aissa Manalo, Rudelyn Yaon,
Farah Chavez, Raymund Zapanta, Rosenni Barzo, Syra Liza Suzara and Sr.
Jojo FMA. BMDK Youth Leaders totaled 44, with the following breakdown:
Pasay (20), Del Pan (11), Recto (3), NIA Road (3) and San Roque QC (7).
“Let the child understand what he did and explain to him/her the consequences of
her actions. Myra Sapico, 15, Pasay
B usina Mo, Dunong Ko
For the year 2009, the ―Busina Mo, Dunong Ko‖ Mobile Education Project of VIDES continued to serve six areas
in Pasay City, Manila, and Quezon City. Five out of six areas have removed the Kindergarten from the program in order
to give priority to children aged 7 to 16. Notwithstanding the absence of children below 7 years of age, the total
number of BMDK participants from Grade 1 up to High School still increased. This manifests the children‘s interest in
the BMDK project and other organized activities for them.
Under the BMDK project, VIDES Volunteers provide children with tutorial sessions, values formation, literacy
skills, media education as well as opportunities for enhancing their skills in music, sports, arts, drama, dance, and
writing. Advocacy on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, promotion of Positive Discipline, protection of
children from abuse and exploitation are among the urgent issues being taken up by the Volunteers with the children
and their parents. Inputs on Community Organizing are also rendered to the parents of the BMDK kids.
In implementing the BMDK project, VIDES coordinates closely with the officials of the six Barangays.
―Positive discipline includes talking and listening. Please let the kids be heard.
Talk calmly and refrain from beating the children at fault‖
14 - Judy Ann A. Ralojo, 13, Delpan
B usina Mo, Dunong Ko
Total BMDK Children BMDK Male-Female Ratio (Yr 2009)
2000 1936 49.03%
The chart on the left indicates the increase in
0 the number of BMDK Participants, from 1,936 in
2008 (which still includes the Kindergarten) to
2007 2008 2009 1,954 in 2009 (minus the Kindergarten from
Of this number, 49.03% are boys and 50.97%
Year are girls, as shown in the chart above.
The BMDK seeks to encourage the kids to remain in school thru motivation, attitude correction, values
formation and regular tutorials. With the help of VIDES Internazionale, VIDES Italy, and other generous donors, those
who are hindered due to economic constraints are given financial assistance in the form of transportation and/or food
Out of school youth (OSY) are given opportunities for learning through the literacy program of the Daughters
of St. Paul at F. B. Harrison in Pasay City. Through this program, some OSY have already decided to go back to formal
school this school year 2010-2011.
Thru Jo Tankers, VIDES is able to implement this mobile education project on a daily basis. The driver of the
mobile library brings the social worker and volunteers to the areas. Snacks are served to all BMDK participants in 5
Mrs. Marissa O. Concepcion, on the other hand, weekly provides the Swift hotdog sandwiches and Sunkist
juices to the 350 BMDK children of Pasay.
Implementing the BMDK isn‘t always easy. Challenges remain to be hurdled, such as: the presence of more
active volunteers and the availability of a conducive venue for learning, especially when it rains or when the weather is
too hot. When both are lacking, one could just imagine the difficulty of handling 300 children all at once! Thanks to
Chairman Berting Billones, VIDES has been provided by Bgy. 286 with a stable shelter for the BMDK in Delpan.
Areas for improvement include the following:
1. enrolment of more OSY in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program in coordination with adjacent
2. providing computer literacy to BMDK kids
3. protection of children from abuse and exploitation thru advocacy and community mobilization
4. expansion of the BMDK project in other areas. (Yes, we have received a lot of requests from other parishes
and other areas but we’ve got only one mobile library and one driver! Maybe someone reading this
could have the idea of adding more. Why not?)
―For me, the rights of the children should be protected. These rights were done for
the sake of the kids...So that the kids won't be abused and hurt. That's why these
rights must be also be respected by others, especially by adults.‖
15 - Anonymous, Delpan
B usina Mo, Dunong Ko
Sheila Mae, a
student of the
Course of the
Daughters of Children actively
St. Paul in participate in the
Pasay. weekly BMDK
activities. They learn
new ideas thru
Volunteer Mike shows kids
how to use a laptop.
