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Sep 26

How to help

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Rescue Operations

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061, +632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118, 734-2120) [email protected]

Philippine Coast Guard (+632-5276136)

Air Force (+63908-1126976, +632-8535023)

Metro Manila Development Authority (136)

Marikina City Rescue (+632-6462436, +632-6462423, +632920-9072902). To check for missing relatives call  Marikina City Hall 646-1634 or 646-2360.

Pasig Rescue Emergency Number (+632-6310099); Pasig Mayor Eusebio gave his cel number for urgent messages of help and rescue : 09189275074

Quezon City Rescue (161)

San Juan City Hall Command Post (+632-4681697)

Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)

Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)

Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)

Civil Society/ Media

Philippine National Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)

Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter operations center hotline: (+632-6350922, +632-6347824)

Go to GMA Facebook page & post complete addresses and names of people in need of immediate help.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer is launching a relief drive for the victims of Tropical Storm “Ondoy,” in partnership with the Philippine National Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Assisi Foundation and the Sagip Buhay Foundation. Donations in kind, such as instant noodles, canned goods, formula milk, blankets and clothes, are urgently needed.

These may be brought to the Inquirer office at 1098 Chino Roces Ave. corner Mascardo and Yague Streets, Makati City, and to any of its classified ads branches, and to any McDonald’s branch within Metro Manila. For questions and other concerns, please call 8978808 loc. 260 and look for Megi Garcia.

ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline: (+632-4163641)

Jam 88.3: (+632- 6318803) or SMS at JAM (space) 883 (space) your message to 2968

GMA Kapuso Helpline: (+632-9811950-59)

Sahana Disaster Management System needs IT volunteers. http://sahana.kahelos.org. Email [email protected]

Makati Medical Center (MMC), Cardinal Santos Medical Center and PLDT of the Metro Pacific Group of Companies will be conducting a week-long medical mission in areas adversely affected by Typhoon Ondoy.

Makati Medical Center will cover the Cainta/Rizal area, Cardinal Santos Medical Center will handle the Pasig area and PLDT will assist the Marikina area. Doctors and personnel will be deployed to provide consultations and distribute medicines at designated evacuation center in these areas.

MakatiMed’s Health Services Program (HSP) center, located at the ground floor of the hospital, will be open 24/7 this entire week to assist typhoon victims.

To become a volunteer, please submit your name and contact details to Dr. Victor Gisbert at 0917-8922807 or Dr. Johnny Sinon at 0917-5261345.

For donations, in cash or in kind, please send your contributions to Ms. Jocelyn or Ms. Fatima at the Social Services Office, Ground Floor, MakatiMed, Amorsolo St., Makati or call 8888-999 locals 7124 and 7104.

Rubber Boat, 4—4 Trucks, Chopper Requests

NCRPO (+632-8383203, +632-8383354)

Private citizens who would like to lend their motor boats for rescue please call emergency nos: +632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9122665, +632-9115061)

You can also text (+632917-4226800 or +632927-6751981) for rescue dump trucks.

For those who are able to lend 4—4 trucks for rescue: Please send truck to Greenhills Shoppng Center Unimart Grocery to await deployment, Tel No. (+632920-9072902).

Petron & San Miguel Corporation are lending choppers for rescue operations, call/text: (+632917-8140655) ask for Lydia Ragasa

Power Supply

Meralco (+63917-5592824, 16211, +63920-9292824) If you want service cut off to your area to prevent fires and electrocution.

