Posts Tagged ‘Pepeng’

Are relief goods from abroad gathering dust in DSWD warehouse?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

@mmeyma on Twitter brought to my attention a terribly disturbing news. blogged about how the relief goods being coursed through DSWD are just stuck in the warehouse. If what Ella said is true, the victims still haven’t received the donations from abroad. I’m trying my best to get the news verified but is now down and I think it’s important to spread this information as soon as possible. I was fortunate enough to be able to access her blog earlier and was able to screencap the entire entry.

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UPDATE 1 is online again and her response to news networks.


Try as she might, Cabral can’t even deny that the goods are still there. She is just digging herself deeper into the muck especially with her literal interpretation of “rotting”. Trying to be cute or running out of excuses. Another thing, if DSWD is really planning to distribute the goods to the possible victims of Typhoon Ramil she should have sent the goods to Northern Luzon by now. Wag nga tayong gawing tanga! They keep on coming up with lame excuses. If they wanted volunteers, many of us are more than willing to help. Yet there was hardly a peep about the need for volunteers when they have so many resources for letting the public know. Wala lang talagang pakialam ang DSWD at ang gobyerno.


Some friends of mine dropped by earlier at the DSWD warehouse in pasay city. This was the warehouse along chapel st. The press release was that relief ops were currently ongoing at full speed but this was not the case, at least this was not what my friends witnessed upon alighting the vehicle at the gate of the DSWD warehouse. They were hardly welcomed by the guard assigned at that gate. This was how the conversation more or less went.

friend #1: San ang warehouse para sa relief operations para sa volunteers?
guard: Dyan (pointing vaguely somewhere or at something which they could hardly make out)
friend#1: Gusto namin mag volunteer, san kami pupunta?
guard: Ah, punta kayo sa kabilang gate pero wala ng volunteers ngayon, umalis na at kakaalis lang ng 3 truck dala ang relief goods papuntang region 1 and 2.
friend#2: Marami bang volunteers pumunta dito kanina?
guard: Oo, madami.
friend#2: Ano sila? Puro estudyante?
guard: Oo, mga 200 sila.
friend#2: Ano? Mga elementary students ba to? (feigning ignorance at the kind of volunteers that shows up)
guard: Hindi, mga college students to, mga taga-PMI.
friend#2: Anong oras ba nagsisimula at natatapos?
guard: Sa umaga, tapos natatapos kahit anong oras sa gabi.
friend#2: Kahit anong oras? So bakit sabi mo tapos na ngayon at di na pwede mag volunteer?
guard: Nagsisimula minsan sa umaga tapos hanggang alas-9 or 10 or hanggang 11pm.
friend#2: So san nga kami pupunta kung pwede pala hanggang 11pm?
guard: punta kayo sa kabilang gate

They then moved along to the other gate nearby. The other gate was not as welcoming as the first since it was just a iron gate that didnt even have a knocker on it. However, they could see through its sides that there was a guardhouse nearby and they started calling the attention of whoever was there since they could hear the radio playing from the other side of the gate. After several seconds of persistent knocking and guard calling, a sando-wearing disoriented-looking guard finally opened the gate.

