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DFA Secretary Romulo Welcomes UN Flash Appeal for “Ondoy” Victims

Posted: 06 Oct 2009 03:45 AM PDT

PR-808-09, 6 October 2009 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo welcomed the Flash Appeal issued by the United Nations calling on the international community to extend emergency assistance to the Philippines.

“We welcome and support the Flash Appeal issued by the United Nations to help our fellow Filipinos who have been victims of typhoon Ondoy. The Philippine Government is grateful for the help being extended to us by the United Nations in these trying times. We particularly extend our gratitude to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his and the UN’s assistance and quick response,” he said.

Secretary Romulo met with the UN Secretary General, Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, and other UN officials last September 28 to relay President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s appeal for international humanitarian assistance following the devastation caused by Ondoy.

During their meeting, the UN Secretary General stated that the UN would consider issuing a flash appeal to both member states and international NGOs.

The Flash Appeal, which will be formally launched by the world body in Geneva, New York, and Manila (October 7), calls for urgent help in key sectors such as food/nutrition, shelter, water/sanitation, education, child protection, health, agriculture, livelihoods, logistics, communications, camp coordination/camp management, as well as early recovery.

The United Nations said a request has been made to the Central Emergency Response Fund to address the most urgent needs, while the international humanitarian community including NGOs, the International Organization for Migration and United Nations agencies, are seeking US$74,021,809 to address the immediate needs of approximately one million typhoon victims.

Secretary Romulo said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through its Missions in Geneva and New York and other foreign service posts, is actively supporting efforts to facilitate the appeal process and other international humanitarian assistance measures.

The appeal was developed in partnership with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and is planned to last for six months. It also provides the framework for a common inter-agency understanding of needs and priorities based on the best information currently available and will be updated after one month when it will present a more complete picture of current humanitarian needs, including in terms of early recovery. END

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International Donations and Pledges for the Victims of “Ondoy” now over US$13 Million

Posted: 06 Oct 2009 03:35 AM PDT

PR-807-09, 6 October 2009 – Donations and pledges for the victims of typhoon Ondoy from various international sources have reached more than US$13.22 million (or approximately P634.76 million) as of today.

In a report of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Secretary stated that financial assistance from bilateral partners totalled US$7.33 million; from multilateral/regional organizations US$3.64 million; from international organizations US$283,351; and from foreign NGOs US$150,000.

In addition, donations from Filipino communities abroad amounted to US$5,820; from DFA personnel at Embassies and Consulates General US$7,802; and from private individuals/others US$64,582.

“The assistance from our bilateral and multilateral partners, and our overseas kababayans, have been swift and substantial,” Secretary Romulo said.

At least 12 countries have given or pledged donation or assistance in cash and/or in kind for Ondoy victims and the affected areas, notably the following:

Australia A$1 million (approximately US$ 866,000) financial assistance
Singapore US$30,000 worth of humanitarian relief supplies
United States US$100,000 cash donation; deployment of US forces for medical, transportation, engineering, communications, etc.
Japan ¥20 million (approximately US$222,871) emergency assistance consisting of 1,500 sleeping mattresses; 1,500 blankets; 20 water tanks; 1,500 polyester tanks; and 15 water purifiers
China US$140,000 (including US$10,000 from the Chinese Embassy and US$30,000 from Huawei Technologies Philippines)
Canada Canadian $5 million (approximately US$4.63 million) humanitarian assistance
Spain €1 million (approximately US$1.46 million) worth of relief goods, hygienic kits, potable water, and food aid
Italy €215,548 (approximately US$314,347)
South Korea US$300,000
Germany €500,000 (approximately US$729,181)
Switzerland US$241,639.28
France US$14,583.64

Jordan sent 10 tons of relief goods through the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, upon the instructions of King Abdullah II. These include 1,000 sleeping bags, 432 blankets, 15 shelter boxes, medicine and medical supplies, 100 cartons of food parcel, 100 cartons of macaroni, eight cartons of tea, and 13 cartons of conserved beans. The relief goods, which arrived Monday night via Etihad Airlines, will be turned over this afternoon to NDCC chairman and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro and other officials.
Egypt called on humanitarian and relief assistance and asked the international community to “promptly provide all the necessary support to the Philippines.”

