- Supporting Japan -
ヘルピングハンズアンドハーツフィリピンでは、東日本大震災の被災者支援として、サポーティングジャパン運動を行っております。食糧、生活物資配布を実施するための支援をお願いします。第1回目の締切を5月15日として、それまでに集まった義援金をNPO法人ホープインターナショナル（Hope International Development Agency)を通じて現地を直接支援します。
支援活動の一部映像(Youtube) → こちら
On Friday afternoon, March 13, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck
off the coast of northeast Japan, collapsing buildings, and setting off
a chain reaction of gigantic tidal waves (tsunami). At the present more
than 10,668 are reported dead, more than 16,574 is missing. We are determined
to use our network of connections in Japan to assist.
3月19日 震災セミナー Tsunami Victim seminer
4月17日 震災チャリティー特別英会話 Charity English class
6月19日 震災チャリティーコンサート Charity Concert
義援金先 NPO法人Hope International
Our song in Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmsorNR8R-M
Activity in the Philippine
are going to launch the project on April 10 in ASAP- show at ABS-CBN and will
promote daily the project through TV, Radio and newspapers.
organize dance and singing a MINI concert- at ground floor Headed by our Media
Director Mickey Perz, super dancer of ASAP and former PBB house mate.
3. Together with other PBB – Housemates.
4. Singers of River Maya Band.
5. Other ABS-CBN Artist –
6. Dancers of limited Edition including star magic dancers.
will DO fundraising:
will be sold to raise funds
1. Supporting Japan T-Shirts
2. My bestselling book- Stress Free Life
3. Our livelihood ECO friendly products
4. Cash donations will be accepted
Reciept will be issued to all donations and purchasing amounted over 100
1. Japanese Ambasrdor
2. Amb. Harry Angpin – representing Chinese community
3. Mr. Ram Sitaldas – President Federation of Indian
4. Mayor Jun Jun Binay
5. Japanese Community living in the Philippines --- letter
from Japanese embassy will be sent
6. Indian communities living in the Philippines --- letter
by the Indian Chamber president and Indian embassy will be sent asking
all of them to support my event.
7. We have 800 strong supports and contributors – my
request will be sent and useally 60% attends the events
NOTICE – INVITATION
1. Face book invitations will be sent
2. Banners and posters will be displayed at MRT Stations
3. Flyers will be distributed
4. Add will be placed in the news paper
5. We will request SM- Advantage Card and BDO Rewards
Card to send Email blast
6. ASAP shows will announce the event including Daily
we will announce in TV- Radios.
7. JICA will also sent email blast to thousand of Organization
assisted by Japan Government.
Landmark, Rustans, Shopwise, Watsons, SM Hypermarket, Bayad Centers
MANILA, Philippines -- Helping Hands and
Hearts Foundation, Inc. launched Supporting Japan on April 4, 2011 together with
SM-Hypermart, Rustans, Shopwise, Landmark, Bayad Centers, and MRT.
All establishments will accept donations
until April 30, 2011 for the Japan Tsunami Relief Project. Mickey Perz, Director
and Public Affairs Head of the Foundation said, "Japan has been supporting the
Philippines and our biggest aid provider. This time, HelpingHands2gether, with
our partners and you all, will support Japan at 'Full Stretch.' This is our time
to show solidarity and help build the community again."
Donation raised will be forwarded to Helping
Hands Japan - www.hhahj.jpn.org and our team from the Philippines and India
will also visit Japan for actual community work.
Over a week has passed since the unprecedented natural disaster, a magnitude
9.0 earthquake followed by catastrophic tsunami hit north east Japan on
March 11. An 80 yr old woman and her 16 grandson from Ishinomaki-city,
Miyagi prefecture were rescued by the national police on March 20, 9 days
after their town was hit by the quake and the strong tsunami carried their
half-crushed house away some 100 meters to the northwest of their original
address. They were in the kitchen on the second floor when the tsunami
hit and brought down cupboard, they have survived below zero degree Celsius
with barely dry blankets taking water, milk, coke and yogurt in the refrigerator.
Disaster victims are still afraid of subsequent aftershocks everyday following
the main quake. The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that from
March 23, it is expected to have severe cold weather with below freezing
temperature in the disaster area. Electricity has resumed in most
of the areas by now, though in some parts of affected communities have
still no electricity, a number of evacuation centers (many of them local
public schools or gymnasium) as well as individual houses other lifelines
water and gas supply has been cut. Survivors in Sendai City, Miyagi
prefecture fall in line everyday for three to five hours to get six liters
of water for their family. In evacuation centers in Tohoku and in
regions where hundreds and thousands of survivors seek refuge, there is
possibility of developing communicable diseases such as flu.