friend#1: Dito kami tinuro ng guard sa kabilang gate para mag volunteer sa relief operations.
guard: Ha? Anong balak nyong gawin? San kayong grupo?
friend#1: Sa RockEd kame. Gusto namin sana makita ang warehouse para sa volunteer work.
guard: Ah balik na lang kayo bukas, kse sarado na ang warehouse.
friend#1: Bakit di pwede tingnan, sabi sa balita na pwede kami mag volunteer kaya nga nandito kami eh tapos sasabihin mo sarado?
guard: Sarado na kse nag lo loading ngayon dun ng relief goods.
friend#1: Eh bakit sinabi mo sarado kung may loading pala nangyayari dun.
guard: Ano ba balak nyo? Di pwede dito ng coverage. Di pwede tumingin lang, kailangan mag volunteer.
friend#1: Sige, pero gusto namin tingnan para lam namin kung pano magbigay ng instructions sa ibang volunteers pero since ayaw mo lang na tumingin kme, mag vovolunteer na din kami ngayon na.
guard: Magbubuhat kayo ng carton?
friend#1: Hindi, magre repack kami.
guard: Bakit gusto nyo lang tingnan?
friend#1: Sinabi na nga namin mag vo volunteer na nga kami kse ayaw mo na tumingin lang kami eh. Lam mo ba na wala kaming problema na makita ang relief goods sa red cross at sa abs-cbn kahit late na ng gabi? Sikreto ba ang location ng sardinas?
guard: (already pissed off) Bakit paulit-ulit ang sinasabi mo?
friend#1: Bakit nga? Anong problema talga? Talgang sikreto nga ang taguan ng sardinas?
guard: akin na ID mo.
friend#1: eto.
guard: (went away for a few minutes and returned with the ID)
friend#1: So ano?
guard: Balik na lang kayo bukas ng umaga.
friend#1: Anong oras ba talga relief ops dito? Meron ba kanina?
guard: Oo meron, mga 50 lang na estudyante.
friend#2: 50 lang? Pano sila makaka repack ng marami para sa 3 trucks?
guard: (irked again, maybe he was irked of how stupid his answers were.) Bukas na lang kayo bumalik kse walang advise sa amin sa ganitong oras ng pag volunteer.
friend#1: Eh bakit sabi sa amin ng isang guard minsan hanggang 11pm or hanggang gabi talga ang repacking? Anong oras ba talga nagsisimula at natatapos?
guard: basta bukas sa umaga tapos hanggang hapon o gabi.
friend#1: anong pangalan mo?
guard: bukas na lang.
friend#1: Bakit ayaw mo ibigay pangalan mo? Di ba sa gobyerno ka nagtratrabaho? Kinuha mo ID ko, alam mo pangalan ko tapos ayaw mo ibigay pangalan mo sa akin?
guard: (hesitated and stalled) Jay Lou Sadaya
friend#1: Jay Lou Sadaya? Jay Lou Sadaya?
guard: (nodding)
friend#2: sige babalik kami bukas.

Obviously, the accounts of both guards who are expected to be abreast of existing relief operations, (if they existed at all) or if they really are ongoing, should’ve been aware of the schedules and protocols of the activity itself. They should’ve been accommodating instead of being suspicious or consumed with such paranoia at the sight of volunteers or people wanting to volunteer. But again, this wouldn’t have happened at all had the government really meant that THERE REALLY WERE ONGOING RELIEF OPERATIONS at the site since the place did not give the impression of a warehouse bustling with activity at all. If that’s what they call Ongoing Relief Operations, then we now know why our country is still languishing in no relief hell. It’s because our government has always been doing what it does best, pay lip service to those who really need it. Great job GMA, Gibo and Cabral! Now please, don’t be surprised anymore if more people wonder why there seems to be a lack in relief goods being sent to those who really need it, the answer is plain and simple, it’s coz there is no sense of urgency and the relief goods can take all the time they want in the DSWD warehouse. By the way, the location of sardines and whatever relief goods there are seems to be classified information.


Gang Badoy was able to arrange with Sec. Cabral to allow volunteers to hasten the repacking of relief goods in the warehouse. If you want to be a volunteer, sign up here. I’m sure a LOT of volunteers are needed. Just look at the photos from ella’s blog.


Check out Bayanihan Online’s timeline of events of what happened yesterday. Since this issue isn’t over, I’m pretty sure that the blog post will be constantly updated.

New List: Where to send donations for Ondoy and Pepeng victims

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Sadly, a lot of relief centers have stopped operating to aid the victims of Typhoon Parma (Pepeng). I am hoping that this list will become longer soon.