Peru, the United Kingdom and Great Britain, Russia, Andorra, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, The Netherlands, El Salvador, and the Non-Aligned Movement have expressed messages of sympathy and condolences to the Philippines and the victims of the Ondoy.

Regional organizations have also made financial commitments and offered assistance for the typhoon victims. The European Union has committed more than €2.5 million while the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) set up an emergency relief fund called the “ASEAN Cooperation Fund for Emergency Relief”.

Multilateral and international organizations, led by the United Nations, are likewise giving their contributions to the Philippines. The world body has issued a flash appeal that called on the international community to pledge emergency assistance to the Philippines.

The UN made a request to the Central Emergency Response Fund to address urgent needs while the International Organization for Migration and United Nations agencies are seeking more than US$74 million to address the immediate needs of approximately one million typhoon victims.

In Manila, the UN Country Team has assisted in the Joint Rapid Needs Assessment Mission in five localities that included Marikina and Taguig – areas severely hit by Ondoy. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has organized a “surge capacity” where OCHA personnel assisted the National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC), helped in information management, and in putting together the flash appeal.

UNICEF has donated P15.3 million worth of food and non-food items while the World Food Programme has released 350 megatons of rice. The World Health Organization has provided financial assistance amounting to US$42,000 to support health needs.

The International Committee of the Red Cross will provide relief goods to various evacuation centers.
The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna and its UN SPIDER Program will consolidate satellite date on typhoon Ondoy and its impact. The satellite imagery of flooded areas will be of significant assistance to the NDCC in planning for future disaster mitigation and response.

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is releasing an initial grant of US@15,000 and is accepting donations for typhoon victims.

Meanwhile, foreign NGOs that have given financial and other assistance include the Development Peace (Montreal), CND NDG Borough (Montreal), International Women’s Club, United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Society, Emergency Architects Foundation, MERCY Malaysia, Global Medic, Overseas Women’s League, K9 de Creixell, Hungarian Baptist and Baptist World Aid Rescue 24, Medicins Sans Frontieres, and the Ayuda Foundation of Guam.

Filipino communities in Hong Kong, Canada, Macau, Honolulu, Italy, United Kingdom, Thailand, Shanghai, Manama, and Dubai have given their contributions through the Philippine Embassies and Consulates General (see more detailed reports from Philippine Embassies and Consulate General in http://www.dfa.gov.ph). END

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Donations/Pledges for the Victims of the Typhoon “ONDOY”

Posted: 06 Oct 2009 03:00 AM PDT







SOURCE OF DONATION / SUPPORT TYPE OF DONATION / ASSISTANCE AMOUNT/VOLUME

(in Cash / in Kind)

REMARKS
BILATERAL
Australia Financial Assistance A$1 Million (USD865,501.13) To be delivered through agencies on the ground including the PNRC
Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong has sent a condolence letter to HEPGMA And will send humanitarian Relief Supplies worth US$30000 US$30000 The Singapore Government will also contribute US$20,000 as seed money to kickstart the Singapore Red Cross (SRC)’s drive for donations for those affected by the disaster.
Peru Sent condolence letter (Per NV Note No. 186/2009)
United States of America Senator Daniel K. Akaka

Sen. Mary Landrieu

US Pacific Command

Provided 1 helicopter and rubber boats Offered rehabilitation and humanitarian assistance

Deployment of small package of forces pulled from US forces units bound for “Exercise Talon Vision.Philblex’ w/c includes the ff:

  • Medical Team of 30 people
  • Transportation: 5×7 ton trucks, 5xHMMWV’s, vehicle maintenance support.
  • Light engineering: 1xD-7 bulldozer, 5xtram with bucket
  • Communications personnel
  • Public affairs/ combat camera

Ø Civic Action

Ø Medical evacuation

Ø Amphibious support

Ø Organic engineering

Ø Water purification

Ø Public affairs and combat camera.

