I just arrived back home and every Filipino Family based in Manila is affected in one way or another. Here are things you can do to help in your Own Personal Way…

1. Just Help Anonymously

Manuel L. Quezon III has a complete and up-to-date list on how to help Typhoon Ondoy victims. He has been on top of the digital space ever since the typhoon started. Good job, sir! 🙂

This Google Spreadsheet is also very helpful on How / Where to Help Out The Ondoy Victims.

2. Support your socio-civic organization’s efforts like Oplan Damayan from Manila Jaycees
Every Jaycees and Rotary organization (or other similar groups) has its own aid efforts. The Manila Jaycees (MJC) were in the middle of elections for the JCI Board for next year, and they were flexible enough to adjust their schedules to organize the relief efforts for the people of Marikina last night. I admire that; I might be more active with Jaycees next year…

[Oplan Damayan] “Junior Chamber International – Manila will continue to accept donations for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy from 9am – 9pm up to Tuesday Sept 29/at the Baypark Tent, Roxas Blvd, Manila, which is near Malate Church/ Max’s and Rajah Soliman Park. Volunteers are welcome to join the packing of goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk, Bottled Water, Blankets and Clothes).

MJCs are still in awe at the amount of devastation we saw last night in Marikina. We were able to deliver relief packs straight to the families taking refuge in 2 schools in lower Marikina. Up to 12 families sleeping in one classroom. The whole city is rea…lly a mess and many families still in need. Pls keep the donations coming to JCI Manila’s Oplan Damayan at the Baypark Tent, Roxas Blvd. thanks

3. Support your Alma Mater’s relief efforts
All the education institutions — U.P., Ateneo and La Salle have set up their own relief operations. U.P. is the closest to the affected areas and the people there have helped a lot with the victims, especially in providing the basic needs — shelter, food and clothing.

[My Alma Mater’s Relief Operations]

De La Salle University-Manila – The Sagip Metro relief operation will start to accept donations for Ondoy victims starting Monday @ 8:30 am. Please bring goods to the South Gate of DLSU-Manila.

De La Salle Zobel will be accepting donations tomorrow at Gym 5 (Near Gate 7 in Molave St.)

DLSU Medical Center will accept canned goods, blankets, clothes, water. Location is at Congressional Avenue, Dasmarinas, Cavite. Telephone lines are at(02) 844-7832 and (046) 416-4531

La Salle Greenhills for Greenhills/Mandaluyong/San Juan Area, if you want to help out with the rescue and relief operations, you can drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc..) at LSGH Gate 2 or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.
 

4. For Corporations, please donate your products, especially the consumer goods companies.

Relief centers need the basic necessities — food, medicine and protection. You can support your companies’ relief efforts by donating in cash or in kind.

There is an appeal from Anne Castro: “If anyone knows the distributor of OFF in the Philippines, please appeal for a CORPORATE DONATION for all the relief centers. Heard mosquito population is rising. DENGUE is a very difficult thing to deal with. All of the survivors out there know.

[P&G Relief Efforts]

This is on top of P&G’s immediate donation of Php 3.8M worth of products to ABS CBN Foundation and the Philippine National Red Cross. But we can still do MORE as we are slowly finding out that more and more people – P&G and non-P&G – are seriously affected by the typhoon.

For those who would like to donate to the central P&G Typhoon Ondoy Donation Drive, you may do so in cash or in kind (see details below). All employee cash donations will be equally matched by the company to provide more aid to more people. This will benefit typhoon victims – both P&G & non-P&G employees.

Cash Donations over the next 2 weeks:
•       Company has opened a BPI peso checking account specifically for immediate typhoon relief & aid purposes only.
•       Please deposit to BPI 6750 – Checking Account No.: 3200-0128-35; Account Name: Anna Lourdes L. Legarda (pls address checks to the account name).
•       If you cannot deposit to BPI, you may give cash or checks to Donation Drive Site SPOCs, who will take note of who donated, amount, and check number.
o       GO – Anna Legarda (21/F), Liza Ong (20/F)
o       GBS – Reuben “Benny” Nuval (24/F)
o       Cabuyao – Dhemz Perez

•       For employees in our international office who would like to donate to the central typhoon aid fund, please follow details above and include the BPI Swiftcode “BOPIPHMM” which will allow you to wire money to the peso account. Note that your bank may charge you a minimal transfer fee of ~$5.  Please advise Anna Legarda of Philippines ER upon wiring your donation so it can be tracked.

Donations in Kind:
•       You may drop off donations until Friday at the assigned locations: GO – 21F Pantry; GBS – 10F Marketplace; Cabuyao – 2F Cafeteria.
•       Priority items for donation are: clean water, food (rice, canned goods, ready-to-eat, non-perishables, etc.), blankets/jackets, clothing (shirts, shoes, etc.), other relief/aid needs (flashlights, batteries, toiletries, etc).

We enjoin all employees to participate in the donation drive. Thank you to the many employees who have already done efforts and expressed willingness to help. You may also do personal donation efforts to other organizations that are more easily accessible to you. The objective is to HELP P&G and non-P&G victims as much as we can at the soonest possible time.

