***URGENT READ FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS AND THOSE WHO NEED HELP FROM MONSOON
***TALES FROM A VOLUNTEER, WOES OF MMDA <--- MUST READ***
View of Manila
This is insane. Like what a news weatherman-dude said, THIS SHOWS ABNORMAL WEATHER CONDITIONS and most of the time, the weather report’s wrong but this guy was spot on. We are experiencing the effects of climate change and I’m not talking about “Ooh it’s hotter than usual” but I’m talking about devastating changes that’s happening all over the world. Read this for statistics. The world is definitely changing and definitely some not for the better. The US is experiencing the worst drought in decades, there’s the rare snow in South Africa (but it snowed last 2007 too I think), and now the Philippines is experiencing the worst monsoon rains since Typhoon Ondoy and to think… this isn’t even a typhoon yet (I think they call it hurricanes in America) and the monsoon doesn’t really have a name, in the Philippines it’s called Hanging Habagat but that’s not really a name like Ondoy so basically what happened was a huge-ass rain cloud covered the whole north of Philippines and someone squeezed it to death so that it would rain nonstop for three days. The first day we had more than 24 hours of nonstop rain and actually 7 days prior to that we were already experiencing rains although not as intense as the last 3 days. I almost forgot the sound of silence AFTER the rain. At least during Typhoon Ondoy, the rains only lasted for a day unlike this time when people had to wait for days before being rescued. It really breaks my heart to see that I can’t do anything because the roads going to evacuation centers are all impassable. Unless I have an Amphibian car like the government and Red Cross or even a boat, I cannot cross these “rivers”. This is why I think if this weather keeps up, I may need to invest in a boat sometime soon so that I can help at least some of my neighbors. Boots and waterproof jackets are a MUST now.
Banawe St. Near my neighborhood last August 7. Places like Marikina City had it worse as the river overflowed in their area
Even though I haven’t been able to get out of the house the past few days, I have been endlessly disseminating information on Facebook, Twitter and text. I have seen the dedication of the unsung heroes of the media people, military, rescue teams, doctors and nurses and Red Cross who I thought didn’t sleep the past few days to serve their people. It was really remarkable and I really salute them for their work. I want to help as much as I can so donation is the only way I can do now. I am proud to be part of my Alma Mater who has again rebuilt the Dream Team and organized a huge relief operation that volunteers were actually TOO MANY.
But there can never be TOO MUCH help and International friends, I appeal to all of you that we do need help. The crisis has not yet ended and a lot of people are still stranded with no food or water. Red Cross Philippines has made it very convenient to share our blessings with just a text message and other various ways.
Bank accounts for Donations
Banco De Oro
Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)
Banco De Oro
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Philippine National Bank
Unionbank of the Philippines
For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.
Please send in-kind local donations to Philippine Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila. We could also arrange for donation pick-up
1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PRC.
2. A letter of acceptance from PRC shall be sent back to the donor.
3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to Philippine Red Cross – National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 1018, Philippines.
The PRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods. Though we appreciate your generosity, PRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.
SMS and G-Cash
AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
AMOUNT 4-digit M-PIN REDCROSS to 2882
You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Click the link for more information on how to donate.
I believe that the Chinese saying is true, well it’s not really a saying but it’s how the characters are made.
The word crisis is made up of 2 Chinese Characters. Wei for Wei Xian which means danger, and Ji for Ji Hui which means opportunity. Typhoon Ondoy happened last 2009 and this became an opportunity for us as a learning experience. I believe that the action this time around is swifter but there is till MUCH MUCH to learn. Now the people have to reflect on their wasteful ways and the government now has to consider urban planning seriously and also how to improve the drainage system. It is a tremendous effort that the WHOLE NATION needs to pull off. Times are a changin and Bob Dylan’s right. We have to learn how to adapt, we need to learn how to evolve and cope with these if climate change really is here, we can’t stop it but we can somehow learn how to live with it. With trust in the Lord, we can do this Filipinos!!
I pray everyday that we’ll be able to rebuild everything. So many have suffered. I’ve been suffering Inception-like nightmares where I am paralyzed and even in reality, I feel paralyzed. But now that the sun has come up, everything has become brighter.
Here’s more information on how to help those who need rescues or relief goods. A list of what they need.
Do not forget these hotlines and links. There’s a compilation of all the numbers.
Philippine Red Cross hotline – 143, (02) 911-1876; HQ – 527-0856
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) – (02) 911-1406/912-2665/9125668
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) – (02) 911-1406/911-1873/911-1906
Meralco – 16211/16220/09175592824/09209292824
Manila Water – 1627
Maynilad – 1626
For rubber boat/4×4 truck requests – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) – (02) 8383203/8383354
For rescue dump trucks, text – 09174226800/09276751981
Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol – 117 or send TXT PNP to 2920
Bureau of Fire Protection (NCR) – (02) 729-5166, 410-6254, 431-8859, 407-1230
Philippine Coast Guard – (02) 527-3877, (02) 527-8481, 0917-724-3682, 0917-PCG-DOTC
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) – 136
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) hotline – 7890 or 0918-8848484
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – (02) 304-3713
North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) hotlines – (02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910
Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) hotlines – 0920-96-SCTEX (72839)
Skyway System Hotline – (02) 776-7777, 0915-6256231, 0939-5006910
South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) hotline – 0908-8807539
Quezon City Rescue – (02) 927-5914
Quezon City General Hospital – (02) 920-5002
Marikina Rescue – (02) 646-2436
Pasig Rescue – (02) 631-0099
Taguig Emergency Hotline – 1623
Manila Traffic Hotline – (02) 527-3087
Cainta Traffic Hotline – (02) 646-0044, 655-7368 loc. 164
Las Piñas Traffic – (02) 874-5756, 874-3957, 874-3927
Mandaluyong Hotline – 534-2993
Taguig Traffic – (02) 838-4301 loc. 7112
Marikina STOC – (02) 646-1651
Pasig Traffic – (02) 643-0000, 724-5813
Makati Public Safety Dept – (02) 844-3146, 819-3270
I hope everyone stays safe during these times! Please stay informed. Thanks for taking the time to read this. #PrayForThePhilippines #PrayForTheWorld