Community Campaign Launched for Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Relief Efforts

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments





The Los Angeles-based non-profit organization, People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment (People’s CORE) along with community-based organizations, youth organizations, and small businesses across California are calling on the community to respond to the recent tragedy in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, the strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit land. Over 40 provinces in the Visayas region with Tacloban bearing the full force of the typhoon. More than 11 million people have been affected across the country. Haiyan is estimated to have destroyed 70-80 percent of structures in its path as it tore into the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar.

People’s CORE is launching the Sagip Tuluy-Tuloy Tulong Pilipinas (STP) Relief Drive (English Translation: Continuous Help to the Philippines), an ongoing campaign to provide support for rehabilitation in areas currently affected by Haiyan/Yolanda and the areas throughout the Philippines that continue to be affected by calamities and disasters brought on by climate change. People’s CORE’s mission is to empower the Asian Pacific Islander and general community in contributing to systemic social change through bottom-up community organizing. Since 2004, it has coordinated relief drives with community-based organizations and small businesses nationwide to establish direct linkages with reputable non-governmental organizations based in the Philippines that reach the hardest hit populations. People’s CORE and its current community partners are looking to expand its community working group. The Sagip Tuluy-Tuloy Pilipinas campaign is partnering with UNICEF to provide much needed relief in the devastated areas in the Visayas. Donations will also be received by Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte and Parent Teacher Community Association in Roxas City, Capiz.

The STP Relief Drive is collecting both monetary and material donations. Material donations will be collected until December 15, 2013.  While monetary donations will continue to be collected on an ongoing basis, amounts of $50 or greater are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to “People’s CORE” with “STP Relief Drive” included in the memo. Monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to the People’s CORE Main Office (please see below for address) during operating hours from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday, or by appointment. Supplies, non-perishable food, and new or gently used clothing can be dropped off at People’s CORE’s Main Office or other designated drop-off sites (please check back for updated list of drop-off sites).



People’s CORE

Accepting Material Donations (until December 15, 2013) and Monetary Donations (ongoing)

1610 Beverly Blvd., Ste. #2, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Monday -Friday (9:00 am – 6:00 pm)

The Park’s Finest

Accepting Monetary Donations

1267 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Mondays (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm), Tuesdays – Sundays (11:00 am – 10:00 pm)

House of Seafood

Accepting  Monetary Donations

940 E Dominguez St, Carson, CA 90746

Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays (11:00am – 9:00pm), Fridays & Saturdays (11:00am – 10:00pm)

Below is a list of suggested items for material donations:


  • Drinking water purification tablets
  • Backpacks
  • First aid kits (antiseptic, antibiotic cream, etc.)
  • Over-the-counter medicine (aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, vitamins, antacid,  etc.)
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Light blankets


  • Canned goods (with pull tab lids)
  • Ready-to-eat meals (granola bars, power bars, trail mix, etc.)
  • Dehydrated foods
  • Infant formula
  • Baby food
  • Nonelectric can opener


  • Light apparel
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals
  • Underwear (new only please)
  • Diapers

Clothing for women, children, and infants are especially in need. Please note that we are unable to accept apparel not suited for tropical weather. Including heavy clothing such as coats, sweaters, mittens, or other cold weather-type items.

Participating Organizations and Groups in People’s CORE’s Sagip Tuluy-Tuloy Pilipinas Relief Drive Campaign:

  • KmB / Pro-People Youth
  • The Park’s Finest
  • Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
  • Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (AP3CON) Environmental Justice Task Force
  • Maharlika Filipino Club
  • Sessions LA
Partial List of Initial Endorsers and Supporters of the Sagip Tuluy-Tuloy Pilipinas Relief Drive Campaign:
  • Dr. Victor Manalo, Artesia City Council Member
  • Mark Pulido, Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem
  • Melissa Ramoso, State Chair of the Filipino-American Democratic Caucus 
  • Elito Santarina, Carson Mayor Pro Tem
  • Kahoy Kollection


For more information about the relief drive, how to donate or volunteer, please call Christine or Diane at (213) 241-0995.