Donated US$ 100,000 Delivered statements of support on the Disaster caused by Typhoon ‘Ondoy’
Japan Emergency Assistance worth 20 Million Yen

  • 1500 sleeping mattresses
  • 1500 blankets
  • 20 water tanks
  • 1500 polyester tanks
  • 15 water purifiers
20 Million Yen (USD222,871.02) Turned over to DSWD on 30 Sept 2009 by CDA Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima
China Huawei Technologies Philippines Chinese Embassy donated US$10,000 to PNRC Chinese Government donation of US$100,000 to DSWD (in check), received by Usec. Ebdalin, 30 Sept. 2009.

Handed over to VP Noli de Castro a check in the amount of US$30,000.

US$140,000 Conveyed message of sympathy The check was also paid to the Philippine National Red Cross
Canada Canada Philippines Parliamentary Friendship Group

Jim Karygiannis,MP of Scarborough-Agincourt

[Through Ottawa PE]

The Government of Canada will make up to $5 Million available for humanitarian assistance $5 Million (USD 4,632,632.26) Offered condolences to the Filipino people Has circulated a letter to all MPs asking that they make donations to the Canadian red cross earmarked for the victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)

Informed embassy that he will pressure Government on 3 points:

1.) Match, dollar for dollar, money raised over the next two months, by government- approved Canadian NGOs to provide humanitarian assistance.

2.) expedite new and existing Family Class sponsorship applications from the affected areas. And

3.)issue Visitor Visas to immediate family members of the Canadian Filipino Community so they can join their relatives in Canada

Spain [Amb. Luis Arias Romero]

[King Don Juan Carlos I]

[H.E. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero]

A plane will leave Madrid for Manila ,carrying relief goods such as blankets, cooking kits, sanitary items and tents , on 1 Oct 2009 The Technical Cooperation Office (AECID) of the Embassy of Spain has been authorized to immediately advance 150,000 Euros, approx. PHP10, 409,805, for food aid.

As of Oct 2, 2009 – AECID has allocated a total of1 Million Euros, broken down as follows:

500,000 Euros – relief goods and cost of rental of transport plane.

250,000 Euros – distribution of hygienic kits through PNRC

150,000 Euros – distribution of potable water through the Accion Contra el Hambre (action against hunger), a Spanish NGO.

150,000 Euros – purchase of food at local markets

1 Million Euros (USD1,458,363.72) Conveyed sympathies and requests “instructions so that the Embassy of Spain and its Cooperation Office may be able to know as soon as possible the areas where help may be urgently needed” Conveyed message of sympathy to HEPGMA and the Filipino people (NV126-2009)

Conveyed message of sympathy to HEPGMA and the Filipino people (NV125-2009)

United Kingdom & Great Britain [Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II] Conveyed message of condolences
Russia [Amb. Vitaly Y. Vorobiev] Conveyed message of sympathy
Andorra Conveyed Condolence message (NV FIL.08/09)
Italy To dispatch an airplane with humanitarian goods to be distributed where most needed through the channels of the PNRC. Italy has also allocated 50,000 Euros to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies earmarked 250,000 Swiss Francs equal to 165,548 Euros (International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund) to support the Philippine National society in delivering immediate assistance to the affected people by typhoon. 215,548 Euros (USD314,347.38) Conveyed message of sympathy (NV1615)
South Korea Amb. Choi Joong Kyung said that the South Korean Gov’t will donate US$300,000 to aid in the relief efforts. Amb.Choi also said that Korean Organizations in the Phils are raising funds of an average US$5,000 daily. US$300,000
Cambodia [King Norodom Sihamoni] Conveyed message of sympathy to HEPGMA and the Filipino people.
Indonesia [H.E. Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda] Conveyed message of sympathy to SFA and the Filipino people. (No.POL/0925/IX/2009)
Thailand [H.E. Abhisit Vejjajiva & H.E. Kasit Piromya] Conveyed message of sympathy
Myanmar [H.E. U Nyan Win] Conveyed message of sympathy
Jordan [His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Hussein] Will send the following relief goods to assist the victims of Typhoon Ondoy on 5 October 2009 via the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization:

