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Outpouring of Support from Switzerland for Typhoon Victims

Posted: 06 Oct 2009 03:32 AM PDT

PR-806-09, 6 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs on the outpouring of support for the Philippines from almost all sectors of society in Switzerland for the victims of typhoon, “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”

The Swiss Government already made available to the Philippine National Red Cross the amount of 250,000 Swiss Francs (US$240,000).

Caritas Switzerland allotted US$200,000 for the distribution of food products while Medicins San Frontieres (Doctors without Frontiers) Switzerland sent two teams of doctors. Swiss Red Cross is ensuring emergency aid (shelters, household objects, food) amounting to US$300,000.00.

Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro collaborated with the Swiss Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) based in Zurich led by its President Martin Kuenzler of Credit Suisse, and the Philippine Country Officer Martin Kurer of Poledna Boss Kurer Law Firm, requesting Swiss companies active in the Philippines for contributions to the aid operations including clean water, food, candles, medicines, among others.

SACC is a private, non-profit association aimed at promoting economic and business relations between Switzerland and Southeast Asia based on reciprocal benefit. The Chamber is composed of CEOs of Swiss companies doing business in Southeast Asia.

SACC is also cooperating with Swiss Solidarity (Glueckskette), a prominent Swiss institution managed by Swiss mainstream media on the same efforts. The Philippine Swiss Business Council based in Manila also expressed support of SACC’s initiative.

“This is the first time that the Swiss business sector in Switzerland mobilized its membership for such an endeavor in coordination with the other NGOs and it is very heartening that all sectors of the Swiss society are giving their support to the Philippines in our times of need,” Ambassador Lazaro said. END

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“Bahaghari (Rainbow)”: Successful Performances in Seoul

Posted: 06 Oct 2009 03:28 AM PDT

PR-805-09, 6 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Seoul and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea hosted two-night performances of “Bahaghari (Rainbow)” at the National Theater of Korea on September 30 and October 1.

“Bahaghari (Rainbow)” is a celebration of Filipino culture through song and dance about the various Philippine rituals and practices that honor man’s connection with, and responsibility to, Mother Nature as performed by the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and the Sanghiyas Pangkat Mananayaw.

The staging of the production in Seoul was made possible in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Theater of Korea in line with the celebration of the 60th year anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Korea and the 2009 World Festival of National Theaters.

A total of 10 international theater groups participated in the month-long festival. Aside from Korea and the Philippines, other theater groups came from Italy, Belgium, Norway, France, Russia, Brazil, Thailand and Taiwan.

The two-night performances was attended by over 2,000 guests from the members of the diplomatic corps, Korean government officials, Filipino community members, and the Korean theater-going public.

The “Bahaghari (Rainbow)” is now considered as one of the most well-attended foreign production in the two-year history of the World Festival of National Theaters in Seoul. END

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RP Sluggers Prevail over HK’s Hato Baseball Club on its 2nd Game of The Season

Posted: 06 Oct 2009 03:23 AM PDT

PR-804-09, 6 October 2009 – The Philippine Sluggers, the newly-formed women’s baseball team, came out victorious in their second game in the season against the Hato Baseball Club on September 27 in the Ho Man Tin East Reservoir Playground in Kowloon, Hong Kong with a score of 10-4. The Hato Club is Hong Kong’s five-time undefeated women’s baseball champion.

This remarkable win by the Philippine Sluggers, now composed of 37 players who work as household service workers in Hong Kong, has proven to be a great upset for the Hato Baseball Club. A week before the game against the Thunderstorm team last September 10, the Sluggers and the Consulate were still busy looking for sponsors for much needed baseball equipment.

Despite their underdog status, Sluggers coach Mr. John Morrison credits the game to a good line-up consisting of players who have had some international experience playing baseball for the Philippine national team.

The Hato Club initially gained ground against the Sluggers in the first inning by scoring three runs to nil. But the Sluggers came to bat in the bottom of the first inning when its first four batters reached base safely.

Pitcher Cynthia Serrano drove in two of the runs with a single, and rendered the Hato Club scoreless in the second inning. All four batters reached home base safely and eventually gave the team a lead of 7-3.

Hato added one more run in the top of the third inning, making the score 7-4. At the bottom of the third inning, the Sluggers added three more runs from a single played by Mitchie Trinidad and a double by Marivic Calinawan and Reyzelyn Villanueva, making the score 10-4. The lack of time for additional innings later made the umpire call the game.

