27/12/2011: Updated Advisory on Relief Efforts for Typhoon Sendong Victims
Updated Advisory on Relief Efforts for Victims of Typhoon Sendong
The Philippine Consulate General wishes to thank the Guam community for the generous donations and assistance that many Guam residents have extended for the victims of Typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) in most areas in Mindanao, particularly in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro City.
Donations, in cash and in kind, have continued to pour in through various channels and drop-off sites, such as the Consulate General's office, National Office Supply branches, Seaside Fishmart in Manhattan Plaza Building and the successful fund drive conducted yesterday, 26 December 2011, at the National Office Supply in Harmon.
The extensive devastation brought about by Typhoon Sendong has left hundreds of thousands homeless and are now being assisted by the Philippine Government in various evacuation centers and temporary shelters. The death toll has already risen to 1,453 (as of 27 December, 6:00 am, Philippine time), while over a thousand (subject to verification) are still missing.
The Consulate General, thus, continues to appeal to the public for assistance and donations that can help those most severely affected by this calamity.
According to the most recent advisory received by the Consulate General from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila, the following are priority items needed in the typhoon-devastated areas:
- WASH: water, soap, hygiene kits, latrines
- Non-Food items: cooking utensils, sleeping kits/mattresses, blankets, jerry cans, mosquito nets, flashlight batteries, underwear for children, men and women, and other items of clothing
- temporary shelters, such as tents
- Ready to eat food (with appropriate nutritional content), i.e., canned goods, noodles, bread, etc.
- medicines, medical supplies and medical assistance
The Consulate General also wishes to announce that the DFA advisory also mentioned that donation of used clothing has now been allowed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as an exception to the General Guidelines on Acceptance of Foreign Donations (Administrative Order No. 06, Series of 2010). The NDRRMC however stresses that said goods, when shipped, should be consigned to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Due to the urgency of the need to provide relief in the affected areas, the Consulate General highly encourages those still interested to donate to make monetary donations instead. Cash or check donations may be dropped off at the Consulate General's office at the 6th Floor of the ITC Building in Tamuning. Check donations should be made payable to the NDRRMC or the DSWD. All monetary donations collected by the Consulate General will be deposited to the account of the beneficiary agency (NDRRMC or DSWD). The first remittance will be sent by the Consulate General on or about 29 December 2011.
Monetary donations may also be coursed through the Filipino Community of Guam, which is also campaigning to raise funds for those affected by Typhoon Sendong.
For those who wish to send monetary donations directly to the NDRRMC or DSWD, the Consulate General wishes to reiterate that they may do so by depositing their donations to the following accounts:
National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council
Bank name – Development Bank of the Philippines (Camp Aguinaldo Branch)
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