“19 Pesos for 19 Families” – A Donation Drive by HAPI Bacolod

Posted by Shane | Posted on June 29, 2021

By Glemir Sordilla
HAPI Bacolod / HAPI Scholar

On the warm, bright day of June 18, 2021, the City of Bacolod was once again shocked by news of a fire incident that broke out in one of its barangays. Brgy. Bata, Purok Riverside Zone 2 is one of the city’s most heavily populated communities, an area where houses are made of light materials, built close to one another, and where residents are used to storing flammable things for their everyday use. This resulted in their homes easily succumbing to and their other numerous being devoured by the fire.

Thankfully, rescue and aid were swift to arrive at the scene but efforts were still met with difficulty due to narrow pathways and a non-existent water pipeline that would help them put out the blazing hurl of the fire.

“Fire out” was announced after a couple of minutes and 19 houses completely turned into piles of ash and dust. Fortunately, nobody was injured but immediate help was needed by the victims. That’s when the HAPI-Bacolod took initiative.

Since it was an urgent matter, HAPI-Bacolod released a pubmat on its Facebook page with information on how to donate to the affected families. The donation drive, called “19 Pesos for 19 Families,” highlights the dire needs of the 19 families and accentuates the idea that collective effort by generous Bacolodnons will give hope to the fire victims. 

Rigorous sharing of the donation drive through personal messages, Facebook timelines, Twitter feeds, and more platforms resulted in HAPI Bacolod collecting 7,248 pesos. This amount was used to buy necessary home and kitchen wares that the families said they badly need. These include essential things such as spoons, forks, basins, pitchers, plates, cups, and bowls. 

Hygiene and Contraceptive (HYCON) also reached out to HAPI-Bacolod in order to donate sanitary napkins, condoms, lubes, medicines, face masks, face shields, and alcohols. These kits were divided equally among the families.

“19 Pesos For 19 Families” would not be a successful donation drive without the people working behind the scenes and adjusting to the urgency of this matter – most especially to all of the people who donated and put their unwavering trust in HAPI-Bacolod. May this event spark hope to those in Brgy. Bata in rebuilding not just their houses but also their dreams.

Other good reads...

The 2019 Humanists International General Assembly

  June 4, 2019 Reykjavik, Iceland A gathering of humanist organizations all over the world and headed by the Humanists International with world conference host Siðmennt, or the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, the event was held at the Askja, University of Iceland. The world congress was a three-day spectacle which started Friday, May 31 with […]

HAPI Bacolod: 2021 Project Planning

hapi bacolod

HAPI Bacolod: 2021 Project Planning by Eldemar Sabete Bacolod City   Humanist Alliance Philippines International Junior Bacolod (HAPI Jr. Bacolod) successfully conducted their 2021 Project Planning done last January 9, 2021, at Kapetalismo, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City. Project Planning is an annual event of the HAPI wing with the purpose of collecting ideas, maintaining events, […]

Statement of Condemnation

STATEMENT OF CONDEMNATION (19 August 2017) Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) shall always be firmly on the side of human rights, due process, justice, and protecting the citizenry from gross abuse of power perpetuated by those in the position to do so. In the past weeks we have seen an alarming increase of state-perpetuated human rights […]

COVID-19 Mythbusters

Alvin John Ballares July 2020 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Corona Virus, beyond dispute, has changed our lives. This virus has shut down the world, cancelled our vacations, made us pack more pounds, caused depression, and in other ways we never expected. Right, what a bummer! What exacerbates this pandemic is the proliferation of wrong information that […]

A Life Well-Lived: HAPI Founder Retires

In a culture dominated by religiosity, overt superstition, and fake news, it takes a truly ballsy person to fight against the noise. While pushing for secularism is by no means a competition, Marissa Torres Langseth, HAPI Founder and Chairperson Emeritus, was the first to openly advocate for a more secular Philippines in the public stage. […]

HAPI-Zambales Featured in Local TV Station

By Van Catayong HAPI-Zambales Lead Convenor “Kapag meron kang choice, piliin ang maging mabuti.” – Garry Rabang We are proud to inform everyone that HAPI-Zambales’ efforts these past few months have been noticed by the local media! Last May 11, our baking workshop was featured on Morning Balitaktakan, a morning talk show by RNG-Luzon (formerly […]

“Share Life, Give Blood”

On June 15, 2016, a blood donation event will be held at the Community Colleges of the Philippines Foundation campus at Cabanatuan city. It is a joint project between the Nueva Ecija Red Cross and Humanist Alliance Philippines, International Nueva Ecija chapter. By Christopher Michael Barredo, HAPI – EIC and Asst. PRO Information provided by […]

Posted in

About The Author

Glemir Sordilla

Glemir Sordilla is a HAPIsko!

Scroll to Top