Encourage Hope and Resilience through Your Giving and Prayers!

No one would ever want to see their family experience hunger. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing hundreds of thousands of Filipinos to stay in their homes and endure it every day.

Such is the case for Remedios Dela Cruz of Malabon City.

Even before the pandemic, her family was already struggling to make ends meet. They rely on her daily wage as a house helper. When there is no work for their Nanay Remedios, there is no food for the day for the whole family.

“I am struggling so much because of this pandemic. It’s very hard for someone like me who has a medical condition. As much as I want to rest, I cannot do that. I have to earn money to support my medication and buy food for my family,” Remedios shared.

Remedios is just one of our many kababayans who are struggling to have enough food during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) implementation in Metro Manila this month.

In desperate times like these, you can encourage hope and resilience to affected families – through your giving and prayers!

With your faithful partnership with the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, the team was able to support the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Mobile Kitchen. They which provided lifesaving food to affected families during the enhanced community quarantine.

Through this partnership, Remedios and her family received food, along with over 30,000 individuals who were blessed by your generosity!

“Thank you, Operation Blessing, for giving us food to eat. It’s a critical help we need to survive this day,” said Remedios.

Help us spark hope and pray for more families!

You may donate online, via GCash (Operation Blessing), or through these bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can give, send a message to Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 and 0918-906-7753.

You can also support CBN Asia’s entire Family of Ministries through this link.

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Your Giving Fills a Meal of Pandemic-Hit Families

“The ECQ made everything so hard for us again.”

For Marife Sampaga and many other families in the fish port community in Navotas City, the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) again means another season of hardship in meeting their everyday needs, especially food.

In their case, they lost their jobs because of the ECQ. No source work means no income, which means no food on the table.

Just when they are facing possible starvation, your giving brought the answer to their prayers right at their doorsteps.

Marife and many other pandemic-hit kababayans in her community received free meals from the Operation Blessing Disaster Response Team, together with 7th CRG – Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Mobile Kitchen, and DLL-Sagad Off-Road Volunteers.

“We are very thankful for the food given to us. Thank you so much, Operation Blessing!” Marife said gratefully.

Your generosity has come a very long way in reaching pandemic-hit families in the Philippines. You did not just bring them packs of food but also hope.

Their community is just one of the many areas that continue to suffer from the impact of the pandemic.

And more Filipino families are waiting to be reached out especially in these trying times, and you can be a blessing to them!

Be part of the mission of bringing hope and blessing to more communities!

Partner with Operation Blessing today by giving online, via GCash (Operation Blessing), or through these bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:  

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

If you want to know how you can sponsor, you may send a message to Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 and 0918-906-7753.

Do you want to support CBN Asia’s entire Family of Ministries? You may do so through this link.

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Hitting the Road after Quarantine? Here’s Your Practical Guide to a Safe Journey

As soon as this enhanced community quarantine is over, people are expecting to go back to their normal lives and routine – traveling included.

This Road Safety Month, here are some reminders to ensure your safety as you head out once again onto the busy roads after the quarantine: 

Check if your vehicle is in a good condition 

Ever heard of the term BLOWBAGETS? Before you get going, make it a habit to check your Battery, Lights, Oil, Water, BrakesAir, Gas, Engine, Tires, and Self. Are you physically and emotionally fit to take over the steering wheel?

Be licensed for the vehicle drive and know how to react in case of a crash 

Before hitting the road, make sure that you have your license with you. Being a licensed driver is as important as being a well-trained driver. Both would save yourself and your loved ones from harm and trouble! Also, knowing the hotlines to call and keeping a first aid kit in your vehicle would help you respond to emergencies.

Know and respect the highway codes and laws 

The traffic signs and laws aren’t signs and laws for nothing. They are proven effective and essential in keeping things in order, and in saving lives. Educating yourself and obeying these laws show how you value your own life and the lives of others.

Drive at a safe speed and distance suitable for the condition 

Speed is a risk. It is a major factor in fatal crashes. Thousands of people perish every year because of road accidents. Slowing down helps reduce those numbers.

Do not drive tired or under the influence of alcohol 

A glass of alcohol equates to a higher risk on the roads. It affects your driving ability and it is time to change that! Meanwhile, 20% of road accidents on major roads are due to tiredness. Stay sober and well-rested if you need to hit the road.

Do not use mobile phones when driving 

You are 4 times likely to crash, injure or kill yourself if you do so. Whether you’re stuck in the traffic, the Anti-Distracted Driving Act says that calling, texting or even playing games using your phone is a no-no.

Use a seatbelt/child car seats 

Are you driving your own car? Keep the kids safe by installing child car seats and keeping them buckled up. Child car seats give 80% protection to your kids on the road – an extra expense to protect a life. Moreso, the Global Status Report on road safety says that wearing seat belts can reduce the risk of death or serious injury by 40-50%. 

Wear a helmet on a motorcycle 

Doing so should be a priority especially in South East Asian countries where motorcycles account for up to 75% of all registered vehicles, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesDon’t worry if your helmet looks uncomfortable or it messes up with your hair, what’s more important is to remember that helmets reduce the risk of brain damage by 70% in the event of a crash. 

Be visible as a pedestrian or cyclist 

50% of the world’s road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. As a pedestrian, be extra mindful of your environment. As a driver, it is also your responsibility to look out for other road users.

Pray for safety 

Before you embark on any journey, always ask God to protect you from any harm that may come your way. Pray for focus, wisdom, and traveling mercies. Be in faith that God is your refuge and He will keep you safe.

My God is my rock. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. (2 Samuel 22:3)

Road accidents have claimed many lives.

