A dynamic and unified group of socially-oriented, committed individuals
working in solidarity with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco
for the promotion of social justice and peace.
To protect the rights and provide the well-being of women and children at risk;
To enable the children to become Christ-centered, with strong moral and
spiritual values carried in them in their interaction with others.
To develop and mobilize young professionals as volunteers and advocates thus
creating a nurturing environment for others in need of life support services.
To establish viable alliance building with similar organizations, networks,
groups and individuals supportive to the vision, mission and goals of the
Solidarity At A Distance…………………...…21
Message from VIDES Chairperson…………..1
Mission Camp 2008…...……...………….22-23
From the Editor….……….………..………..2
Volunteers’ Christmas with Aetas…………...24
VIDES receives DSWD license…….………..3
National Volunteers’ Month….……………...25
NPC Christmas Party for BMDK Kids………..4
San Roque Parish Fiesta…………………....4
Children’s Artwork & Beadwork……………...27
From the children………………………...28-29
“Eat & Meet” Fund-raising….…………...…5
Straight from the heart of Volunteers….…30-31
Tribute to Sr. Alice………………………...…32
VIDES Phils in 9th VIDES Int’l Congress….7-9
Advocacy on Volunteerism………...............33
Volunteers’ Formation on the GEM………..10
Donors’ Point of View….....………………….34
Volunteers’ Annual Recollection…………..10
List of Donors……………………………..35-36
Seminar on Human Rights…….…………..11
2009 Calendar of Activities…………………..37
“Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko”………..……….12-13
Where we serve………….....……………….38
“Busina Mo, Dunong Ko”…………......14-16
Donations / Pledges
NSCB Cohort survival rate………………...18
National Children’s Month Celebration…...19
quot;Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow—perhaps it all will.quot;
Message from VIDES Chairperson Sr. Ma. Socorro T. Bacani, FMA
Dear VIDES Volunteers,
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of
Children, we are “narrating” the story of how VIDES Philippines has proclaimed,
promoted and defended these rights through its various programs in this Annual
One is invited to read beyond all the data, and see more profoundly the reason
that gives meaning to all these endeavors. To be members of VIDES Philippines
you are called and challenged to be men and women who believe in a cause that is greater than
yourselves because it is rooted in the very Person of Christ whose mission is to bring life in all its
abundance to every child of God. Allow yourselves to be drawn to commit yourselves more decisively to
His cause no matter the cost!
So in this message allow me to articulate the CREDO of VIDES inspired by the Social Doctrine of the
We believe in the dignity of every human person, created in the image of God, in whom our origin,
meaning and destiny is found.
We believe in the power of whatever is good and worthy of the human person, and uphold it wherever
it may be found because it is a reflection of God’s transcendence.
We believe in the gift of freedom with which every human person can choose what is good, because
freedom to love is the highest sign of the divine image in us.
We believe in the Gospel of Christ as the answer to the basic questions about the meaning and
purpose of human life, liberating the dignity of the human person from changing opinions and ensures
the freedom of men and women as no human law can do.
We believe in the prophecy of togetherness that overcomes individualism and isolation, translating
the spirit of the Beatitudes into concrete creative gestures of solidarity, thus contributing to build
structures of solidarity in order to overpower structures of sin.
We believe that what will save us is not a formula or a programme, but a Person and the assurance
that he gives us: “I am with you!” And with Him, we can overcome evil with the power of good.
On the cover: N
[Top photo] VIDES Volunteers
reflected on the eyes of an Aeta child
looking intently at the camera.
[Middle] Children tracing their hands
DSWD Certificate of Registration — NCR-2008-R-140
to symbolize their God-given talents.
DSWD License to Operate — NCR-2008-L-014
[Bottom] BMDK kids pointing
towards heaven where God lovingly
cares for them. Complete story on Page 3
“The time is always right to do what is right.quot;
Martin Luther King Jr.
From the Editor
The year 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on
the Rights of the Child (UN CRC). This instinctively makes us recall the
initiatives and steps that have been taken so far by the State parties. In the
September 2005 report of the Committee of the UN CRC regarding the con-
cluding observations they had on the Philippines, we find the following state-
ment in item no. 14:
“The Committee also notes with deep concern that the State
party’s debt servicing takes up more than 30% of its national budget and
that insufficient attention has been paid to sufficient budgetary allocation
for children and to article 4 of the Convention regarding budgetary alloca-
tions to the implementation of the economic, social and cultural rights of
children to the maximum extent available.”
With the present global economic crisis, this situation is expected to worsen, unless…
through our simple and little way, we give our constant share in addressing
this issue by strengthening and revitalizing our mobile education program
known as the “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” (BMDK);
more volunteers would sacrifice their weekends for the sake of the children
attending the BMDK Program; and
more generous people would willingly share their time, talents, skills, wealth
and resources by supporting our various works for our urban and rural poor
women and youth-recipients.
It is not enough to say that education is every child’s right. We cannot just sit back and
tell everybody that since education is free in all our public schools, it is already a common good,
one which is readily available, common and accessible. In order to go to school, children need
allowances for food and transportation, too. We spend for the education of our children because
we are investing in our future, hoping that this will redound to the benefit of our society – to the
Common Good. We need to act, and not simply to act, but to act with faith.
It is when we act with much faith in God, in ourselves and in others that we become able to
make things happen. It is only when we have done our part in this great task of social and
spiritual transformation that we will be able to sincerely tell the world that “Education is a child’s
right that truly promotes the Common Good.”
- Sr. Maria Josefina S. Carrasco, FMA
Delegate, VIDES Philippines
Publication and Communications Team 2008
Editor-In-Chief - Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco, FMA
Managing Editor - Raymund Zapanta
Associate Editors - Maya Manocsoc, Vanessa Vargas, Farah Chavez
Contributors - Girlie Amarillo, Rosylyn Arnigo, Jinjo Bautista, Joy Hugo, Paolo Icasas,
Togs Inosanto, Jun Pimentel, , Amy Suzara, Syra Suzara, Riza Villavi-
ray, Ian Velasco, Rudelyn Yaon
quot;This News Magazine is published annually and serves as an Annual Report of VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc.quot;
quot;Little kindnesses will broaden your heart, and slowly you will habituate yourself
to helping your fellow man in many ways.quot;
VIDES receives DSWD License to Operate
V IDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation Inc. officially received from the
Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital
Region the License to Operate and the Certificate of Registration at the
awarding ceremony held last November 24, 2008. VIDES Chairperson Sr.
Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA, on behalf of VIDES Philippines, received the
certificates from Mrs. Patricia B. Luna, the Assistant Regional Director for
Programs of DSWD-NCR.
Through this Certificate of Registration, VIDES’ activities in the
development of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged sector of our society
are officially recognized in the Registry of Social Welfare and Development
Agencies of the DSWD.
VIDES Philippines filed its Application for Registration on September
5 , 2008 and participated in the orientation-seminar for NGO-applicants on
September 19. Mrs. Juliet C. Alair from the DSWD conducted the interview
on the programs of VIDES last October 7 with VIDES staff Ms. Syra Liza
Suzara RSW, Mr. Jovito Braga and VIDES delegate Sr. Maria Josefina
The License to Operate was given to VIDES Philippines for having satisfactorily complied with
the requirements to operate a Social Work Agency implementing Community-Based Programs and
Services for children, women, families and communities.
1. you know …
1. The DSWD was created as early as 1915, but was known then as the Public Welfare Board.
2. It was only in 1987, through Executive Order No. 292 signed by President Corazon C.
Aquino, that the name “DSWD” was established.
3. There are currently 1,040 NGOs registered with the DSWD.
quot;…[I]n serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.quot;
300 VIDES kids receive Christmas gifts from the National Press Club
ast December 24, 2008, 300 VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids from
L Gamban St., Riverside, Pasay City, took part in the Christmas gift-giving
organized by the President of the National Press Club (NPC), Mr. Benny D.
Antiporda. This was held at the Bulwagang Plaridel, 4th floor of the National Press
Club, Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila. With him were his family and the
officers and members of the board of the NPC. VIDES volunteers Raymund
Zapanta, Elisa Pieralice, Romina Mazzotta, and Simone Lalli witnessed this
initiative with great awe and wonder.
This event gave mutual joy to both giver and recipient, making the presence of Jesus Christ deeply felt
in their sharing. Kids were smiling from ear to ear upon receiving their gifts of brand new toys, cash,
and Noche Buena package. With hearts filled with gratitude, they rendered a well-prepared, beautiful
Christmas program for their donors, guided by VIDES youth leader Jennifer San Juan. Kuya Benny
delivered his Christmas message for the children about God’s graciousness, blessings and goodness,
which they, in turn, wish to share with their little brothers and sisters. Sr. Jojo, FMA, VIDES Delegate,
warmly thanked the NPC on behalf of the Foundation.
San Roque Parish invites BMDK Kids to Annual Festivities
Last August 15, 2008, Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon invited VIDES to join the annual
celebration of the feast of San Roque, their patron saint. The well-organized
cultural night enabled all the parish-mandated organizations to come together
and share their talents in music and dance. The BMDK Choir “Voice of VIDES”
performed a special song of gratitude entitled “Salamat”.
TOPS2 Volunteers distribute school supplies to BMDK Kids
As part of their commitment to reach out to the needy youth and children,
members of the volunteer organization Time-out for Professionals and Students
Services (TOPS2) under the leadership of Atty. Sonia Em presented school
supplies and other educational resources to more than 300 BMDK kids in Pasay
last September 6, 2008.
Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself.
It's what you do for others.
VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines host “EAT & MEET”
ast June 13, 2008, VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines organized a
L dinner-for-a-cause dubbed “Eat & Meet.” Over a hundred tickets
priced at Php500 each were distributed to friends and relatives of VIDES
Volunteers in order to raise funds for the August 2008 annual mission camp
in Negros Occidental. 2,000 kids are being served by the VIDES Volunteers
in this formation camp. Proceeds from this fund raising event were intended
for the purchase of rice and school supplies for the children of laborers at
the sugar cane plantations of Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
International and local dishes were prepared by the volunteers
themselves. Filipino chefs Ted Dimson, Jovet Braga and Tony Espinosa
cooked Egg and Corn Soup, Bicol Express, and Kare-Kare, respectively.
German VIDES Volunteer Marie Luise Morgenstern prepared German Potato
Salad while Italian VIDES Volunteers Kathleen Bertotti and Luana Giardinelli
served Bruschetta, Melanzane alla parmigiana, Spaghetti and Crostata della
Nonna. Lezeil Ebdane, Filipino VIDES Volunteer, prepared the beverages, which include Starbucks
coffee and Tazo Passion Ice Tea. Kaspar Ng, VIDES Volunteer from Canada, assisted the Italian
volunteers in the preparations.
Filipino VIDES Volunteer, Jun Pimentel, who chairs the Socio-
Cultural Committee, organized the program, designed the layout of
the event, and provided all the decorations and effects (spotlight,
candles, flowers, cloths) which lent a special touch of elegance and
art to the affair.
The gathering kicked off with a solemn singing of “The Prayer”
followed by the Philippine National Anthem. Vice Provincial of the
FMA Philippine Province, Sr. Maria Socorro T. Bacani, FMA gave her
Welcome Remarks, thanking those who came to support this project
and expressing her appreciation for all the VIDES Volunteers’ efforts
in making this project a success. Guest singers Marie Puyat and
Jeffrey Suzara entertained the diners with their beautiful singing. Ms. Cosette Fedele, wife of the
Italian Ambassador, Ms. Happy Andrada, fashion designer, and Ms. Monina Manapat, Chairman of
the Board of Examiners for Social Work are among the special guests invited. Banker-friends from BPI,
UCPB and RCBC also came to support this fund-raising feat. Halfway during the program, diners were
invited to express their feedback about “Eat & Meet.” All who spoke congratulated the VIDES
volunteers for this very creative fund-raising initiative. Spontaneous singing ensued and at the end, all
the volunteers helped in the aftercare, washing dishes, stacking the chairs, and sweeping the floor. It
was truly an “Eat & Meet” event. Mabuhay ang mga VIDES Volunteers!
For more photos, please visit:
Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received –
only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. Page 5
Saint Francis of Assisi
About VIDES Internazionale
How we are organized:
The structures of the association are:
- International volunteerism
- The Assembly of Members
association inspired by the
- The Board of Directors
Salesian education project
- The President's Council
- NGO with consultative
- The Formation Commission
status with the United
The Assembly of Members meets every year and
- NGO associated with the
convenes all the members (groups or national
DPI (Department of Public Information) of the
associations) to study the annual regulations and
approve the report and budget of the previous
Origins of VIDES:
Every four years the Elective Assembly is held to
- Began its work in Europe in 1987
elect or renew the Directive Council.
