Coordination of PH relief from U.S. gets nod from int’l humanitarian networks
WASHINGTON D.C. — The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is piloting a program to more efficiently coordinate disaster relief to the Philippines from the Filipino community In the United States.
FilAm Alerts, a program to streamline and efficiently coordinate resources and relief programs for the benefit of the Philippines, was unveiled at the annual Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) in Geneva, Switzerland, last May together with the Framework for Diaspora Engagement in Humanitarian Assistance, launched by NaFFAA’s parent partner, the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
FilAm Alerts was nominated for IOM’s Global Innovation Awards iby the international humanitarian community, including delegates from Ukraine and other participating countries.
NaFFAA’s President and National Chair Brendan Flores and FilAm Alerts Program Director Katrina Hernandez were among the humanitarian delegates and presenters at this year’s HNPW.
“With the support of IOM, we’ve targeted specific challenges in providing humanitarian relief to the Philippines,” Flores said. “We were able to set up a sustainable and strategic plan for immediate response and recovery.”
NaFFAA is inviting all Filipino American organizations to communicate on a single platform so that relief efforts can be most efficient and effective in answering the needs of affected communities.
Supported by the IOM both in the United States and the Philippines, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in the United States, and with funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, FilAm Alerts aims to reach all Filipinos in the United States.
Community leaders who wish to be a part of the global may contact NaFFAA Special Projects Program Director Katrina Juco-Hernandez.