Relief Aid and Donations

URGENT:

Donations of heavy duty flashlights needed for rescue operations in Cainta area. Contact Cielo at (+632918-8824356)

Businesses/ Commercial Establishments

Aranaz Stores in Rockwell & Greenbelt is accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy

Aunt Genie’s Breadhouse in Cebu – 1279 Talamban, Cebu City In front of the Talamban Sports Complex – drop off point
Binalot at Greenbelt 1, call Tetchie Bundalian at (+632922-8573277)

Brainbeam Events, Inc. 2/F MB Aguirre Cornerhs Bldg,15 Pres Ave cor Elizalde Sts, BF Homes Pque across the old Caltex in BF. Will accept relief goods.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be accepting canned goods, water, clothes, blankets, towels, medicine, and emergency supplies (no cash) in all our branches on behalf of the victims of Typhoon Ondoy starting today until Friday. Your generosity will be much appreciated during this difficult time for our brothers and sisters in need.

Every Nation, FORT will accept donations for Red Cross esp. purified water, canned goods, and infant formula. Location @ 32nd St cor University Pkwy across Market Market.

Junior Chamber International Manila Baypark Tent, Roxas Blvd. will accept goods starting Monday.

Luca stores (Rockwell, Shang-rila, Eastwood, or GA towers): Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls).

Manor Superclub, Eastwood City will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday at 10 am.

Ministop IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) is also accepting relief goods, Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies to help Typhoon Ondoy victims.

Moonshine boutique in Rockwell also accepting relief good to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.

Myron’s Greenbelt will accept relief goods

Papemelroti stores in 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes NO CASH pls.)

PowerPlant Mall accepting donations for ABS-CBN foundation. Dropoff at admin office, P1 level.

R.O.X. Recreational Outdoor eXchange is accepting donation for relief good for Typhoon Ondoy victims. You can bring it in the store located in B1 building Bonifacio High St., Tel. No. (+632-8564638/39)

Shell gas stations – drop off point

Total gas stations- drop off point for relief goods.
Petron – drop off point for relief goods.

Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.

Whitespace 2314 Chino Roces Ave Ext as a Makati drop-off for relief goods.
Jollibee branches in Metro Manila – drop off point for relief goods.

McDonald’s branches in Metro Manila – drop off point for relief goods.

Government/ Civil Society/ Movements

Operation Tulong Relief Operations: Clare Amador (+639285205508) or Jana Vicente at +639285205499). Drop off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao. e operational again tomorrow, 8:00am, at the following hubs: Cubao – Cubao Expo Centro (the old Seafood Resto), EDSA corner Gen. MacArthur, Araneta Center, QC. Makati – White Space, Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati (near BMW). We urge students to come and help. We need candles, matches, clothes, blankets, salt, cooking oil (in sachets). Please spread! Thanks!

People can now seek financial help and assistance from PAG-IBIG Fund: Call 724-4244.

In Cebu City, PLAN ONDOY now mobilized by the Rotary Clubs in Cebu. Drop off centers in Cebu: Julie’s Bakeshops, Andorra Tiles office.

Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT.

ABS-CBN through Banco de Oro account number 56300-20111 account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation
Akbayan’s taking donations, call 433-69-33/433-68-31 to donate or volunteer.

Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC): Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22)

Corporate Network for Disaster Reponse bank account no. 0031 0654 02 BPI Ayala Paseo Branch for cash donations
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan is accepting donations @ AGS Bldg Annex, 446 EDSA Guadalupe Viejo. Contact Vina Vargas at (+632917-8081247)

Kabataan Partylist – Drop off donations or volunteer at 118-B Sct. Rallos QC. 09266677163 or [email protected]

Luzon Relief: Donations can be brought to RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER, 2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City starting MONDAY (Sept.28) / 9am  7pm Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at [email protected]

Miriam Quiambao drop off point: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message http://www.twitter.com/miriamq for more details.

Move for Chiz is asking for volunteers and donations at Bay Park Tent, along Roxas Blvd., beside Max Restaurant and Diamond Hotel in Manila, or at Gilas Minipark at Unang Hakbang St., Gilas Q.C.

Operation Rainbow (Zac Faelnar Camara) at Ayala Alabang Village needs Canned Goods, Ready-To-Eat Food, Bottled Water, Ready-To-Drink Milk/ Juice, Clothing, Blankets, contact (+632-4687991)

Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio or GHQ Gym in Camp Aguinaldo are now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims.