- Constituted in 1990
The Board of Directors (15 members) regulate the
- On April 23, 1991, it became an “International
decisions made in the assembly and meets at least
Non-Profit Association ” (NGO) according to
two times per year.
Belgian law (AISBL n° 16990/91)
At its internal election the President’s Council
members (President, General Director, Treasurer,
VIDES is promoted by:
Secretary, Advisor) meet with frequency to monitor
The Institute of FMA
the enforcement of the regulations. They act
through the central operative office, located in
VIDES is present in:
- 14 countries in Europe
- 8 countries in Asia
The groups and associations , effective members of
- 2 countries in Africa
VIDES, are organized at local levels to respond to
- 13 countries in North America and in Latin
the concrete demands of the territories on the
educative level and to encourage voluntary service
And operates through local groups and the
experiences from youth.
international head office.
The Formation Commission is charged with the
formation of the volunteers and meets to share the
- For the defense of human rights, particularly of
children, women, and youth
- For the promotion of voluntary service at the
Source: VIDES Internazionale website
local and international levels
- For the support at a distance of children and their
- For the promotion of youth as active and
Did you know…
The UN member states (including the Philippines)
created and committed to set a quantifiable,
Who are members:
measurable and time-bound development goals and
- Individuals (youth volunteers and collaborators of
targets for global human development, called the
Millennium Development Goals, to be achieved by
- Associations and groups that share the goals of
(Shown below are the 8 Millennium Development
VIDES is a member of:
- DPI (Department of Public Information Non-
- EAPN (European Anti Poverty Network)
- FAIB (Fédération des Associations Internationales
de droit belge)
- Forum permanent de la Societé civile
- WIDE Network (Women In Development Europe)
- FMA (Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice)
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.quot;
Page 6 Henry Ford
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
VIDES Philippines joins IX International Congress,
facilitates the English workshop
ast October 27, 2008, five representatives of VIDES
L Philippines went to Sassone, Rome, Italy for the IX VIDES
International Congress. They were VIDES Volunteers Ms. Mariciel
Estacio, Mr. Paolo Icasas, Mr. Jun Pimentel and Mr. Raymund
Zapanta and VIDES FMA Delegate Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco. This
gathering of 230 VIDES Volunteers and FMA Delegates worldwide
dwelt on the theme: “Common Goods and Human Rights: A
Patrimony and a Commitment for Youth,” in connection with
this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
VIDES General Director, Sr. Leonor Salazar FMA, formally opened the Congress on October
31 and welcomed the guests and volunteers from the continents of Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
VIDES International President, Mr. Guido Barbera, presented the objectives and proposals of the
Congress and challenged the volunteers to continue what was started 20 years ago.
Below are the topics discussed by the keynote speakers during the Congress:
Report on Human Rights
Human Rights: Common Good and/or Common Goods
- Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin
Director, Research and Right to Development Department
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Report on Culture and Spirituality
Culture and Spirtuality: Goods and Rights, to Foster and make Grow
- Helene Yinda
World YWCA Programme Director for Africa and the Middle East
Report on Peace and Inter-culturality
Human Rights’ Respect: Open Door towards Peace
- Flavio Lotti
National Coordinator of the Peace Table
Report on Environment and Common Goods
Human Development and Environment: Possible Harmony?
- Riccardo Petrella
International Committee President for World Water Agreement
Report on Common Goods
Common Goods and Human Rights: A Commitment for VIDES
- Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo, FMA
Human Rights Executive Officer in Geneva for the FMA Institute and
VIDES International permanent representative for Human Rights in Geneva
quot;May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of
others with kindness and compassion.quot; - Thomas Jefferson
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
Debates were conducted at the end of each of these reports. To further
deepen the inputs received, six simultaneous workshops with different
topics were conducted in four languages: English, Italian, Portuguese
and Spanish. VIDES Philippines prepared and facilitated the English
workshop entitled: “Education as a Human Right that promotes
the Common Good.” Forty-six participants coming from the countries
of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Congo, India,
Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United
Kingdom, USA and Vietnam greatly enjoyed the “lively, creative,
informative and interesting” workshop. This group was graced by the
presence and active participation of resource person Ms. Maria
Francisca Ize-Charrin and some of the Board of Directors of VIDES International: Mr. Joe Washington, Sr.
Bernadette Sangma, FMA and Sr. Runita Borja, FMA.
At its conclusion, the workshop conducted by VIDES Philippines was able to achieve the following
to deepen Church and international documents pertaining to Education, Human Rights and the
to appreciate how the right to education serves the common good
to share local and international initiatives of VIDES for the education of women and children
to realize the importance of networking with government organizations, non-government
organizations, faith-based organizations and people’s organizations
to discover new ways that will strengthen and sustain the education of women and children and
to intensify our commitment as VIDES volunteers to the education of women and children.
Drawings at the Workshop — courtesy of Paolo Icasas, VIDES Volunteer
quot;Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation
of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life...quot; - Jimmy Carter
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
Other activities during the Congress included the meeting of the FMA delegates with Sr. Leonor
Salazar and Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo regarding the formation of VIDES Volunteers and the programs of
VIDES; the nightly opening of the Solidarity Table where the volunteers put up for sale some of their
country’s products in view of supporting the convention costs of the other participants; the daily
celebration of the Holy Eucharist with various liturgical initiatives; the traditional assembly for the “Good
Night” and last but not least, the most exciting “Festa del Popolo” or Cultural Night where the volunteers
showcased their respective traditions, dances, songs and costumes.
Group picture of English Workshop— 46 participants
The solemn presentation of the Final Declaration of VIDES International by Mr. Guido Barbera
before Rev. Mo. General Yvonne Reungoat and the assembly of VIDES Volunteers, FMAs and guests
marked the conclusion of the Congress which was held at the Generalate of the FMA in Rome. Since
VIDES operates within the ambit of the Commission on the Salesian Family of the FMA, the newly
elected Councillor-in-Charge of the Salesian Family, Sr. Luisa Miranda, FMA, was introduced to the
VIDES Volunteers and Delegates. The celebration of the Eucharist graciously capped the IX VIDES
Commitments in lantern
“Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom”
14th Dalai Lama
Salesianity Annual Recollection
Volunteers value the GEM of the FMA Volunteers experience the love of God
wenty-three VIDES Volunteers took
“G od willed it that we are here today. He
T part in the 4th quarter formation wants us to be here. He has a message for
conducted by Sr. Nora U. us.” These were the opening words of Rev. Fr.