The Sluggers are set to face the Fortissmo Baseball Club on its third game at 2:30 p.m. on October 11 at the Hin Tin Playground in Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong. END

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Ten-Ton Relief Good turned Over to NDCC from Jordan

Posted: 06 Oct 2009 03:16 AM PDT

PH-170-09, 6 October 2009 – Defense Secretary Gilbert C. Teodoro, in his capacity as Chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC); Social Welfare and Development Esperanza I. Cabral; and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Franklin M. Ebdalin formally accepted the donation of relief goods from the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization. Ten tons of relief goods were dispatched to the Philippines, upon the orders of His Majesty King Abdullah II.

Honorary Consul of Jordan in Manila Michael M. Ang represented the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the turnover ceremony. Also present during the ceremony was Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary and Chairman of the DFA Task Force Ondoy Catalino R. Dilem, Jr and DFA Task Force Ondoy Coordinator for Middle East and Africa Enrico T. Fos.

H.M. King Abdullah II gave orders last October 1 for the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization to dispatch disaster relief aid for victims of Typhoon Ondoy meant to “alleviate the suffering of people affected by the typhoon.”

In compliance with the directive of H.M. King Adbullah II, the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization immediately put together a disaster relief aid package composed of food, sleeping bags, blankets, shelter boxes, medicines, and other medical supplies.

Ten tons of these relief goods arrived in Manila late last night via Etihad Airlines. END (photo by: Benjamin Remo, DFA-PISU)

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Call of BGen. Elmir S. De La Cruz on PCG Honolulu Officials

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 10:15 PM PDT

PH-169-09, 6 October 2009 – The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that BGen. Elmir S. De La Cruz, AFP, paid a courtesy call on Consul General Leoncio R. Cardenas. He was accompanied by Col. Romeo S. Borres, Col. Crisologo M. Nayve, Capt. Jande S. Francisco and Mr. Manuel B. Bundang. Accompanying them during their call was Capt. Severino Vicente David, PN, AFP Liaison to US PACOM. BGen De La Cruz and members of his delegation are in Honolulu, Hawaii for a four day visit to participate in the RP-US Command and Control Interoperability Board 09-02 Meeting. END.

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Filipinos in Lebanon send Donations and Offer Prayers for the Victims of Typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng”

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 09:41 PM PDT

PR-803-09, 6 October 2009 – The Filipino community in Lebanon organized cash donations for victims of typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”

The Philippine Embassy in Beirut reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Filipinos in Antelias, through the efforts of community leaders Dante and Beth Tagudin, gave money at the second collection during the Holy Mass on Sunday at the St. Elie Church, which they will forward to the Philippine National Red Cross.

The donors included Lebanese nationals such as Mr. Pierre Khoury, who gave US$333 (LL500,000) during the second collection. Rev. Father Theo Vlugt, S.J., who celebrated the Sunday mass, encouraged Filipinos to make their donations for the flood victims. He also led the Filipinos in offering prayers for the victims of the typhoons and for the speedy recovery of the country from the damage caused by the floods.

The Filipinos will again make donations at the second collection during the next Sunday mass at the St. Elie Church. Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Gilberto Asuque, accompanied by Vice Consul Bernadette Mendoza, joined the Filipino community during the Sunday mass and later thanked them for their cash donation.

Ambassador Asuque, accompanied by Consul General Mohd. Noordin Pendosina Lomondot, Vice Consul Mendoza, Mrs. Nila Robillos, OIC-POLO/OWWA and Welfare Officer Precy Flores, met the officers and members of the Philippine Basketball League in Lebanon (PHILBALL), to brief them on the relief operations for the victims of the typhoons and on the arrangement for the sending of donations.

The PHILBALL held their gathering on Sunday after the successful holding of their 2009 basketball and volleyball competition.. The PHILBALL officers are considering their donation for the victims of the typhoons.

At the same time, the Filipinos at the Sunday mass at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Hamra offered their prayers for the typhoon victims and also gave their donations during the second collection. The El Shaddai, through Sister Violy Bernales, organized the donations for cash and other relief items, which will be conducted during all the Filipino Sunday masses in October. The El Shaddai will remit the donation to their chosen charitable organization.

Also on Sunday, the Filipinos at the St. Joseph’s Church in Tabaris donated cash during the second collection for the typhoon victims. Fr. Martin McDermott, SJ, who celebrated the Sunday mass, led the congregation in prayers for the victims of the typhoon and also invited the Filipinos to give during the second collection for the typhoon victims, which will be remitted to the Philippine National Red Cross. END

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Canada Pledges Can$5 Million for Humanitarian Assistance to Typhoon Victims

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 08:50 PM PDT

PR-802-09, 6 October 2009 – Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon offered Canada’s condolences to the Filipino people following the devastation wrought by tropical storm “Ondoy.”

