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How to Help the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines

November 9, 2013

I am still in shock at the amount of devastation Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) has left in her wake.  This is a super storm, the likes of which we have never seen before (considering how ‘used’ we are to typhoons already). Meteorologists say this is the most powerful storm on earth in recent history, packing winds of 195  320 kph and breaking the Dvorak scale used to gauge a cyclone’s intensity (8.1 on 8.0 scale!).  I was doubly nervous about Yolanda because my parents and relatives live in Aklan, one of the provinces directly on her path. Our house is very near the coastline and PAG-ASA warned of storm surges that would reach up to 8 metres.

And then she came and life would never be the same for Filipinos. My own family was lucky, having evacuated early. I cannot say the same for others.  Thousands have lost their homes, an unconfirmed number, many children, have lost their lives. And the devastation is beyond words.

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A resident walks past her collapsed house after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Now it’s time to rebuild. I am pledging to donate have donated a part of Pinay Traveller’s income (no matter how meager) to Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts via UNICEF. Again, I appeal to you to do the same.  We need all the help and assistance we can get. You can send your donations in cash or in  kind to the following:

  • DSWD is accepting donations: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP)

    • Roel Montesa – 09263469927, roelmontesa@gmail.com

    • Elma Pille – ecpille@dswd.gov.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

    • Repacking of relief goods ongoing at DSWD-NROC, Pasay City. Interested volunteers can call 8512681 to schedule.

    • Additional phone numbers:   0918-4219780 |  511-1259 |  556-0664 | 852-8081 |  856-3665

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Volunteers pack relief goods inside a Department of Social Welfare and Development warehouse before shipping out to devastated provinces hit by Typhoon Haiyan in Manila November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

UPDATE:  Here’s a map if you’re planning to go to the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay. But please call first.

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DSWD NROC map. Please click to enlarge.

UPDATE: More ways to help.

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via Donna Lina

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Click on the infographic to go to the SLB FB page.
Click on the infographic to go to the SLB FB page.

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I will update this post from time to time as new information comes in.

If you need help or more information, kindly leave a message on the comment form. I will do my best to answer your queries.

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  1. Good day ma’am im an avid follower of your blog, ma’am would like to correct you for the mistakes for im a loyal volunteer for PRC, its Philippine Red Cross no more “National” thanks!

    1. Hi Lester! Thank you so much for calling my attention. Made the correction na. Good luck on the relief operations. Godspeed!

    1. Hi Nina. Yes, it is ongoing. Unfortunately this 8512681 is the only number available. Please keep trying. Alternatively, you can also call ABS-CBN Foundation or Ateneo.

        1. Hi Donita,

          As far as I know, there is no age limit. Please see below for details:

          Here are the details from DSWD:

          Repacking of family food packs continues at the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) along Chapel Road in Pasay City and at the DSWD regional offices. Individuals and groups who are interested to volunteer can call NROC at telephone numbers 851-2681 and 511-1259 for shifting schedule. – See more at: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/2013/11/dswd-speeds-up-relief-distribution/#sthash.1WNi2KpL.dpuf

          1. Hi mam, would you know how to go to DSWD NROC in pasay? by commute? I can’t search enough from google except that it is near NAIA terminal 1… Please send me a message via email so I may read. Thanks

          2. Hi Mariz,

            I just included the map going to DSWD in the post. Please see above. I also e-mailed you.:)

            Thanks,

            Pauline

          3. Hi Ms. Pinaytraveller,

            Would like to ask if you have other number for DSWD NROC? Been calling the numbers indicated above however those numbers are busy. Would really love to help. Thank you.

  2. Where can I go to be a volunteer???? I’m from guadalupe and want to donate my time helping repackijg goods for the yolanda victims

    1. Hi Ysa,

      You can go to DSWD:

      Repacking of family food packs continues at the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) along Chapel Road in Pasay City and at the DSWD regional offices. Individuals and groups who are interested to volunteer can call NROC at telephone numbers 851-2681 and 511-1259 for shifting schedule. – See more at: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/2013/11/dswd-speeds-up-relief-distribution/#sthash.1WNi2KpL.dpuf

      Hope you can go!

      Pauline

    1. Hi Ayra,

      Here are the details from DSWD:

      Repacking of family food packs continues at the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) along Chapel Road in Pasay City and at the DSWD regional offices. Individuals and groups who are interested to volunteer can call NROC at telephone numbers 851-2681 and 511-1259 for shifting schedule. – See more at: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/2013/11/dswd-speeds-up-relief-distribution/#sthash.1WNi2KpL.dpuf

      Pauline

    1. Hi Manong Unyol. Credit should actually go to Romeo Ranoco who took the picture. Please copy the caption below the photo. I’d appreciate a link back, though.:) Thanks!

