STP in 2009


On September 25, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy devastated the Philippines. Metro Manila and various parts of the Philippines were under a state of calamity. Varying sources estimated about 240 people were killed, several thousands were missing, almost half a million displaced, and an estimated $4.9 billion in damages. News reports stated that it was the worst rainfall that the country has seen in 40 years. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that Ondoy's total rainfall was 410mm while Hurricaine Katrina's was 380mm in New Orleans.

Like former US President George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina, former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s devastating neglect of the people’s basic needs made typhoon Ondoy an even greater tragedy. 

In response to this calamity, member-organizations of the Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines (Alliance Philippines) launched Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Fund Campaign, a nationally coordinated effort in the US to provide financial and material support for the direct benefit of the Typhoon Ondoy victims. Member-organizations were based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and New York, and included generous support from community groups and individuals. 

The STP Relief Fund Campaign's objectives included:

  1. Raise people-to-people, financial and material support for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy
  2. Raise monetary support of $5000 by Monday, October 5, and another $5000 by Friday, October 16, 2009
  3. Gather material support and send through balikbayan boxes
  4. Set up drop-off centers in key US cities (Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC and San Francisco, San Diego, etc.)
Member-organizations were:
  • Damayan Migrant Workers Association (NY/NJ) 
  • Ugnayan ng mga ng Anak ng Bayan (NY/NJ)
  • KmB/Pro-People Youth (CA)
  • People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment (CA)
  • Justice for Filipino American Veterans (CA)
  • BAGWIS Collective (IL) 
  • Center for Pilipino Issues (IL)
Endorsers included:
  • Act Now to Stop the War and End Racism (USA)
  • Beatrock (CA)
  • CSULB Pilipino American Coalition (CA)
  • City of Los Angeles Council District 13 (CA)
  • GABRIELA Network of the Mariposa Alliance (USA)
  • Ilongo Delicacies (CA) 
  • Little Ongpin Restaurant (CA)
  • Point-Point Joint (CA)
  • Poptimes Magazine (NY/NJ)
  • Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (CA)
  • Tuesday Night Cafe (CA)
  • UCLA Samahang Pilipino (CA)
  • USC Troy Philippines (CA)