BMDK kids enjoy reading
books from the mobile library.
Italian Volunteer Elisa BMDK kids advocate
Pieralice opens an Art for Children’s Right thru
Gallery at the courtyard creative drama and
of San Roque Parish. dance. Courtesy of
Budding BMDK artists trainor-volunteer Jun
appreciate their works Pimentel.
―If our rights will be protected, there won't be kids being abused by adults.”
- Joan Moncada, 15, Delpan
B usina Mo, Dunong Ko
Capt. Kruidenier, Capt. Alinea and
Capt. Pajilagutan of Jo Tankers present
the new set of TV and DVD player for the
VIDES mobile library.
December 5, 2009. International Volun-
teers’ Day and VIDES Gratitude Day.
BMDK kids invite Capt. Kruidenier to join
them in singing Christmas Carols.
Fr. Joey Tuazon, parish The Knights of Columbus, San
priest of San Roque, joins Roque Chapter, annually conducts
the VIDES volunteers in a feeding program for BMDK kids
welcoming the VIDES Korea. in partnership with VIDES.
Look at the work of our
hands! Lovely, aren’t
gives an input on the
UN CRC to BMDK kids
“Let the child understand the situation by explaining to him/her in a way he/she can
understand. Do not use force nor punishment. It’s harmful.
- Mary Jane Sumaong, 13, Pasay
L ivelihood Project
B aboy Mo, Buhay Ko
Rural areas are generally conducive for hog-
raising. Launched initially in 2002, the ―Baboy Mo, Buhay
Ko‖ (BMBK) livelihood project of VIDES has grown and
expanded, assisting families from the provinces of Negros
Occidental, Oriental Mindoro, Laguna and Pampanga.
Under the BMBK project, the Daughters of Mary
Help of Christians assigned in the locality identify the
prospective recipient families and recommend them to
VIDES. The process of selecting recipients is based on a
set criteria provided by VIDES. The piglets are raised by
the families for fattening or breeding. Once the piglets
are awarded to the families, the nuns periodically monitor
their status and update VIDES about them accordingly.
FMA Provincial Each family is expected to turn over to VIDES a minimum
Superior of one piglet or its monetary equivalent in view of
Sr. Sarah Garcia handing it over to the next recipient family within the
marvels at the community. The turnover rate of piglets depends largely
on the care given to them by the owners. Inevitable
factors such as natural calamities, pests and viruses have
been the cause of death of some of the piglets.
This program contributes to the realization of UN
MDG #1 - Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
and Chair of
BMBK, awards the
turns over the
“Discipline means showing love and understanding and not hurting the child for
-Maria Rachel, 13, Pasay
S olidarity At A Distance
School Year June 2009 - March 2010
21 EMBOLTORIO ARJIL In t he P hi l i p pi ne s ,
22 FERNANDEZ HONEY GRACE access to basic education is
made available for all since the
23 GALIZA JOHN VER ANGELO law provides for free education in
1 ABUNYAWAN DESIREE 24 GARGAR MARY JOY the elementary and public
2 ALAMPAYAN LESLIE schools.
25 HECHANOVA JOEVEN
3 ALBADA JOHN MARK 26 LABRADOR ARKEN But for impoverished
4 ANCIANO DONA MAE 27 LAGUDA RELAN rural and urban children, free
education still needs to be
5 ARIBA FRANKLIN 28 MANEGO RAMBO sustained with subsidies in food,
6 BAUTISTA JONALYN 29 MONTERDE MARY ROSE transportation, school supplies,
7 BELARMINO RACHEL 30 ORO RAYMART uniforms and shoes. When
children are deprived of these
8 BELINARIO FATIMA 31 PERULINO KIMBERLY items, they tend to drop out
9 BELINARIO ARNOLD 32 PONTINO JR ROGELIO from school and work instead.
10 BERINA JOHN ERIC When parents could hardly
33 SALAYA REYNALDO JR.
provide for the most basic
11 BERINA EZIEL 34 SALES RODEL needs, they regard education as
12 BIACO JAY ANN 35 SANCHEZ MA. JINKY luxury and thus abandon it.
13 CABAHUG ANDREW 36 SANCHEZ ELMIRA With the Solidarity At A
14 CADIZ JEYAN 37 SEGOTIER GLEN Distance (SAD) Scholarships,
15 CADIZ RAYMUND 38 SOLERA RAMIL JR. a big number of children are
helped to pursue their studies.