Like staying at home during this quarantine to care for other people’s welfare, road safety is everybody’s responsibility. It is choosing to honor the laws of the land, care for the community, and respect God-given lives.

 The choice is yours to make.

Do you need someone to join you in praying for your family’s safety and protectionCall the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 and we are here to pray with you.

Staying Home Doesn’t Have to be Boring | 3 Fun Things for Kids on ECQ

Are you struggling to keep your kids productive during this enhanced community quarantine?

Fret not! Here are 3 simple yet fun activities to do at home that will entertain your little ones and make their day a little bit brighter: 

1. Exercise with the kids 

Who says being healthy can’t be fun? 

Spending time with your children doesn’t have to be all about textbooks and problem-solving. You can also keep them entertained by putting your child’s favorite music on and starting simple exercise and dance routines. 

KidsHealth even claims that kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges. Strengthen your bond with the youngsters in a practical and healthy way! 

2. Cook nutritious meals 

From decorating bread or pastriesfrying eggs, to letting the kids collect ingredients from the fridge, cooking is a practical way of spending time together while you’re stuck at home. 

Letting the kids help you in the kitchen, according to Carolyn Tomlin of Early Childhood Newsencouragecreativitybuilds self-confidence, and develops their small motor control. 

Because bonding over food is an activity that other members of the family enjoy, a stay-at-home cooking show would be a great idea to uplift the household, too! 

3. Play educational games

Do you know that educational games are helpful tools in developing your children’s thinking process while keeping them engaged?

One of the educational games that will surely challenge their brains is the Oy! Oy! The Oyayi Game Show appYou and your kids can enter the world of Kuya Maki, Tama Raw, Bon Haribon, Diva Butanding, Dok Pil, and Tarsiera with over 300 questions about Family, Arts, Culture, Environment, Literature, and History! Your little ones can also learn from its fun trivia and laugh over the hilarious bonus questions! 

The good news? This app can be downloaded for free on the Apple App Store. 

Now that the kids are free from homework and classes, isn’t this quarantine a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with them? Aside from doing exercise, cooking, and playing, it’s a good time to show affection and influence them with good values that would come handy as they grow up. 

As Proverbs 22:6 says, Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  

Do you need someone to pray for your family? You may send your prayer requests to the CBN Asia Facebook page and we would love to pray for you! 

Informal Settlers, Jobless Kababayans Receive Help Amid COVID-19 | Operation Blessing

As families were obliged to stay at home amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Extended Community Quarantine (ECQ) has left thousands of Filipinos unsure where to get their next meal.

To lessen the plight of kababayans who are greatly affected by the crisis, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB), CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, continues to extend help to medical frontliners, jobless families, and informal settlers from various parts of the country.

Last week, families in Payatas, Quezon City received much-needed food packs which include supplies that could last for a week.

Unable to work while taking care of both parents, Arlene Gayo, one of the beneficiaries, shared her gratitude after OB reached out to their community.

“We are being challenged in terms of finances. I was supposed to get a job, but because of my asthma, I had to postpone it to protect myself from the virus. I had to help my parents who are both senior citizens. My father needs medical sustenance for his asthma, diabetes and high blood. Help hasn’t reached us until now and I thank God because Operation Blessing remembered the families here in Payatas,” Arlene said.

OB also sent relief to a group of individuals who were stranded in a small dormitory in Manila.

The group, who flew all the way from Zamboanga to Camp Crame to become part of the police force, were prevented from traveling back to Mindanao because of the quarantine.

Likewise, OB reached out to children who are considered some of the most vulnerable during a crisis. The team provided food supply, vitamins, and preventive kits to street kids of Church on the Streets and the Alleys.

Moreover, informal settlers at North Cemetery received food packs and preventive kits yesterday through Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. They, along with families from Lower Bicutan, Taguig who also received food packs, are among the thousands of individuals financially challenged by the pandemic.

 

“Since almost all work opportunities have disappeared during the ECQ, our beneficiaries are extremely grateful to OB and to our donors for stepping in the gap. In these times of desperate need, people are worried and scared of getting sick of COVID-19. Having nothing to eat adds such a heavy toll on them,” shared Robert John Tan, CBN Asia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

He also added that the beneficiaries, who do not have access to food through their local government, are grateful for the help given, “OB’s grocery bags are received with so much gratitude. We praise the Lord that He can use OB and all our donors to be such a blessing during these critical moments!”

On the other hand, frontliners continue to receive aid from Operation Blessing’s nonstop relief operations.

Consuming 80-100 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) per day as they battle against the spread of COVID-19, medical workers in the Lung Center of the Philippines are in grave need of more protective gear.

Through your generous giving, they received PPEs and preventive kits that will ensure their safety, as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, and other hospitals in Quezon City, Manila, and Marikina.

The Operation Blessing also prayed for the selfless frontliners, with hopes of providing comfort and encouragement during these trying times.

In addition, hospitals outside the metro such as the Ospital ng Biñan, Batangas Provincial Hospital, San Luis Rural Health Center, Bauan General Hospital, Lobo Municipal Hospital, and several checkpoints along the way also received PPEs and hygiene kits, with the help of Philippine National Army.

Today, the team flies to Davao to distribute PPEs and preventive kits to the brave frontliners in Mindanao. With the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the protective gear is transported through its C295 aircraft.

You, too, can take part in helping out someone in need today!

Join us in helping more of our kababayans by donating through Paypal (obpaypal@paypal.com), GCash (Operation Blessing), and online. For more details, you may visit the Operation Blessing website and Facebook page, or contact 8663-4701, 8663-4710, or 0939-921-5543.

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