In a press statement issued last September 28, Minister Cannon said the Canadian government is in close contact with Philippine authorities and humanitarian partners in assessing the impact of the flooding to determine the appropriate response by Canada.

The Philippine Embassy in Ottawa informed the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Canadian International Development Agency pledged CAN$5 million for humanitarian assistance to the typhoon victims.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Embassy in Manila, through Ambassador Robert Desjardin, handed to the Philippine National Red Cross CAN$50,000 collected from among Embassy personnel.

The Philippine Embassy also reported that embassy personnel gave voluntary donations to assist Department of Foreign Affairs personnel who have fallen victims to the typhoon. Several Filipino associations and organizations in Canada have also started fund-raising campaigns for the typhoon victims, including ABS-CBN Canada and the Development and Peace (Montreal) which announced an initial donation of $50,000 to Caritas Philippines. END

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Pinoys in Indonesia Donate to “Ondoy” Victims

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 08:45 PM PDT

PR-801-09, 6 October 2009 – Members of the Filipino community in Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Bandung have again banded together in the true spirit of “bayanihan” to provide relief to Filipinos severely hit by Typhoon Ondoy.

Like their counterparts in the Philippines and other countries, many Filipinos in Indonesia, as early as Sunday night, readily made known to the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta their desire to give financial assistance that will help ease the lack of food, clothes and necessities for victims temporarily housed in various relief centers.

Emergency Meeting with the FILCOMIN Leaders at the Balay Pinoy, 02 October 2009

To facilitate and consolidate the solicitation efforts, Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Vidal Erfe Querol boosted the fund drive through messages sent by e-mail to Filipinos in different parts of the country, with the active and able assistance of FilCom leaders in a meeting held on October 2 at the Balay Pinoy, the official residence of the Philippine Ambassador.

Initial contribution reached US$5,000 which was remitted on October 5 to the Philippine National Red Cross and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Ambassador Querol expressed sincere thanks to Filipinos who have already given their donations even as he called upon others to sustain the ongoing fund drive in order to help in the more challenging task of rehabilitation. END

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Summary of Reports on Typhoon “Ondoy” Initiatives (as of 6 October 2009)

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 08:34 PM PDT

PHILIPPINE EMBASSIES (PE), CONSULATES GENERAL (PCG), and MISSIONS (PM) UPDATES
Abu Dhabi PE 4 October 2009

  • The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Society has agreed to donate US$ 100,000 to the PNRC through the UAE Embassy in Manila.
  • Post circulated the list of bank accounts of the NDCC, DSWD, and PNRC and requested donors to remit donations to the beneficiry of choice.
  • The Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicar for Arabia announced that a second collection for the benefit of Catholic relief agencies in the Philippines will be made in all masses from 9-11 October 2009.
  • The local representative of Land Bank of the Philippines has agreed to refund the remittance fees of donations made to the Land Bank account of the DSWD for the period up to 15 October 2009.
  • Several local remittance agencies have agreed to waive their respective remittance fees to selected charitable institutions in the Philippines.
  • Etisalat, the primary telecommunications network in the UAE, has reduced its rates to the Philippines for the period 2-8 October 2009. Calls were reduced from Dirhams 2.12 to Dirhams 0.99, while text messages were reduced from Dirhams 1.80 to only Dirhams 0.30.
  • The UP Alumni Association in the UAE announced that the LBC Express Service will ship free of cost 100 boxes containing relief goods.

1 October 2009

  • Post requested for authority to open a trust savings account for the purpose of receiving monetary collections for victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

29 September 2009

  • Post reported that the Land Bank of the Philippines local representative will work for the reduction, if not elimination, of remittance charges for donations sent to LBP account of DSWD.
Agana PE 29 September 2009

  • Ayuda Foundation of Guam, represented by executive director Ms. Carlotta Leon Guerrero expressed willingness to donate medicine, medical supplies, and to send volunteer medical professionals.
Amman PE 1 October 2009

  • His Excellency King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein directed the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) to immediately ship 10 tons of disaster relief goods.
  • Honorary Consul of Jordan in Manila Mr. Michael Alexander Ang is facilitating the arrival of the relief goods due to arrive by Etihad Airways on Monday 05 October 2009.
Bangkok PE 3 October 2009

  • Post reported that 30 boxes of donation from Thailand are expected to arrive on 3 October 2009.