Concerns are greatest for the continued emergency assistance to the evacuees
with food, water, personal hygiene products, and heating devices with fuels,
with special attention to the weaker ones such as infants and children,
expecting and feeding mothers, the elders, the disabled persons, foreign
residents who are not Japanese speakers, etc.
BRIEF BACKGROUND OF THE DISASTER
Tohoku region includes Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, and Fukushima prefectures.
Much damage was inflicted along the east coast of this region facing the
Pacific Ocean during an earthquake on March 11.
Traditionally a poor rural backcountry with a harsh climate, Tohoku is
an agrarian region with well developed forestry and mining industries.
The biggest percentage of population is employed in agriculture, forestry,
and fishing. Tohoku provides 20 percent of the nation’s rice crop.
It is also known for its production of beef, pork, poultry and mixed feed,
and there are a number of meat processing and food manufacturing plants
in the region. Whereas its coastlines do not favor large seaport development,
Japan’s leading fishing grounds for many local
Among farmers engaged in rice and vegetable growing, fathers and/or sons
commonly find seasonal jobs (mainly construction work) in cities, after
the harvest season during winter time when the fields are covered by the
snow. They are called “dekasegi” or migrant workers from the countryside
to the cities to help rebuild the war-ravaged nation and later contributed
to the economic development of the country.
In the 1960s iron, steel, cement, chemical, pulp and petroleum refining
industries begun developed at industrial complexes in Sendai-Shiogama (Miyagi),
Hachinohe (Iwate), Akita, and Joban-Koriyama (Fukushima) urban areas most
of which were severely damaged by the earthquake and the tsunami on March
With severe recession of Japan’s economy over two decades and less employment
opportunities in their hometowns, there has been a trend that the younger
generations are motivated to find jobs in cities. This results in
less population in rural towns with aging residents, which in turn makes
the local government units operate on an austere budget.
One should note that a poor town in rural areas have little options to
continue to live, and one of them is to accept a plan to build nuclear
power plant and/or spent fuel reprocessing facilities that brings them
much subsidies from the national government as well as the power corporations,
not to mention that the various type of employment opportunities to the
local residents that power plants provide.
A week after the calamity, as access to devastated areas improved by the
removal of debris on the streets, the search for victims gradually widened.
Still over 18,000 missing persons are being searched by the Japan Self
Defense Force, the police, firefighters, and local members of community-based
volunteer fire companies. Death toll increases day by day reaching
8,394 from the most damaged Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures as
of March 20. With the number of missing persons, the number of estimated
casualties reached more than 20,000, while nearly 350,000 people have been
evacuated and having stressful days in evacuation shelters. The number
of partially or completely destroyed buildings and houses has exceeded
Because of its geographical drawbacks, both Iwate and Miyagi have isolated
communities after the disaster. The prefectural governments have identified
those communities and the survivors, and will soon bring food and relief
goods by helicopters, nevertheless lack of relief supplies and adequate
medical care surface. Fuels have been in serious shortage, causing
troubles in distribution system.
At evacuation centers disaster victims have been spending anxious days
and nights. They lost either their relatives/friends, their houses,
their cars, their fishing boats, means for livelihood, or more than two
of them or all. Every day a number of survivors visit other shelters, city
hall, their friends, and the morgue looking for their missing loved ones.
As victims from fishing communities lost their boats, tsunami also damaged
huge part of paddy fields with sea water. Livestock industry is also
hit by the massive quake with severe lack of water and fodders due to water
cut, lack of fuels/means of transportation, and the serious damage of feedstuff
bases on the coastline.
In Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi prefecture, whole town has vanished by the catastrophic
tsunami, while the entire town population from Futaba near Fukushima Dai-ichi
nuclear plant moved to their new shelter at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama
Prefecture near Tokyo.
Filipino and other
Among the Filipinos residing in Japan, 44 are still missing as of March
19 according to the Embassy. For those who wish to evacuate to Tokyo,
the Embassy team has sent buses that hold up to 50 passengers and shuttle
evacuees back and forth. Many of Filipino families from Fukushima
and Sendai have been resting at church facilities in Tokyo until they process
documentations (including passports for all family members that they failed
to bring along) and confirm tickets to return home. Some of the evacuees/families
are staying at home of their fellow Filipinos in Yokohama City.
