It has been exactly a week.
Like the rest of the Philippines, I’m speechless and heartbroken at what happened last Friday (Nov 8, 2013).
It felt wrong for me to post on my own blog/social media as if nothing happened. So I kept silent for a few days.
With God’s grace, Manila is spared. Life goes on as usual. But I believe we should be actively doing our part to bring relief and comfort to those who are in need right now. Kei went to volunteer yesterday in DSWD-NROC National Resource Operations Center (Chapel Road, NAIA, Pasay City) to help pack relief goods for the typhoon victims. For now, I have already sorted out my clothes to donate and hopefully, after work tomorrow I can volunteer too.
Here are the details if you want to help/volunteer for DSWD:
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Location: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP)
DSWD accepts cash deposits through their Landbank of the Philippines account
The account numbers: Current-3122-1011-84 Savings-3124-0055-81
If you wish to volunteer in repacking relief goods you may call 852-8081, 851-2681 & 0918-930-2356 for schedule.Interested volunteers may go to the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (beside Airport Police Department & back of Air Transportation Office). The Center is open 24-hours and volunteers may repack on shift. As per Kei’s experience in volunteering for DSWD here are a some reminders from him: 1. You must register first, log in before you help and log out when you are done. -Age requirement of Volunteers – youngest age is 15, no max age. 2. This is harder than it looks – honestly when you see people repacking on the television it seems like a breeze, in reality it’s a lot of work, planning and coordination, you also have to jive well with people who you do not know. *Come in with “work appropriate” outfits- T-shirts and pants. Come in only with necessities – no need to bring your DSLR, di dito photoshoot…unless you are willing to risk your gadget getting lost. 3. There are people in the government who aren’t douchebags – although they are a rare breed, I’m glad that in my lifetime I’ve met people with actual hearts for the work they are doing. 4. There will always be douchebags in this country – there were people being caught, stealing relief goods…and stealing from volunteers, MAKE SURE YOU DONT BRING EXPENSIVE STUFF AND DONT PUT ON ACCESSORIES WHEN VOLUNTEERING. 5. Don’t go Volunteer just to get selfies – There were people who got kicked out for not helping and just taking selfies. 6. Bring H2O and your own water bottle – DSWD provides water and a drinking station, it’s going to be hot and sweaty in the warehouse, make sure you have your own waterbottle. 7. Be Organized – Come in with a buddy and don’t separate, it’s going to be easier if you come in organized, with a group, make sure you have a leader. 8. You can do amazing things if you put your heart into it – I just lugged around 8 sacks of rice on my own…until this minute, I still can’t believe I did it, although my back hurts right now. Here are the details if you want to donate for Red Cross:
The Philippine Red Cross Manila Chapter: Gen. Luna cor. Victoria St., Intramuros, ManilaTelefax: 527-2161, 527-3595, 527-3594Mobile: 0917-806-8535E-mail: email@example.com
*You may donate through SMS by texting RED and send it to 2899 for Globe and 4143 for Smart. You can donate the following denominations: Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 and for Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
For cash deposits:
Banco De Oro
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
Swift code: UBPHPHMM
For in-kind donation you may send it to Philippine Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila. You may also contact them to arrange donation pick-up.
*what to donate? -Money, Medicine, Blanket, Clothing, Food & water, Soap, Diapers, Napkins, Infant formula, Coffee..etc.
And if you can spare some for the animals that need to be saved too.
For those who wish to donate to PAWS– Philippine Animal Welfare Society:
Location: Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights Quezon City, Philippines
Office Hours: 10am-5pm, Mondays to Saturdays except holidays
Contact tel. # 475-1688 (office hours only)
BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
USD Account No. 3944-0021-61
PHP Account No. 3943-0086-11
Swift no. BOPIPHMM
Philippine National Bank
Swift no. PNBM PHMM
PHP Account 37-826-380001-2
(old number 072-830174-0)
Banco de Oro Unibank (BDO)
PHP Account No. 6250058159
Account Name for all bank accounts: Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
and email us – firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of the validated deposit slip with a note “for disaster-relief -Typhoon Yolanda victims”.
For credit card or Paypal donations:
Not from the Philippines? You may send your Help/Donations to:
- Philippine Red Cross– USHARE.REDCROSS.ORG.PH
- World Food Programme– HTTPS://WWW.WFP.ORG/DONATE/TYPHOON-PHILIPPINES-A • 1-202-747-0722 (United States) • or +39-06-65131 (outside US)
- World Vision– HTTP://WWW.WORLDVISION.ORG/ • 1-888-511-6443 (US)
- Unicef– HTTP://WWW.UNICEFUSA.ORG/ • HTTP://DONATE.UNICEF.PH/CAMPAIGN/24/TYPHOON-YOLANDA-EMERGENCY-APPEAL • 1-800-367-5437 (US)
-My thoughts and prayers are with all of those families and friends who lost someone that they loved.-
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. -Psalm 62:8