30 September 2009

  • Post reported that a meeting was convened with the members of Filcom to update them on the Philippine government’s relief and rehabilitation efforts and discuss guidelines for donations.
  • During the meeting, the Philippine Ladies Group (PLG) Foundation, in collaboration with other Filipino organizations, offered its assistance to pool together cash donations before remitting the amount to DSWD. The SGV accountants of the Philippine-Thailand Business Group will help audit all cash contributions.
  • Post continues to receive used clothing, food items and toiletries as donations.
  • Cash donation amounting to Baht 8,400 in total was also received by Post.

29 September 2009

Post sent a list of donors for the Typhoon Ondoy victims:

  • Mr. Tiyapong Khattiyapirak and Ms. Malee Khattiyapirak donated Baht 100,000. Post advised them to deposit the money directly to the account of NDCC.
  • Carisa Cha donated used clothing and shoes.
  • Ms. Katrine Praest, executive director of the Danish-Thai Chamber of Commerce, donated food items (canned goods).
  • Fr. John Tamayo from the Mary Help of Christians Church donated used clothing, shoes and blankets.
  • Mr. Arjun Sikand (AJ) of Midhaven Foods Company Limited donated shirts and pants.
  • Post will meet with members of the Filipino Community to discuss mechanics of receiving, storing, and eventually shipping of voluntary donations.
  • The manager of the Philippine Airlines office in Bangkok , Ms. Monet Trespeses, informed the Embassy and the Filcom that PAL is trying to work out a system by which donations could be transported at the earliest possible time and at the least, if not zero, cost.
  • Mr. Dennis Manalili, a Filipino national who operates a cargo forwarding company (Zebra Cargo Forwarding Company), has given his company’s commitment to assist in the shipment of the donations.
  • Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that Thailand will provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippines which will be similar to what Thailand provided to Myanmar in the wake of cyclone Nargis. The assistance will include a mobile medical team, medical supplies, and rice.
Berne PE 2 October 2009

  • Post issued a press release stating the following:
    • The Swiss Government already made available to the PNRC the amount of 250,000 Swiss Francs (US$250,000).
    • Caritas Switzerland has allotted US$200,000 for the distribution of food products.
    • Medicines Sans Frontieres Switzerland has sent two doctors.
    • Swiss Red Cross is ensuring emergency aid (shelters, household objects, food) amounting to US$300,000.
    • The Swiss business sector in Switzerland has mobilized its membership for the first time for aid operations.
  • Post reported that a media release by the Swiss Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) announced that funds will be raised for relief operations in the Philippines. Members of SACC committed to send in excess of 300,000 Swiss Francs. More than CHF 100,000 other cash contributions in Switzerland have been collected so far.
  • Post is coordinating with SACC and the Philippine Swiss Business Council (PSBC) in Manila, in organizing a set of disaster relief projects for victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
  • Post is closely coordinating all actions and monitoring any development.
Brunei 5 October 2009

  • Post reported on solicitation activities by an OFW for victims of Tropical Storm Ondoy.

3-4 October 2009

  • The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (COLA), the Catholic parish in Bandar Seri Begawan, initiated a second collection-during all the weekend masses-for the relief of flood victims in the Philippines..

3 October 2009

  • Post disseminated information to the Brunei press on calamity loans being offered by the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).

2 October 2009

  • Based on guidelines obtained by Post from the Social Security System (SSS), Post disseminated information to the Brunei press on the early renewal of loans to SSS members affected by floods in Luzon caused by Typhoon Ondoy.

1 October 2009

  • Post reported on the Brunei-based remittance companies that have agreed to waive the remittance fees for cash donations for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. This waiver applies to donations for the bank accounts of NDCC, DSWD, and PNRC. Names and contact details of these remittance companies have been uploaded in www.philippineembassybrunei.net.

30 September 2009

  • Post reported on the condolence message sent by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
  • Post issued an advisory on “Assistance for Victims of Tropical Storm Ondoy in the Philippines” to members of the Filipino community in Brunei, and the Brunei press; and uploaded the advisory in Post’s website www.philippineembassybrunei.net.
  • Embassy officers and staff joined an ecumenical Prayer for the Nation, organized by the Filipino community in Brunei.

28 September 2009

  • Post set up a system for handling possible distress calls or requests from Brunei-based OFWs to contact and/or rescue their family in the Philippines, and devised a standard inquiry form to facilitate processing of these requests.
  • In anticipation of inquiries from OFWs in Brunei, Post’s SSS and Pag-IBIG offices have requested guidelines on the availability of a calamity loan for SSS/Pag-IBIG members.