Relief Efforts for Pasig at Valle Verde 1 Village Park, contact (+632916-4945000, +632917-5273616)
Relief Operations Center at AGS Annex, #446 EDSA Guadalupe Viejo after PET Tower contact Ares at 0917.855.4935 or Rachel at 0918.924.1636

Sagip Kapamilya hotlines (+632-4132667, +632-4160387) #13 Examiner St. West Triangle, QC. and Scout Mayoran, cor. Morato, near Alex III.

Tulong Bayan hotlines for donations and volunteers are (+632908-6579998) Marilyn, (+632939-3633436) Jenn (+632-9137122, +632-9136254 & +632-9133306). e operational again tomorrow, 8:00am, at the following hubs: Cubao – Cubao Expo Centro (the old Seafood Resto), EDSA corner Gen. MacArthur, Araneta Center, QC. Makati – White Space, Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati (near BMW). We urge students to come and help. We need candles, matches, clothes, blankets, salt, cooking oil (in sachets). Please spread! Thanks!

TXTPower now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal http://is.gd/3GvuN

World Vision partners with Phil Coast Guard and kind individuals for relief distribution to 3k families. Call (+632-3747618 local 242) or text (+632917-8623209) to help.

Worldvision Foundation is also accepting donations/volunteers to pack relief goods in QC. For $-donations, BPI:USDacct #4254-0050-08

Religious/ Schools & Universities

Assumption College San Lorenzo is now accepting donations. Please drop them off at the AC guardhouse.

Ateneo de Manila University is now accepting donations for the victims of Ondoy. Donations can be dropped at MVP Lobby. For those stranded/those who need help: To all students who need help or know of people who need help. Please text the name, location, and contact number to (+6329088877166). ATENEO, which is now an open shelter, accepts refugees. Call (+632917-8952792)

Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge (+632-5639298, +632-5639308)
CCF St Francis Mall, Ortigas is now accepting goods for donation.

CFC Center Ortigas is now open for donations in cash or kind. Call (+632-7270682 to 87) or text (+632922-2542819)
De La Salle University-Manila – The Sagip Metro relief operation will start to accept donation for Ondoy victims starting Monday @ 8:30 am. Please bring goods to the South Gate of DLSU-Manila.

De La Salle Zobel will be accepting donations tomorrow at Gym 5 (Near Gate 7 in Molave St.)

DLSU Medical Center will accept canned goods, blankets, clothes, water. Location is at Congressional Avenue, Dasmarinas, Cavite. Telephone lines are at(02) 844-7832 and (046) 416-4531

Hillsborough Village Chapel: Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes may be sent to Hillsborough Village Chapel in Muntinlupa City. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.

La Salle Greenhills for Greenhills/Mandaluyong/San Juan Area, if you want to help out with the rescue and relief operations, you can drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc..) at LSGH Gate 2 or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.

Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (+632-4342397, +632-9290665) per Gabe Mercado, donations are very much welcome. The Parish is located at 12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Playschool International in Better Living is open to receive relief goods. Feel free to drop it there for your convenience. No Cash Pls.

Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower West Ave. Cor EDSA (+632-9257931-40)

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah, a disaster response arm of the Jesuits, is accepting donations. Please drop it off sa Ateneo Cervini Dorm.

St. James Church Multi-Purpose Hall – Drop off point

St. Pedro Poveda College is now accepting relief goods. call the Social Action Center 6318756 loc. 121

UA&P Please contact Dae Lee [SEB EVP] @ 09178323533 needs donations and volunteers.

UP College of Arts and Letters (CAL) is accepting goods and cash. Donation center at CAL/text 0929-6454102.