Businesses/ Commercial Establishments

  1. 7-11 branches - drop off point for relief goods
  2. ABS-CBN and its branches accepts donations and volunteers.
  3. Bantay Bata 163 Offices - drop off point
  4. Cafe by the Ruins (Baguio) – 23 Chuntug Street, Baguio City, Philippines, 2600 Phone: (+6374) 4424010
  5. FedEx branches – drop off point
  6. Jam 88.3 - accepts clothes, shoes, towels and blankets. Strata 200o Bldg, Emerald Ave, Ortigas Center
  7. Kapuso Foundation – accepts cash and goods
  8. Mag:Net – in Bonifacio High Street and Katipunan. Accepting clothes, towels, shoes and blankets.
  9. MTV Philippines - accepting donations Mondays to Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm. 3rd floor of Silver City, corner Julia Vargas. Behind the SM Hypermart along C5 in Pasig
  10. Negros Navigation – offers free delivery of donations from all over the Philippines. Call (02) 554-8777
  11. NU107 - accepts clothes, shoes, blankets, towels. AIC Gold Tower, Emerald Ave, Ortigas Center
  12. Papemelroti stores in 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes NO CASH pls.)
  13. Philippine Daily Inquirer – 1098 Chino Roces Ave. corner Mascardo and Yague Streets, Makati City and to any of its classified ads branches, and to any McDonald’s branch within Metro Manila. Donations in kind, such as instant noodles, canned goods, formula milk, blankets and clothes, are urgently needed. Call 8978808 loc. 260 and look for Megi Garcia
  14. Route 196 - accepts clothes, shoes, towels, blankets
  15. Smart Wireless Centers – SM Fairview, SM North EDSA, Gateway Mall Cubao, AliMall Cubao, SM Megamall, SM Muntinlupa, SM Bicutan, SM Sucat, Festival Mall Alabang, Alabang Town Center and SM Southmall. Will accept cash or goods.

Government/ Civil Society/ Movements

  1. Akbayan – taking donations, call 433-69-33/433-68-31 to donate or volunteer.
  2. Angel Brigade – until 2nd week of October. 1-9 PM at Icon Showroom, Rizal Drive corner 4th Street, Fort
  3. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan’s BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan) – send in your relief goods (RTE foods, clothings, medicines, bottled water) & money to #1 Erythrina Bldg. Maaralin cor Matatag Sts. Bgy Central, Quezon City, tel. 4340624 and 09227852356.
  4. Baguio City Hall – drop off relief goods at City Disaster Coordinating Council or DSWD.
  5. Black Pencil Project – wants to give school supplies and art therapy to the kids who are still traumatized by the typhoons. Visit their website to find out what they need as well as where to donate.
  6. CARA Philippines - needs cat and dog food for rescued animals. Also accepts paypal/cash donations. Contact Nancy 09209126624 or Mona 09209054960.
  7. Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC) - Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22). Also accepts cash donations.
    Account Name: Citizens’ Disaster Response Center
    Bank: Metrobank, Examiner Branch, Quezon City
    Peso Account # 3-63600741-3
    Dollar Account # 2-63600158-3 || Swift Code: MBT…CPHMM
    After your deposit, email or fax the copy of deposit/remittance slip to or +632 929-9822. Include the donor’s name, exact mailing address and contact number for the official receipt.
  8. Cordillera Peoples Alliance – needs cash and in kind donations. Contact 0920-9286370 or 074-3044239
  9. Corporate Network for Disaster Reponse – Deposit cash donation to bank account no. 0031 0654 02 BPI Ayala Paseo Branch
  10. Department of Social Welfare and Development - donation drop off points: National Resource Operations Center, Chapel Road, Pasay City (Contact: Mrs. Francon Favian) / Quezon City Area Disaster Resource Operations Monitoring and Info Center (DROMIC) (Contact Rey Martija or Imee Rose Castillo, Tel Nos. 951-7119, 951-2435 or Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera Tel No. 0918-934-5625) / San Rafael corner Legarda Streets, Quiapo, Manila (Contact: Dir. Thelsa P. Biolna, Dir. Delia Bauan Tel Nos. 734-8622, 734-8642)
  11. Gabriela – drop off relief goods at 118-A Sct. Rallos, Bgy. Sacred Heart, QC Tel. 9295342
  12. Gawad Kalinga - you may drop off donations at the RFM Gym
  13. Kabataan Partylist - Drop off donations or volunteer at 118-B Sct. Rallos QC. 09266677163 or
  14. KaEskwela Relief Mission – needs food, toiletries, medicines and med supplies, beddings, household items, clothes and underwear, slippers and shoes, diapers and milk for babies.
  15. Kapuso Foundation – accepts all kinds of donations. Also needs volunteers.
  16. Knowledge Channel Foundation Tulong Balik Eskwela – needs school supplies donations for the children. Also accepts monetary donation. See this blog post for things they need and where to drop off.
  17. Megatent Relief Group - accepting donations for Pepeng victims. Megatent is along Meralco Ave, Ortigas (beside Renaissance Building)
  18. Partido Lakas ng Masa Office – needs donations for Bagong Silangan Payatas, Riverside E.rod (2,500 families), Malanday Marikina, DagatDagatan(CaMaNa), Pasig and Cainta. 111-D Malakas St., Bgy Central, Teacher’s Village, QC. Contact Amy at 434-3947
  19. Philippines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) – send cat and dog food, medicines, roofed cages, lamps and flashlights to PAWS Animal Shelter located along Aurora Blvd at the boundary of Marikina and QC (see map). You may also donate money via G-Cash, Credit Card or Paypal.
  20. Philippine National Red Cross different ways to Donate.
  21. Philippine National Red Cross, Shaw Blvd – accepts all kinds of donations. Volunteers are sometimes needed too.
  22. Sagip Kapamilya hotlines (+632-4132667, +632-4160387) #13 Examiner St. West Triangle, QC. and Scout Mayoran, cor. Morato, near Alex III.
  23. Serve the People Brigade – urgently needs relief goods. See the list and details here.
  24. TAKDER Youth Group - accepting donations for Cordilleras. Room 304, NCCP Bldg, Edsa, QC. Tel 4138543
  25. Tulong Kabataan! – Relief aid for Pepeng victims accepted at 55 Upper Ferguson Rd, Baguio City. Contact Karla 0923-3189274
  26. Unicef Philippines – accepts monetary donations via cheques. Call 751-1000 or 758-1442