27 September 2009

  • During the interview conducted by The Brunei Times on 27 September 2009, Post provided information on the effects of Tropical Storm Ondoy and actions being taken by the Philippine Government to assist the victims.
Brussels PE/PM 29 September 2009

  • Post reported that EC President Jose Manuel Barroso sent a letter of sympathy which indicated that EU will be giving €2 million to the PNRC.
Budapest 1 October 2009

  • Post reported that the Hungarian Baptist Aid consisting of medical practitioners and medical supplies are set to arrive midnight of 1 October 2009.

30 September 2009

  • Post reported that the Hungarian Baptist Aid and Baptist World Rescue24 came to the Embassy and offered humanitarian relief and medical supplies
Canberra PE 29 September 2009

  • Post sent fax circular to all Honorary Consuls-General in Australia instructing them to channel all voluntary contributions to the NDCC, DSWD, PNRC and other NGOs.
  • Post sent a copy of press release issued by Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and the Minister for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, announcing that Australia will provide up to A$1 million for Typhoon Ondoy relief operations. The assistance will be delivered through agencies on the ground, including the Philippine National Red Cross. Australia will offer further assistance according to additional needs to be identified by the Philippine government.
  • Post reported that they have been receiving queries from the Australian Red Cross and individuals on how they reconnect with relatives and friends located in areas afflicted by Typhoon Ondoy. The Australian Red Cross requested for accurate information and telephone numbers to assist in relocating relatives and friends of Filipinos in Australia.

28 September 2009

  • Post reported that it will advise the Filipino community organizations in Australia to send cash donations to the account number of the DSWD (Account No. 3122-1011-84, Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan Complex Branch).
Chongqing PCG 30 September 2009

  • Post sent a copy of a letter, with its unofficial translation, from Mr. Hao Ming, Director-General of the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, expressing sympathy for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy..
Dubai PCG 28 September 2009

  • Post reported that the Filipino community in Dubai prefers to send money to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) since it has links with Red Crescent in Dubai.
  • The community has also scheduled a Walk for a Cause on 9 October 2009 at Al Safa’a Park, proceeds of which will be sent to PNRC.
Geneva PM On 2 October 2009

  • Post sent queries regarding local customs clearances and tax exemption.
  • The Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) intends to fly in medicines and water purification equipment to the Philippines for Taguig and Rizal relief operations.
Hong Kong SAR PCG 29 September 2009

  • Post reiterated its recommendation to establish a dedicated line with the NDCC for the purpose of facilitating the flow of information on the relief efforts and the whereabouts of the survivors.

28 September 2009

  • Post reported that the Filipino community has mobilized its resources to help victims of typhoon Ondoy. Groups are spearheading fund-raising efforts and have started collecting goods such as clothing, canned food and medicines with the intent of sending them to the Philippines.
  • Banks and remittance centers have committed to waive all cable charges for cash donations for Operation: Ondoy.
  • Freight forwarders have provided the Consulate with a number of boxes with which to ship relief goods to the Philippines for free, and a major radio station embarked on a telethon starting 28 September to raise funds.
  • A community-led crisis task force has been formed to coordinate all efforts. Post will meet with the task force and other community leaders.
  • The Filipino Community has managed to secure pledges of aid from important business companies and institutions such as Credit Suisse, but they emphasized their desire for transparency, and would want to know where the funds are going and how they will be disbursed.
Honolulu PCG 2 October 2009

  • Post will be open on Sunday to accept cash and cheque donations, payable to the Filipino Community Center..
  • Telethon/phone-in pledges and fund-raising drive will be held on the same day, Sunday, 4 October 2009.

29 September 2009

Post reported the following:

  • Mr. Jun Abinsay, a prominent community leader donated $1,000.
  • Officers and staff of the Consulate pledged the amount of $500 which will be sent ASAP together with any additional amount received.
  • The Filipino Community Center opened its doors to accept donation. FilCom Center has a 501 (c) status and all donations are tax-deductible.
  • Telethon KNDI, A Filipino/Ilocano Radio Station, will do a remote broadcast at the Fil-com Center to accept phone-in donations and pledges on 04 October 2009.
  • Attendees in the Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii (PCCCH) meeting gave $335 as their donation.
  • The US Pacific Command, through AFP Liaison to the US Pacom Capt. Severino David, conveyed its readiness to ferry in its flights from Hickam Airbase to Clark Airbase donations in kind. Flights in Clark are scheduled three times a week.
Jakarta PM 2 October 2009

  • Post reported proposed visit of ASEAN Deputy Secretary General to the NDCC for a high-level briefing and visit two (2) Metro Manila-based evacuation centers.
Jeddah PCG 30 September 2009

  • Post reported that many have expressed and continue to express their preference to donate assorted relief goods (e.g. used clothing, canned and packed foods).
  • Donors have started collecting boxes of relief goods to be delivered to the Consulate for eventual collective shipment to the Philippines in the most expeditious way.
  • Post reported that Mr. Emy De Guzman, operations manager of Skyfreight, a Filipino-owned local cargo forwarder, signified his company’s willingness to accommodate and facilitate the shipment of donations, but requested for a specific addressee and appropriate clearance from DSWD or Malacañang to ensure and expedite the release of goods.