  • Sleeping bags – 1000 (in 200 cartons)
  • Blankets – 432 (in 67 cartons)
  • Shelter box – 15
  • Medicine & medical supplies
  • Food parcel – 100 cartons
  • Macaroni – 100 cartons
  • Tea – 8 cartons
  • Beans(conserved) – 13 cartons
Germany [Through Berlin PE] 500,000 Euros made available to German Aid Organizations to provide flood victims. Approx Php 35 million 500,000 Euros (USD729,181.86) To be channeled through the PNRC
Switzerland France

[Through OEA

CHF 250,000 approx. 11 Million
10,000 Euros approx Php690,000

Approx.
Php 11 million

(USD241,639.28)

Approx Php690,000

(USD14,583.64)

To be channeled through the PNRC
Kingdom of Netherlands

[H.E. Maxime Verhagen]

Expressed messages of sympathy and condolences.
Egypt Called on humanitarian and relief assistance organizations and in the international donor community “to promptly provide all the necessary support to the Phils”
El Salvador Expressed messages of sympathy and condolences.
REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
European Union(EU) The EU and its Member states have committed more than 2.5 Million Euros. Approx 2.5 Million Euros. (USD3,645,909.29) Expressed messages of sympathy and condolences.
ASEAN [PR-790-09] Offered assistance and set up an emergency relief fund called “ASEAN Cooperation Fund for Emergency Relief” Initial fund for emergency relief will be taken from the ASEAN Development Fund, and will be used to purchase relief items based on the needs of the affected populations.
MULTILATERAL / INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
UN Country Team Assisted in the Joint Rapid Needs Assessment Mission in 5 localities that included Marikina and Taguig. The Mission included the NDCC, UNICEF, WHO, WFP and OCHA.
United Nations (UN) [Sec.Gen. Ban Ki-Moon] Offered to rally international humanitarian assistance
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Organized a “Surge Capacity”

  • 5 OCHA Personnel flew in from Bangkok to assist w/ Information management and as mapping specialists.
  • 3 Nat’l/Local personnel of OCHA assisting the NDCC and ensuring proper coordination with the Philippine Gov’t.
  • 2-3 OCHA Personnel coming in to assist will put together the flash appeal for international assistance w/in 5 days.
UNDP Beefed up personnel to assist in early recovery efforts as well as diverted funds from an existing project to provide non-food items.
UNICEF Released 2000 kits containing non-food items as well water and sanitation support. Donated food and non-food items totaling Php 15.3 Million. Php 15.3 Million (USD226,351.26)
World Food Programme (WFP) Released 350 megatons of rice Provided to approx. 180,000 Filipinos
World Health Organization (WHO) Provided Financial Assistance to support health needs US$42,000
ICRC/PNRC To provide relief goods to various evacuation centers. The Red Cross aims to assist 15,000 families
UN Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna and its UN SPIDER program [Through Vienna PM/PE] To consolidate satellite data on typhoon Ondoy and its impact.. The satellite imagery of flooded areas will be of great assistance to the NDCC in planning for future disaster mitigation and response
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Is releasing an initial grant of $15,000 and is accepting donations to help typhoon victims $15,000 The public has been invited to attend in the Spirit
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Expressed sympathy and Solidarity to the Phil. Gov’t.
FOREIGN NGOs
Development and Peace (Montreal) [Through Ottawa PE] Cash donation to Caritas Philippines $50,000
CND NDG Borough (Montreal) [Through Ottawa PE] Plans to table a $2000 donation in a meeting to be held on 30 Sept 09
International Women’s Club, a Swedish Organization [Through Stockholm PE] Indicated willingness to help, will be properly advised by Post on how to send assistance based on the Department’s instructions.
United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Society [Through Abu Dhabi PE] Has agreed to donate USD100,000 to the PNRC through the UAE Embassy in Manila USD100,000
Mr. Patrick Coulombel President

Emergency Architects Foundation

[Through PARIS PE]

Technical Assistance Proposal and First Emergency Aid following “ONDOY” Cyclone

  • Assessment and damages evaluation
  • Dev’t of adapted solutions in risk mitigation for provisional rehousing disaster persons.
  • Programs proposal in the framework of permanent rehousing of disaster persons.
For onward transmittal to NDCC
MERCY Malaysia [Through KL PE] Will send 2-man assessment team to Manila on 30 Sept 09 to do a quick assessment and provide humanitarian assistance. KL PE provided names as contact persons in Manila for Mr. Hew Cheong Yew, Senior Program Officer of the Relief Operations Dep’t. of MERCY Malaysia
Global Medic, a Toronto-based charity NGO Dispersed a 3-men emergency/disaster response team.