Religious/ Schools & Universities

  1. Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridg. Accepts relief goods and cash donations (+632-5639298, +632-5639308)
  2. La Salle Greenhills – drop off donations at Gate 2
  3. (c/o Pentacostal Christian Church Inc.) – accepts monetary donations for the victims of Typhoon Parma.
    Pentecostal Christian Church Inc.
    Acct. Number: 4960048118
    Banco De Oro (BDO)
    Solano Branch, Nueva Vizcaya
    Swift Code – BNORPHMM
  4. EDSA Shrine – urgently needs rice, noodles, and canned goods for Pangasinan victims.
  5. Victory churches – accepting relief goods for the victims.


  1. Red Cross – Text RED <10, 25, 50, or 100> to 4483 (SMART) / text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882 (G-cash) / text RED <5, 25, 50, 100 or 300> to 2899 (GLOBE). All transaction fees have been waived.
  2. Smart Money – text ONDOY <amount> to 270. Or go to your Smart Money menu > purchase > mpay > store code (ONDOY) > pay from > choose card > amount > confirmation (OK) > enter W-Pin.


  • Ayala Foundation – you can use your credit card to donate
  • The Bayani Movement – a project by a Filipino musician in Vancouver who wants to raise funds through music. Donations can be made via Paypal
  • CARA Philippines - accepts paypal donations for rescued animals
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) - accepts donations by phone, mail, or online via credit card
  • Children International – their staff in Metropolitan Manila carry relief operations in affected areas.
  • Children’s Relief Fund (CRF) - accepts online donations via Paypal and through bank transfers
  • Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) – Accepts monetary donations through money transfer.
    Account Name: Citizens’ Disaster Response Center
    Bank: Metrobank, Examiner Branch, Quezon City
    Peso Account # 3-63600741-3
    Dollar Account # 2-63600158-3 || Swift Code: MBT…CPHMM
    After your deposit, email or fax the copy of deposit/remittance slip to or +632 929-9822. Include the donor’s name, exact mailing address and contact number for the official receipt.
  • Gawad Kalinga One World - donate via Credit Card online or make a transfer to their US Savings account 3104 0162 34 (Swift code: BOPIPHMM) – BPI EDSA Greenhills. If you need a receipt, fax your deposit slip to Delfin Mangona, Operation GK Walang Iwanan at +63 02 726 7405.  Kindly indicate name of donor and contact number.
  • Happyslip – is accepting online donations (chip-in) which will go to Red Cross
  • Light of Jesus Community Foundation, Inc. (Bo Sanchez’s community) – accepts cash donations through money transfer.
    Account Name: Light of Jesus Community Foundation, Inc.BDO Dollar Account
    Account Number: 3970-033971
    Routing Code: BNORPHMM
    Branch: General Araneta Branch Cubao

