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Philippine Scene # 2 - Everyday People, The Hungry Ones

Updated on February 2, 2012

List of charitable institutions in the Philippines

The Philippine Archipelago is worthy to have your charitable institution listed here courtesy of the following data collated by Wikipedia. If new charities are created after the publication of this hub, you can also include your advocacy in helping homeless people in my country.

  • 1 Christian Compassion Ministries, Manila

  • 2 RP - Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RP-MD)

  • 3 Cancer Warriors Foundation Inc. (CWF)

  • 4 EnFaNCE Foundation

  • 5 Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y)

  • 6 Arnel Pineda Foundation Incorporated (APFI)

  • 7 Tuloy Foundation

  • 8 Home For Good Foundation

  • 9 The Family International - Manila - Channel of Hope Foundation

  • 10 Gov. Faustino N. Dy, Sr. Foundation

  • 11 Pangarap Foundation Inc.

  • 12 RENEW Foundation Philippines

  • 13 Tahanan Sta. Luisa Welcome Shelter

  • 14 International Justice Mission Manila

  • 15 Springboard Foundation

  • 16 SOS Children's Villages in the Philippines

  • 17 The Purple Rose Campaign

  • 18 ReachOut Foundation International

  • 19 Philippine Children's Fund of America

  • 20 People’s Recovery Empowerment Development Assistance or Preda

  • 21 Loving Care Street Kids Foundation

  • 22 Bahay Bata Center, Angeles City

  • 23 Visayan Forum Foundation

  • 24 Buklod Center

  • 25 Tingog sa Kabataan

  • 26 Salvation Army

  • 27 ECPAT Philippines

  • 28 CHILDHOPE Asia Philippines

  • 29 Dalaw Kalinga Foundation (DKF)

  • 30 Virlanie Foundation Inc (VFI)

  • 31 Time-Bound Program

  • 32 Bantay Bata

  • 33 MYNA Project, Inc.

  • 34 Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng Angeles(NAGKA)

  • 35 CATW - Asia Pacific

  • 36 WEDPRO, The Philippines

  • 37 Bagong Kamalayan Collective, Inc. (BKCI)

  • 38 ORBIS International Orbis flying eye hospital

  • 39 AHON SA Kalye Ministries Inc.

  • 40 Lunduyan Foundation

  • 41 Children's Shelter of Cebu

  • 42 Maharlika Charity Foundation

  • 43 Visayan Forum

  • 44 Stairway Foundation Inc (SFI)

  • 45 Kabalikat ng Pamilyang Pilipino (Kabalikat)

  • 46 MTQ Charity Clinic

  • 47 Give A Life Charity Foundation

  • 48 PATH Foundation Philippines

  • 49 Sisters Plus

  • 50 ECPAT-Cebu

  • 51 Stop Abuse of Minors Association, Inc. - SAMA

  • 52 Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse

  • 53 Reproductive Health and Wellness Center

  • 54 The SCOTS Foundation

  • 55 Para Sa Bata Organization

  • 56 Kabataang Inyong Dapat Suportahan (K.I.D.S) Foundation Inc

  • 57 Women Helping Women Centre in Angeles City

  • 58 Philippine Aid Society

  • 59 Ang Bata At Kalinga - Volunteers For Children's Welfare. Inc.

  • 60 Tw-mae-w, Third World Movement Against The Exploitation Of Women

  • 61 Philippine Charities Foundation

  • 62 Philippine Improvement Group

  • 63 Lighthouse Club Manila

  • 64 Rotary Club of Manila

  • 65 ANZA: Australian & New Zealand Association, Manila

  • 66 The Philippine Community Fund

  • 67 Gawad Kalinga

  • 68 USAID Philippines

  • 69 Damascus Foundation, Inc.

  • 70 Tiwala Kids and Communities

  • 71 Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF)

  • 72 AJD Angels of Hope Foundation

  • 73 Passerelles Numériques Philippines


What I usually see everyday

As the world population every second of the clock signifies new life, I cannot help but be observant with the kinds of people I'm seeing everyday on the streets.

Aside from the usual members of the family in the house or the friends you used to get acquainted with everyday at work or parties, there are times that I am also observing my neighbors, their everyday life and other queer things that can be the talk of the town.

Talk about Neighborhood Watch. I used to be a member of it's version here in the Philippines. I've also written about it here on HubPages.

But digging deeper, as my 40 pages in the Book of Life have been turned in my history, I become aware of what's happening out there, as I go out on the streets, riding in a jeepney (public utility here in my country), bus or light rail transit.

Two leading questions that come in my mind are these:

  1. What can I do to help those beggars?
  2. How can I inspire others to be do-gooders?

You see, we are so busy doing our own things and often ignore those voices who are asking for a little help from us.

