Nonoy Espina Emergency Fund for Media Workers (formerly Tabang Media) is the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines’ (NUJP) program to help journalists and media workers affected by disasters, illnesses and other related circumstances. Established in 2013 during the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, it has been providing members and colleagues with relief through financial and material assistance, as well as psycho-social aid through peer support.
In 2021, the NUJP has renamed Tabang Media program to Nonoy Espina Emergency Fund for Media Workers (Nonoy Fund for short) in honor of its former chairperson who passed away in July 2021. During the wake, Nonoy’s family then decided channel all “abuloy” or donations for his funeral to a health and welfare fund for journalists and media workers.
Nonoy Fund prioritizes NUJP members and colleagues who receive very minimal to no support from their media outlets, such as community journalists, freelancers, and stringers.
Due to the limited nature of the fund, NUJP has set the following amounts for each beneficiary:
- P5,000 for severe cases of illnesses and death
- P3,000 for victims of disasters, other illnesses
To avail of aid from the Nonoy Fund, potential beneficiaries can send the following requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Filled-up and signed application form
- Medical certificate (in cases of illnesses)
- Photos and description of conditions (in cases of disasters)
The NUJP national secretariat will vet applications through its local chapters, which can also recommend or endorse beneficiaries.
For questions or concerns about the Nonoy Fund, you may contact the NUJP national secretariat at email@example.com or +639175155991.
- Account Name: National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
- Account Number: 229-7-229-50757-1
- Name: Jhoanna Ballaran
- Number: 09617626684