    BPI Peso Account
    Account Number: C/A: 2900-0012-34
    Routing Code: BOPIPHMM
    Branch: St. Ignatius Katipunan Branch

    Account Number: C/A: 3970-048057
    Branch General Araneta Cubao Branch

    For donation acknowledgement: email at or fax at (02) 7275615 or (02) 7269918

  • Kanlungan Alliance of Filipino Organizations – accepting paypal donations. Proceeds will be sent to CDRC.
  • Kapuso Foundation – accepts  credit card donations. See list of accredited accounts
  • account for Philippine Jesuits - you can use your credit card to donate. On the line “I would like to donate to:”, write “xs4ondoy“.
  • My Flower Depot – donate online in increments of $5, 10, 15 and 20. Donations will be deposited to Red Cross and ABS-CBN foundation. Your deposit will be confirmed through scanned deposit slip via email. Direct link:
  • Operation Blessings International – supplies the victims with medicine, food, and other aid. Help fund their work by donating money online via credit card.
  • Philippine Embassies
  • Philippine National Red Cross – accepts credit card donations on their site.
  • Thomas Reuters Foundation – has an online donation for the staff but will also accept donations from non-staff members
  • Unicef - accepts donations via credit card
  • World Food Programme – donate using Credit Card at
  • World Vision – accepting monetary donations online for the victims of Ketsana, Melor, and Parma.


  • ANCOP USA – You can send your checks to ANCOP USA, PO Box 10095, Torrance, CA 90505. Or go to if you prefer to do it online via credit card.
  • Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership (Oakland, CA) – Look for Armael Malinis, AnakBayan-East Bay. 310 8th Street, Suite 215 Oakland, CA 94710, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. For monetary donations, checks can be made out to “Lakasdiwa,” a non-profit organization that will send the funds directly to MIGRANTE International in the Philippines, a workers’ organization directly helping the victims in the disaster relief efforts. Please put “Typhoon Ondoy Relief” on the check’s note.
  • Ayala Foundation USA
    You can issue checks payable to Ayala Foundation USA with project noted (Gawad Kalinga Ondoy Relief) and send to:Ayala Foundation USA
    255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 428
    Redwood City, CA 94065
    Tel. no. 1-650-598-3126
    Fax No. 1-650-508-8898
    Or you can donate to Ayala Foundation USA via credit card by visiting this link. In “choosing organization to receive the donation”, please choose choose “Gawad Kalinga-Relief”. Alternatively, you can use Gawad Kalinga One World’s Donation Form.
  • BALSA Relief CoordinatorsFernando Fernando 323-854-4478 (Central LA)
    Kuusela Hilo 818-395-9207 (LA)
    Daya Mortel 206-355-0256 (West LA)
    Victor Romero 424-225-0322 (South Bay)
    Eugene Gambol (San Diego)Checks can be made out to Tulong Sa Bayan. (Tax-deductible) Online donations via paypal can be made at Money, clothes, blankets, non-perishable food, medicines, toiletries and other basic necessities can be dropped off at designated BALSA locations in Southern California.
    Drop-Off Location: 519 S. Spring (between 5th and 6th) LA, CA 90013. (323-854-4478, Fernando Fernando)
  • BAYAN USA – financial donations will be used to buy food, medicines, and other basic necessities which will go directly to workers, peasants and the urban poor. Financial donations may be made via paypal or deposited at any CHASE bank.
    Account Name: BAYAN-USA
    Account Number: 340-209749-3
  • BKPNewYork - are also specifically collecting children’s books to the Philippines. Please contact Frederick (646)6417183 or email
  • Filipino Community Center (San Francisco) – drop off donations at 4681 Mission Street, San Francisco. For monetary donations, checks can be made out to “Lakasdiwa,” a non-profit organization that will send the funds directly to MIGRANTE International in the Philippines, a workers’ organization directly helping the victims in the disaster relief efforts. Please put “Typhoon Ondoy Relief” on the check’s note.
  • Filipino Community Support (FOCUS) and Filipino Youth Coalition (FYC) in San Jose, CA – email Melissa Nievera at Drop off sites:
    Welch Park Community Building
    Located at corner of Kenesta Way and Clarice Dr
    San Jose, CA 95122
    (open everyday from 2pm to 5pm to receive donations)Valley Faith United Methodist Church
    1251 Sandia Avenue
    Sunnyvale, California 94089De Anza College
    Beginning October 8, 2009, ISANG PUSO will have donation bins set up on campus for donations drop off.
    21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
    Cupertino, CA 95014