What if we're one of them? What if fate turns into us?

Bystanders often berate those less-fortunate ones but they're also humans. Money is not the barometer of being a helpful, nameless human being.

Have you seen these scenes here in the Philippines?

  • A mother carrying a child (often crying) begging for alms - Most people call them as "Badjao", the minority group of people from Mindanao who are displaced and are frolicking the cities due to the insurgency in the area caused by government and rebel conflicts and warring tribes
  • Homeless children begging for coins for food - People often smirk at unruly children suddenly romping their ways to PUV (public utility vehicles), like jeepneys, during the STOP sign in the traffic. They're begging for some coins by cleaning the windshields of those vehicles or its floors but some shoo them as they grumble that they'll just use it to buy 'rugby' (inhale the petroleum product used for pasting the soles of old shoes, etc.)
  • Elderly people roaming the streets for alms - I wonder where their families are? I always see old people draggingly roam the streets of Manila. Some were even posted on Facebook and other social media sites.
  • Taong Grasa (greasy man) eating, mindless of passing people - Some of them are uttering incoherent phrases as if they're possessed with dark forces but most of them became like the one I posted here due to the daily ransacking activities on dumped garbage as they are looking for "Pagpag" -leftover foods from nearby. restaurants.

The list are endless. These are those everyday people that we should help, taking the initiative to report them at the government agencies that should take care of them.

Our watchful eyes can witness an accident or a crime scene, but, those grave threats in our lives should not hamper us to help others.

Reach out! They're just waiting to be recognized that they are still existing.

The legendary TAONG GRASA (Greasy Man) in the Philippines - let's help him!!! (Photo from Cellular phone by Travel Man)
The legendary TAONG GRASA (Greasy Man) in the Philippines - let's help him!!! (Photo from Cellular phone by Travel Man)

Pagpag - eating from garbage c/o edlingao

"Pagpag" - excerpt from BBC's Toughest Place to be a Bus Driver c/o beameruno

A song inspired by everyday people

I've heard this song, Everyday People, since I was in elementary grades.

Sly and The Family Stone is the awesome band who introduced me to it. Its easy-to-listen and funky beat and down-to-earth lyrics can be memorized by everyone.

Once again, if you want to get through with their music, let's sing and dance with this ditty that will surely move your heart, as it did to me ages ago.

Everyday People

Sometimes I'm right then I can be wrong
My own beliefs are in my songs
A butcher, a banker, a drummer and then
Makes no difference what group I'm in
I am everyday people

There is a blue one who can't accept
The green one for living with
A black ones tryin' to be a skinny one
Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby dooby

Ooh sha sha
We gotta live together

I am no better and neither are you
We're all the same whatever we do
You love me you hate me
You know me and then
Still can't figure out the bag I'm in
I am everyday people

There is a long man
That doesn't like the short man
For being such a rich one
That will not help the poor one
Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on scooby dooby dooby

Ooh sha sha
We got to live together

There is a yellow one that won't
Accept the black one
That won't accept the red one
That won't accept the white one

Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and
Scooby dooby dooby
Ooh sha sha
I am everyday people

Couple with a music video with lyrics shared by YouTuber bigoldron, you will truly appreciate this song.

Maroon 5 even collaborated with Sly during the making of the, "Different Strokes for Different Folks," by the legendary band on February 2006.

It's a beat bouncy, but you can also recognize the jingle from Toyota commercials or the beat samples of Arrested Development's "People Everyday."

Everyday People with Lyrics - Sly and the Family Stone c/o bigoldron

Everyday People


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Jackie Lynnley: Sorry for may long overdue response.

      I sympathizes with your comment. Some charitable institutions are only up to media mileage. And to think that some known people in the elite circle own most of it.

      One of my friends said that wealthy people organize or create charitable institutions in order to evade from paying high income tax returns.

      Really, this is a travesty to me, too.

      Anyways, we can always scout for a more genuine charitable institutions, specifically those who are not after popularity.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      In Texas, yes $200+ not tax - just for license or permit I don't know how often under the guise of being concerned for the poor hungry (they really think we are so stupid) and I am sure it is their intention to make it more and more widespread if they haven't already while they hand out millions to the world but will not feed their own. In fact, they feed millions of illegals and house them while not feeding the starving, it is a real travesty, and many of our people will deny it too when if enough took a stand something would be done. One day there will be justice I believe but now is when people starve and freeze and I admit it is not fun to think about so I guess that is why most block it out.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @skye2day: I feel the same for your, my sister in Christ.

      I admire your courage in spilling out the truth in all your writings.

      Yes, there is hope and life in Jesus. I hope this inspires others to be of help always wherever they may go.