Hernandez, FMA, member of the FMA Titus Mananzan, SVD who facilitated the
Provincial Council and formator of the recollection of the VIDES Volunteers last April 6,
congregation of the Daughters of Mary Help of 2008 at Puerto Galera, Calapan City, Oriental
Christians. This was held at the new audio-visual Mindoro. Inspired by the theme “Experiencing the
room of the Don Bosco School-Manila, on Love of God,” Fr. Titus invited the volunteers to be
October 18, 2008 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM. The open and docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
topic requested by VIDES Delegate Sr. Maria His talk dwelt on the Image of God – whose mercy
Josefina S. Carrasco, FMA was on the GEM, or is infinite; who cares for His children; who is ever-
the Guidelines for the Educational Mission present; who is “The Life.” He encouraged the
of the FMA. volunteers to read the book entitled “Doctor on
Sr. Nora focused on the essential Calvary” because it presents God as He is.
elements of the GEM. As VIDES Volunteers
directly engaged in the mission of educating
“I am accepted by God as I am — as I
children in especially difficult circumstances, the
am, and not as I should be. Faith is the
GEM affirms what they have been doing for the
VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids, such as:
courage to accept that God loves me.”
inculcating in them the value of life as gift and
task; teaching them about the Catholic faith Fr. Titus underlined the value of faith and
through catechesis; reaching out to the poorest scriptures, which answer the deepest longings of the
young people in Pasay, Manila, and Quezon City human heart. He says that of all forms of loving, it
through the mobile education program; holding is the ‘love of acceptance’ which is very basic and
no barriers by welcoming non-Christians in the important because it gives a person a feeling of self-
BMDK activities; extending the Baboy Mo, respect and makes a person believe “I’m
Buhay Ko livelihood program to the Aetas; worthwhile.” The opposite of love is indifference,
expanding networks in order to pursue the which gives the person the feeling that “I don’t
Foundation’s programs and projects for the good count.” He emphasized the fact that each of us has
of the children; and above all bearing the mark a choice, that is, to love or to be indifferent. If ever
of a Salesian manifested in their dedication in we feel dejected, let us remember what the
forming the young to be good Christians and theologian Paul Tillich says: “I am accepted by God
honest citizens following Don Bosco’s way of as I am - as I am, and
exercising reason, religion, and loving kindness not as I should be. Faith
- pillars of the Preventive System of Education. is the courage to accept
that God loves me.”
After his talk, Fr.
“We evangelize by educating. Titus gave the volunteers
We educate by evangelizing.” time to group themselves
by triads for the sharing.
Two points were given: (1) How have I experienced
Sr. Nora stressed the importance of that God accepts me for who I am?; and (2) In what
volunteerism among young professionals, which way have I experienced the need for courage to
enables the FMA to widen their reach in terms of accept God’s will? The soft breeze rustling the
coverage and at the same time open up an leaves and the sound of the rippling brook nearby
avenue that provides young people in search of provided the solemn ambience during the sharing
life’s meaning an opportunity to be of service to moments of the volunteers.
other youth, especially the most needy. She In the afternoon, Fr. Titus received the
thanked the VIDES Volunteers for their valuable volunteers for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and
contribution to the mission of evangelization of spiritual direction. He presided the celebration of the
the FMA in the Church, citing the motto: “We Holy Eucharist, animated by the well-prepared liturgy
evangelize by educating. We educate by of the volunteers.
evangelizing.” This day of recollection is truly grace-filled!
“Let us Educate with the Heart of Don Bosco, for the integrated development of the life of the young,
especially the poorest and most disadvantaged by promoting their rights”
Seminar on Human Rights
Volunteers update themselves on Human Rights
I n line with this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, the formation of the VIDES
Volunteers for the 3rd quarter of 2008 dwelt on the topic: “Human
Rights and Common Good: A Patrimony and a Commitment for the
Young.” The input was given by Atty. Liezl Parajas,
representative of the Commission on Human Rights of the
This formation session was held last July 26, 2008 at the
FMA Provincial House in Sta. Mesa, Manila and was also offered to
the FMAs and other members of the Educating Community because
they are likewise engaged in the promotion and development of
women and children. All in all, there were 34 participants.
A simple prayer service, with special citations from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of
the Church, set the tone for the day’s discussion. Even the walls of the conference room were
decorated with quotations pertaining to the defense and promotion of human rights and the
importance of the common good. Among these are:
“To ensure the common good, the government of every country has the specific duty
to harmonize the different sectoral interests with the requirements of justice.”
– Art. 169 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“The principle of the common good, to which every aspect of social life must be related
if it is to attain its fullest meaning, stems from the dignity, unity and equality of all
people.” – Art. 164 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
In her talk, Atty. Parajas gave a comprehensive background on the work of the Commission
on Human Rights of the Philippines. Her main input dwelt on the Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She expressed her appreciation for this initiative
of VIDES of increasing the awareness of the participants regarding women’s and children’s rights.
She reports that in the Philippines, women are becoming more and more empowered due to the
advocacy being conducted by various GO’s and NGO’s. She graciously accommodated the questions
posed to her during the thirty-minute open forum which ensued.
On behalf of VIDES Philippines, Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco expressed her gratitude to the
Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines for allowing Atty. Liezl Parajas to conduct this very
enriching seminar for them.
(Atty. Parajas is a graduate of the Far Eastern University, with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in
Political Science and Bachelor of Laws. She took her postgraduate studies at the University of Hong
Kong where she earned her Master of Laws in Human Rights Law.)
Did you know…
1. On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all
Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and quot;to cause it to be disseminated, dis-
played, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without dis-
tinction based on the political status of countries or territories.quot;
2. The UDHR or Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first international statement to use the
term quot;human rightsquot;, and has been adopted by the Human Rights movement as a charter. It is
short, and worth reading in its entirety -- a summary would be about as long as the document
quot;Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where
the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.quot;
14th Dalai Lama
“Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko (BMBK)
T his is VIDES Philippines’ livelihood program originally launched
in August 2002 in Negros Occidental during the Annual Mission Camp.
