Last February 11, 2019, the Shared Aid Fund for Emergency Response (SAFER) Foundation held “Typhoon Ompong: Recovery and Rehabilitation Project”, a discussion on humanitarian funding for ongoing humanitarian initiatives with corporations and their foundations. Founded by CODE-NGO, Humanitarian Response Consortium and NASSA/Caritas Philippines, SAFER is the first joint fundraising initiative in the Philippines that supports local NGOs providing relief and assistance to disaster-affected communities.
Awarding of the plaque from SAFER to SEAOIL Foundation
Featuring recovery and rehabilitation plans for Typhoon Ompong which hit Philippines in September 2018, the event was co-organized and sponsored by the Seaoil Foundation. Mr. Stephen Yu, President and Chief Operations Officer of SEAOIL Philippines, opened the program and explained why SEAOIL is supporting SAFER in encouraging corporations to invest in local humanitarian NGOs. “We need the Bayanihan spirit to come together. As a business enterprise, as humanitarian enablers, we are vulnerable. We want to be safer when we give back meaningfully.”
This event was attended by representatives from private and development sectors including UN OCHA, Christian Aid Philippines, Cagayan Provincial Government, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and Accenture, among others.
Cor. Atanacio Macalan (ret.) from the provincial government of Cagayan presented the long-term damages caused by Typhoon Ompong in the Province and the existing needs that have not been addressed, including livelihood recovery for farmers. SAFER launched a public appeal in October last year to raise Php100,000 in response to providing 40 families in Gonzaga, Cagayan cash assistance of Php2,500 each. The response was co-implemented with the Humanitarian Response Consortium. Citing this experience, SAFER Foundation presented its funding mechanism to the corporations present, emphasizing on the efficiency and transparency of the use and delivery of funds to beneficiaries.
SAFER Chairperson Fr. Edwin Gariguez elaborated the unique framework of the Foundation. “We raise funds locally and we try to reach out to the most vulnerable communities. We can respond directly to our partner organizations. We mobilize our own networks.” SAFER provides private and public donors an accountable funding mechanism to deliver appropriate, efficient and effective relief and assistance to the most vulnerable communities.
Kevin Lee, HRC
Kevin Lee, Convener of the Humanitarian Response Consortium, pointed out why corporations should invest in humanitarian work. "I know that when you donate money and when you invest, you want to see something tangible. You would love to see a water tank, a house. When you donate for humanitarian response, it meets immediate needs and this is life-saving. If you provide the right assistance at the right time, their recovery time is reduced. They spend the money on food, shelter, education. That money will boost the economy of Cagayan. That is a tangible impact for corporations."
Companies interested to partner with SAFER Foundation can email firstname.lastname@example.org