Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda Devastates the Philippines’ Most Vulnerable

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Haiyan_2013-11-07_0420Z_246x358Typhoon Haiyan (known locally in the Philippines as “Yolanda”) hit the Philippines this past weekend and has been called one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The devastation to Filipino towns and cities is unimaginable. Countless communities have been laid to waste, and many families are without homes, food, electricity, or safe water to drink.

And, this is happening to a country where people struggle with the effects of extreme poverty every day.

Looting has also become a threat, which means many microfinance clients could stand to lose what little may be left after the storm’s destruction. To date (11/25), the Government of the Philippines is recording 3,621 5,235 dead, 12,203 25,559 injured, and 1,140 1,613 missing (see latest estimates here); however, the death toll may climb as high as 10,000 people, according to UN and relief agency estimates.

15_plenary_audience(3)_600x429_photo credit - Vikash KumarThe Microcredit Summit Campaign just held our 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit last month, and we feel that it is our responsibility to help the country that welcomed so many of us for that inspiring week.

There are many great MFIs that you can donate directly to as well as government agencies like the Department of Social Welfare and Development and international NGOs.

*Update 1*

We are in contact with our 2013 Summit co-hosts, the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), and they are presently consulting with their members—with guidance from the Pakistan Microfinance Network, who experienced their own catastrophic natural disasters in 2010 and 2011—to come up with a plan for responding in a coordinated and well-thought out way to address the urgent needs being felt by their clients. We will share with you details of that plan as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, please consider providing your support to MCPI by donating directly to them via wire transfer to their US Dollar account. Here are their BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS:

  • Account Name: Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc.
  • Beneficiary Account Number: 2434-0606-24
  • Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands – Julia Vargas
  • Branch SWIFT Code: BOPIPHMM
  • Bank Address: Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

*Update 2*

APPEND, Inc., a longtime partner of the Microcredit Summit Campaign in data collection, has published their information for disaster relief donations. You can donate via wire transfer in Pesos or US Dollars or through PayPal. See their information below.

*Update 3*

We have published a new blog post of damage assessment shared with us from Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. Check out the article here.

*End updates*

You can also support the efforts in non-financial ways (please see at the bottom).

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to our friends and partners as well as their clients affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Where to donate

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is accepting donations:
NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP).
Contact:
Roel Montesa – 09263469927, roelmontesa[at]gmail[dot]com
Elma Pille – ecpille[at]dswd.gov[dot]ph
Cash deposits accepted:
DSWD Bank Acct. at Landbank of the Philippines
Nos. 3122-1011-84 (current) and 3124-0055-81 (savings) Fe Catalina Ea – 09186281897

Local Microfinance Institutions:

  • The Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI)
    Account Name: Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc.
    Beneficiary Account Number: 2434-0606-24
    Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands – Julia Vargas
    Branch SWIFT Code: BOPIPHMM
    Bank Address: Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • APPEND, Inc.
    Serving close to 3 million poor people, about 50% of their clients live in Central Philippines (Visayas Region), which was ravaged by typhoon Yolanda. Learn more.
    Send Pesos
    — Savings Account No. 002860124779
    — Account Name: APPEND, INC.
    — Bank Name: Banco de Oro Universal Bank
    — Branch: Ground Floor, Strata 100 Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
    Send US Dollars
    — Dollar Savings Acct. No. 6794-0982-02
    — Account Name:  APPEND, INC.
    — Bank Swift Code:  BOPIPHMM
    — Bank Name: BPI Family Savings Bank
    — Branch: Ground Floor Agustin I Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines
    — Tel. No. (632) 6345768
    Pay by PayPal, click here.
  • Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
    Account Name: Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
    Name of Bank: Metrobank
    Branch: North Cabanatuan
    Account No.: 237-3-23704339-2
  • Community Economic Ventures, Inc.
    Account Name: Community Economic Ventures, Inc.
    Name of Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
    Branch: Tagbilaran Branch
    Account No.: 1205-1123-63
  • FCB Foundation, Inc.
    Account Name: FCB Foundation, Inc. – ADB-IFAD
    Name of Bank: Land Bank of the Philippines
    Branch: Tagbilaran Branch
    Account No.: 0612-1022-01
  • GM Bank of Luzon
    Account Name: GM Bank of Luzon, Inc.
    Name of Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
    Account No.: 8621-0140-22
  • KCCDFI Center for Community Development Foundation, Inc. (KCCDFI)
    Account Name: KFI Center For Community Development Foundation, Inc.
    Name of Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
    Branch: Zamboanga Climaco Branch
    Account Number: 2123-4137-28
  • Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI Microfinance)
    Account Name: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
    Name of Bank: Union Bank of the Philippines
    Account No.: 0027-8000-3279

For other forms of assistance, you may contact the institutions directly:

  • Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
    Tel. No.: (044) 600-2858, 600-2908, 463-1246, 463-5779
    Contact Person: Mr. Rolando B. Victoria, Executive Director
    E-mail: info[at]aski[dot]com[dot]ph; rolando.victoria[at]aski[dot]com[dot]ph
  • Community Economic Ventures, Inc.
    Tel. Nos.: (038) 235-5463; (038) 412-2356
    Contact Person: Mr. Jonar Dorado, Executive Director
    E-mail: jonar_dorado[at]wvi[dot]org
  • FCB Foundation, Inc.
    Tel. No.: (038) 411-2462
    Contact Person: Ms. Victoriana Ente, ARF Manager
    E-mail: vicky.ente[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • GM Bank of Luzon, Inc.
    Tel. No.: (044) 940-6000, 600-6000
    Contact Person: Mr. Tomas S. Gomez IV, President & CEO
    E-mail: gmbank_inc[at]yahoo[dot]com; tg4[at]gmbank[dot]com[dot]ph
  • KCCDFI Center for Community Development Foundation, Inc. (KCCDFI)
    Tel. No.: (062) 991-9841
    Contact Person: Mr. Rodolfo T. Quinday, Sr., President & CEO
    E-mail: kccdfi[at]gmail[dot]com

International NGOs

Find more info and ways to donate at http://bit.ly/CNNSupportPH

Help out in other ways
Are you a Twitter fanatic? Are you passionate about supporting relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan? We have just the project for you:  TweetClicker on MicroMappers. http://micromappers.com/

Tweet Clicker Tutorial
Simply read a tweet and select click on the one category that best describes the tweet:

  • Not Relevant / Skip / RTs: tweet is not relevant to disaster response.
  • Needs / Requests for Help: tweet refers to needs and requests for help, for information, food, water, money, etc.
  • Infrastructure Damage: tweet refers to building damage, road damage, etc.
  • Population Displacement: tweet refers to the displacement of individuals due to Typhoon.
  • Relevant but Other: tweet is relevant to disaster response but not related to Needs / Damage.
  • Not in English: the tweet is not in English.

While a tweet may fall in more than one category, simply click on the one category that best describes the tweet.

2 thoughts on “Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda Devastates the Philippines’ Most Vulnerable

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  2. *Update from Department of Social Welfare and Development*
    Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that relief operations for victims of Typhoon Yolanda is moving at a faster pace with roads and thoroughfares already open and passable. Secretary Soliman flew to Ormoc City today from Tacloban City to lead in relief distribution. The Secretary said that aside from distribution in the areas, they will also do food drops in the Eastern and Western coasts.
    http://www.gov.ph/crisis-response/updates-typhoon-yolanda/

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