29 September 2009

  • Riyadh PE and Jeddah PCG, in coordination with Filcom organizations and well-meaning individuals, have embarked on drives to raise funds and collect relief goods. Post also issued a press release on guidelines for interested parties who want to send donations.
Kuala Lumpur PE 29 September 2009

  • Post reported that the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) will send a two-man assessment team headed by Mr. Hew Cheong Yew, Senior Program Officer of the Relief Operations Department of MERCY Malaysia, scheduled to arrive in Manila on 30 September 2009.
Kuwait PE 29 September 2009

  • Post sent a copy of bank remittance in the amount of P10,000 to PNRC BPI Account under receipt no. 20247906 dated 28 September 2009.
London PE 2 October 2009

  • Post requested for preferred list of goods.

29 September 2009

Post sent a report on the following donations:

  • Aguman Kapampangan, one of the largest FilOrgs in the UK, donated P100,000 to PNRC as part of its initial assistance.
  • 60 Students of St. Mary’s University in London signed in for volunteer work to pack any relief goods to be donated to the victims.
  • Remittance companies such as I-Remit and Metrobank will waive standard remittance charges for any donations to be sent to NDCC, PNRC, and DSWD.
  • Cargo Companies offered discounted rates for relief shipments to be sent to DSWD.
  • Communities in Wales and other parts of the UK organized collection points for any donations.
  • Philippine Generations will spearhead internet-based campaigns to encourage the public to donate to NDCC, PNRC and DSWD.
  • Overseas Women’s League will hold a special concert at Farm St. Church featuring Miss Saigon cast members to raise cash donations for the relief efforts.
Macau PCG 30 September 2009

  • Post reported that a bank representative from BDO Express Padala pledged to waive bank cable charges for those who want to send donation in cash.
  • GENLEX, a local forwarder, offered a free of charge shipment of relief goods in jumbo size balikbayan box.
Madrid PE 1 October 2009

  • Post reported that Spain will be donating the following:
    • €500,000 worth of relief goods
    • €250,000 for the distribution of hygiene kits
    • €150,000 for distribution of potable water thru Accion contra el Hambre
    • €150,000 for purchase of food at local markets
  • Post reported that the plane load of relief goods and equipment (water treatment plant, hygienic kits, medicine and kits, tarpaulins, mattresses, WAS materials, bladders) will arrive on 4 October 2009.

29 September 2009

  • Post reported that K9 de Creixell, a Spanish NGO, volunteered to send a team to assist in rescue and relief efforts. Post will coordinate with NDCC and the Office of Civil Defense on the assistance offered by the group.
Manama PE 1 October 2009

  • Post reported that the Office of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa requested information on how to send Bahrain’s donation and assistance to the Philippines.
  • The Filipino Club in Bahrain is preparing to launch a campaign to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
  • Cargo forwarders in Bahrain have indicated their willingness to send donations in kind to DSWD or NDCC.
Milan PCG 1 October 2009 Post reported on the following:

  • Filipino remittance centers such as BDO, BPI, LBP, Metrobank, RCBC and PNB will waive remittance charges for donations to victims coursed through NDCC, PNRC and DSWD.
  • Several cargo forwarding companies have offered to ship donations in kind free of charge.
  • FilCom organizations and religious communities initiated efforts to raise donations for the victims including a possible charity concert involving Filipino local talents.