  • The team is taking along 6 water purification units.
  • About 1.4 Million water purification tablets have been flown ahead into the disaster area..
  • The team is also bringing rehydration equipment.
Overseas Women’s League [Through London PE] Will hold a special concert ,featuring former Miss Saigon cast members, this week to raise cash donations for the victims
K9 de Creixell, a Spanish NGO [Through Madrid PE] Volunteered to send a team to assist in the rescue and relief efforts.
Mr. Sandor Szenczy, President of the Hungarian Baptist Aid and Baptist World Aid Rescue 24 Sent a 3 man team to Manila on Oct 1 2009,and offered medical supplies and humanitarian relief
The Knights of Rizal of Winnipeg [Through Ottawa PE] Raising funds that will be sent through the FILCAN Disaster Relief Fund
UP Alumni Association in UAE [Through Abu DhabiPE] Has announced that the LBC Express Service will ship free of cost 100 boxes containing relief goods.
Medicins Sans Frontieres [Through Geneva PM] Humanitarian assistance – Equipment Importation will be on October 9 2009 by air to the Phils. Through NAIA from Geneva.
ExDir. Carlotta Leon Guerrero of Ayuda Foundation of Guam Expressed willingness to donate medicine and medical supplies and to send volunteer medical professionals
FILIPINO COMMUNITY
The Filipino Community in Hong Kong [Through Hong Kong PCG] Secured pledges of aid from important business companies and institutions in Hong Kong such as Credit Suisse. Requests facilitation of entry to the Phils of donated goods w/c are packed in 19 Jumbo balikbayan boxes and will be shipped through Gen-X Cargo freight forwarders w/in the week. The boxes are consigned to Sky Freight Centre, a brokerage firm located in Paranaque City, who will in turn distribute the boxes to specified beneficiaries in the Phils.
Angie Ogerio Federation of Filipino Canadian Associations in Quebec

The Filipino Association of Kingston

Mr. James de la Paz and 27 other community leaders based in Montreal

The Philippine Centre Canada

Filipino-Canadian Communities

[Through Ottawa PE]

Opened a fund raising campaign Opened a fund raising campaign Will call on Senator Lavigne to discuss typhoon aid from Canada together w/ Amb. Brillantes and other Embassy representatives.

Held mass last 30 Sept 2009. In addition to prayers, the mass also raised funds for the victims.

Holding or scheduling meetings to discuss efforts in helping typhoon victims.

The Filipino Community in Macau A Filcom member signified she will spearhead among her group a fund raising campaign for the flood victims.
Mr. Jun Abinsay FilCom Leader, Honolulu

Honolulu FilCom Officers and Staff

Cash Cash $1,000 $500
Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii(PCCCH) Fund Raising activities as follows:

  • FilCom Center has opened its doors to accept donations.
  • “Telethon” KNDI, a Filipino/Ilocano Radio Station will do a remote broadcast at the FilCom center to accept phone-in donations and pledges on Sunday 4 Oct. 2009.
  • The Council of Visayan Organization (COVO), Oahu Filipino Organization, the Philippine Cultural Foundation of Hawaii have pledged their support for the fund drive.
PCCCH meeting attendees gave $335.00 as their donation.
The Filipino Canadian Community Organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) The ff. have launched fund and relief donation drives:

  • Filipino Catholic Laity in the Archdiocese of Toronto
  • Filipinos helping Pinoy of North York
  • Filipino Center Toronto
  • Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians
The Filipino Community in Northern Italy [Through Milan PCG] Initiated efforts to raise donations including a charity concert involving local talents.
Chairman Mario Magtoto of Aguman Kapampangan, one of the Largest FilOrgs in the UK