UP Diliman USC is collecting food, clothing and/or cash. Contact TITUS 09178001909, JOSE 09273056607 and TIN 09154906106

Katipunan Avenue. Contact Erica Paredes at (+632917-4741930) they need bread, packed juice, sandwich filling (tuna, chicken, anything) You can help her make them, deliver the sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute! Call for more details.
Xavier School in San Juan is now accepting donations, please bring to Multipurpose Center (MPC).

Private Citizens

MAKATI:

5729 Calasanz St., Olympia Makati City or call for pick up at (+632-5017405 or +632-7290530) c/o Omel Santos


SOUTH:

Accepting relief goods in SOUTH AREA. Please contact Anne at (+632915-2854240)

Karen Ang
3 Kagandahan corner Kabutihan Streets, Kawilihan Village, Pasig 0920-9520900 Will forward donated relief goods to Red Cross

PROVINCIAL DONATION/RELIEF CENTERS:

BAGUIO:

– donations can be dropped off at the ABSCBN Baguio Office

– donations are also accepted at the Baguio Convention Center Executive Room from 10am til 4pm starting tomorrow til Friday. Volunteers are urged to come.

– Organizing a soup kitchen. Baguio donating vegetables to arrive via Victory Liner. Contact Dave at 09178396179.


BULACAN:

– Red Cross Bulacan accepts donations. It is located in Malolos Bulacan, near Bulacan capitol


CAGAYAN:

– send your donations to the kkp office in xavier university, ATENEO DE CAGAYAN.


CAVITE:

– DLSU-Dasmarinas is also accepting donations, pls proceed to the 2nd floor of SBC Building

BATANGAS:

– DE LA SALLE LIPA is now accepting your donations, drop off point is at the college lobby.


CEBU:

– details on how you can donate are on noelle’s blog or the living for a cause blog.


BACOLOD:

– For your donations, drop off center is at the Coliseum in the University of St. La Salle. 435-3857

– CAFE BREIZH wil be a drop off center for donations. text 09193651101 for details.


DAVAO:

– ATENEO DE DAVAO is accepting in kind donations for ondoy. drop off at the samahan office in jacinto campus.

– BANTAY BATA 163 davao located at matina,davao city is also a drop off point for any in-kind donations.


ZAMBOANGA:

– ATENEO DE ZAMBOANGA is accepting donations. You may bring them to the SACSI office. Look for Alma Curesma, 991-0871, loc 2224 or 2225.

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

FINDERSERVICE. For Smart, text wis <your name> <your mobile> to 386.
FINDERSERVICE. For Globe, text find <your name> <your mobile> to 7000.
E-Donations

Helping the Red Cross

Red Cross Load Donations: Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. Text: RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

SMS: text RED to 2899 (Globe) and 4483 (Smart)
G-Cash: text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882
TXTPOWER.org: Paypal, Smart Money (5577-5144-1866-7103), G-Cash (0917-9751092) funds collected will be given to the Philippine National Red Cross

Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross. They can arrange for donation pick-up.

METROBANK Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM
BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 4991-0010-99
Type of Account: CURRENT
BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS UN Branch
Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
Type of Account: SAVINGS
Swift Code: BOPI PH MM

Note: 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.

For Credit Cards: Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575: Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated. For online donations you may also visit our website at www.redcross.org.ph .

Most urgent needs

Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water
Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases


Non-food items:
Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap

FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY WHO WANT TO DONATE:

TXTPower.org has set up a paypal account for donations. Your money will be forwarded to Red Cross.
Kapuso Foundation is also accepting credit card donations.
2/F GMA Kapuso Center
Samar St. cor. 11th Jamboree St. Diliman, Quezon City
Call 9827777 loc. 9901/9904/9905.
accepts relief goods and cash

for those in SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:

– You can deliver relief goods to 303/5 Stromboli Strait, Homebush Bay 2127. You can also contact through Twitter at @allorange if you want to arrange for a pick up in the city.



for those in TORONTO, CANADA:

– Pinoys in Toronto are spearheading efforts to help, visit this website for details.


for anyone in the UNITED STATES:

– visit the abs-cbn foundation website for details.

