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eBalita is a trusted Filipino community resource. It utilizes the power the Internet and other media to bring together and enrich the lives of Filipinos overseas, through services that inform, inspire and entertain. Reaching over 29,000 subscribers daily, eBalita is slowly but surely becoming a significant contributor to Philippine causes.

eBalita came out of a need. I observed that Filipinos who have been away from the Philippines had a tendency to lose touch with what is going on back home. The longer they have been away, the greater the risk of them growing indifferent about issues that are important to Filipinos. I thought bringing them the latest news would help bridge the gap. I started emailing the latest news from the Philippines to a handful of friends and relatives. Through word of mouth and the power of the internet, it caught on. eBalita's subscribers include Filipinos from every corner of the world!

The enormous success of eBalita, inspired the idea for eBalita.net. A portal for Filipinos, by Filipinos. eBalita.net aims to be a bridge that spans continents to bring together Filipinos and the very best Filipinos have to offer.

May 02, 2014, 01:53:57 PM by eBalita | Views: 543 | Comments: 0

LOS ANGELES (April 2014) Pilipino Workers Center has joined a collaborative of organizations to educate, assist and advocate for low-income and non- or limited-English speakers with issues regarding their telephone.  The Team program is a program funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and addresses issues such as Unauthorized Third party, unfair disconnection, high bills, poor signal, misleading ads and rude customer service.  PWC informs the community through educational workshops on slamming, cramming, prepaid- cards, understanding your bill and much more. PWC recommends customers to review their phone bills in order to understand their service and call the customer service number in case they don’t understand something and ask for an explanation. In case the customer service representative cannot solve the problem, PWC can help resolve the problem. PWC is able to provide in-language services to Tagalog speakers and Spanish speakers, and no one in need of assistance will be turned away.

"This program is important for our community because sometimes the practices of the phone companies results in our community members paying more than they should or need to.  This takes money out of their pockets that could go to their children's tuition, food, rent or other necessities," explains Executive Director of PWC, Aquilina Soriano Versoza.

PWC has seen various cases already of individuals that were paying more than they should.  One client signed up for a new cellphone and when she got the bill, the charges were completely different than she understood them to be. She had been signed up for different services and programs that she had never agreed to.  Through the TEAM program, PWC was able to help her resolve her case so that she wouldn't have to pay more than she had agreed to. Many times it is difficult for immigrants, especially non-English or limited English to navigate the customer service of a company to resolve their problems. Sometimes it is difficult to even recognize the extra charges. And this is why it is important for an organization to be available to help these individuals and families.

For more information or assistance, community members can contact Pilipino Workers Center at (213) 250-4353 or online at www.pwcsc.org. PWC is located in Historic Filipinotown at 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
April 30, 2014, 07:01:39 PM by eBalita | Views: 545 | Comments: 0

Los Angeles, CA –More than 5 months after Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to ever hit landfall, the Filipino American community and other concerned Americans are continuing to remind Washington and the public that the Haiyan crisis in the Philippines is not over. Individuals and organizations will travel from around the United States to urge the granting of Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines as another form of aid that the US can provide to the Philippines. Relief 2 Recovery urges the US to continue all forms of humanitarian aid to the Philippines, including the granting of TPS.

“In the municipality of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island, 60% of the families needed new homes after the typhoon, and 30% of families had homes that were partially damaged. I just returned last week from there and in the few areas nearest to tourist locations, only about 15-20% have received or were receiving funds to repair or replace their homes. But in most of the areas on the island, there is very little aid and I estimate that number drops to 5-10%.  This means most of those affected are still without new homes,” explained Lisa Shultz, founder of the Peace Project.

Relief 2 Recovery; TPS for Filipinos is a national, public campaign led by domestic workers, legal advocates, grassroots community organizations, faith leaders and others to urge the Obama Administration and the US Department of Homeland Security to take swift action to grant Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines as a part of the effort to aid the families suffering from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
November 25, 2013, 01:05:44 PM by eBalita | Views: 2168 | Comments: 0

I am going to the Philippines early in December. As has been my tradition, I raise funds for the indigent children in the charity wards of the Philippine General Hospital. Help me spread cheer and make a sick child smile by donating money so I can buy them toys. You can use your credit cards on Paypal @ editor@eBalita.net. 100% of the donation goes towards the kids. Also, PGH is a charity hospital, but the patients usually have to provide for their own medicine. The pediatric patients are always in need of anti-pyretic meds. If you know of people who can donate those, I will coordinate with the hospital. #Toys4Tots
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