    San Jose State University
    Akbayan Filipino Student Club Table – In front of Student Union
    1 Washington Sq
    San Jose, CA 95192
    Hours are: M-Th 11-3:30pm

  • Fellowship for Filipino Migrants (FFM) – PO Box 901 Glenview, IL 60025-9998. Email them at Nerissa (224)3816888
  • Forex Cargo - is accepting relief goods. Donations will be forwarded to Gawad Kalinga’s relief efforts. Please call for information on other branches: 310-523-4080
  • Jeff Rice of BALSA (Seattle) - email him at or call him at 206-2918078
  • Island Pacific Market, Panorama City – will accept monetary donations. Collected money will be sent directly to Philippine National Red Cross courtesy of RCBC Remit Panorama City.
  • LBC branches – accepts monetary donations for free. Donations will be automatically credited to the Banco de Oro account of ABS-CBN Foundation. They also accept free freight for relief goods donations until the end of October.
  • Liwanag Kultural Center (Daly City) – Accepts all kinds of donations. Drop off at Hillside Park Clubhouse 222 Lausanne Ave. Daly City, CA 94014 Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-6:00 and Wednesdays 3:30-8:00. Checks can be made out to “Lakasdiwa,” a non-profit organization that will send the funds directly to MIGRANTE International in the Philippines, a workers’ organization directly helping the victims in the disaster relief efforts. Please put “Typhoon Ondoy Relief” on the check’s note.
  • Kalusugan Coalition – accepting donations. Call 2016534600 for office hours. 591 Summit Avenue Suite 412 Jersey City, 07306. Corner Summit & Newark Ave.
  • Manila Forwardersis offering free shipping of relief goods which will be forwarded to Philippine Red Cross. Please read this to know affiliate establishments for worldwide donations
    Manila Forwarder – Southern California
    4249 Eagle Rock Blvd,
    Los Angeles, CA 90065
    Tel: (323) 478-1599Manila Forwarder – Northern California
    5750 Mission St,
    San Francisco, CA 94112
    Tel: (510) 750-3036
  • NAFCON USA – Fil-Ams and Americans can may tax-exempt donations. Send donations to Bayanihan Ctr 40-21 69th St Woodside NY 11377 Tel 516-9011832. Contact Cling at (516) 901-1832
  • Operation USA - donate for their relief supplies which will be forwarded to local health care agencies and NGOs
  • Patricia Guevarra (San Diego, CA) – for general info on relief efforts in San Diego, contact her at 858 692 0785,
  • Pandayan Center in New York – is looking for clothes, canned goods, shoes, medicines and cash donations. They’re at 406 W40th St. Between 9th & 10th Aves. New York, NY 10018 10AM-9PM. Contact Leah 646-2477200, Chevy 646-2902281, or 212-5646057
  • Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines – contact Claire Oliveros at
  • Sinugba Cafe (New Jersey) – 561 Westside Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07304
  • South of Market Community Action Network – accepts Ketsana/Parma relief aid. 1070 Howard St, San Francisco, CA
  • Stony Brook University (New York) - please contact Jun Rose (646)7503489.
  • Stanford’s Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) – contact AV David at or (650) 491-4561
  • Sure Pinoy Oriental Food Mart (Massachusetts) – drop off relief goods at 145 Water St Quincy, MA 02169-6535 Telephone number: (508) 997-1246 (617) 328-8880. Look for Mr. Yoel.
  • Washington Bedans – is looking for old clothes and canned goods donations. Contact so they can pick up donations.


  • The Philippine Embassy – will accept donations in kind between 9am-5pm until Fri. Contact them at (02) 259-0139 up to 40 or (08) 992-65954, or at You may also visit them at 760 Sukhumvit Road corner Soi Philippines (30/1) Bangkok


  • RAMTRON Intl & Intl Committee of the Red Cross  (Kuwait Chapter) – drop off donations at RAMTRON International, UTC Bldg, Kuwait City. Tel : (+965) 22413304 or (+965) 66671624 (Mr. Roylan A. Buenaflor). Donations are also accepted at the Intl Committee of the Red Cross – Kuwait Chapter @ Block 5, Street 3, House # 32,Jabriya, Kuwait. Tel : (+965) 25322061.