The main goal of this initiative is to uplift the socio-economic condition
of people suffering from poverty.
How it works:
1. The FMA Community recommends the prospective recipient family.
2. The Social Worker conducts an assessment based on the set criteria.
3. VIDES donates a piglet to the qualified beneficiary-family.
4. The beneficiary takes care of the piglet in view of hog-raising and/or fattening.
5. For sustainability purposes, VIDES receives a piglet or its monetary equivalent and passes this on to
the next qualified beneficiary.
Since its inception, a total of 111 families from Negros Occidental, Oriental Mindoro, Laguna and
Pampanga have already benefited from this project. Earnings from the program have helped them provide
food, education, and shelter for their family members.
You cannot hope to build
a better world without
improving the individuals.
To that end, each of us
must work for our own
improvement and, at the
same time, share a
general responsibility for
a l l h u m a n i t y, o u r
particular duty being to
aid those to whom we
think we can be most
-- Marie Curie
1. you know…
1. It takes at least 6 months to raise a piglet so that it could grow to a size fit for
selling in the market.
2. Filipinos are relatively large consumers of pork and are known to generally
prefer pork to chicken or beef.
3. One of the cheapest type of feed is “darak” coming from rice which is
approximately P200/sack (50 kilos) and could last for a month.
4. A piglet costs only P1,500. Affordable? Why don’t you sponsor a piglet?
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Last 16 February 2008, a group of VIDES volunteers went to
4th Launch of BMBK the Aetas community in Mabalacat, Pampanga for the 4th launching
of the “Baboy Mo , Buhay Koquot; Livelihood Program. This was a very
meaningful encounter for the volunteers because this livelihood assistance was extended to the under-
privileged families of Aetas, our brothers and sisters in the indigenous people (IP) sector who have less
opportunities to generate their own resources and sometimes suffer some discrimination in our soci-
ety. Before the turn-over of piglets to the families, a simple program was held to officially document the
rites. Briefings and basic information about the livelihood program were also presented to community.
Residents were elated with the said project and have promised to take care of the piglets so that they
can produce another piglet each for the next batch of beneficiaries. (Joy Hugo with Rude Yaon)
Some highlights in the 4th Launch of BMBK in Mabalacat, Pampanga
Sr.Jojo and BMBK OIC Tony
handing out piglets
An Aeta mother signing some
Joy, VIDES volunteer, explaining
documents while holding her
the mechanics of the program
Mission Camp 2008
In the annual Mission Camp held in
Hda. Malihao in Victorias City, Negros
Occidental, it has been a tradition to hand
out piglets to impoverished families as a
means of livelihood to augment their
meager income since August is the leanest
season in the sugar cane industry and
there is no work. Last August 24, 2008,
10 piglets were once again distributed to
the selected beneficiaries. The funds came
from the remitted money coming from
previous beneficiaries who were able to
raise the piglets successfully & sell them
Awarding of piglets during the 2008 Mission
at the market.
Camp in Victorias, Negros Occidental
(See photos on the right.)
quot;One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people. quot;
Busina Mo, Dunong Ko (BMDK)
Mobile Education Program The guitars donated by the friends of Ms.
Josie Aliwalas, VIDES
Board of Director,
S ince its official launching in
were put to their
May 2006, the Busina Mo,
maximum use with
Dunong Ko mobile education
the establishment of
program of VIDES Philippines has
the BMDK “Jamming
been reaching out to impoverished
communities in Pasay City, Manila,
take turns in
and Quezon City. Five days a week, VIDES
teaching the children
staff and volunteers implement the BMDK
the chords and strumming techniques.
Skillful and artistic volunteers taught the
The BMDK is VIDES’ education-on-
children livelihood skills. The combined efforts of
wheels program for street and urban poor
Eyen Corro, Paolo Icasas and Raymund Zapanta
children, providing informal education to both
enabled the children to make their first attempt at
in-school and out-of-school children and youth.
silk screen printing on t-shirts. For the volunteers,
Reading sessions, mathematical exercises,
this is a potential entrepreneurial activity for kids
who cannot make it to college due to poverty.
Children with special interest and talent in
arts were set apart for an
intensive drawing session with
volunteer artist Paolo Icasas.
part of the
During the 9th International
Congress of VIDES Volunteers in
Sassone, Rome, some of the
children’s drawings, used as
designs for accessory buttons,
formed part of the products for
games make learning easy and fun for the kids.
sale at the Solidarity Table.
Books are lent out on a weekly basis in order to
give them access to worthwhile educational
Another livelihood project
materials. This is also a good strategy in
is the beads craft of volunteer
helping them develop the habit of reading. The
Vanessa Vargas. Dubbed as
BMDK mobile library is likewise equipped with
“Kikay” project, this introduced This mobile library was donate
multi-media facilities which contribute greatly
the BMDK girl-children in making Mitsubishi L300 closed van wi
to the learning process. On top of these, a
accessories using beads. With equipped with audio-visual equip
regular feeding program is conducted at the
much patience, she enabled and other school supplies. Both
end of every BMDK session.
them to develop their creative can be opened wide by 180 de
skills in designing necklaces, white board. The cartoons printe
For this year 2008,
c e l l p h o n e Michael Toribio, a past pupil
the operations of the Busina
Some of the Technology Center.
Mo, Dunong Ko Program was
children’s finished products were
financially supported by the
sold during the VIDES fundraising activity “Eat and
donor of the mobile library -
Meet” – a
Jo Tankers - represented by
dinner for a
Capt. Rene D. Kruidenier.
Mrs. Marissa O. Concepcion, VIDES
Vice-Chairperson, provided for the year’s
weekly snacks made up of Sunkist juices and
Swift hotdog sandwiches for 250 BMDK kids.
“When I am in your company, I not only learn more about you, I LEARN more about myself.”
Page 14 Maya Angelou
The Parent As a PMO, the
Effectiveness Service VIDES children’s choir
Seminar for the “Voice of VIDES” was
mothers of Pasay has given the role of
started last July 9, animating the liturgy
2008, followed by four every first Saturday of
consecutive each month. On special
Saturdays. Thirty feasts and occasions,
mothers actively participated in the five- the VIDES Dance
Saturday seminar. Troupe joins the Voice of VIDES with their
choreographed liturgical dances.