Many say they will bring their children to safer place with their relatives
in the Philippines, and plan to return to Japan soon later to work, to
go back to university again, or to join their Japanese spouses who stay
back with their old parents.
Among Filipino nurse or care worker candidates/trainees under the EPA agreement
between Japan and the Philippines, 373 who live in Tohoku are confirmed
to be safe.
There are said to be about 500 Indonesians who live in Iwate, Miyagi, and
Ibaraki prefectures. The Indonesian Embassy has confirmed safety
of 165 of them, but due to interrupted telecommunication after the disaster,
whereabouts of the rest Indonesians is still uncertain. Furthermore,
four Indonesian fishermen are among the missing. Their tuna boat
had been located but rescue personnel had found no trace of the crew.
Chinese Embassy and the Consul General in Niigata prefecture, in view of
the fact of radiation leak occurred at Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear plant
in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami disaster, have also sent
busses to Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki prefectures and assist those
who wish to return home from Narita or Niigata International Airport.
Before the disaster, there are about 16,000 Chinese residents in Iwate,
Miyagi, and Fukushima. A number of Chinese workers/trainees under
the technical intern training program, however, are reported to prefer
to stay until they complete their contracts with the host companies/factories.
With the worsening situation of the nuclear accidents in Fukushima, foreign
embassies have advised their citizens and/or sent chartered flights in
order to leave Japan to neighboring countries such as Korea, Taiwan, Hong
The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami caused massive casualties including
local government units as well as local chapters of the Red Cross society.
The national government continues to facilitate transportation of relief
goods, including find ways to transport fuels to affected areas for vehicles
as well as for heating, and further responds to the housing need of the
evacuees. In some evacuation centers, construction of prefabricated
temporary housing facilities has already started and prefectural governments
all over Japan now offer vacant rooms at prefecture-own public housing
Medical assistance to hospitals and evacuation centers in disaster areas
is being coordinated through prefectural governments. On March 16,
the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has sent a communication
to Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectural governments that foreign medical
doctors among the international rescue teams are allowed to provide emergency
medical care to victims, without Japanese medical license. With regards
to foreign nurses, normally it is also expected to obtain the Japanese
license, however, the ministry official mentioned that their nursing care
to the disaster victims is considered to be legitimate act under the Penal
In the Philippines it is reported that the Philippine Medical Association
(PMA) has formed a professional team of surgeons, emergency medical professionals,
anesthetists and pediatricians. The PMA has started coordination/negotiation
with the Japan Medical Association. The Medecins sans Frontiers Japon
appeals also for expected needs for clinical psychologists and psychiatrists
who have experiences in psychotherapy.
Japan National Council of Social Welfare and their member councils in each
municipalities coordinate establishment and information dissemination of
volunteer centers in affected areas. Due to blocked roads, lack of
fuels, and a series of afterquake, most of the centers accept only local
residents/volunteers. They are engaged in managing evacuation centers,
preparing meals to the evacuees, helping survivors clean debris and clatters
in their houses, etc.
More than 30 social development NGOs (most of them are member organizations
of the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation or JANIC) have sent
their staff to bring relief supplies to evacuation centers and nursing
homes for the elderly. With their long-time experience supporting
communities and individuals in developing countries, they further interview/research
on other urgent needs as well as potential long-term assistance to the
Radio and web-based information dissemination in different languages have
also been coordinated and established by NGOs that cater to the needs of
There are also relief NGOs/NPOs, established through the experience of
Kobe-Hanshin earthquake in 1995, which have been sending relief goods to
different evacuation centers. Among NPOs that are found in 1995,
a NPO or a foundation to support disabled victims and their partner social
welfare organizations have sent staff members with relief goods to different
organizations and homes of the disabled persons in disaster area. Arrangements
have been being made for the disabled victims who find difficulties to
continue to live in afflicted area to move to organizations in Tokyo, Nagoya
and other parts of Japan.
In disaster-stricken area, victims help other victims. A group in
Sendai who supports the homeless people reopened their soup kitchen in
the city and other local NPOs in disaster areas gradually started to give
hands one another. Locally-based NPO center in Miyagi has just established
a center for coordination/collaboration towards rehabilitation, in order
to collect, collate and share information of disaster relief activities
by local NPOs/NGOs .