Philippines

Situation Report
Feature
NCCP
Story highlighting how Mangyan tribe, poor volunteer communities, Aeta tribe, fisherfolk, local human rights defender and people’s organization have risen up to provide support to the people in need and challenges the status quo, stereotypes and top down mechanism in the overall humanitarian system

Stop calling us minorities

Mangyan communities benefitted from relief assistance efforts between the Ramento Project for Rights Defenders and the IFI Romblon and Mindoros’ Diakonia Task Force for COVID-19. In photo taken on May 10, Rev. Dan Falcutila distributed relief packs for 260 Mangyan families in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro. In at least five efforts directed to the Mangyan, the task force and RPRD helped some 440 indigenous families. (Photo from Dan Falcutila)

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On April 8, Rev. Mary Grace Masegman joined a humanitarian effort benefiting 240 kids among some of Quezon City’s urban-poor communities. The Ramento Project for Rights Defenders partnered with Task Force Children of the Storm and CURE COVID to roll out the project, which distributed relief packs and hygiene kits. Apart from this and many other initiatives, TFCOS and RPRD are planning other partnerships for the urban poor. (Photo from Task Force Children of the Storm)

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Some 120 fisher families in coastal community Baybayin, Bacoor City, Cavite, received on April 12 relief assistance from a partnership among Ramento Project for Rights Defenders, Peasants-Church People Movement Cavite and Pamalakaya-Bacoor. (Photo from Rev. Ariel Pameroyan)

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In Batangas, a multi-agency humanitarian mission provided much-needed relief assistance to some 520 families who had been affected by the Taal eruption and the COVID-19 lockdowns. The effort was mounted by the Ramento Project for Rights Defenders, the Kapit-Bisig humanitarian effort of IFI in South-Central Luzon and the Talisay local government unit, among others. (Photo from Cesar Hilario)

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On April 27, Rev. Gina Perez Grande, a staff member of the Ramento Project for Rights Defenders, joined a relief effort going to three Ayta communities in Zambales. The effort benefitted 320 families from three sitios of Barangay Buhawin, San Marcelino, Zambales. The effort was organized in partnership with ecumenical churches, one of many efforts in Central Luzon that directly benefited Ayta families. (Photo from Gina Perez Grande)

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Faith-based groups channeled the spirit of mihaglápan ("helping one another" in the Aeta language) in mounting several efforts in Tarlac. In photo, mother and son received food packs on April 27 during an effort among the Ramento Project partnered with the IFI Diocese of Tarlac, the Kalipunan ng Kristiyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas and Project Pamammita. All in all, the partnership helped 408 Aeta families.

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