  • LBC – is accepting any kind of donations, goods or cash. The number is 2026-8536 / 2070-0557. Lot G-13, Kompleks Kota Raya, KUL (10AM – 7PM).

Hong Kong

  • Ateneo Alumni Association Hong Kong Chapter - monetary donations may be deposited at HSBC Account No. 808-416564-001. Text 62957677 the amount and the time of deposit. Donations in kind can be dropped off at Camille Genuino’s residence.
  • Louise Kathryn Yu – She has placed a cash donation box at the YWCA on MacDonell Road.
  • Medicins Sans Fontieres Hong Kong – is accepting monetary donations which will go to the medical relief works including the devastated areas in the Philippines. They also accept volunteers.
  • Typhoon Parma Relief Operation – a facebook group


  • - accepts donations for their missions in devastated areas in the Philippines


  • PNB, LBC and i-Remit Singapore – will be waiving remittance fees for donations to Philippine Red Cross
  • Afreight Cargo – will accept relief goods at #03-09 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road. Contact Person: Maureen Schepers 6235-1011/91117855.
  • Philippine Embassy – see Further queries may be directed to Ms. Pearl Camento at, subject: “Typhoon Ondoy”.
  • Red Cross – now accepting cash donations


  • Sagip Migrante Fund Drive – accepts paypal donations and direct deposits via Migrante Melbourne’s bank account  (Account No: 120724224, Account Name: Migrante Melbourne, BSB No. 633000. Proceeds will be remitted to Migrante International workers delivering basic relief goods to affected communities.
  • Philippine Airlines – has offered free air freight for sending relief goods. Drop off point is at Revesby Press 3/50 George Street Granville. Donations will be sent to Rotary Club Marikina and Gawad Kalinga.
  • LBC Australia – drop off relief goods at Revesby press 3/50 George Street, Granville. They are offering free freight services until the end of October.
  • PCC - for monetary donations call Noelle at 0422233660. Tune in to SBS radio on Thursday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am for details.

United Arab Emirates


  • AFCM Temporalities – visit any CIBC branch and make a donation to the following account:
    AFCM Temporalities Account
    Transit #7012
    Account #56-24010
    For more information, contact the Philippine Independence Day Council.
  • Goldilocks Bakeshop – E11th st. And Main.
  • Multicultural Helping House – E32nd Ave. And Fraser, Vancouver
  • Unicef Canadaaccepts online donations. Call 1-877-955-3111 for more info.

United Kingdom

  • Oxfam – you may donate online via Credit Card
  • EAST LONDON – drop off point. Contact Jamil Reyes 07732404545 or RJ Fernandez 07506681522 email
  • NORTH LONDON (Collindale or Kingsbury) – drop off point. Highlight Express, 88 Hay Lane, Kingsbury NW9 0LG, London Contact Sharon at 0208 205 89900208/ 205 0449 or
  • WEST LONDON (South Kensington) – drop off point. Call 07872962575 in West London
  • Forex Umac – offers free shipping of relief goods. 23 Fairdale Garden Hayes UB3 3JA United Kingdom
  • Philippines Emergency Appeal – is accepting donations. Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS. E-mail your name and contact number to A volunteer member will contact you regarding the collection arrangements for your donation.
  • Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) - is appealing for donations for the victims of Ketsana and the quake in Indonesa.
  • Migrante UK - is accepting cash donations. Proceeds will go to Operation Sagit Migrante relief operations in the Philippines.


  • Shiera Catalan – to donate, contact her at +32485328811

Saudi Arabia

  • Migrante Chapters
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: KGS-Migrante Chairperson Eric Jocson Phone No. 0531822766
    KGS-Migrante Sec. Gen Mike Garlan Phone No. 0505629 89930
    Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia: Migrante-Khobar Chairperson Choie De Leon Phone No. 0569117563
    Migrante-Khobar Sec.Gen Gerry De Guzman, Phone No. 0507373906
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Migrante-Jeddah Chairperson Bob Fajarito, Phone No. 050502745340

Other Middle East countries

  • Contact Monterona – mobile No. 00966 564978012 or email

Please see this page as well.