Relief Efforts Relaunched from Coast to Coast in Response to Latest Philippine Typhoons

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

In response to the devastating floods wrought by Typhoon Gener (Saola) and Typhoon Haikui from the end of July through the beginning of August, and with the threat of Tropical Storm Helen (Kai-Tak) currently escalating, the Los Angeles-based non-profit, People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment (People’s CORE), has relaunched the Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Campaign to deliver urgently needed supplies and financial assistance for flood survivors most impacted in the Philippines.

More than 100 lives have been lost as a result of the storms. Over 400,000 people have been displaced with no choice but to find shelter in crowded evacuation centers. Overall, 4 million have been affected by the flood waters that have submerged roughly 80% of Manila.

Through the STP Emergency Relief Campaign, People’s CORE, whose mission is to train, organize, and mobilize community members in effecting systemic change, has partnered with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), a non-governmental organization registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-profit, non-stock social development agency. CDRC is licensed and accredited by the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development to implement relief, rehabilitation, preparedness, and mitigation programs.

People’s CORE will be collecting monetary and in-kind donations to be distributed by CDRC among communities hardest hit by these recent natural disasters. Amounts of $50 or greater are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to “People’s CORE” with “STP Relief Fund” included in the memo. Monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to the People’s CORE Main Office during operating hours from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

People’s CORE

ATTN: Christine Araquel

1610 Beverly Blvd., Ste. #2

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Supplies, non-perishable food, and new or gently used clothing can be dropped off at the People’s CORE Culture and Arts Center. To make arrangements for a drop off date and time, please contact Christine Araquel at 213-241-0995.

People’s CORE Culture and Arts Center

337 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Suggestions for in-kind donations include:


  • backpacks
  • first aid kits
  • aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • antacid
  • vitamins
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • feminine hygiene items
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • blankets



  • canned goods
  • dehydrated foods
  • granola bars
  • power bars
  • trail mix
  • infant formula
  • baby food
  • bottled water
  • drinking water purification tablets
  • disposable plates
  • disposable utensils
  • nonelectric can opener
  • light apparel
  • comfortable shoes or sandals
  • underwear (new only please)
  • diapers
Clothing for women, children, infants are especially in need. Please note that we are unable to accept apparel not suited for tropical weather, including heavy clothing such as coats, sweaters, mittens, or other cold-weather-type items. 
The Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Campaign is a nationally coordinated effort in conjunction with other non-profit and community-based organizations, including KmB / Pro-People Youth USA (CA), Justice for Filipino American Veterans (CA), Bantay Pilipinas (CA), DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association (NY), Ugnayan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (NY/NJ), and the Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines. For more information, please contact Christine Araquel at 213-241-0995.

Join Us for Earth Day at Carson High School, April 20th

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

People’s CORE and the Environmental Justice Network of Southern California (EJNSC) believe we have a responsibility to our community and environment. It is this philosophy that drives us to host our annual Earth Day Concert on Friday April 20th, from 3pm – 7pm at Carson High School. It will be a fun-filled day of activity, musical performances, celebration of green solutions, and health education for all ages. Local community leaders and city officials will also be present.


The theme this year is Community Participation. Though we have made progress in asserting our right to a clean environment, the South Bay of Los Angeles still has a long way to go before it’s good enough for the next generation to inherit. Awareness and mobilization will play a role in that vision for the future.


Through the generosity of volunteers and event sponsors, the event is totally free and open to the public. We are encouraging residents of all ages and backgrounds to attend. Your participation is important since Earth Day is organized by our community, for our community. The only way or us to create lasting change is through community participation. This event is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.


We hope you will consider attending. For any questions please contact:

John Harrison

Project Coordinator, People’s CORE


Progress Continues into 2012 from Statewide Success in 2011 for Increasing Smokefree Housing, Improving Residents’ Health

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Protecting Californians from Secondhand Smoke

Over the course of 2011, great strides were made throughout the Golden State in protecting Californians where they are most vulnerable to secondhand smoke exposure (SHS) exposure – their homes. Numerous state, county, and city officials have recognized the need to address SHS in multi-unit housing.

At the state level, the California legislature passed SB 332 this past September, which clearly states a landlord’s authority to ban smoking on their residential properties. Although landlords have always had the authority to implement policies, including smoke-free policies, pertaining to the well-being of their tenants and their buildings, some landlords had been hesitant to do so because they were not able to find language explicitly declaring that authority. Effective January 1, 2012, the SB 332 authorizes “a landlord of a residential dwelling unit to prohibit the smoking of tobacco products on the property, in a dwelling unit, in another interior or exterior area, or on the premises on which the dwelling unit is located.”