– you can also call 1-800-5272820

In Kind donations

LOCAL:

Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross National Headquarters in Manila. They could also arrange for donation pick-up.

INTERNATIONAL:

1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC 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 The Philippine National Red Cross National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Corazon Alma de Leon, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.

9/26/09

The news is grim. People on their roofs, people losing their homes, loved ones separated, refugees everywhere, the most recent report is 5,000 people stuck in the Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. I have yet to confirm this but have heard this is the worst deluge since 1967; PAGASA reported that in three hours, as much rain as normally falls in two weeks soaked the Metropolis. Reports from the rest of Luzon -with most of Luzon’s provinces, including the National Capital Region placed under a State of Calamity by the President- are only now trickling in. Rescue and relief efforts over the years have gotten increasingly efficient, but this is one of those events that happen so suddenly, no one can possibly prepare for it.

Fellow bloggers may want to help on collating specific types of information they encounter online: appeals for rescue, traffic/flood updates, places to send relief goods, power failures, etc. This allows relief workers and media to focus on who needs help, while avoiding the risk that the ones who get rescued are those whose appeals are reTweeted most often, while others asking for help get overlooked, for example.

You will be a big help by collating information because relief/rescue workers and media can then periodically refer to your blogs to help evaluate what’s going on and what still needs to be done. Numbers are being collated here and in Sour Politics and Random Salt.

At a time like this, there is so much human compassion and so much frustration, too. So even if it’s by means of this small, online way, we can all pitch in.

See entries in Teacher Ria, in dvdtymo, Philippine Technology Blog, etc.

Some photos/videos shared by people online:

( Park 9 Alley, where the Barangay Hall of Loyola Heights is located)

(above: underpass along Ayala Avenue, Makati City)

( Burgos Circle at Fort Bonifacio)

(above: Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City)

(above: Gen. de Jesus St. between Xavier and Jo-Liza, Little Baguio, San Juan City)

(Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan City)

(Taft Avenue, Manila)

(Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City)

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  1. carleetoh

    The photo above is not eastwood, its forbes town center at the Fort….

  2. Victoria

    thanks for sharing. great blog site! very informative and helpful. mabuhay!

  3. ghelo

    very helpful… mabuhay ka!

  4. edwin tatel

    i am from typhoon prone province of catanduanes, we have experienced lots of it and it is a pity that residents of metro Manila have suffered what typhoon like Ondoy could muster. However, you are still lucky because it does not carry strong winds that may topple infrastructures. As a piece of advice, the people should stop building houses on river banks, creeks and estuaries because that impedes the flow of water. Don’t be nuts too when somebody tell you not to throw your garbage in the canals because of the same reason. i hope that disaster would be an eye opener to you metro manilans. Such heavy down pour is just normal in catanduanes during typhoons and floodings just subsides easily without much damage…

    I consider this disaster “man made” because of the failure of residents to appreciate what the authorities and knowledgeable persons like environmentalists have repeatedly warned regarding proper garbage disposal, illegal cutting of trees, unabated and illegal reclamation of river deltas and estuaries and by converting them into residential areas and commercial centers.

    Don’t blame the typhoon, it’s nature. It is mankind that lead them to act that way. to mankind harm way.

  5. Gavin Fronda

    I don’t know how to bring this to Sec. Teodoro. But has he considered sequestering all ships docked at the harbors in Manila. Take all their lifeboats after properly tagging them of markers to identify them from which ship they came from. Make use of the Pasig River and distribute them along the way where its needed?

  6. Racky

    Does anyone have an info or update in San Mateo, Rizal? We cannot contact our families there and it seems communications were cut.

    Thanks.

  7. Drew santos

    *sharing this across all social networking sites*

  8. mimai1122

    I’m from Cagayan de Oro. How can my friends and I donate? Where can we send non-food items? I read from the Red Cross site that these are the most important items they need (soap, slippers, towels, etc…) We really want to help.