  3. Hi Ms. Pinay traveller,
    Would like to ask if you have other contact number of DSWD NROC? Been calling the numbers indicated above however both are busy. Thank you

    1. Hi Sarah, I’m so sorry but those are the only numbers they’ve posted online. Why not try Sagip Kapamilya or Kapuso Foundation.:)

    2. Hi Sarah, Just got these numbers. Here are additional numbers for DSWD: 0918-4219780, 511-1259, 556-0664, 851-2681, 852-8081, 856-3665

  4. Hi! I’m a registered nurse and I wanna go to tacloban to help in delivering medical services there. Do you have boy idea who I can approach po?

    1. Hi Sandy,

      You can volunteer at Simbahang Lingkod Bayan (SLB) in Ateneo. They accept volunteers to pack relief goods until 10pm tonight. See above for details. Or go to their FB page. 🙂

  5. hi ive been looking for a toll free number for kapuso foundation, or where else can I go to bring used clothes and to help repacking of goods? I want to help.
    im from sta.cruz laguna
    thankyou mam

        1. Yup, you can also go to Kapuso Foundation if you want to help pack relief goods. The college covered courts in Ateneo de Manila is also a satellite for DSWD relief operations. PLus Simbahang Lingkod Bayan (SLB) is in need of volunteers until 10pm today. I just added the info in the post above.:)

  6. Hi po i cant contact un dswd warehouse sa pasay pede po ba mag walk in nlang. Magvolunteer po sna kami ng mga friends ko. Sna po u can help me what to do. Tanx

    1. Hi Ana Joy, Yes pwede kayong mag-walk in lang. They really need volunteers so hindi naman nila kayo itataboy for sure.:)

  7. hi, yesterday my fren and i, went to Gma foundation hindi sila tumatanggap ng walk in volunteer what you need is tatawag ka muna then sila mag iiskedyul ng araw kailan ka pwede mag volunteer I think lahat ata ng organizations na malalaki like DSWD, Sagip Kapamilya, and Redcross, kasu nga lang lage busy ang line nila kumabaga sapalaran, ganun ang sistema para mas organize at hindi crowded sa mismong warehouse… just sharing what we experienced.

    1. Oh, that’s good to know. Thanks for sharing your experience with GMA. Sa SLB, you can just walk in. No need to call. (I volunteered there the other day.) The DSWD satellite relief center is also inside Ateneo. So if you really want to go to DSWD, you can go to the college covered courts in Ateneo. Tapos if they say you have to be scheduled first, you can proceed to SLB which is just around the corner (inside Ateneo as well) para hindi sayang ang punta nyo.:)

  8. Good day ask ko lang po kung san kaya pwede magpadala ng package? Kasi yung tita ko po may ipapadalang bagahe na idadirect na sa office ng kung anu man org. Asa japan siya hihingi lang ako opinion po kung pwede yung ganun? Thank you..

    1. Hi Jehn, Pwede naman magpadala ng package. Pwede mong ipadala sa kahit na anong NGO na nabanggit ko diyan sa article. Pero sa ngayon, mas mainam magpadala ng pera. Mas alam kasi ng mga NGO kung anu-ano yung mga kailangan ng mga nasalanta so sila na ang bumibili. 🙂

  9. Hey there, just asked my readers to help and donate as well. I hope we can help to ease the situation a little bit. Have traveled the Phils for three months. Went through Samar and Leyte and it hurts to see the destruction there. I am praying and hoping for the best. Philipp

    1. Hi Philipp. Thank you so much for your post. It is much appreciated. The Philippines needs all the help she can get. I’m also sorry to hear about your friends in Tacloban. I hope they’re okay and staying strong. Stay safe yourself!

      -Pauline

  10. Hi. I want to go to Tacloban to help them to give the relief goods. I have donated and volunteer at PRC. But I don’t think it’s enough. Where can I get a group of people who wants to be there in Tacloban? and what is the best way? or just stay here in Manila and volunteer to foundations again? What do you think guys?

  11. Now after 3 month life goes on. It seems though if I look around me. The people have already forgotten about this. They haven’t, the problem here in the Philippines is that 90% of the people here have there own daily struggle in surviving and this leaves no time to think about those effected by Yolanda.

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