    • skye2day profile image


      6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      My dear bro. This writing is so very heartfelt and compassionate. I have tears rolling down my cheeks. Oh travelman the world is in a perilous time. I have a burning passion to reach out to the hurting. I have prayed for loads of money to give. God has not supplied that yet but I can lift up all in prayer with humility and deep gratitude that I am saved brother. It is but for the grace of God. I do not deserve what I have been given me oh wretched sinner. Let us pray for all the hurting in all of the world. Let us pray the lost be found. Let us pray that all call on the name of Jesus. Saviour of the world. It is a choice. You are a gifted writer and I am honored you came to visit me. I like you allot you are special my friend. You keep on and keep that light of love shining in you OK. I know you will. Phil 4:13. May God Bless all your works and prosper you in abundant life daily. Keep shining. I love you profile by the way. Be in touch my friend. Congrats on over 2 yrs at hubs. Thank you for sharing all your gifts so others may be touched. U R loved by Jesus brother. Your sister in Christ loves ya too.

      Beautiful writing dear brother. Up all the way. Difficult content but there is hope, there is hope and life in Jesus.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Jackie Lynnley: Really? Is the IRS really want to collect taxes from those charities?

      Well, I haven't heard about this here in the Philippines. I might do some further research regarding the taxation for the charitable institutions.

      Thanks for the tip. :D

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Yes me too, I really wish I could create a help to reach many, but now our government wants to charge for helping the needy under the pretense of looking out for the needy. What a laugh there!


    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Jackie Lynnley: That's true. I hope the HubPages staff and hubbers as well will continue to voice out problems like this.

      It's not as simple as we observe them suffer everyday. It hurts that I cannot do something about it just within a snap of my fingertips.

      Yet, I'm still thankful that there are charitable institutions whose people are extending help for these people, the hungry ones.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesailor: It's alarming to note that hunger is the main reason why our country still struggle to have financial stability.

      If only the distribution of wealth in this country is fair or equal, then no one will ever suffer from this fate.

      Reality didn't happened. The gap between the rich and the poor is widening each year!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I recently wrote about this of the people in the USA and it is horrible. Especially little children and elderly, and so many people act like it is their own fault. How can it be, these anyway. It does break my heart and the numbers are growing.

      Good to hear someone else notices and cares.

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      6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Hunger is the most common problem in every nation of this world. Here in the Philippines, the number of families suffering from it escalated this year (2012); it doubled its number compared last year (2011).

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Arian Rey: The SWS (Social Weather station) and Pulse Asia surveyed that there are more than 4.5 million people who are getting hungry each day. Yet, according to our survey conducted based from CBMS (Community-Based Monitoring System, required for every local government unit (LGU)that we really have more than 9 million people who are skipping decent meals everyday.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesingingnurse:We don't have enough professionals to do the job. In fact, the courses we've finished displaced us to another job or career that give us more financial security. Unless, the government prioritize the needs of those people and give an ample salaries to those professionals who will brave the challenges that await them at those far flung areas in order to cope up with the development of the key cities in the country.

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I so agree. And not only that... Health care delivery to our brothers and sisters in these areas are poor, if not, ABSENT.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesingingnurse: Last first quarter of 2011, I happened to be one of the CBMS (Community-Based-Monitoring System_ surveyors in our town (Minalabac, Camarines Sur).

      I found out that most people in our barangay belong to the marginal line of living. In other words, most families will only eat a decent meal once or twice each day.

      They mostly rely on farm labor. When calamities come, they usually crave for a dole-out goods from the government and non-government organizations.

      Some of my relatives will borrow rice to cook from the well-off families there in exchange of labor as in household help or farm labor.

      What those families lack is skills training in order to open a small-livelihood/businesses for them to start gaining financial stability.

      Our government lack technocrats who will go to the far flung barangays in order to teach the jobless residents to aim for better living.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: I think that's true. Once, they are seated at the prime positions in the national government, they easily forget to look down below.

      Vagrants, mendicants, street urchins, homeless ones, everyday people...they are romping at the main thoroughfares of the major cities in the country because they were displaced from their places due to massive industrialization and the continuous dominance of the rich people.

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      Arian Rey 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      With more than 9 million Filipino families belonging at the marginal line of living, those filthy-rich people should take a hint from this hub.

      This is an eye-opener!

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much for sharing this insights bro. Likewise, since the beginning of my social awareness, I have never seen the government doing something about this. Hindi kaya ng puro DSWD lang to.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks for paying attention to these less fortunate ones. It's such a pity seeing people scavenging garbage everyday just to eat three times a day.

      Paging the government people. What are you doing? Politicking???


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