  9. Nick

    I just shows hoe clooged the drainage system is there in Manila. Who’s to blame? You guys! Its all the garbage that you throw out. Ang basurang itinapon nyo…babalik at babalim sa inyo! Nakakaawa kayo pero you deserve that. Its about time you think of your environment.

  10. cvj

    At this scale, it’s not the drainage system. The rivers overflowed their banks because of the volume of water upstream. We need more trees to soak up the stormwater run-off. It’s time to reforest.

  11. ragamuffingirl

    I UPDATED SOME INFORMATION FROM THE NEWS.

  12. mlq3

    Gavin, I understand an effort of this sort was undertaken by the yacht club. toy kingdom sent out its rubber boats. one logistical problem i heard on the news was a group of dragonboat racers/rowers wanted to lend their boats but they weren’t in the vicinity of the flooding; transporting the dragonboats required ten wheeler trucks which couldn’t be found. the navy, if i recall news reports correctly, hauled collapsible boats via the light rail transit! so part of the problem was getting boats to where they were needed.

  13. BrianB

    yeah, some people are overestimating boat rescue. This isn’t over a regular body of water but submerged streets and houses. It’s like the titanic navigating through icebergs. You can have motorboats either (I don’t know how Richard G did it) kasi maraming shallow ends at baka may mahagip ka pang ga tao. This would be worse than new Orleans kasi Maynila nga at masyadong magulo ang development, so intindihin mo rin mga rescue workers.

  14. BrianB

    “can’t have motorboats”

  15. Madelyn P. Riego

    I feel helpless, and sympathetic to all the co-Filipinos of the big challenge of survival during the massive flood! I intantly thought of way to HELP IS TO PRAY TO GOD TO HELP TO STOP THE RAIN AND GIVE EVERYONE STRENGTH TO SURVIVE THIS CALAMITY.

    “OH GOD, STOP THE BIG TYPHOON AND RAIN AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HELP ALL
    THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DIRECTLY AFFECTED WITH THIS FLOOD TO GIVE
    THEM STRENGTH AND POWER TO SURVIVE IT ALL DESPITE OF DIFFICULTIES.
    WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR US ESP. DURING LIFE TRIBULATIONS TO HELP US AND NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP OH GOD TO HELP THE PHILIPPINE CITIZENS THAT ARE IN THE MIDST OF THIS TRAGEDIC CALAMITY. SO HELP THEM OH GOD through Jesus Christ, AMEN.

    I hope my little prayer will help. I know it will as I am a great believer of God’s existence in this world.
    My son was staying in the Philippines fo 6 months with my relatives in Quezon City,Cubao. He only left a week ago to come back to Canada. I do not hear from my relatives yet. Please GOD Help them all to survie and have strenght to face this calamity.

    TAKE CARE TO ALL… MADELYN PACULDO RIEGO FROM MONTREAL, CANADA. I WAS BORN IN THE NORTHERN LUZON PHILIPPINES.

    This the instant way toh

  16. Haydee

    Thank you for this website. The aftermath is even worse, we need to unite and help.

  17. Carl

    Today is the 22nd anniversary of the canonization of San Lorenzo Ruiz. May his intercession help to ease another calamity that has befallen his countrymen.

  18. supremo

    ‘part of the problem was getting boats to where they were needed’

    The AFP should no better. They pre-positioned a lot of their military assets. Same principle should apply to emergency assets.

  19. supremo

    ‘know’ not ‘no’

  20. Johnny Goloyugo

    Mabuhay ka Mr. Quezon! Year-in and year-out, typhoons lash at our “Pilipinas kong mahal” but, unfortunately, people in government lack the necessary will to fully prepare and respond under such a situation. We must all realize that the Philippines lies within the typhoon belt area within the region. And this should remind our leaders – incumbents and wannabes – to take a hard look in this kind of spectre plagued by the vicious cycle of unpreparedness. It’s good that bloggers all around the country and elsewhere are vigilant in calling for assistance in behalf of those heavily affected by typhoon Ondong. This is humanitarianism at its best.

