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03/01/2013: Bay Area Organization Raises Over $80,000 for Victims of Typhoon Pablo

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco lauded the efforts of the One World Institute, which reported last week that it had raised over $80,000 in cash donations for families and areas devastated by the effects of Typhoon Pablo.

One World Institute (OWI), a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, informed the Consulate that it had raised almost $11,000 in cash donations from individuals and organizations in the United States, and over PhP 3,000,000 in corporate donations from the Philippines. They also reported that they had received in-kind donations of drinking water and vehicles, which were used to transport relief goods to affected communities in the Philippines.

Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., expressed appreciation for OWI’s relief efforts, and thanked them for their active concern for disadvantaged families and communities in the Philippines.

“Tom and Yolanda Sterns are an example of people who not only ‘talk the talk, but walk the walk’,” the Consul General said. “On behalf of the Consulate, and Filipinos here in the Bay Area who may have had loved ones affected by Typhoon Pablo, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for their hard work and continued involvement in the Philippines.”

OWI is administered by its chairperson Dr. Tom Sterns, and his wife, Dr. Yolanda Sterns, who serves as the organization’s president. The Sterns, through OWI, have been involved in charitable efforts directed toward underprivileged communities in the Philippines since 2005. To date, OWI has mobilized over $50 million in donations, which it has channeled toward providing free wheelchairs and organizing free educational programs for communities in need.

Cash and in-kind donations to victims of Typhoon Pablo have been distributed to affectedbarangay in Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental.