Because of the stir caused by the post on ellaganda.com about DSWD relief goods sitting and gathering dust at its Pasay warehouse, DSWD has asked for help (finally!).
Rock Ed Philippines is coordinating with DSWD to schedule a shift for volunteers who want to pack at the DSWD warehouse. There is also a call for vehicles that can help transport the goods. The shift for those who want to volunteer via Rock Ed is Mondays through Fridays 3PM to 11PM. More info at Ms. Gang Badoy’s site.
Instead of complaining and whining (yeah, it’s given that the government won’t always do its job, gahh), let’s all do our part. I agree with what Ms. Gang says:
Political leanings are not primary at this point. After the work is done – then we can go our separate ways again if that works for us. Personally, for now – I will be more than happy to help the government if that means more Filipinos get what’s rightly theirs.
Metro Manila, Rizal, Pampanga and Bulacan have yet to recover from the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy. But another typhoon,Pepeng (International codename Parma), came to ravage the Northern provinces of Luzon.
I am not sure how much Pinoy resilience can take. I know we are a people known to crack jokes even in the midst of difficult situations. But this is just too much. And it’s getting closer to home, if you know what I mean.
It’s one thing to see people suffering loss due to a calamity. It’s totally another thing to see relatives and friends who lost family members, property, and/or livelihood.
It’s taxing on the emotions, even for the remote spectator such as myself. I don’t even want to imagine how they themselves are feeling now.
But we must not get weary of helping, and of appealing for help.
Right now, it’s difficult to transport relief from Metro Manila to the North, specifically Benguet, because all major roads are closed. Just this afternoon, Kennon Road was opened to light vehicles, meaning heavy vehicles for transporting major goods cannot pass yet.
But there are ways to help.
Organizations are encouraging local purchase of goods because this will help spur local economy, consequently helping the locals recover their losses. We who are remote can send cash donations. Here are some direct ways I’ve found in the web:
1. Cafe By The Ruins, one of my favorite places in Baguio, is now a feeding and relief operations center. Everyday since Saturday, the cafe has been cooking food for evacuees and rescue volunteers, bringing food to various locations in Benguet such as Tublay and Puguis, La Trinidad. If you’re in Baguio, bring rice, monggo, vegetables, and reusable food containers to CBTR. They are also gathering other relief items such as clothing, blankets and medicines.
I spoke to Feliz Perez, one of Cafe by The Ruins’ owners, over the phone, and she says the operations will continue for as long as help is needed. They will also be extending burial and livelihood assistance to those who lost a lot to the typhoon.
For those outside Baguio or the country, you can send in your monetary donations via the cafe’s bank account:
For more info on how you can help, you can call them at +63 74 4464010.
2. The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) is appealing for our help for the Cordillerans – the people of Benguet and Mountain Province. They will be doing relief operations in affected areas through its Serve The People Brigade. They need the following items:
food- rice, canned goods, monggo, salt, boiled eggs
blankets and clothing; mats and tents
medications for fever, cough, colds, for wound disinfection (betadine, hydrogen peroxide), antibiotics
For cash donations, please deposit to:
Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Savings Account: 1-326-72354-8
RCBC Baguio Peso Account
Volunteers also needed – drop by their office at No. 55 Ferguson Road, Brgy. A. Bonifacio, Baguio City and look for Mr. Santos Mero, Serve the People Brigade Coordinator and CPA Deputy Secretary General (09152054262). You may also call or text the Hotline at mobile number 09209286370 or Telephone Number 63- 074304-4239, Fax number is 63-074-443-7159, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for queries.
3. World Vision is also mobilizing its local offices and cooperating with the Philippine Coast Guard for relief operations in Pepeng-affected areas. They are targeting to help 20,000 families who were displaced by both Ondoy and Pepeng. Ready-t0-eat food and cash donations are preferred. There is also a need for able-bodied volunteers.
Donations can be brought directly to WV office at 389 Quezon Avenue corner West 6th Sreet, Quezon City. For online donations through credit card or bank deposit, simply fill out this form at the World Vision website.
I will update list as I gather more information.
I know some of us are exhausted with helping. But let’s not grow weary helping one another.