  21. Doddie from Korea

    To anyone in the Philippines who can help. Pls. help contact Editha G. Pasco or Judith Pasco at @ 41 Bautista Compound, Sta. Lucia Pasig City, please help. Their celphone numbers are 09098922160, 09392 6726 8938, 09063 4953 93, 0908 2191 356…9 (JR), and 0918 731 9607. Any news pls about their condition. If you do get through to them, please email any update about their health, where are they located to [email protected].

    Their son Joey (Pasco) is here in Korea and the last he heard from their area was that the house was submerged under water.

  22. SuperGulaman

    thanks for this…linked you back…

  23. mlq3

    Amen, Carl.

  24. Buen

    For those who have survived the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy, recovery is far behind. For sure these people are suffering not only from physical fatigue and pain, but emotional and mental turbulence. Those who have salvaged their homes are thankful, but what about their recovery in terms of their material needs? Those who lost their homes, what now?

    We are very grateful for those who reacted immediately and gave their supports. To these people and institutions…God bless you more.

    But the problem of the affected families are very far resolved. The help they are receiving are just temporary (a day or two). What they need is to recover what they lost. The question is, who will help them in the restoration of those.

    While people with good hearts are busy giving the immediate assistance, our government officials must be planning already the best way to help the affected families, this time, in the long term effect. They need cash assistance to begin again. The question is how, and when. It must be VERY QUICK.

    Thank you, I know this can be heard.

    Buen

  25. Filipino Culture

    Where are the POLITICIANS with their sacks of rice and sardines now? I guess there’s no cameras so they aren’t around.

  26. mlq3

    Buen, PagIbig has announced disaster loans for members. But you’re right, the insurance industry, for one, may need government help because there are going to be a lot of claims and surely questions about capitalization will arise.

  27. Lou Sebastien

    In a disaster situation where commerce is paralyzed asking for cash donation does not make any logistical nor practical sense at all.

  28. Letty Cid

    Good morning! I would like to seek your help in posting this announcement from Makati Medical Center in view of the recent calamity.

    ANNOUNCEMENT : MAKATI MEDICAL CENTER (MMC), CARDINAL SANTOS MEDICAL CNETER and PLDT of the Metro Pacific Group of Companies will be conducting a week-long medical mission in areas adversely affected by Typhoon Ondoy.

    Makati Medical Center will cover the Cainta/Rizal area, Cardinal Santos Medical Center will handle the Pasig area and PLDT will assist the Marikina area. Doctors and personnel will be deployed to provide consultations and distribute medicines at designated evacuation center in these areas.

    MakatiMed’s Health Services Program (HSP) center, located at the ground floor of the hospital, will be open 24/7 this entire week to assist typhoon victims.

    To become a volunteer, please submit your name and contact details to Dr. Victor Gisbert at 0917-8922807 or Dr. Johnny Sinon at 0917-5261345.

    For donations, in cash or in kind, please send your contributions to Ms. Jocelyn or Ms. Fatima at the Social Services Office, Ground Floor, MakatiMed, Amorsolo St., Makati or call 8888-999 locals 7124 and 7104.

    Thank you very much Mr. Quezon!

  29. supremo

    Anyone knows when the DPWH will open the Napindan flood gates? Opening the flood gates will help reduce the water level in the Marikina Valley but might cause flooding in Manila if done during high tide or when it is raining.

  30. mlq3

    unfortunately officials have been rather sparse with information in this regard. there were extremely unhelpful rumors swirling most of yesterday about dams being opened, and officials were slow to issue categorical statements (in the evening, there were no announcements at a time when people were alarmed the dam in marikina would be opened; media had to rely on earlier announcements concerning angat dam that so long as rain stopped, no reason to open the dams)

  31. paige

    Looking forward for the help of people aiming to be president, vice president and other positions. ACT NOW!