16 CANICULA GRACE 39 TUPAS MA. VICTORIA
17 CHARELYN MOLINA 40 VILLANUEVA RONA Thanks to VIDES Italy
18 DANGCASIL KENNETH JOHN and VIDES Internazionale!
41 VILLANUEVA JOMAR
19 DOLAR GEORGE JR. 42 YANGCO CAMILLE
20 DONGUINES JUNVIL 43 ZASPA PETER JOHN
School Year June 2009 - March 2010
1 ALIMAN PATRICIA 10 ORTULA CHARLES DENNIS
1 BENAMIR MICHELLE 2 CAMO ELLA MARIE 11 ROCAMORA LAWRENCE
2 BREN JONALYN 3 CANONIGO SHEILA 12 SALGADO KAREN
3 CABRERA AILYN 4 FERNANDEZ TALYADA 13 SALVADOR APRIL
4 DE GUZMAN CHRISTINA 5 FLORITO KEVIN FRANCIS 14 SAN JUAN JANICE
5 DELA CERNA JENNIFER 6 FRANCIA CHRISTIAN 15 TABIOS JAN MARINI
6 ELISAN JOVITA 7 MAZO REYET 16 TAMAYO ROSE JEAN
7 GANTUAN HONEYLETTE 8 ORSAL RICHARD 17 TUBA NANCY
8 VAGAY VIVIAN 9 ORTONIO NOEMI 18 TUBA ROSEMARIE
―For me, the children are important. If they don‘t have rights, they will always
19 - BJ Karla V. Villano, 13, Delpan
M edical Mission
VIDES Philippines commits itself to the
promotion and development of women and
children. An aspect that needs special
attention is hygiene and health care, to
which VIDES responds through the medical
missions. Starting 2009, VIDES expands its
services by providing quarterly medical
missions in urban and rural areas,
rendering free medical services to about
1,500 patients. This is our share in
contributing to the realization of UN MDGs
#4, #5, and #6.
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter
Del Pan Sports San Roque
Manila Pasay City
Feb. 28, 2009 May 30, 2009
3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
Occidental Quezon City
Aug. 23, 2009 Nov. 7, 2009
―As a group leader, I will do my best to teach them their rights. I will also
discipline my group here in Delpan. If they make a mistake, I will listen to their
20 - Judy Ann A. Relojo, 13, Delpan
M edical Mission
―Don't just hit and hurt the children. Talk to them about their mistakes but please
- Catherine G. Fiel, 12, Delpan
VIDES conducts relief operations for Ondoy victims
When typhoon Ondoy (―Ketsana‖) hit Manila last September 26, VIDES
Philippines immediately organized the volunteers to bring relief goods to the
victims. Together with representatives from the Don Bosco School (Manila)
Educating Community and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA),
VIDES distributed clothes, blankets, towels, household wares, rice, canned
goods, and other food supplies to the survivors.
The group first attended to the victims along NIA Road, where families of
children participating in the ―Busina Mo, Dunong Ko‖ program were affected
by the typhoon. The volunteers distributed relief goods and also spent time
listening to the sentiments and stories of the victims.
Another group headed to Barangay 143, Riverside, Gamban, Pasay City.
Prior to the distribution of relief goods, the delegation visited the families in
their flooded shanties. Interviews with mothers, fathers, children and the
elderly revealed that the floodwaters coming from the creek reached about 8
feet deep, submerging their homes in murky waters. A total of 600 families
of the children benefited from the distribution.
Weeks later, more VIDES volunteers joined in another relief operations in
Bgy. 176, Bagong Silang, Caloocan, distributing food and household sup-
plies to 1,000 families, Christians and Muslims alike. School supplies were
also given to 1,000 children.
In general, despite their loss, the children and their families were thankful
for all the help. They said that they are still grateful to God because they
were saved and are still alive. Homeless they may be, but they are not
VIDES thanks all those who have sent their donations for the victims.
