Quantcast
Latest Stories

INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

They share time, money to lift lives of poor Kapampangan

By

In 1987, a year after People Power I swept her to the presidency, Corazon Aquino inspired 35 people to return to their roots in Pampanga and, since they were successful in their respective careers, share their talents, time and money to help lift the lives of the poor among their cabalen (province mates).

Twenty five years later, the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), left with just 11 founders, continues to help the poor.

“Many individuals and groups have joined us in this journey of volunteerism. And we realized that President Cory’s idea back then is the PPP [private-public partnership] her son, President Aquino, is doing today,” KDF president Benigno Ricafort said in a program celebrating the foundation’s anniversary.

The work has been life-changing.

Ryan Tuazon, 13, is due for enrolment this June in Grade 1 after his cleft palate had been corrected. Rusty Bognot, 18, received an artificial leg, enabling him to work in a guitar factory, while Augusto Ramos, 70, also received an artificial leg so he can continue working by delivering garments.

Jaime Santos, 56, signed up as a KDF volunteer after a cataract operation restored his eyesight.

But it took Margarita Juico’s flashback for the audience to know the beginnings of KDF and the work it has been doing.

“I cannot help but feel nostalgic, even sentimental that when you started KDF in 1987, I was with President Cory as her appointments secretary. I certainly remember KDF. I saw how President Cory was very proud of the Kapampangan who organized themselves to rally behind her to help the Kapampangan region,” said Juico, now chair of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The KDF, she said, organized a big dinner and meeting at the Manila Hotel where more Kapampangan pledged support for its program, then called Rich (Rural Industrialization Can Happen).

“President Cory was your guest. I remember how often KDF sought my help in getting President Cory’s presence in inaugurating KDF projects in Pampanga, Tarlac and San Miguel, Bulacan. I was informed that the livelihood programs that KDF initiated became templates and models for the Mt. Pinatubo resettlement communities that were built later on by the rehabilitation task force,” Juico said.

Model

The KDF, she said, had become a model for the other provinces in harnessing the power of private sector organizations in helping people.

Ricafort considers 2007 a golden year because after being invited by the Ateneo School of Government to meet with four new provincial governors, the KDF decided to focus on addressing physical disabilities and decreasing maternal and child deaths.

Through 50 partners pooling health professionals and resources together, KDF had given artificial legs to 370 people, wheelchairs to 399 people, operations to 547 children, cataract surgery to 760 elderly, and medical examinations and medicines to 2,832 women and children.

It also gave free circumcision to 248 boys, dental care and tooth extraction to 263 people, walkers, crutches and canes to 188 people and mobile laboratory and X-ray services to 170 others in the last four years, a report showed.

Ricafort said he and the founders, who include Br. Andrew Gonzalez, former President Diosdado Macapagal, Rizalino Navarro, Fortunato Aguas and Lamberto Ocampo, were only after the “gantimpala ng langit” (reward from heaven) for why they formed KDF.

“From out of the goodness and the blessings we have received, I think it was natural to be thankful to God and share the blessings,” he said.

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto honored KDF by saying it renders faithful and generous services to the poor.

Among the steady partners are the Rotarians, Lions, Quota International, Operation Smile, Mother Teresa of Calcutta Medical Center, Social Action Center of Pampanga and Arellano University.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


More from this Column:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: kapampangan Development Foundation , Poverty , Regions , Volunteerism


  • Patas

    good!

  • Loggnat

    Uplifting news for a change. Keep up the good work!



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  2. Name names, Lacson told
  3. Santiago: Enrile, Lacson, Reyes plotting massive psywar operation
  4. Slain officer’s ‘diagram’ rocks PNP
  5. Kris Aquino’s ex- close in security named new Air Force chief
  6. Ex-COA chief nabbed for plunder
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  9. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  10. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
Advertisement

News

  • Lacson rejects calls to name ‘pork’ execs
  • Obama due in Seoul as North Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Hold departure order out vs Corona, Singson
  • Malaysia to release MH370 report–PM
  • Man found dead in Quezon City, alleged victim of summary execution–report
  • Sports

  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement