Monday, December 19, 2011

One for ILIGAN & Help CDO!

Hello everyone.

I bet you have heard about how Tropical Storm Sendong (International Name "Washi") destroyed my hometown, Iligan City with all the news on TV and online. It's quite a shock for us Iliganons to experience such tragedy since it's the first time in history for a storm to pass by our city. My people did not expect that the strong winds and heavy rains brought by Sendong could result to swollen rivers and flash floods. It was because Mindanao was nowhere near the typhoon belt. Many died, including helpless babies. It's just heartbreaking. (Separate blog post on the Sendong's blowoff in Iligan here.)

Neighborhood Cagayan de Oro City also suffered from Sendong's wrath. As I write this post, death toll is already at 823, 600 more are still missing, and 22000 families are displaced. This disheartening event has about twice the statistics during Typhoon Ondoy (International Name "Ketsana") which happened last September 2009.

Update (12/20): Dead bodies found rose to 957 making Sendong the world's deadliest storm for 2011. Brazil lost 902 lives during a storm last January.

So now, I am asking you, my dear readers, to help our fellowmen stand up again. Let's us share the true meaning of Christmas by giving.

Below are some clickable photos and information of the status of Iligan & CDO and details on where you can donate (in cash and in kind.)
One for Iligan. Click photo for more info.
Help CDO. Click photo for more info.
Smart Money
Donors to Typhoon Sendong may help through Smart Money acct. no. 5577-5130-6822-1104 at any BDO, Hapinoy or Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.

Smart subscribers may donate to Sendong victims via text. Send RED <amount> to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100.

For GCASH, donate through Red Cross by texting DONATE <amount> MPIN REDCROSS and send to 2882.

Text RED <amount> and send it to 2899. You may donate in these denominations: 5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000.
LBC Express is now accepting donations for typhoon Sendong victims. You may drop off your donations in any LBC Express branch. To All Pinoys in Singapore you can drop your donations at LBC AirCargo #04-077 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Rd. 
Please be advised that as of today, Dec. 20, all LBC branches in the US & Canada will start serving as drop-off centers for your donations to victims of typhoon #Sendong.

Gawad Kalinga  Operation Walang Iwanan. Click photo for more info.
Donations can be sent to: National Resource Operations Center (NROC) 852-8081(24 hours),Chapel Road, Pasay City (back of Air Transportation Office).

Donations can also be brought at all DSWD Field Offices. For DSWD NCR: San Rafael St., Legarda, Manila

Those living near the South: DSWD FO IV-A:Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770 Tel. No: (02) 807-4140Fax No: (02) 807-1518.
Online Donations
Click photo for more info.

 Please send in-kind local donations to Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters in Manila. We could also arrange for donation pick-up.

1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PRC.
2. A letter of acceptance from PRC shall be sent back to the donor.
3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 1018, Philippines.

The PNRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods. Though we appreciate your generosity, PRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around

Through Cebuana Lhuillier
We can now accept donations in any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide.
For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

Bank Accounts for Donations (see below)
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482
Swift Code:  BNORPHMM

Peso: 4991-0036-52
Dollar: 004994-0103-15
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
Swift Code: UNPHPHMM

"Give everything you have, and after you have given, give what's left. After you give what's left, give what remains. After giving that, give the feeling of having given. After giving the feeling of having given, give what you get for having given. Then give again, never stopping, always giving. And should it come to pass that you forget, forgive yourself immediately. Then begin again, giving everything you have, and after you have given, give what's left." -Author unknown

Praying for a meaningful Christmas for all of us.

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