This seminar was designed into four modules
incorporating modern-day concerns of Filipino On August 15, 2008, the BMDK Kids
parents. It aimed to provide parents with performed for the first time in the annual celebration
updated information on the emerging issues of the feast of San Roque, patron of the parish. This
involving young adolescents, as well as grand event gave them the opportunity to know and
provide them with parenting skills. meet the other PMOs.
The main speaker of the said seminar was
In August and September, forty-five (45)
Prof. Girlie E. Amarillo, a VIDES Volunteer. He
children regularly attended the series of catechism
was assisted by Ms. Rosylyn M. Arnigo, who is
classes in view of their reception of the Sacrament of
also a VIDES Volunteer.
the Holy Eucharist. Last October 12, 2008, all of
them received their first Holy Communion from Rev.
Mr. Rosylyn, who recently
Fr. Joselino Tuazon.
joined VIDES, volunteered to
October 18, 2008 was a very memorable and
mobilizatyion for the parents in
meaningful event for all the BMDK kids. 400 of them
Pasay. She has formulated a
gathered at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife for
module for this activity, which
the celebration of the National Children’s Month.
includes the basic concepts on
Prior to this assembly, Ms. Syra Liza Suzara, VIDES
how to start organizing a
Social Worker, prepared the children by providing
community, techniques in
them adequate information on the UN CRC – United
approaching the community,
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
and the basic functions of the
organizers, among others.
Last December 7, the BMDK kids had another
d by Jo Tankers. It is a Participants have been very reason to be together. It was the Paskong
th a custom built body , receptive and cooperative.
Pasasalamat, their day of gratitude for all the donors
ment, and a lot of books,
and sponsors of
eft & right sides of the van It is noteworthy that effective
the BMDK, where
grees and be used as a April 2008, VIDES is already
d outside was designed by officially recognized as a Parish
the talents and
under the Laura Vicuna Mandated Organization (PMO)
skills they have
by the San Roque Parish in
honed during the
Pasay City. In the February
year because of
2008 meeting of the
the material and
PMOs, Rev. Fr.
of these generous
Parish Priest, invited
Sr. Maria Josefina
highlight of this event is the Jamming Circle’s
Carrasco and the
performance on the donated guitars. The education
VIDES volunteers to
to gratitude especially among the young is a legacy
talk to them about
of Don Bosco, founder of the congregation of the
the programs and
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
activities of VIDES.
“Give a smile to one who’s low, May do more that you could know,
Take some time to lend an ear, often words of faith and cheer”
Beverly J. Anderson
Other highlights of the year included Our BMDK program at Recto (formerly
the following: Oroquieta) caters to Christians and Muslims alike.
Invitation of the Knights of Columbus to The National Service Training Program (NSTP)
the BMDK kids to join the contest “Wish Ko of UP College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP)
Lang”, whereby they submitted their Christmas – Manila, under the leadership of NSTP Coordinator
wish to the K of C for evaluation and screening. Ms. Gay Jordan, has brought around sixty (60)
At the awarding ceremonies, the Voice of VIDES students volunteering in the BMDK activities. Their
and the VIDES Dance Troupe performed two encounter with the children educates them to
intermission numbers. BMDK kids bagged the service, especially among the urban poor.
grand prize as well as the 2nd and 3rd prizes.
Our BMDK in Del Pan is noted for the kids’ 70%
Graduation of two (2) BMDK boys, Jesus improvement in personal hygiene.
Baculi and Ronald Baquero, from Don Bosco
Technical College through the assistance of
VIDES Volunteer Ms. Lynnie Lacse and the
financial support of some very generous VIDES
Enrolment of BMDK teen, Roger Basila,
with Datamex, a computer technology center,
through the financial support of one of our
VIDES volunteers. Roger is now in his second
Three (3) out-of-school youth from Del Pan are
now able to read, under the professional assistance
of their teacher, volunteer Ms. Binky Manalastas.
The BMDK Program is moving forward.
Thanks to all the generous people who give
their constant share in making this possible.
Each tiny piece in the puzzle is necessary and
meaningful. Each contributes to the formation
of the whole picture.
In South Triangle, Quezon City, the BMDK
kids from Sct. Tuazon were combined with
those of Mo. Ignacia due to the existence of
other similar programs being conducted by
other faith-based organizations.
Reading skills of Grade 2 pupils from South
Triangle, Quezon City have improved. Before
the BMDK, they could not yet recognize the
letters and pronounce the sounds very well.
The number of participants in San Roque,
Quezon City has increased by 46%.
“Stretch out your arms to someone in need;
Lend them your shoulder. Help them plant a seed”
Page 16 Lori I. Batcheller
BMDK Breakdown Per School level
I. South Triangle IV. Recto (formerly Oroquieta)
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Kinder N/A N/A N/A 15 18 33
Kinder 31 29 60 11 5 16
Grade 1 N/A N/A N/A 16 27 43
Grade 1 20 35 55 17 12 29
Grade 2 N/A N/A N/A 11 14 25
Grade 2 20 24 44 10 10 20
Grade 3 N/A N/A N/A 18 10 28
Grade 3 21 18 39 17 10 27
Grade 4 N/A N/A N/A 10 17 27
Grade 4 8 15 23 8 10 18
Grade 5 N/A N/A N/A 10 12 22
Grade 5 6 12 18 10 9 19
Grade 6 N/A N/A N/A 9 10 19
Grade 6 10 14 24 3 3 6
High School N/A N/A N/A 8 8 16
High School 4 12 16 7 3 10
Total N/A N/A N/A 97 116 213
OSY 0 1 3 4
SPED 1 1 2 1 1
Total 121 160 281 85 65 150
Note: Regular participants per week averages 25 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 30 children.