[Through London PE]

Cash Php 100,000 They are planning another fund-raising event to fund longer term rehabilitation projects in the wake of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Ondoy
FAMAS (Filipino Associations of Montreal and Suburbs) [Through Ottawa PE] Will work hand in hand with Mayor Applebaum and Councilor Rotrand in soliciting more aid who made an initial pledge of $2000 $2000
Philippine Ladies Group(PLG) Foundation [Through Bangkok PE] Offered assistance to pool together first the cash donations before remitting these to the DSWD account – to save individual donors transaction expenses. The SGV accountants of the Philippine-Thailand Business Group will help audit the cash contributions for transparency purposes.
Maui Filipino Community Council, Binhi at Ani FilComCenter and Ilocosurian Association of Maui. Kauai Filipino Community Association

Oauhu Filipino Community

[Through Honolulu PCG]

Started a Fund Drive at the Binhi at Ani FilCom Center Also started a Radio-a-Thon Pledge Drive

Started a Fund Drive on 3 Oct. 2009

Started and opened a Tel A Thon, a Fund Drive and a collection site at the PhilConGen on 4 Oct. 2009

Filipino Community in Shanghai (FILCOMSHA), Philippine Musicians Association of Shanghai (PMAS), and the Filipino Community Association of Suzhou(FCAS) [Through Shanghai PCG] Have launched a charity fund drive
Filipino Club of Bahrain (FCB) [Through Manama PE] Has initiated efforts(information dissemination through an email blast) to support the mobilization drive for the relief and rehabilitation of the victims of the Typhoon Ondoy Coursed through the ABSCBN Foundation & GMA Kapuso Foundation
Filipino-Swedish Organizations [Through Stockholm PE] Sent assistance to their partner organizations in the Philippines
The Filipino Community in Dubai Scheduled a walk for a cause on 9 Oct. 2009 proceeds will be sent to the PNRC.
INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS
Mr. David Smith, a philanthropist based in Ottawa Wishes to donate humanitarian goods to typhoon victims.
Pabulum International Grocery, a Filipino owned food establishment based in Ottawa. [Through Ottawa PE] Has initiated a fund drive donating $1 for every $30 grocery purchase.
Mr. Tiyapong Khattiyapirak and Ms. Malee Khattiyapirak, [Through Bangkok PE] Cash Wanted to donate BAHT 100,000 cash through the Embassy. Post advised them to instead deposit the money directly to the account of NDCC.

As of Oct 2 2009 – Ms. Malee deposited US$2,965.59 at Kasikorn Bank for the account of NDCC

US$2,965.59
Ms. Carisa Cha Mobile: (081) 8556418

[Through Bangkok PE]

In kind Used clothing and shoes
Mrs. Lolota Pamaran Klainatorn Ms. Isabel Tiu

Mr. Ronnie Pano

A Filipino Family

Asst. Prof. Gloria Videecharoen

Ms. Analiza Liezl P. Amurao

Ms. Amy Rodil

Khun Baljet,Khun Joka and Khun Michal

Mr. Julio Suarez

Ms. Marilou Si-Anaxali

Ms. Heidi Sirirangsi

Ms.. Prapai Ruengsiri Kulchai

Mr. Jose Marte S. Abueg II

Ms. Asela L. Manggis

Mr. Rey Floro

Ms. Lilibeth P. Rebustillo

Mrs. Avtarkaur Sachamahithinant

Ms. Karen Aye

Khun Leovy Sahapong and Mr. Jose Librodo

Ms. Vichelle Roaring and Khun Pitch Joseph Arunnusuwanakorn

Ms. Luz Belen Kongma

Ms. Aurora Buan Cornelio

Ms. Carmelita Corpuz

Ms. Imelda Ortiz

Rushell and Mitch Albores

Arenas Family

[Through Bangkok PE]

Used Clothing Used Clothing

Used Clothing

Used clothing and canned goods

Used and new clothes

Used clothes and food items

Used clothing

Used clothing and new t-shirts

Baht3,400 (check;pay to cash)

