Archive for August, 2013

Lend a Hand to Typhoon Maring Victims

More than one million people and more than 220,000 families have been affected by Typhoon Maring. Because of this, we urge everyone to share their blessings and extend a helping hand. We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are accepting donations for the flood victims or seeking volunteers. Read on and see how you can help:

Department of Social Welfare and Development
In need of volunteers at DSWD’s National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City. You may give them a ring at 02-8528081 or 02-8512681.

Philippine Red Cross
Visit their website for ways on how to donate cash or in-kind.

World Vision
Has started their relief operations and has put up a page where you can donate online:

LBC Foundation
You may drop off your donations to any LBC branch worldwide. Check this link for the list of their branches:

Assumption College

Children’s Hour
You can also visit this link for various ways to donate:

ABS-CBN Foundation
Is in need of rice, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, coffee, sugar, water, clothes, medicines, mats and cash donations. You can drop them at ABS-CBN Foundation-Sagip Kapamilya Headquarters at #13 Examiner St., West Triangle, Quezon City. For cash donations, you may deposit to Banco de Oro under the account name “ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya” with account number 393-011-4199. For international cash donations, Sagip Kapamilya’s BDO dollar account number is 393-008-1622 with a ‘swift code,’ BNORPHMM. The BPI Dollar Account is under the name ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya with the account number, 3054-0270-35 (swift code: BOPIPHMM).

Caritas Manila
Is accepting food, personal care items and cash donations. Visit their website at to learn more.

De La Salle University Manila
Drop off donations at DLSU gates, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila. You can contact them at (02) 542-4611 to 26 local 147; 417.

Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC)
Donations can be dropped off at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, Q.C. Cash donations are also accepted via Metrobank with Account Name “ Citizens’ Disaster Response Center” and Account Number: 636-3-63600741-3.

SM Supermalls
Together with SM Foundation, SM Supermalls is now accepting donations in all its malls nationwide. Donation bins are available. Approach the Information Center for details.

Send hot meals to typhoon Maring victims. Here’s how:

Gawad Kalinga
Volunteer. Give. Share. Learn more here:

Victory Christian Fellowship
Accepts online donations via credit card. Click through this link to donate:

GMA Kapuso Foundation
Is accepting donations in cash or in-kind. Go to their website for more information:

Disaster Preparedness 101

Storms are getting fiercer nowadays and floods are getting worse. Wouldn’t it be nice if the people are always prepared when things like this happen? As Benjamin Franklin quoted, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is not only true for illnesses but also for disaster situations. When disaster strikes in and you’ve done all the necessary precautions, it gives you and your family a safer place and increased peace of mind.

So, has come up with some tips on disaster preparedness. Once you’ve learned that a natural calamity is going to strike in your area, get your mind into overdrive and do the following:

– List down the emergency numbers that you can contact. This includes police station, fire station, community health or Red Cross and your local Barangay.

– Assemble first aid kits for your home and for each car that you own. It should contain gauze pads, bandages, wipes, adhesive tapes, antibacterial ointment, scissors, cold pack, medical grade gloves, first aid manual and basic medicines like paracetamol, pain relievers, anti-diarrhea and antacids.

– Stock up on emergency supplies like batteries, candles and matchsticks, flashlight, Swiss knife, trash bags, sleeping bags or blankets, dust masks, duct tapes, can opener, mobile phone chargers and special items for infants or elderly people. You can also add personal sanitation supplies like alcohol, cotton, bath soaps, toilet tissue or towelletes and some clothing.

– Keep a one week supply of drinking water.

– Buy and store food that don’t require cooking, have long shelf life and can easily be stored.

– Charge all your mobile phones to 100% and have a battery-operated radio handy. Listen to the news updates and be in the know of what’s happening in your surroundings. If electricity is still on, watch TV or surf the Internet for official news and information.

– Locate the gas, electric and water valves. If you think that you are going to be affected by the natural calamity very soon, switch them all off.

– Lift your things to a higher place. If you have vehicles, drive them to a higher and safer place in your village.

– Once you’ve got all the necessities in place, talk to your family members and assign roles that each one needs to take. Nothing beats a team that is alert and is in the know.

– Get out and talk to your neighbors. If they haven’t done some preparations yet, better share your tips with them and tell them that all of you should help one another should the need arise.

When you’ve done all of the above, you are now as ready as ever to face the calamity that’s coming your way. But always remember that when disaster strikes, the key is to be alert and stay calm because you are not only looking after yourself but your family and community as well. Always put SAFETY first at all times.