II. San Roque V. Del Pan
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Kinder 77 71 148 69 73 142
Kinder 5 19 24 35 40 75
Grade 1 60 50 110 35 52 87
Grade 1 5 6 11 35 52 87
Grade 2 33 32 65 54 43 97
Grade 2 14 19 33 27 12 39
Grade 3 30 30 60 37 42 79
Grade 3 2 9 11 17 18 35
Grade 4 37 34 71 15 13 28
Grade 4 14 22 36 14 17 31
Grade 5 35 17 52 19 25 44
Grade 5 6 16 22 6 19 25
Grade 6 19 18 37 20 13 33
Grade 6 13 10 23 11 9 20
High School 23 24 47 21 14 35
High School 4 7 11 8 2 10
OSY 4 9 13 7 4 11
Total 63 108 171 153 169 322
Total 314 276 590 277 279 556
Note: Regular participants per week averages 80 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 250 children.
III. NIA Road VI. Pasay
2007 2008 2007 2008
School Level Total Total Total Total
Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male
Kinder 4 13 17 14 20 34 Kinder 0 0
Grade 1 6 17 23 21 22 43 Grade 1 19 12 31 19 12 31
Grade 2 3 9 12 19 25 44 Grade 2 19 13 32 19 13 32
Grade 3 4 13 17 21 20 41 Grade 3 25 25 50 25 25 50
Grade 4 15 14 29 8 14 22 Grade 4 20 6 26 20 6 26
Grade 5 4 6 10 19 15 34 Grade 5 11 14 25 11 14 25
Grade 6 3 9 12 8 7 15 Grade 6 14 13 27 14 13 27
High School 2 5 7 5 9 14 High School 42 40 82 77 83 160
OSY 4 4 Mothers 35 N/A 35 45 N/A 45
Total 41 90 131 115 132 247 Total 185 123 308 230 166 396
Note: Regular participants per week averages 60 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 350 children.
As a community-based organization, it is a general rule to include in the records all participants
regardless of their presence in the weekly activities since they have received the service conducted by
VIDES’ BMDK program. The challenge for VIDES is how to be able to deploy more volunteers to attend to
the needs of the children and make them come back regularly.
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches
but to reveal to him his own.”
NSCB Study on Cohort Survival Rate
Cohort survival rate at Cohort survival Cohort survival rate at the ele-
the elementary level rate at the elemen- mentary level increased in SY
will increase to 73.0% tary level 2006-2007 and target is likely
in SY 2005-2006 and to be attained
78.0% in SY 2010- Source: DepEd
Cohort survival rate at the sec-
Cohort survival rate at Cohort survival
ondary level experienced huge
the secondary level rate at the secon-
increment in SY 2006-2007
will increase to 68.0% dary level
and clearly exceeding the tar-
in SY 2005-2006 and
get ahead of schedule
71.5% in SY 2010- Source: DepEd
Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/stats/statdev/2008/Education/Chapter_Education.asp (National Statistical Coordination Board)
Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtulong sa akin
dahil lagi po akong may baon sa pagpasok ko araw
araw. Sana po lagi kayong nasa mabuting
karamdaman, para lagi ninyo kaming matulungan.
God bless you all. Richard C. Orsal
Nagpapasalamat po ako at ang aking mga magulang
dahil sa walang sawang pagtulong at suporta ninyo sa
akin. Ipinangangako ko po sa inyo na pagbubutihin ko
po ang aking pag-aaral. Rose Mavic Baquero
Reflection from a beneficiary
Source: NSO website http://www.census.gov.ph
quot;It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try
Page 18 to help another without helping himself.quot; Ralph Waldo Emerson
National Children’s Month
400 kids flock to QC Wildlife
8 October – To celebrate the National
Children’s Month, VIDES Philippines
made up of
gathered about 400 children-representatives
from the six areas being served by the Busina
Mo, Dunong Ko program: Del Pan, Recto ,
Pasay, NIA Road, San Roque, and South
Triangle. This gathering aims to assist the
children in deepening the NCM theme and at
the same time provide them the opportunity to
The children, grouped into tens and guided by the
explore the wildlife.
volunteers, tackled the two major activities of the
day. The first one was called Malikhaing mga
Accompanied by the volunteers and assistants,
Kamay. Literally translated, it means Creative
the children marched through the Ninoy Aquino
Hands. This activity showcased the children’s rich
Parks and Wildlife, bearing their colorful
imagination as they drew images, using the
banners and greeting fellow park-goers.
outlines of their hands, of their understanding of
the NCM theme “Bright Child: Sa tamang
Upon arrival at the Grotto,
pag-aaruga, kinabukasan ay maginhawa.”
the children settled down in
order to actively participate
The second activity, Sabit-Talino, was anchored
in the holy mass presided by
on the belief that children have values and
Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB,
abilities that they are able to contribute for the
under the cool shade of
development and success of their family and of
huge, imposing trees. The
their larger communities. These characteristics
park’s lagoon also served as
were written down on colored paper and stapled
a beautiful background.
on long lines of straw and then displayed like
Fr. Veloso delivered a thought-provoking and
festive flaglets around the Grotto.
inspiring homily on the care and love of God,
especially for children. He honored the VIDES
At the end of the program, the children gathered
Volunteers present because in their task of
as one to learn the action song “My Heart is in
educating, they also fulfill the role of being
You Lord”, taught by the volunteers and Sisters.
“parents” to the children.
Finally, it was time for the Wildlife Tour. The
At the program, VIDES Chairperson, Sr. Ma.
children eagerly surveyed the various inhabitants
Socorro Bacani, FMA, welcomed everyone. She
of the Park. From the hawks and eagles (and the
shared her thoughts on the importance of
colorful birds in between), to the deer, snakes,
taking good care of the kids by forming them to
and wild pigs, the children inspected them all.
become good Christians and honest citizens.
Indeed it was an education outside the four
The children then showcased their talents
corners of the classroom.
through song numbers, raps and dances.
“Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others”
Day of Gratitude of VIDES Busina Mo, Reflection: by Jinjo Bautista, VIDES Volunteer
Dunong Ko Kids
alamat. It is such a simple word that most
hildren have their own ways of thanking the of us take for granted. We are all oblivious
C people around them. to the fact that it can ripple through time and
through the heart of people. It is a word that can
Last December 7, 2008, the VIDES Board of make little random selfless acts worth doing over
Directors, Salesian Sisters, Benefactors, and and over again. It has such a lot of weight that
Volunteers experienced how it was to be thanked lets itself be felt by every human heart and soul.
for by some 500 VIDES “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” This was experienced first hand by the
children coming from Quezon City, Manila and volunteers and sponsors of VIDES during their
Pasay. “PASKONG PASASALAMAT.” It was a Gratitude
Event organized by the volunteers of VIDES for
The event, aptly called Paskong Pasasalamat, the youth of selected urban poor communities in
took place at the Apelo Cruz Elementary School in Metro Manila. The program was held at the Apelo
Pasay City. The children expressed their gratitude Cruz Elementary School, Pasay City last
through a musical skit, guitar playing, lively December 7, 2008 where 500 kids from NIA, San
dances and creative raps. Roque, Delpan, Oroqueta, South Triangle and
Pasay took center stage. It was simple event for
Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, most of us but it was grand for all these kids.
