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How to Help the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines

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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