Food and toiletries

Food ,toiletries and clothes

Cash

Used Clothing

Toiletries,towels,sardines.coffee

/Ovaltine

5 Bags of used clothing

Face towels, Toiletries, towels, sardines, coffee/ Ovaltine

Used children’s clothes

Used men and women’s clothing and Baby girl’s clothes

4 bags of used clothing

Medicines and groceries

1 box sardines

2 boxes noodles

Noodle, used clothing and clothing for children

New and old clothes

Used clothes, blankets

Used clothes, bags, noodles

Used clothes and shoes

Baht 3,400

(USD103.04)

Baht 5,000

(USD151.54)

OTHERS
Ottawa PE Personnel Gave voluntary donations to assist DFA personnel who have fallen victims to Typhoon Ondoy. 275 Canadian Dollars (USD254..72) Embassy is in coordination with ABSCBN Canada, ULC which is setting up accounts for typhoon victim donations. ABSCBN is also setting up donation boxes in its “In My Life” movie premiere in Calgary and Toronto
The Philippine Honorary Consulates in Calgary and in Edmonton [Through Ottawa PE] Started fund raising campaigns for typhoon victims
Bangkok PE 30 boxes of assorted donated food items and toiletries sent to the DSWD 3 Oct 2009 via PAL flight PR 731. Bangkok PE will meet with members of the FilCom to discuss the mechanics of receiving, storing and shipping voluntary donations.
Honolulu PCG A collection hat has been passed for voluntary donation amongst Post personnel. Conveyed condolence messages to our kababayans.
POLO/ OWWA Launched the “Operation Libreng Tawag” for OFWs in Macau
Kuwait PE Cash Donation 2 – Oct. 2009, donated additional Php35,058 PHP10,000 + PHP 35,058 PHP45,058

(USD961.09)

San Francisco PCG Cash Donation US$5,000
Embassy of Taiwan to the Holy See [Amb. Larry Yu-yuan Wang] Cash 10,000 Euros (USD14,581.51) Conveyed condolence messages and solidarity. Donations coursed through the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”.
GENLEX, a local forwarder in Macau Offered a free of charge shipment of relief goods in jumbo size balikbayan box.
OCI, a chemical corporation [Through Seoul PE] Made an initial pledge of US$50,000 US$50,000
Mayor David Miller Toronto City Issued a press statement extending deepest condolences and sympathies
Mr. Albert Taroyan Philippine Honorary Consul General to Armenia Expressed messages of sympathy
Riyadh PE and Jeddah PCG Started fund raising activities to collect funds and relief goods, with the help of FilComs
Mr. Emy de Guzman Operations Manager of Skyfreight, a local cargo forwarder based in Jeddah. Signified willingness to help Suggested that before the shipment is sent the recipient’s address should be definite and the appropriate clearance from DSWD or Malacañan be obtained to expedite the release of goods to have it exempted from tax obligations.
Remittance Centers in Northern Italy [Through Milan PCG] The ff: waived remittance charges for donations coursed through NDCC,PNRC and DSWD:

  • Banco de Oro
  • BPI
  • Landbank
  • Metrobank
  • RCBC
  • PNB
The European Representative of the Christian Embassy [Through Dublin PE] Expressed sympathy messages
BDO Express Padala Macau Bank Representative Pledged to waive bank cable charges for those who would want to send donation in cash.
60 students from St. Mary’s University in London Remittance Centers

Monique Wilson, a Filipino performing artist

Cargo companies

Communities in Wales and other parts of UK

Philippine Generations

[Through London PE]

Have volunteered to pack relief goods to be sent to the Philippines The ff: waived remittance charges for donations coursed through NDCC,PNRC and DSWD:

  • I-remit
  • Metrobank

Organizing a charity event to aid rehabilitation in affected areas.

