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Jun 01st
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Written by Bobby Reyes   
Sunday, 11 October 2009 13:26
Dear Governor Joanne: It may interest you to note that our guest columnist, Hector Santos, has mentioned the International Red Cross in his article, Reinventing Overseas-Filipino Donations for Philippine-Disaster Victims URL: It may interest you further to know that we inserted in Mr. Santos' article a hyperlink to the article written by Bobby Manasan, Philippine National Red Cross Appeals for Help from Overseas Filipinos More power to you and the Philippine National Red Cross, Mabuhay, Bobby M. Reyes Editor In a message dated 9/27/2009 9:31:36 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, MEDIABCLA writes: Dear Governor Joanne: CC: Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon Deputy Consul General Daniel R. Espiritu Chairman Bing de la Vega of the PeDRO, Inc. Bobby Manasan 1.0 We published also the same article in our other website, the Here is the hyperlink: Philippine National Red Cross Appeals for Overseas-Filipinos' Help (With Update from Governor Sanchez) URL: 2.0 "Reinventing" Disaster-Relief Fundraising. 2.1 The "Philippine Disaster Relief Organization (PeDRO), Inc., a public-benefit corporation organized in Los Angeles, CA, works with various Filipino-American organizations and the Philippine Consulate General. The PeDRO was organized precisely to "reinvent" disaster-relief fundraising that should be done proactively on a year-round basis, instead of reacting to disasters after they happen. Bing de la Vega, a former president of the Pangasinan Brotherhood of America, is its founding chairman. 2.2 To my limited knowledge, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) has not coordinated with the PeDRO, Inc., in planning for such year-round fundraising and executing the plans -- so that the task force so created could establish regional depots that can store (on a pre-need basis) relief goods and supplies and despatch them (even to the other regions) as the need arises. 2.2.1 The PNRC is the ideal Philippine partner for such coordinated year-round disaster-relief efforts as Filipino Americans view the Presidential Calamity Fund and even the National Disaster Relief Coordinating Council as highly politicized, if not riddled with bureaucratic red tape and political incompetence that fail to address the Overseas-Filipino requirements for accountability and transparency. 2.3 Perhaps it is time that we pool our minds and hearts together to "reinvent" disaster-relief fundraising and preparations. I wish to suggest most-respectfully that the PeDRO officials hold regular community meetings in coordination with the Philippine Consulate General and other Philippine-government agencies in Los Angeles, California, so as to energize Filipino-American community organizations in helping our homeland cope up with natural disasters. 2.3.1 If the PNRC does not have any representative in the United States, perhaps it can enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the PeDRO, in which details of the suggested cooperative efforts are stipulated. For your perusal and consideration, Mabuhay, Bobby M. Reyes Editor, and Prime Mover, In a message dated 9/27/2009 4:25:11 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, bobmanasan@ writes: dear joanne, please note that your request has been circulated nationwide in the US (and hopefully in other countries) through the courtesy and kindness of a dear friend, bobby reyes, of LA, a journalist and social activist like yourself. let us hope that our fellow pinoys and concerned human beings everywhere respond generously to your appeal. thank you for your love and continuing concern for the health and welfare of our suffering fellow citizens. in hectic and frantic times like these please take care of yourself too. bobby ps: many thanks, tocayo. i know i can always count on your help, time and time again. more power to you!

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