Shame on you, Paypal! SHAME ON YOU!

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

I just read Tonyo Cruz’s blog entry about Paypal’s discrimination against the Philippines and other countries in our region. Tonyo Cruz is the man behind and he unselfishly used his paypal account so people outside the country may donate to aid the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana). Paypal Pte Ltd of Singapore handles Paypal Philippines and neighboring countries’. Paypal froze his account as well as the one Mike Villar set up for They did so despite knowing full well that the accounts were for donations and despite Cruz and Villar’s submitted proofs. Let me highlight some of the contents of his post.

… Paypal denied the appeal. Moreover, instead of saying that the explanation and documents I submitted were insufficient, Paypal changed its tune and used an insurmountable and grossly unfair justification.

In an email (Oct. 1) , Paypal’s Compliance Department said:

Due to legal and regulatory constraints, PayPal Private Limited is no longer able to process payments for Charities, Political Party/Organization Donations, Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs), Religious Institutions, etc in those countries under its jurisdiction.

Upon receipt, I emailed another appeal. Paypal’s reply:

[...] sorry that at this time, as you are unable to complete the appeals process for your PayPal account(s), then access to the account(s) will remain limited. In accordance with our User Agreement, the funds in your PayPal account balance will be held for 180 days from the date the limitation was originally placed on your account. The balance is held to cover any disputes that may be filed against the account. And your balance can be handled in one of two ways:

1. Your remaining account balance can be used to provide refunds to your buyers (if applicable).


2. Your remaining account balance will be held in your PayPal account for 180 days from the date your account was limited. After 180 days, you will be notified via email with information on how to receive your remaining funds.

Paypal was, by this time, acting like a typhoon worse than Pepeng. First, they asked for documents (we gave them all they need). Then, they said it was impossible for them to service Charities and Non-Profits. This time around, they insist that we have not passed the evaluation process — and asked that we refund donors or wait for six months before we get the money. Elsewhere in the Philippines and across the region, more and more people cry for relief aid and here we are being harassed by Paypal.

I emailed another appeal and asked if it was possible for us to just make a donation to the Red Cross’ official Paypal account which they set up two days before. I told them the can shut down my account permanently as long as we get the money immediately to the Red Cross.

The reply from Paypal? Another rejection. In an email (Oct. 2), Paypal said that:

Per PayPal policy, you could only choose to refund to the buyer of each payment.

I can’t believe Paypal will deny donations for much needed aid. People were dying and are still dying in our country.

On Oct. 6 (imagine the time wasted by Paypal’s obnoxious behavior), Paypal emailed to explain that “your desire to take donations through PayPal for your worthy charitable cause is one case that causes issues for PayPal because PayPal Pte Ltd, the Singaporean company you contracted with for your PayPal account, is unable to process donation transactions”.

Paypal said that:

Our regulatory approval in Singapore only permits PayPal Pte Ltd. to process payments for goods and services. Under Singapore law, which governs your relationship with PayPal, PayPal Pte is restricted to [be] used for processing donations. This policy and approach applies to all customers in all countries which contract online with PayPal Pte Ltd. It is not specific to you, your organization, or your country.

As a consolation, Paypal said that “in light of the dire situation with the typhoon victims in the Philippines, our Legal and Compliance Department has reviewed your appeal and agreed to provide a one time exception to lift your account restriction if you are able to provide us with a written assurance that the collected funds you have accumulated in your PayPal account will go to the Philippine National Red Cross for the stated purpose”.

In other words, Paypal Pte Ltd agreed to release the donations but Cruz and Villar can’t use their service again to ask for more donations. As of last night, 150 people have died because of Typhoon Pepeng but since we can’t use Paypal to ask for donations, we have to look for other ways to accept online donations. They even rejected Citezens Disaster Response Center’s application for a donation account. I’m guessing that they will not accept donation accounts for the victims in Indonesia, Samoa, Vietnam, Cambodia, and India. Perhaps Paypal Pte Ltd is not to blame but the Singaporean government BUT there should be exceptions to their rule. Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, the earthquakes in Indonesia, the tsunamis, etc. are critical situations and since third world countries like the Philippines lack the funds to aid the victims and rehabilitate devastated areas, we direly need all the donations we can get. There are so many who are willing to donate but Paypal is hindering all of this.