―As the leader, I will explain to the other kids their rights so that they will not
always end up abused by the elders‖
22 - BJ Karla Villano, 13, Delpan
VIDES reaches out to
Pope Benedict‘s Message children of hacienda laborers
August is the leanest and toughest
month for hacienda laborers. They are
jobless and therefore economically strained.
This year, during the annual VIDES mission
camp in Negros, the volunteers also
distributed clothes and grocery items to the
1,700 children participants.
Volunteers give inputs on
Mothers attending the VIDES an-
nual mission camp in Negros gathered
around Volunteer Reccie Oliveros to
learn how to make banana chips.
Volunteer Mark Seigfrid Suzara
met the fathers for sessions on poultry
In July 2009, Sr. Rosa Ryu FMA, Sr. Noh
Haesook FMA and 21 VIDES Korean
Volunteers came to the Philippines for some
days of volunteer service in NIA Road,
Delpan, Pasay, South Triangle and Payatas.
Together with the children, they did art
works, dance, t-shirt printing, and fashion
accessory-making. They also shared with
them Korean products: t-shirts, wallets,
bags, slippers, school supplies, volleyballs,
soccer balls, lollipops and other items.
They also performed a traditional Korean
dance which truly delighted everyone.
―Proper communication is the right way of disciplining the children‖
- Mary June Alacre, 11, South Triangle
The community-based programs of VIDES are made possible through
extensive collaboration with local officials, government agencies, faith-based
organizations, schools and other non-government organizations.
In the operation of the VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko Mobile Education Project,
the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has issued
the license to operate this community-based project in six (6) areas. VIDES
then coordinates with the barangay chairmen of the following barangays:
1. Hon. Jesus N. Lipnica, Jr. - Bgy. Pinyahan, NIA Road, Quezon City COUNCILOR THE WELFARE OF
2. Hon. Fermin B. Bilaos - Bgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City CHILDREN (CWC)
3. Hon. Larry Handayan - Bgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
4. Hon. Thelma Lim - Bgy 310 Zone 31, Recto, Manila The Council for the Welfare of
5. Hon. Berting Billones - Bgy. 286, Delpan, Manila Children (CWC), the focal agency for
6. Hon. Reynaldo Ebacitas - Bgy. 143, Pasay City children‘s concerns, advocates for the
delivery of programs and services for
As a Volunteer Organization, VIDES networks with other groups rendering children. The CWC adopted Bright
international and local volunteers services. VIDES Internazionale, an NGO Child in an effort to consolidate
with a consultative status at the United Nations, is the mother organization initiatives, programs and services
from which VIDES Philippines sprung forth. For the year 2009, VIDES leading to the holistic development of
Internazionale has sent three Italian Volunteers in the Philippines: Elisa the Filipino children. The ―Bright
Pieralice, Romina Mazzotta and Simone Lalli. Child‖ is a nationwide campaign,
launched in 2004, which supports
VIDES Korea, a colleague of VIDES Philippines in the VIDES of Asia programs and services for children at
Network, works in close collaboration with the Filipino VIDES Volunteers. In the national, regional and provincial
2009, it has continued its volunteer services in the Philippines. levels. Since then, the Council carried
Bright Child as a thematic focus for
In Pasay, VIDES is a Parish Mandated Organization (PMO) at San Roque the Children‘s Month celebration.
Parish, Cabrera Street.
VIDES joins CWC in the annual
For 2009, VIDES has networked with Don Bosco School (Salesian Sisters), observance and celebration of the
Inc. for the recruitment of VIDES Junior Volunteers from among their students. National Children‘s Month in October.
PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION SALESIAN FAMILY
FOR VOLUNTEER EFFORT IN THE PHILIPPINES
FOR VOLUNTEER EFFORT (IAVE) In response to the Rector Major‘s
Founded in 1995, the
2009 Strenna: ―Let us commit
The International Association for Philippine Association for
ourselves to making the Salesian
Volunteer Effort (IAVE) was founded Volunteer Effort is a network of
Family a vast movement of persons
in 1970 by a group of volunteers organizations and individuals
for the salvation of the young‖, VIDES
from around the world. It is a global engaged in diverse volunteer
network with members in over 70 Philippines joined the Salesian Family
programs, advocating service
countries. IAVE has special Formation Day held on July 4, 2009 at
through volunteerism and
consultative status with the UN the Don Bosco Technical Institute in
mobilizing all sectors of society
ECOSOC Committee, and associate Makati City.
status with the UN Department of to promote volunteerism as a
Public Information. Filipino way of life. VIDES has In October 2009, VIDES was formally
been a member since 2006. introduced to the other members of
VIDES joined this network in July
the Salesian Family in the Philippines.
“If I know how to discipline myself, I will be respected and appreciated by others.
-Sheila May Sendin, 12, South Triangle QC
CHILD RIGHTS NETWORK (CRN)
The Child Rights Network was officially launched on October 1,
PHILIPPINE NGO COALITION ON 2007. Its vision is for every child to be valued as a human person,
THE UN CRC and whose human rights are fully protected and fulfilled.
Established in 1995, the Philippine CRN is a network of organizations and individuals advocating for
NGO Coalition promotes and monitors the passage of national laws that will protect and fulfill the rights of
the implementation of the United Filipino children. VIDES joined the network in April 2009. Its priority
Nations Convention on the Rights of the legislative agenda for the 14 Congress Included the following:
Child (UN CRC) at the national level.
It prepares the NGO Alternative 1) Foster Care Bill; 2) Anti Corporal Punishment; 3) Increasing the
Report to the UN. It advocates for age of statutory rape; and 4) Anti Child Pornography.
change in policy and practice using the
NGO Alternative Report and the On November 17, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed
Concluding Observations of the UN. into law RA 9775, known as the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.
VIDES joined the network in
Since 2006, Jo Tankers has been
graciously supporting VIDES Philippines
Volunteers Foundation in the ―Busina
Mo, Dunong Ko‖ Program.
The Mobile Library van was donated to VIDES in May 2006.
With this van, VIDES has been reaching out and educating the
indigent children around Metro Manila, who have no access to
books and other learning materials. The 6 areas include, NIA
Road, South Triangle, San Roque, Recto, Del Pan, and Pasay.
Headed by Capt. Rene D. Kruidenier, Jo Tankers has been
continuously supporting VIDES Philippines in its operational
In 2009, typhoons Ondoy & Pepeng caused massive
flooding in Metro Manila. On its way to Delpan, the Mobile
Library was submerged in deep waters. Through the all-out
support of Jo Tankers, the Mobile Library was restored
completely. This included the replacement of the DVD player,
TV set and the comprehensive repair of the van.
In this regard, the VIDES volunteers especially honored Jo
Tankers during the Annual Gratitude Day held last December 5,
2009 in Pasay. The management and officers of Jo Tankers
witnessed the various numbers prepared by the 6 BMDK areas,
as a way of thanking them for their total commitment.
VIDES Philippines also acknowledges the wives of the Jo Tankers is a leading provider of deep-sea trans-
seafarers under Jo Tankers, who donated relief goods for the portation services for chemicals and other high
fire victims of Pasay last December 2009. value liquids like petroleum products and edible
oils that is based in Norway. Their local office
For further information on Jo Tankers, visit their website here: located in Palanan, Makati City takes care of the
http://www.jotankers.com employment of highly qualified officers and crew
for deployment in their ships around the world.
―My dream is for children to grow in all aspects, free from all forms of abuse.‖
- Mary Jane Alacre, 11, South Triangle QC
The Eat and Meet fund
raising activity, already in
its second year, was
indeed very successful
because of the joint effort
and active cooperation and
collaboration of VIDES volunteers.
Special thanks to the following who voluntarily
rendered their culinary expertise and shouldered the
expenses for all the ingredients: Tony Espinosa, Ian
Velasco, Riza Villaviray, Stanley, Ningning and
Suzette Suzara, Jovet Braga, Ciel Estacio, and our
Italian volunteers: Simone, Elisa and Romina.
We thank Leizel Ebdane for all the beverages.
And of course our full-time volunteer dishwashers
who worked until 1:00 AM! Once again, we‘ve shown
that we‘re truly ONE FOR OTHERS...