SDB, the first SDB Everybody had their own reasons for
VIDES Philippines showing up. Some kids were waiting for the food
volunteer, presided the that they would get. Some were anxiously waiting
Eucharistic Celebration for their turn to showcase their talents on stage.
and witnessed the No matter what their intentions were,
solemn Prayer of everyone came to have a wonderful time.
Commitment of 44 The event started with a mass celebrating
VIDES Volunteers. the presence of the donors and volunteers and
the blessing of their time that they share with
The event acknowledged the presence of Ms. these less fortunate kids amidst their busy lives.
Marissa Concepcion, Vice-Chairperson and donor The mass focused on the value of gratitude and
of VIDES Philippines who came with her husband how a simple thank you and salamat can really
and children. Capt. Rene Kruidenier of Jo spark good will among the community and
Tankers, donor of the Mobile Library, along with hopefully someday, the whole world.
his wife and mother also graced the occasion. The value of gratitude can never be
neglected since it is already in the heart of these
VIDES Chairperson, Sr. Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA kids. Learning to say thanks can really go a long
congratulated the children for their performances way. It can make us appreciate things better by
and thanked the volunteers for their untiring and giving us a whole new perspective on how the
dedicated commitment in educating the kids and little blessings can be such an enormous gift from
The event was a perfect picture of Don
Bosco’s amazing formula of the preventive
education system. With this simple gathering,
hope was given to these kids who have gone
through a lot in life.
Through all their struggles, there is always
hope. Hope that can come from people with
ordinary lives doing selfless things expecting
nothing in return... people who can be surprised
and thrilled by the simple SALAMAT of the
children they minister to.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to
Page 20 utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Solidarity at a Distance (SAD) 2008
This is an educational program that
currently benefits underprivileged
children in Manila, Pasay and Negros
The fund aims to partially cover the
educational needs of student-beneficiaries. The
fund does not assume full educational
requirements for a student based on the principle
that the education of children is the primary
responsibility of parents. Instead, VIDES partners
provide assistance to parents so that they are
able to send their children to school.
For the year 2008, the program assisted 100 Translation in English:
student-beneficiaries. VIDES International gave Dear Sponsor,
school supplies and daily allowances to Thank you for your financial assistance,
beneficiaries from Pasay and Laura Vicuña Center and the things that you’ve given me like
(LVC). VIDES Italy gave lump sums to individual shoes and socks.
beneficiaries in Malihao, Negros Occidental for It’s really good that you came.
their school supplies and uniforms. Finally, VIDES Because of you, we’ve realized that poverty
Japan-Tokyo shouldered 50 % of the tuition fees is not a hindrance in studying.
of the beneficiaries studying at the Laura Vicuña Thank you so much for the support.
Training Center (LVTC). Karen Salgado
The late Sen. Raul Roco used to profess
that having at least one college graduate
in a family would surely get it out of
poverty, and thus stressed the critical
importance of widely accessible
education up to the tertiary level. For
those who can afford it, a concrete way
of helping, then, is to support a
promising child of the family through
school all the way to the tertiary level,
whether college or vocational/technical
training as appropriate.
Source: No Free Lunch column by Cielito Habito,
Philippine Star February 2, 2009
“Illiteracy and innumeracy are a greater threat to humanity than terrorism”
Nobel prize winning economist
MISSION CAMP 2008
Hda Malihao Victorias, Negros Occidental
taguyod ang Buhay sa Katuparan ng Pangarap (Uphold life, Achieve Goals)…” is the theme
“I chosen by VIDES Philippines for the 13th Annual Mission Camp held on Sunday, August 24, 2008
among the 2,000 children of sugarcane laborers in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. For
families working in the sugarcane fields, the month of August is the leanest, when the milling season
goes off and planters are waiting for the sugarcanes to grow. Jobs are scarce, stealing becomes
rampant, and the cupboard is left empty. For this reason, VIDES has generously committed itself
these past years in annually celebrating “Christmas in August”, through the Mission Camp, by sharing
their time, talents, resources, and their very selves — providing the children with food, clothing,
school supplies and toiletries, offering them free haircutting and medical services, distributing piglets
as means of livelihood, and organizing contests where the children and mothers could showcase their
skills in art, music, dance, drama and cooking and at the same time deepen the chosen theme.
“Uphold life, Achieve Goals” is primarily based on the foundation
of all other rights – the right of every person to life — which each
one must protect, defend and uphold at all times. The
simultaneous contests on story-telling, poster-making and cooking
underscored the dignity and value of human life and the
importance of education, gender equality, peace, nutrition, health,
environmental stability and development. Only when life is
upheld can we actually achieve all our other goals. About a
hundred FMA’s and VIDES Volunteers from Korea (18), Shizuoka
(23), Tokyo (3) and the Philippines (53) directly participated in
As an international NGO with a consultative status at the United Nations, this is VIDES’ unique way of
joining the whole world in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and in contributing to the realization of some of the Millennium Development Goals in
this tiny corner of the world. This is a fruit of the encounter of VIDES of Asia organized in Thailand
in August 2007, where the delegates resolved to expand their networks in view of service. An ever-
increasing number of individual and corporate donors pooled their resources in order to gather in a
variety of food items, school supplies, medicines, clothes, shoes and bags for the recipients.
Did you know that…
Some 830,00 children in the Philippines, or 16 percent of all children of school age, are classified as
child laborers, according to the 2007 sub-regional multiple indicator cluster survey conducted by the
NSO and United Nations Children’s Fund. Of this number, about 670,000 children attend school and
work as child laborers at the same time.
Source: Manila Bulletin October 5, 2008
“You see God every day you live, Each time you flash a SMILE;
God’s face is shining down on you, He makes your life worthwhile”
Page 22 Ruth Moyer Gilmour