Update on Typhoon Yolanda massive relief efforts | November 17, 2013

Philippines, November 17, 2013 - Relief efforts for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged regions continue to pour as the country's best interest now is to provide massive assistance and donations specially for hard hit area of Tacloban City.

Typhoon Yolanda survivors line up for relief
Typhoon Yolanda survivors line up for relief

On the latest update from the Official Gazette, the government consolidates information on how and where to donate, what type of goods to donate, how to volunteer, who to contact or where to look for missing relatives, who to contact to request for relief operations in areas not yet reached by the government and the transparent matrix of international assistance.

Volunteers and personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), personnel of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), civilians, and other government agencies expedite the relief and rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-hit areas.

Among the programs of relief for Tacloban were the distribution of relief goods, medical missions, setting up charging stations for mobile devices, and establishment of temporary shelters for those affected.

AFP helps for massive relief efforts

Medical assistance for Typhoon Yolanda survivors

Where and how to donate for Typhoon Yolanda victims

Cash donations through DSWD:
  • Via Land Bank of the Philippines (Batasan Branch)
           Contact person: Ms. Fe Catalina at +63 918-628-1897
           Peso Current Account No. 3122-1011-84
           US Dollar Savings Account No. 3124-0055-81,swift code TLBPPHMMXXX

In-kind donations may be dropped off at any of the following locations:
  • Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
  • De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila 1004
Contact person: Mr. Charles Kevin Ronda at +63 905-342-7647

Other contact details:
  • International and local donations (DSWD):
  • Usec. Angelita Medel at +63 928-550-0532
  • Asec. Ted Romo at +63 947-996-1785
  • Dir. Resty Macuto at +63 16-428-6557

International donations (DFA):
  • Asec. Gary Domingo at +63 917-866-4297
  • Ms. Rachel Oronce at +63 903-820-7123

What type of goods to donate
  • Food (nonperishable goods, canned goods, ready-to-eat, does not require water to cook)
  • Bottled water
  • Basic medicine (e.g., paracetamol, for dehydration, for diarrhea)
  • Clothes (fresh, comfortable, new underwear)
  • Toiletries
  • Blankets
  • Tents

How to volunteer

Interested volunteers who wish to assist in the repacking of goods in NCR may contact the following numbers (Note: Schedule by group of at least 5 members.)
  • DSWD NROC hotlines: (02)852-8081 / (02)851-2681 / (02)511-1259
  • DSWD hotline: (02)459-2131

Repacking sites are the following:
  • DSWD NROC (National Resource Operations Center), NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City(at the back of CAAP)
  • Cargohaus Ground Floor, Cargohaus Building,NAIA Complex, Barangay VitalezParañaque City 1700
  • Villamor Air Base Pasay City 1309
  • Ninoy Aquino Stadium (formerly Rizal Stadium) M. Adriatico St., cor. Leveriza St., Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila

The Official Gazette compiled ways to look for missing relatives:
  • Google person finder: http://google.org/personfinder/2013-yolanda
  • Philippine National Red Cross: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16aq0AH-OnEE_bM53iL5qInqHPZ28lntEXPs-rS01a88/viewform
  • Official Gazette List of Casualties: http://www.gov.ph/crisis-response/updates-typhoon-yolanda/casualties/

Related: Typhoon Yolanda official death toll climbs to 3,681 | November 17, 2013 Update

In some areas, relief assistance has not yet provided by the government. You may contact the following DSWD hotlines and Twitter account to report concern:
  • DSWD NROC hotlines: (02)851-2681 / (02)852-8081 / (02)511-1259
  • DSWD Twitter account: @dswdserves

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) International Assistance Pours

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also compiled all the international assistance offered for the relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The transparent matrix shows the donor countries, types of assistance offered, channel and financial aid amount. As of  November 16, 2013 (7:30 PM), the total monetary aid reached P8.1 billion. View here the updated internation assistance or donations.

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