Members of Healthy Lungs @ Home: Cerritos-Artesia meet with Senator Alan Lowenthal, whose district includes Cerritos and Artesia, and District Representative Irantzu Pujadas

At the county level, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics jointly hosted a mid-November press conference at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to inform the public about the hazards posed by secondhand smoke in apartments and condominiums. During the conference, Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, announced that “Even if you are a non-smoker, you and your family might still be exposed to toxic levels of tobacco smoke at all hours of the day inside your own home.”

At the city level, municipalities all over Los Angeles County including Pasadena, Baldwin Park, and Compton took the initiative in assuring the health of residents by supplementing or adding to their municipal codes to require smoke-free spaces within apartments and condominiums.

Raising Awareness in Cerritos and Artesia

Healthy Lungs @ Home: Cerritos-Artesia (HLH: Cerritos-Artesia) applauds the leadership demonstrated at all levels of government and congratulates those cities in Los Angeles County for prioritizing the health of their citizens through the local smoke-free multi-unit housing ordinances that have been enacted.

Over the past year, HLH: Cerritos-Artesia, a coalition of concerned residents and community members, has endeavored to raise awareness in Cerritos about the dangers of secondhand smoke in the home and the health benefits of smoke-free housing. According to a public opinion survey of 500 Cerritos residents conducted by HLH: Cerritos-Artesia, 95.2% of respondents believe that secondhand smoke is harmful to people’s health; 80.2% indicated that they would be in favor of a law prohibiting smoking in some units of residential buildings; and 87.7% would prefer to live in a non-smoking section of a building as is done in hotels.

This past summer, awareness efforts were expanded to the city of Artesia and the same public opinion survey is currently being conducted among Artesia residents. Although survey results are not yet available, Wendy Natividad, a Health Policy Liaison with HLH: Cerritos-Artesia, has met a number of residents who have expressed concern about secondhand smoke in the community. One apartment resident is a senior citizen whose asthma has been agitated by his neighbors’ frequent smoking. A local church parishioner, whose daughter presently studies public health, is a non-smoker who shared that she is “glad that there is an organization like [HLH:Cerritos-Artesia] to help people who are having problems with secondhand smoke.” Another apartment resident is concerned about how his neighbors’ heavy smoking is impacting their own children.

How Cerritos and Artesia Residents Can Get Involved

Despite the progress in 2011, there is still much work left to do in protecting apartment and condominium residents from secondhand smoke. For example, SB 332 does not specifically require all landlords to ban smoking; it only says they are allowed to do it. That is why HLH: Cerritos-Artesia continues to foster discussion about how secondhand smoke in the home can be addressed.

As a Cerritos or Artesia resident, you have a variety of ways to address secondhand smoke in the community:

  • Are you or someone you know an apartment or condominium resident affected by secondhand smoke? Come share your story or invite others to share at the next HLH: Cerritos-Artesia meeting, meet others who are also experiencing issues with secondhand smoke, and learn what steps you can take to address it.
  • Schedule an educational presentation for your church, school, or civic organization to learn more about how secondhand smoke particularly impacts residents of multi-unit housing.
  • Artesia residents can contact HLH: Cerritos-Artesia if they wish to respond to the previously mentioned survey with their thoughts on smoking and tobacco use.
  • Volunteer with HLH: Cerritos-Artesia to assist with outreach and increasing awareness at meetings and local events.

To learn more or to get involved, call 562-281-LUNG (5864) and ask for Wendy Natividad or email

You can also connect with HLH: Cerritos-Artesia online. Visit:

Preserving Historic Filipinotown: A Community Celebration

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

People’s CORE will be participating in a special community event this Saturday, Preserving Historic Filipinotown: A Community Celebration. We will have an information table for People’s CORE. Please stop by and learn more about our programs, how you can get involved and volunteer with People’s CORE!