Let’s bring out the true P&G spirit of touching and improving as many lives as possible in this time of urgent need.
 

5. Support TULONG KABATAAN

Tulong Kabataan is a donation and relief drive of major national youth groups* to mobilize youth power to help victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

I want to volunteer. What do I do?

The main thing is to collect donations and to encourage people to donate. Priorities are food items like potable water, canned goods, rice, cooking utensils. Blankets, banigs and medicines are also needed. Donations in cash are also good (it’s a lot easier to just buy sacks of rice than to transport, sort and collect).

Mobilize your community, barkadas and family to help out. Convince friends to chip in and donate. A couple of hundreds could go a long way. Go house to house and collect donations.

Bring your donations to your nearest Tulong Kabataan donation centers listed below or donate directly to online and bank facilities (list below).

You can also help out in repacking and distribution activities. Contact us at 09186106275 or 09266677163.

I want to donate electronically. What’s the quickest way to help?

Send donations via the following:
Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8526313

Smart Money: +639289526973

GCash: +639266677163

Bank Account:

Account name: Student Christian Movement of the Philippines 
Branch:  Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Kamias-Anonas Branch, Quezon City Philippines.
US Dollar Account No: 3324-0048-06
Peso Checking Account No: 3321-0176-64 

For other means contact [email protected]

Tulong Kabataan donation drop-off points:

Kabataan Partylist Headquarters
118-B Scout Rallos, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City (near Timog Avenue, EDSA and Kamuning)

Quezon City Schools 
UP Diliman USC, Trinity University of Asia, Southeast Asian College 
University Belt Schools 
College of Holy Spirit 

Taft Avenue Schools
St. Scholastica’s College-Manila, St. Paul University- Manila, UP Manila-CAS SC 
Sta. Mesa Schools
Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute for Science and Technology (EARIST),
Polytechnic University of the Philippines 

CAMANAVA Schools
De La Salle Araneta University 
Metro South
PUP- Taguig

Schedule of repacking and distribution:

Kabataan Partylist Headquarters

118-B Scout Rallos, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City (near Timog Avenue, EDSA and Kamuning)

October 2, Friday – Initial Centralization of all contributions and repacking

October 3-4, Sat-Sun – Relief Missions in Priority Areas  

*The campaign is led by Kabataan Partylist, National Union of Students of the Phils (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Phils (CEGP), League of Filipino Students (LFS), Anakbayan, Student Christian Mov’t of the Phils (SCMP) in coordination with Citizen’s Disaster Response Center (CDRC).
 

6. Donate CASH personally to people you know who are affected, especially your friends, clients, or co-workers.

One of my Maven Secrets clients, Patrick (of Comedy Cartel) was severely hit. Here is the latest update from him and his family:

“Good am sir Anton. We’re ok na po. Doing major clean-up & retrieval of whatever items which could still be salvaged. We’ve already went down napo yesterday. Damage assessment of our place was really depressing, as all our property is gone. Same with my cousin’s house in Pasig, Greenpark Villas & Titas in Cainta po. Trying to Raise funds to help them start over. Staying strong for my parents who were really traumatized, as we stayed in our almost submerged bungalow for hours before walking through two houses’ roofs to transfer to a higher place at the peak of the storm’s strong winds last Saturday. My mom even fell from the roof as she stepped in a weak part of the yero, plunging her back to her room. Good thing she remained conscious, as the doors were already locked and water was gushing in, so she was able to open the door before we almost broke it. Adrenaline rush po ako with no sleep from Saturday to Sunday to watch the water level, which almost reached us din sa 2nd floor of the place where we transferred. Felt the pain of my cuts & bruises just yesterday. God is good as he stopped the rains Saturday night, but the waiting for the water level to go down from 10pm Saturday night to 6am Sunday Morning was excruciatingly slow. We’re just thankful we’re all alive & mom only had a bruised eye & some scratches. Thank you sir for the concern. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I know God will return it to you and your family a hundred fold. Hope you had no relatives po who were affected too. Thank you again and see you soon po.”

You can help Patrick by donating to his BPI Loyola Katipunan Branch Account # 3089-0541-91.
 

7. Donate your OLD Clothes!

We have some old clothes that we were planning to put up on a garage sale for some time now. We will just be donating them to people directly. It is also touching to receive messages like these…

Maria

hi Anton! i’m currently here in FT Labuan, a small island adjacent to Sabah. some of my friends here, mostly chinese and malays, would want to donate old clothes. If I send it ba like a package, is it taxable?

Good sana kung may PAL office dito sa amin, maybe I can coordinate with them kaso the PAL office yata is in KL pa which like 2-hour plane ride from our place.

Nanghihinayang kasi ako dun sa clothes kasi I know everybody needs clothes right now apart from the basic food stuffs.

5:07pm

8. Launch your own project like “Philippines Survival Guide (to the End of the World)”!

I’ve been thinking of launching my PhilippineSurvivalGuide.com project in 2010 to have a collective and proactive effort to plan for all possible catastrophic scenarios. I believe that Typhoon Ondoy is just the start and we will experience even worse events in the future.

We need to prepare. Let me know what you think about this idea…

Live an Awesome Life,  

Anton 

Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2009. 
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