Hats off to our ever-creative event manager, Jun
Pimentel! Thanks, of course, to our ticket sellers,
guests and volunteers for
paying P500 for each plate.
Thanks also to Sr. Alice, Sr.
Celia and all the Daughters of
Mary Help of Christians for
letting us use the facilities, and
for their never-ending support.
Above all, thanks and praise to
GOD for His u nf a i l i ng
Providence! May God always bless us.. Long live
PERYA: Fashion Show for a Cause
By virtue of Divine Providence, and through the
efforts of volunteer Jose Maria Paolo Icasas, VIDES
became one of the three NGOs chosen to be the
beneficiary of PERYA, a whimsical fashion show of
Thus on the evening of March 6 the volunteers
attended this glamorous fashion show. The organizers
allowed VIDES to
set up a booth
where the Kikay
products of VIDES
were put on sale.
c r e a t i v e l y
decorated the area
and the lady
This event also showcased the artistic talents of
Paolo Icasas. The models were wearing clothes
designed and painted by Paolo, a member of Happy
Andrada's creative team of photographers, designers,
artists and also a humble VIDES volunteer.
―Positive discipline means saying disciplinary words in an encouraging way.‖
- Erwin C. Nacario, 13, NIA
For the first time,
an Ukay-Ukay fund
Done at Sta. Mesa
it proved to be
Goods for sale
were all donated
by the volunteers themselves. Thanks to the united and
strong collaboration and untiring effort of the volunteers.
Seeing them sell different items on the streets was indeed a
new and fun experience for VIDES. It was a tiring yet fulfilling
service. The proceeds enabled the volunteers to meet the
target budget for the Annual Mission Camp in Negros. Unsold
items were donated to the victims of typhoon Ondoy.
In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, the children
attending the ―Busina Mo, Dunong Ko‖ from Pasay, rendered
Christmas carols to the offices and residences of the VIDES
Volunteers. This initiative is also in view of raising funds for
the various projects of VIDES and at the same time, a venue
for children to experience an environment totally different
from theirs. Twenty seven (27) children from Pasay
participated in the said endeavor.
VIDES thanks Toni Rose Escabarte for inviting the children
to sing at the different offices of the Department of Budget
and Management (DBM); Tony Espinosa for bringing the
children to the Norwegian Crew Management (NCM) and
Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC); Mr. & Mrs. Ildefonso
dela Rosa; Girlie Amarillo for the Office of Sen. Chiz
Escudero; Peter Doloroso and his family; Cheryl Vinluan and
her family; Don Bosco School - Manila; and Gina Astilla for
BPI Foundation, Inc.
It was a very exhilarating experience for the children.
They were very energetic and enthusiastic in singing, dancing
and bringing the Christmas spirit everywhere.
―As a leader, I will inform our members about the importance of
27 - Joy T. Tosio, 16, Delpan
12/05/09 - International Volunteers’ 02/13/09 - Volunteers greet Sr. Alice
Bishop Bernardino Cortez visited San Day and Gratitude Day for VIDES FMA on the occasion of the EC
Roque Parish on Aug. 15, 2009 and benefactors. 500 kids from Pasay, Gratitude Day at the MHCS Gym in
requested to witness the activity of Delpan NIA Road, South Triangle, Canlubang, Laguna.
BMDK in Pasay. San Roque and Recto attended.
VIDES Volunteers elected their new
set of Board of Trustees on September
The declaration and presentation of
The CSR Group of TOTAL Benny Antiporda, President of the new Board to the volunteers was
(Philippines) Corporation gifted National Press Club, gave away toys done by FMA Provincial Superior
and goodies for 1,000 BMDK Sr. Sarah B. Garcia.
VIDES with 10 Gas Coupons worth Ex-Provincial Sr. Alicia S. Fulgencio
Php500 each for the Mobile Library children last February 5, 2009 as his FMA witnessed the entire electoral
van last February 2009. way of celebrating his birthday. procedure.
Three-hundred (300) children from BMDK kids act out the Nativity UP Phi Delta organized an art
VIDES BMDK program participated Scene during the Christmas Party workshop for 26 children of BMDK
in the LVF Partihan at DBS sponsored by the San Roque Parish South Triangle last July 11, 2009 at
Sta.Mesa last Dec. 12, 2009. last Dec. 12, 2009. Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa.
