Bantay Bata Caravans Through California

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The ABS CBN Foundation International’s flagship program and its director, journalist Tina Monzon-Palma, visit with the Filipino American community

“Employees of Pacific Health Corporation at Bellflower Medical join Tina Monzon-Palma.”

The plight of children is one that speaks to every family because as Hannah so poignantly stated, ‘no Filipino child should die of hunger.

The ABS CBN Foundation International’s flagship program, Bantay Bata (Child Watch), caravanned through California with stops at Redwood City, Vallejo, Los Angeles and two Southern California hospitals. The caravan was led by its executive director - journalist and philanthropist, Tina Monzon-Palma, who met with Filipino American organizations around the state and lead donors to the nonprofit.

ABS CBN Foundation International President, Robbie Fabian, hosted the kick off at the TFC Studios in Redwood City. “Bantay Bata has attracted all sorts of donors from all over the country, like one of our lead donors, 12-year old Hannah, of Virginia,” shares Fabian. “The plight of children is one that speaks to every family because as Hannah so poignantly stated, ‘no Filipino child should die of hunger.’”

The Filipino American communities in Vallejo, Los Angeles and Southern California hospital also hosted the nonprofit, bringing celebrity supporters Becca Godinez, Bernardo Bernardo and Martin Nievera.

“Pacific Health Corporation supports Bantay Bata because 60% of our employees in all four hospitals and two psychiatric campuses are Filipino American,” says Errol Santos, Director for Community Outreach of Pacific Health Corporation. “Our President and CEO, Mr. George Hopf and our CRO and CFO, Mr. Michael White take what’s in the hearts of our employees, as part of the vision of the business. Bantay Bata will be their first community building involvement and we hope the greater corporate community and their employers will follow our platform of community partnership.”

Bantay Bata continues to be the biggest advocate for poor children and their families in the Philippines. In 2010, national hotline, Bantay Bata 163, received an average of 43 rescue calls a day. Approximately 6,000 children needed emergency medical attention, rescue or immediate home visit. The program also provided scholarships, family counseling and therapy, including legal intervention to about 328 families in crisis.

Over the years, child abuse prevention campaigns, seminars and trainings have proven to reduce the incidence of child physical abuse. These workshops on child and family welfare and laws have increased community advocacy for poor children and their families and have been brought to many cities, including Cebu, Mandaue, Pangasinan, Manila, Camarines Norte and Leyte.

“Filipino Americans are great examples of our best quality as a people: our generosity and compassion for our neighbor. Bantay Bata is proud to see, first hand, what this kind of love looks like all over the world,” says Fabian.

To learn more about Bantay Bata and other programs of the ABS CBN Foundation International, visit

ABS CBN Foundation International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Filipino children and their families in the Philippines and around the world. Its flagship program, Bantay Bata (Child Watch), is a child abuse rescue operation that responds to an average of 15,300 calls for assistance a year. The program assists more than 21,000 children and families in relocation communities and feeds at least 4,400 severely malnourished children a year. Its education program serves 4.2 million elementary school children and their teachers.

In the United States, the organization partners with Filipino-American organizations and associations in addressing community issues--youth truancy, housing, issues affecting the elderly, health, and emergency needs. For more programs and information, visit


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