Typhoon "Ondoy" (International name "Ketsana") brought non-stop rain and devastated more than 300, 000 families, killing more than 240, and inundated the entire metropolis, forcing people to seek what refuge their rooftops may temporarily bring from the murky waters that rapidly rose several feet and drenched their homes. Electricity was cut off. Rich and poor alike were leveled by the flood.
If you're familiar with Hurricane Katrina in the States, this is far, far worse.
This catastrophe made news around the world, including this free Chicago paper "RedEye," which truly made Miss Iggy teary-eyed and beyond shocked.
One of the Miss Iggy sisters in the Philippines, Gingmaganda, was among the unfortunate ones as her hometown of Cainta, Rizal was listed as one of the "hardest hit" areas by this calamity. It is a relief to know that she's okay, but what horror she had to go through as she had to salvage household appliances from the rising floodwaters.
Fortuitous Faery's family in Pasig City was also devastated, with a cousin who lived alone in a two-story house stranded on the second floor as the first level was severely flooded, with his refrigerator floating in the water "like a white coffin" as he described.
Home insurance isn't something commonplace in the Philippines, unfortunately, so these people will have to reclaim their houses from the mud, permanently scarred by the water damage that the typhoon brought. Many families have been evacuated and our now relying on the help of volunteers providing them with free food and medical support.
Our country needs a "flood of support" from all generous souls out there. The Philippine Consulate General of New York has an official press release informing us where to donate, both in the Philippines and the US. Some US donations will be considered tax-deductible, please note below:
US-based Filipino Community Organization efforts
Filipino Community in the Northeast Region
“Project Handang Tumulong”, a joint venture adopted by various Filipino community organizations to build a “Ready Disaster Relief Fund” that can respond instantly in the event of a natural calamity. Victims of Typhoon Ondoy, which will be the first beneficiary of the Project.
To donate by check: address checks payable to “Handang Tumulong Fund” (with “Typhoon Ondoy” on the memo line), and send to Mr. Steve Parrado, Filipino American Association of Fair Lawn, Inc. (501-c3 status; Tax ID No. 223-353-102), PO Box No. 1362 Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.
To participate in fundraising events: join “Lakad Tulong”, a 3-mile walk-a-thon starting at Jersey City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, 07302, on 11 October 2009, Sunday. Registration starts at 8:00 AM, followed by the start of the walk at 9:00 AM. Proceeds will go to the Project Handang Tumulong fund. For more information please contact Nelsie Parrado (212-794-7321) Ledy Almadin (201-755-3084) or Lita Pena (201-432-2144).
*donations will be US tax deductible
Filipino young professionals groups spearheaded by the Philippine-New York Jaycees
To raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy, the Philippine-New York Jaycees and other Filipino young professionals groups have banded together to organize the following events:
· Happy Hour fundraiser
· Benefit Concert / Silent Auction
Details on the venue, time, and beneficiaries will be posted here as soon as information is available. Those who wish to volunteer may contact Ted Martinez at 571-277-1691 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ateneo Alumni Northeast, Inc. (AANI) in New York
The official Ateneo alumni group in the U.S. Tri-State Region is holding a fundraiser for the victims of tropical storm Ondoy in the Philippines. All donations will go to Ateneo Task Force Ondoy, the relief efforts at the Ateneo de Manila University, which is now an open shelter for evacuees. Your help is urgently needed.
To make a secure online donation using your credit card, visit:
DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association (http://ugnayan.blogspot.com/)
Send cash or check donations: to DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association, 406 West 40th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018. Donations more than $75 is tax deductible.
Donated materials (clothing, shoes, canned goods, etc) can be dropped off on Saturday, October 3 from 11 am until 7 pm at Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, 53-22 Roosevelt Avenue, 2nd floor, Woodside, Queens (between 53rd and 54th streets). After October 3, materials can be dropped off at the DAMAYAN Office, 406 West 40th Street, New York, NY, 10018). Contact: Leah Obias, Chevy Evangelista 212.564.6057
*100% of the cash and material donations will be directed towards victims of typhoon Ondoy.
