19/12/2011: Relief Efforts for Victims of Typhoon Sendong
20 December 2011
Relief Efforts for Victims of Typhoon Sendong
The Philippine Consulate General urges Filipinos on Guam to help our countrymen in areas severely affected by Typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi).
According to the latest situation report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 20 December 2011, 6:00 am, Philippine Time, the number of deaths caused by the typhoon have risen to 957 and those injured already total 1,582, while there are still 49 people missing.
A total of 9,743 families or 42,733 individuals are being assisted in 62 evacuation centers, while 41,340 families or 241,877 individuals are being helped outside these evacuation centers.
Areas hardest hit by the flash floods include 29 barangays in Cagayan de Oro City and 24 barangays in Iligan City, both located in Northern Mindanao.
Rescue and relief efforts are being led by the NDRRMC and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The Armed Forces of the Philippines has also dispatched personnel and equipment to the affected areas.
Non-government organizations such as the Philippine National Red Cross (www.redcross.org.ph), the ABS-CBN Foundation (www.abs-cbnfoundation.com) and the GMA Kapuso Foundation (www.kapusofoundation.com) are also assisting in the efforts to help families who have lost their loved ones and their homes. Those interested to course their donations through these institutions may visit the mentioned websites for details on where and how to send the donations.
The Consulate General is working with the Filipino Community of Guam to pool together donations, in cash or in kind, which the public may wish to send for the victims of this calamity. Designated donation drop-off centers include the Consulate General's office at the 6th Floor of the ITC Building in Tamuning, National Office Supply branches in Harmon and Tamuning, and Seaside Fishmart located at the Manhattan Building in Harmon.
Donations in kind may include non-perishable food items, blankets, beddings, towels, and medicines. Used clothing, however, will not be accepted.
Those who wish to send monetary donations directly to the NDRRMC and the DSWD may do so by depositing their donations to the following accounts:
National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council
Bank name – Development Bank of the Philippines
Account name – NDRRMC Donated Funds
Account number – 0435-021927-130
Swift code – DBPHPMM (account no. 36002016)
Focal person – Ms. Rufina Pascual (Collecting Officer, Office of Civil Defense)
Tel. no. – (+632) 421-1920
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Bank name – Land Bank of the Philippines (Batasan, Quezon City branch)
Account number – 3124-0055-81
Focal person – Ms. Fe Catalina Ea (Cash Division)
Tel. no. – (+632) 931-8101 loc. 226, cel. no. (+63918) 628-1897.
For more information regarding sending donations for the victims of Typhoon Sendong, please call the Consulate General at 646-4620/30.END