“I will start the implementation of children's rights by respecting, teaching and
sharing with them what I know about Children‘s Rights so that they will
understand it and be able to share it to other children.‖
28 - Marianne, 13, NIA
Solidarity - Volunteers prepare relief Prayer Moments - Volunteers prepare Volunteers of VIDES Korea and
goods for the children of Pasay and for the Taize Experience held during Philippines bond together after a
Recto whose houses were razed to the the Annual Mission Camp in Negros. series of outreach activities to the
Prayer is an indispensable part of BMDK areas. They enjoyed each
ground by fires which occurred before other’s company, appreciating each
Christmas. VIDES Volunteerism. group’s initiatives for the children.
10/26/09 - VIDES exhibits its projects
and activities at Don Bosco School
01/18/09 - Formation and planning of 08/08/09 - Twelve (12) BMDK kids
Manila and launches the recruitment of
the volunteers received the Sacrament of
Junior VIDES Volunteers. This is in
VIDES volunteers formed different Confirmation at the San Roque
line with the Mission Month and the
working commissions for 2009 in order Parish. Volunteers were invited by
celebration of the National Children’s
to implement the projects and activities the kids to be their sponsors.
Month. Twenty-three students became
planned out for the year. Junior VIDES Volunteers.
and staff of
BMDK kids surprised the VIDES
Volunteers with a special gratitude President,
After the Junior VIDES launch, students Mr. Benny
of DBS started sharing their blessings program last May 2009. The BMDK
Antiporda, gathered 1,000 children from
and talents with the BMDK kids. Mary leaders initiated the activity, mobilizing all
the younger BMDK kids and organizing BMDK Recto. The children, who are fire
Francisco celebrated her birthday last victims, received gift bags composed of
October 30 with the Pasay children, and the entire event. They presented a huge
rice, groceries, toiletries (noodles,
shared with them juices and cake and a beautiful hand-made card for
the VIDES Volunteers. canned goods, etc) and clothes.
―A good way of disciplining is to talk to the kids first if they made some mistake.
The parents must listen first and understand their children.‖
- Joan Moncada, 15, Delpan
A series of Focus Group Discussions with
the voluntary sector on Republic Act 9418
was conducted by the Philippine National
Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency
starting October 19, 2009. RA 9418,
known as the “Volunteer Act of 2007”,
institutionalizes volunteerism as a
Volunteerism has fun moments, too. strategy for national development and
VIDES Volunteers take a day off international cooperation. VIDES
Volunteers enjoy Pataan Falls at Bago
exploring Silangang Nayon at Philippines attended the FGDs organized
City, Negros Occidental after the
Pagbilao, Quezon Province. by PNVSCA.
Volunteer Niño happily carries four (4)
Boodle Fight a la VIDES! Volunteers
Together with members of the Child boxes of SUNKIST JUICES. We thank
enjoy meals together, especially on
Rights Network, VIDES meets the Mrs. Marissa O. Concepcion and her
days such as this one… hmmm…
technical staff of Sen. Jamby family for providing the weekly Sunkist
delicious! White rice, roasted meat
Madrigal on the proposed Anti- juices and Swift hotdog sandwiches for
and fish complete with calamansi,
Corporal Punishment Bill. 350 BMDK kids of Pasay.
toyo, pepper and salt!
just too many,
12/20/09 - Aetas of Sitio Monicayo, we’re overflowing… VIDES Volunteers process their
Mabalacat, Pampanga welcome ha ha ha! We can’t fit in volunteering experiences and evaluate
VIDES during the “Have a VIDES the picture. A souvenir pose their performance after each event.
after the joint volunteer activity Creatively facilitated by Jun Pimentel,
Christmas with Aetas”. Volunteers of VIDES Pinoy and VIDES Junior
enjoyed the Aetas’ “Panuluyan” and Volunteers at Pampanga. volunteers enjoy intimate moments like
native dance. this.
―I feel uncomfortable when I see kids that are punished by their parents.”
- Mary Jane Sumaong, 13, Pasay