NAFCON (Nat’l Alliance for Filipino Concerns) / SANDIWA Nat’l Alliance of Fil-Am Youth
Now receiving relief donations (clothes, blankets, medical supplies, monetary). For general questions please call Anne Beryl (516)9011832. Official Webpage: www.bayanihan4ondoy.wordpress. com
NY drop-off @ BAYANIHAN Filipino Community Center, 40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377. Open Hours: Monday –Friday 11 AM – 8 PM and Saturday & Sunday 12-6 PM. Please Contact; Yancy Mark (347)8670330 or Jonna (646)5787390 or email email@example.com if you would like to help.
Stony Brook University, please contact Jun Rose (646)7503489.
BKPNewYork are also specifically collecting children’s books to the Philippines: Please contact Frederick (646)6417183 or email Frederick@bkpny.org
For donations in New Jersey please contact: (201)621-3156-Yves Nibungco or (917)476-7855-Nick Cordero
Sinugba Cafe: 561 Westside Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07304
"Pulong Bayan" or a community /public meeting at Sinugba Café, Oct.1, Thursday at 7pm
*donations received by Migrante International, coordinated w/ CDRC (Citizen's Disaster Response Center)
The Philippine Consulate General New York will provide information on fundraising and other assistance projects being organized by the Filipino community organizations in the Northeast USA for victims of Typhoon Ondoy as details become available. Updates will be posted on our website. Organizations that wish to have their schedule of activities included on this list may contact Vice Consul Elena Maningat at 212-764-1330 ext 312 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The list of aid-recipients in the Philippines for all projects proposed for inclusion in the list will be requested.
Other ways to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy:
Philippine Government Relief Agencies
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC)
NDCC Donated Funds
Current Account (Philippine peso) #0-00149-435-3
Swift Code: DBPHPHMM Account #36002016
Development Bank of the Philippines
Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Branch
Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Imee Rose Castillo / Rey Martija - (632-9312101 local 506-507 or 63-9517119)
DSWD Foreign Donation
Account No. 3124-0055-81
ZIP Address: TLBPPHMMXXX
LBP Batasan Branch
Constitution Hills, Quezon City
PHILIPPINE-based non-government organizations
Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)- http://www.redcross.org.ph/
ABS-CBN Foundation – you may send funds directly to
Acct Name: ABC-CBN Foundation Inc.
Bank: BANCO DE ORO
Peso Account Number: 55630060113
Branch: BDO Mother Ignacia, Quezon City
Ayala Foundation USA
Check donations may be sent to Ayala Foundation USA (put "flood victims" on the memo portion of your check) and mail to:
Ayala Foundation USA is coordinating with Ayala Foundation, Inc and other groups conducting major relief efforts. Donations will be brought to areas where the need is greatest and areas that have not yet been reached by groups doing disaster relief mobilization.
Gawad Kalinga (through ANCOP USA)
To donate directly to GK Typhoon Relief Fund, go to : http://www.ancopusa.org/
Donation will be processed via PayPal and is subject to a PayPal transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. The amount of your donation is tax-deductible. ANCOP Foundation (USA), Inc. is a registered, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit w/ tax ID 68-0463495
GMA KAPUSO Foundation– you may send funds directly to
Acct Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Peso Account Number: 3-098-51034-7
Dollar Account Number: 2-098-00244-2
Type of Account: Savings
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI-New York)
Remittance fee waived for donations credit to BPI Foundation account # CA0011-1530-89.
BPI Foundation is working closely with the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR)
Philippine National Bank (PNB)
Remittance fee waived for donations to GMA Kapuso Foundation
Western Union USA
50%-off on remittance fees for ALL transactions from the US to the Philippines on the following Wednesdays: September 30, October 7 and October 14
Western Union has already donated $50,000.00 to the Philippine National Red Cross