Emergency Fund Relief Drive: SOS to Victims of Typhoon Sendong

Posted by on Dec 18, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Donate to Victims of Thypoon Sendong

People’s CORE is relaunching the Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Drive in response the recent tragedy brought by Typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao, Philippines, when it ravaged through poor communities, mainly in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

The death toll has reached 927, hundreds are missing, and 47,000 are cramped in evacuation centers. Many who were killed were women and children.

People’s CORE will be collecting monetary donations for relief work to be conducted in Cagayan de Oro. Our sister organization in Mindanao, Moro People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment,  a registered non-governmental organization (Securities and Exchange Commission Registration Number: CN201111296), has teamed up with a group of service providers in Cagayan de Oro to provide the most immediate necessities for survival including food and clothing for babies and children.

Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to People’s CORE’s Main Office at 1610 Beverly Blvd., Ste. #2, Los Angeles, CA 90026 by December 31, 2011. Please write “STP Relief Drive Campaign” on the check memo. Office hours are M-F 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. In-kind donations such as used clothing are not encouraged at this time due to the logistical requirements in the cost of shipment and distribution.

This is a nationally-coordinated relief campaign with other non-profit and community-based organizations including Damayan (NY), Ugnayan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (NY/NJ), KmB / Pro-People Youth (CA), Justice for Filipino American Veterans (CA).

For more information about the relief drive please call Christine Araquel at 213-241-0995 or visit our Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas campaign website.


With the tens of thousands of Typhoon Sendong victims affected, there are thousands who have left the evacuation centers on the path to rebuild their lives. Many will come back home to nothing, having to start from scratch. They face the challenge of their inability to avail of additional assistance from the public sector. Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas Emergency Relief campaign is focused on assisting families in Cagayan de Oro on their initial steps to rehabilitation by providing assistance for a household’s basic needs. The campaign has been extended until January 16, 2012. Please help sponsor a family in Barangay Consolacion in Cagayan de Oro. Twenty dollars can help one family secure fundamental necessities such as food, water, housewares, and clothing.

Remembering Mang Peping this December 7th

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

On this seventh day of December, we remember and honor Faustino “Mang Peping” Baclig, the founding Chair of the December 7th Movement (D7M). The D7M organized over 30 Filipino American WWII veterans organizations in the early 1990s with the rallying point to overturn the Rescission Act of 1946, which nullified the services of over 200,000 Filipino American veterans. Of the 66 nations who fought alongside the US in the Second World War, the Philippines was the only nation singled out, stripping Filipinos of their benefits through this legislation. Today, the organization, Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), continues the unfinished work of the D7M bringing together the surviving veterans, widows, community members, youth, students to advocate for equity and recognition of the Filipino WWII veterans.

At JFAV Veterans Day Parade in Historic Filipinotown

Mang Peping passed away earlier this year on February 27at the age of 89 years old. He was born in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines on February 14, 1922. Mang Peping was a survivor of the Bataan Death March, a stalwart leader in the movement of the Filipino American WWII veterans, a resolute organizer for justice in the community, and an internationalist that has served as an inspiration for several generations.


The work of Mang Peping in the community of Southern California has inspired so many because of his indefatigable commitment to serving those in need since his involvement as a volunteer for the East West Community Partnership and a leader (first as Vice Chair and later as Chair) of the Alyansa ng Komunidad (AK, or Community Alliance) since the early 1990s. In 1993, he was a main organizer for the First Southern California Veterans Conference, which for the first time in history brought together hundreds of Filipino American WWII veterans and community leaders to initiate the political struggle of the Filipino American WWII veterans who were denied recognition, justice, and equity after having fought courageously alongside US forces in the Second World War. Shortly thereafter, Mang Peping then became the Founding Chair of the December 7th Movement (D7M).


Joe Navidad, Executive Director, Receives 2011 TCWF Sabbatical Program Award

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments


Joe Receives Award from TCWF President and CEO, Gary L. Yates (Photo by Robert Pacheco)

The Executive Director of People’s CORE, Joe Navidad, was recently honored as an awardee of the 2011 Sabbatical Program of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF).

Joe Navidad is a lifelong community organizer and social worker who began his work in the Philippines. Before coming to the United States, he worked as a rural community organizer and was incarcerated as a political detainee by the Marcos regime. He founded People’s CORE in 1996 and since then People’s CORE has brought together countless community members and volunteers to take action and pursue careers in a similar vein.

(Photo by Robert Pacheco)