Offering discounted rates for relief shipments

Organized collection points for donations

Will spearhead internet-based campaigns to encourage the public to donate to the NDCC,PNRC or DSWD

Ateneo Alumni Association [Through Ottawa PE] The Association will conduct a fund-raising activity during the 15th Ateneo Alumni Association Gathering
Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) and the Philippine Swiss Business Council (PSBC) [Through Berne PE] SACC has engaged the service of media consultants to raise Swiss public awareness of the disaster in the Philippines, opened a website (www.taskforce.asia.ch), urged the support and donation of SACC members and coordinated efforts with Swiss Solidarity, an umbrella organization in Switzerland with Swiss relief agencies. PSBC has designated the Vice President of PHAP Cares Foundation as main PSBC coordinator and identified points of contact in the Philippines (PNRC, DSWD, Caritas Manila, etc.)
Mr. Idar Aarheim Editor-In-Chief of The Magazine for Corps Diplomatique

[Through Oslo PE]

Conveyed message of sympathy and asked when a Book of Condolence will be opened for victims of Ondoy.
Pastor Ki Sung International Methodist Church Oslo

[Through Oslo PE]

Offered prayers and possible assistance through an email to Ambassador Buensuceso.
Bishop Bernt Ivar Eidsvig, D.D. Catholic Diocese of Oslo

[Through Oslo PE]

Instructed congregation that boxes for victims of Typhoon Ondoy be placed outside all parishes on 04 October 2009. Proceeds will be coursed through Caritas.
Oslo PE Officers and Staff Transferred cash to the DFA Employees Typhoon Assistance Fund on 2 October 2009 P8,500.00 (USD181.31)
Remittance Companies in Brunei [Through Brunei PE] The ff: Waived Fees on cash donations for Ondoy victims

  • Afima Express
  • Forex Cargo Sdn Bhd
  • Darul Trustee Remittance
  • Estetika Remittance Services
  • IPHO Sejati Remittance Co.
  • LBC Mabuhay Brunei Sdn Bhd
  • LBC Kuala Belait Office
KPHI Pinoypower team(Radio Station) [Through Honolulu PCG] Opened 6 Donation Sites
Mr. Tony Davies President of Tiger Airways Donated Php 500,000 to the PNRC Php 500,000 (USD10,665.07)
Habchi and Chalhoub [Through Kuwait PE] Donated KD 1086, PHP179,190 to the PNRC PHP179,190 (USD3,809.19)
The Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicar for Arabia The Local Representative

Land Bank of the Philippines

Etisalat, the primary telecommunications network in the UAE

[Through Abu Dhabi PE]

Has announced that a second collection for the benefit of Catholic relief agencies in the Phils. Will be made in all masses from 9-11 October 2009. 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. Reduced its rates to the Phils. For the period 2-8 Oct. 2009
Shanghai PCG Personnel Donating personal funds to assist DFA colleagues who are victimized by the Typhoon. Will be delivered to Assec Dilem, OPAS
Ms. Monet Trespeses, Manager of the Philippine Airlines office in Bangkok [Through Bangkok PE] Informed the FilCom and the Embassy that they are trying to work out a way by w/c donations could be transported to the Philippines at the earliest possible time and at the least,if zero, cost.
Ms. Katrine Praest ExDir. Danish-Thai Chamber of Commerce

[Through Bangkok PE]

Food items and canned goods
Fr. John Tamayo Mary Help of Christian Schools

[Through Bangkok PE]

Used clothing, shoes and blankets
Mr. Arjun Sikand (AJ) Midhaven Foods Company Limited

[Through Bangkok PE]

Shirts and pants
Mr. Dennis Manalili Operator, Zebra Cargo Forwarding Company

Ruamrudee International School

SEABREA Mover Co.

Emporium Suites

Ms. Lauren Ann Moreno (representing Filipinos from Yanhee International Hospital)

[Through Bangkok PE]

Pledged to assist in the shipment of donations. Food items and clothes

Food items

50 pcs bath towels

50 pcs hand towels

50 pcs face towels

50 mats

40 pcs bed sheets (King Size)

40 pcs bed sheets (Queen Size)

Used clothing, shoes/slippers

Dhaka PE Personnel Donation for DFA Colleagues USD765.00
Agana PCG Donation for DFA Colleagues Php 30,000 (USD639.90)

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