Through your generosity and through the generosity of Gawad Kalinga NY, NJ, and Delaware supporters, we have been able to raise USD$100,700.00.

FULLY FUNDED, Target Build to Begin on November 2016

Our village is part of a project that targets to build a total of 72 houses, employing skilled labor and volunteerism and sweat equity among the beneficiaries.  Through your generosity, a row of 20 houses will be built under the umbrella ofNYers for The Philippines.  Two other organizations, The Rotary Club of Manila and United Laboratories, will each build villages surrounding ours, forming a community.

The community will be built in Batad, a municipality that is located on the northern tip of Iloilo Province that is 120 kilometers from the capital, Iloilo City.  Batad is composed of 24 barangays (district or ward), 19 of them being inland while 5 are in the coastal area.  Rehabilitation from Typhoon Haiyan is slow in this municipality.  The site sits in 1 1- hectare land that is 5 kilometers away from the coast and 3 kilometers from the town proper. It is also less than a kilometer from national highway.  The land was donated by JV Robias, a local family living in Batad.  

The beneficiaries are currently poor families living in the coastal areas, displaced fishermen, and those living in the low lands.  In choosing resident beneficiaries, the requirement is that they are the poorest of the poor.  Local Government will provide a list to Gawad Kalinga and they in turn will validate and screen the beneficiaries.  The list of beneficiaries will be finalized once they have completed their sweat equity, this making them more a partner rather than a recipient of charity.

Both The Rotary Club and Unilab have begun construction on their villages.  NYers for The Philippines is next in queue.  The target date for completion for the first two villages is on November, which means that we can start the lay out and begin with the foundation and brick-laying phase at that time


Our next phase is to ensure that the families that we take in are equipped to be economically independent through the GKonomics related livelihood enterprises that are specifically recommended for the particular skill set of the community.  We are recommending that GKonomics lay out projects that is close to our hearts and that is able to make use of the natural resources around them,  Rich in agriculture, we would like to explore food production (eg jams, preserves, candies, etc) with the hopes of being able to develop a product line and sell it in the local market.

So while we await to break ground in November, on behalf of all of us NYers for The Philippines, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support and generosity in helping to provide 20 families with the dignity of a home and wish that you continue to join us in ensuring that they face a bright future.


Jay Poblador


Dear Friends and Supporters...

It has been over a year since many of you had so generously supported the Philippines, after it was struck by Typhoon Haiyan.  Please allow us to re-introduce ourselves.  NYers for the Philippines( ) was formed on November 2013 in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines and left more than 11 million people as victims of this tragedy.  The group comprises a cross section of individuals in New York belonging to the food and beverage, real estate, banking and film industries, all with a purpose of empowering those affected either by natural or economic obstacles by providing housing, sustenance through feeding programs, and workshops aimed at teaching them to be self sufficient by introducing support systems built towards social and economic independence.

We have selected Gawad Kalinga (GK), a reputable Philippine community NGO and 501 (c)(3) founded in 2003, to be our on-the ground partners.  With a distinguished track record of building 2,300 sustainable village-level communities nationwide, GK’s integrated approach that combines grassroots development specialists, community residents and dedicated volunteers in building housing units, establishing community service centers, and identifying and supporting livelihood enterprises is ideally suited to the challenge of sustainable rehabilitation of communities in crisis.

Our premier project came weeks after Typhoon Haiyan hit with “A Night Out for The Philippines:  Building a Village Together”, which with the participation of some of the top chefs and mixologists in New York City, brought together 250 guests who all helped raise $75,000 towards building a village for 20 families in Iloilo, a southern region in the Philippines also devastated by the typhoon.  We are currently partnered with GKonomics, GK’s social entrepreneurship partners, in zeroing in on livelihood enterprises that best fit the community, using the natural resources that surrounds the community.

We followed that up just recently with a viewing party of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather match up just a week ago.  We were able to raise close to $4,000 to lay the groundwork for GKonomics to begin implementing a study to best equip the people of the village in maintaining economic independence and stability.

Other donations were sent throughout the year from individual donors who had heard about our organization via events that we participated in at The Philippine Consulate in New York City.


GK US Social Business Roadshow

We are proud to be a partner with Gawad Kalinga (Official Page) in the book launch of Thomas Grahams "The Genius of The Poor", a film viewing of Shiela Yusay's documentary "Social Artist". New York will be a short pit stop from the GK US Social Business Roadshow. Hear the good news from the Philippines on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 at The Philippine Center (556 5th Ave). We hope to see you there!

GK Social Biz Conf

May 2, 2015 Viewing Party Fundraiser

THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY is less than a month away! We are happy to announce that we are hosting a Fight Night Viewing Party at Felix on West Broadway starting at 11:00pm on May 2nd. Proceeds of the party will be allocated directly to Gawad Kalinga (Official Page) towards our village. Come see this epic fight with us. Limited tickets are available through Eventbrite,… Go Manny, Go Philippines!!!