29 September 2009

  • Post has informed FilCom in Northern Italy that cash donations may be sent directly to NDCC, PNRC and DSWD.
  • Post received information that several remittance centers (BDO, BPI, Landbank, Metrobank, RCBC, PNB) have approved to waive charges on donations to the above agencies.
  • Post received agreement from several cargo forwarding companies to ship donations free of charge.
  • FilCom and religious organizations have initiated fund raising initiatives, including a charity concert of Filipino talents
  • Post received several requests to serve as collection center for small amounts of donations for onward transmittal to beneficiaries in the Philippines.
Oslo PE 2 October 2009

  • Post has emailed leaders of the different Filipino organizations regarding agencies where they could send their donations.
  • Post instructed the Honorary Consuls in Denmark and Iceland to coordinate efforts for disaster relief.
  • Post informed the PNRC that the Danish Red Cross is willing to assist in relief efforts.
  • The Norwegian Foreign Ministry issued a press statement stating that it will allocate 20 million Norwegian Kroner (approximately US$3.44 million) to Indonesia and the Philippines for relief efforts, which will go to the UN, the Red Cross and NGOs present in both countries.
  • The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has received 300 million Kroners (US$51.7 million) from Norway to assist countries such as the Philippines.
  • Post reported that Ambassador Ilham I. M. Ahmed of the Republic of the Sudan personally called the Embassy to express her sympathies.
  • Mr. Idar Aarheim, Editor-in-Chief of The Magazine for Corps Diplomatique based in Oslo, has expressed his sympathies.
  • Pastor Ki Sung of the International Methodist Church Oslo offered prayers and possible assistance.
Ottawa PE 5 October 2009

  • Post reported that the CIDA has pledged Canadian $ 5 million for humanitarian assistance to Typhoon Ondoy victims.
  • The Canadian Embassy in Manila through Ambassador Robert Desjardins handed to the PNRC Canadian $ 50,000 collected from among Embassy personnel.

2 October 2009

  • Mr. Dave Smith, a well-known philanthropist, expressed his intention to donate a 40-foot container-full of items to Typhoon Ondoy victims that will include blankets, sheets, pillowcases, tents, bottled water, clothes, shoes, sandals and medical supplies.
  • Dr. Robert Robertson, former Canadian Ambassador to Togo and former resident of the Philippines, expressed his intention to donate $500.
  • On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Parliamentary caucus, Opposition/Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff sent his sympathies to the Philippines and to all Canadian citizens of Philippine origin.
  • The Ateneo Alumni Association will conduct a fund-raising activity during its 15th Ateneo Alumni Association gathering on 10 October 2009 .
  • Ambassador Jose S. Brillantes will brief Members of the House, the Senate and their staff on the situation in the Philippines during a meeting to be hosted by the Canada Philippines Parliamentary Friendship Group.

1 October 2009

  • Embassy personnel will remit Canadian $275 for DFA employees affected by Typhoon Ondoy.
  • Post reported that the Canada Philippines Parliamentary Friendship Group has asked donations for victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
  • Hon. Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament of Scarborough-Agincourt, informed the Embassy that he will pressure the Canadian Government to act on three points:
    • Match, dollar for dollar, money raised over the next two months, by government-approved, Canadian NGOs in order to provide humanitarian assistance;
    • Expedite new and existing Family Class Sponsorship applications from the affected areas; and
    • Issue Visitor Visas to immediate family members of the Canadian Filipino community, so they can join their relatives in Canada.
  • Hon. Karygiannis is working with the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians to assist in the expedition of immigration applications of those affected by Typhoon Ondoy.
  • The Knights of Rizal in Winnipeg is raising funds to be sent through the FILCAN Disaster Relief Fund.
  • The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is releasing an initial grant of $15,000.
  • A mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Pedro Arana was celebrated on 30 September 2009 for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. Fr. Arana is also spearheading a fund campaign and relief/aid gathering.
  • In Montreal, the Borough Council promised to work with the Filipino Associations of Montreal and Suburbs (FAMAS) in soliciting more aid and made an initial pledge of $2,000.

29 September 2009

  • Post reported that Embassy personnel have given voluntary donations to assist DFA personnel who have fallen victims to typhoon Ondoy.
  • Post has immediately disseminated information on tyhoon Ondoy, particularly to Filcom associations.
  • Angie Ogerio of the Federation of Filipino Canadian Associations in Quebec was among the first to open a fund-raising campaign.
  • The Filipino Association of Kingston has started a fund-raising campaign.
  • Mr. James de la Paz and 27 other community leaders based in Montreal will call on Senator Lavigne to discuss typhoon aid from Canada.
  • The Philippine Centre Canada will hold a special mass at the Assumption Church where they will raise funds.
  • Pabulum International Grocery, a Filipino-owned food establishment based in Ottawa, has initiated a fund drive donating $1 for every $30 grocery purchase.
  • The Philippine Honorary Consulates in Calgary and in Edmonton have started fund-raising campaigns for typhoon victims.
  • Post will meet with Mr. David Smith, a philanthropist based in Ottawa, who wishes to donate humanitarian goods to the victims.
  • Post will coordinate with ABS-CBN Canada which is setting up accounts for typhoon victims, coordinating donations sent directly to ABS-CBN Foundation, and setting up donation boxes in its “In My Life” movie premiere in Calgary and Toronto.
  • Development and Peace (Montreal) has announced an initial donation of $50,000 to Caritas Philippines for emergency relief activities
  • CND NDG Borough (Montreal) will table a $2,000 donation in a meeting
  • Various Filipino Canadian communities are currently holding meetings to discuss efforts in helping typhoon victims.
  • The Honorable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has offered Canada’s condolences to the people of the Philippines.
Paris PE 28 September 2009

  • Post reported that the Emergency Architects Foundation donates Technical assistance for assessment and damage evaluation and first emergency aid. Expert architects teams are prepared and ready to go on site.
Riyadh PE 5 October 2009

  • Post reported that a Saudi Prince is planning to give a donation for Typhoon Ondoy victims and requested for list of medical equipment needed.

3 October 2009

  • Post reported that it will send priority list of goods and medicines to the Saudi Arabian Government which intimated to Post its desire to send donations.
Seoul PE 30 September 2009

  • Post reported that the South Korean government will donate US$300,000.
  • Korean organizations in the Philippines are raising funds of an average of US$ 5,000 daily to assist the victims.
  • OCI, a chemicals corporation, made an initial pledge of US$ 50,000.
  • Post opened temporary bank accounts (one in dollar and another in Korean Won) with the Korea Exchange Bank for voluntary donations. The collected amount will be sent to the DSWD upon closing of the accounts on 28 October 2009.
Singapore PE 29 September 2009

  • Post reported that a press statement announced that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent his condolence letter to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 28 September 2009. Singapore will send relief supplies worth US$30,000 to the Philippine government through Singapore Red Cross. Singapore will also contribute US$20,000 as seed money.
  • Mercy Relief, a Singapore-based independent non-government humanitarian charity, will send a preliminary team and a first batch of relief items to be dispatched over the next few days.
Toronto PCG 2 October 2009

  • Post requested assistance from DFA Task Force to expedite the release of Global Medic air shipment.

DFA Task Force coordinated with DSWD and Global Medic for this purpose. 28 September 2009

  • Post reported that “Global Medic”, an NGO based in Toronto specializing in emergency/disaster response, was dispatched on 29 September 2009 and scheduled to arrive in Manila on 30 Sept 2009. The team, composed of Mr. Raul Singh (team leader), Mr. Matt Capobianco, and two other member medics, will be bringing water purification equipment and rehydration tools, and is closely coordinating with the emergency/disaster response group of the Philippine mining and geodetic association disaster response team.
Vancouver PCG 28 September 2009

  • Post disseminated a press release regarding the relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
  • Filipino organizations in British Columbia such as Goldilocks, Manila Express and Multicultural Helping House Society have set up drop-off points for donations and relief goods for the victims.
Washington D.C. PE 1 October 2009

  • The Office of Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, USA has contacted the Embassy and expressed her intention to offer assistance to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. Her office stated that assistance may be in the form of provision of shelter, management of displaced families, rehabilitation efforts (mud-digging operations), and other forms of technical assistance on disaster recovery.
  • Post requested for a list of specific areas that require assistance, for use of the Office of Sen. Landrieu.

29 September 2009

  • Post sent copy of statement of support made by Senator David Akaka (D-HI) on the disaster caused by Typhoon Ondoy.

28 September 2009

  • Post issued an advisory to all Posts in the US on Posts’ support for efforts to assist victims of Typhoon Ondoy .
DIPLOMATIC CORPS/OTHER REGIONAL and INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS UPDATES
Embassy of Peru in Thailand 29 September 2009

  • The Embassy of Peru in Thailand, through a note, expressed its heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims affected by Typhoon Ketsana.
Embassy of El Salvador in Japan 29 September 2009

  • The Embassy of El Salvador in Japan, through a note, expressed its condolences and profound sorrow for the loss of many lives and the severe damage inflicted in Metro Manila and other regions in the Philippines.
Asian Development Bank 30 September 2009

  • ADB issued a press release pledging $3 million support of emergency relief efforts to the Philippines.
  • ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda expressed his deepest sympathies and condolences to the government and people of the Philippines, particularly families who have lost their loved ones.. He said that the Philippines is ADB’s home and that ADB is dedicated to helping flood-affected families through this unimaginable difficult time.
United Arab Emirates Embassy in Manila 5 October 2009

  • The UAE Embassy in Manila informed the DFA that the donation amounting to US $100,000 from the International Red Crescent will be coursed through the UAE Embassy for purchase of relief goods.

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