  32. Bert

    To: Dodie from Korea,

    I’d contacted the number 0908-2191359 you gave here, the voice was too garbled even after several tries, will keep trying.

    The other numbers were either ‘out of coverage area’ or on off (just kept on ringing).

  33. Richard

    We built a site yesterday to start aggregating news from different places. Hope it’s useful for Filipinos overseas.

    http://www.typhoonondoy.org
    http://www.ondoyrelief.org

    Any suggestions on what other useful information we can add.

    Thanks

  34. kei tan

    my friend who lives in a subdivision at brgy. sto domingo, bay, laguna says that her house was flooded as well. her neighbors said it was because Laguna Lake overflowed. No report yet on residents living near the lake.

  35. mimai1122

    I’m from Cagayan de Oro. How can my friends and I donate? Where can we send non-food items? I read from the Red Cross site that these are the most important items they need (soap, slippers, towels, etc…) We really want to help.

  36. paige

    Sir someone asked me this paupdate naman po
    regarding sa rescue
    operations sa greenland
    cainta. at kung san dinala
    yung mga narescue at kung
    may list. maraming salamat
    po.

    Looking forward to know the answer too. At kung san makikita list na eto. para i can help also. Thanks!

  37. andy

    I would like to volunteer I have senior firstaid with other skills someone direct me in the right direction 09209831526 I am flying in to manila tomorrow morning from cebu

  38. mlq3

    andy, the philippine national red cross can use your help please see the numbers above.

  39. mlq3

    Please call the local Aboitiz Air and other air cargo offices in your area, I understand they will be helping. Also, please contact your local Red Cross and your parish/barangay for information so you can join existing networks of support.

  40. eloi hernandez

    UP Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (Mam G) accepting donations of relief goods (canned goods, medicines, cooking utensils, soap, cleaning implements, blankets, water, etc) starting today, Monday, September 28, for distribution to affected UP employees, families, etc. and to evacuation centers.

    pls help by disseminating this info. we also need help with receiving, packing and distributing of relief goods. pls contact 928-2947. after office hours, donations can be dropped off at the UP Diliman Police HQ, delos santos street (in front of Arki)

  41. carlo

    Meron na po bang list ng mga narescue or ng mga namatay? My brother is still stuck in Cainta and we are beginning to worry.

  42. Noelle

    Hi! I’ve been constantly watching your site and Twitter for direct information on what’s happening.

    I’m wondering why the government hasn’t asked aid for rescue operations from ASEAN, US or Australia. I’m thinking they may be better equipped with handling such operations seeing as we do not have the necessary equipment or experience on handling such a disaster. I’ve been waiting for news on official aid (not monetary) coming in from other countries and none so far. I assume this would have to go to diplomatic channels, would you know how the government is pursuing this? Or are we being stubborn and relying solely on ourselves?

    Thanks. Great job on the updates and more power to the Filipino people. I wish I could do more from where I am.

  43. Rellmon Ponce de Leon

    It seems the Sahana FOSS Disaster Management system doesn’t have any vital information in terms of shelters and list of all people staying at shelters. Hope to give update on that so we can plot it on the system. Thanks.

  44. mlq3

    Noelle, I’ve been harping on that. Foreign governments can’t act until our government asks for help. I’ve been hoping Sec. Romulo would eventually make an announcement. The Visayas and Mindanao have also been very generous in expressing concern and offering help, but much of the effort’s in the private sector.

  45. Ricky

    Filipinos never learn. When had this experience before in the 70’s when we had massive flooding in Metro Manila during the Marcos era. If anyone can recall, it rained for 30 days/nights, almost biblical in proportions. Our house, at least the first floor was under water quite for a while until we decided to move to higher grounds in Makati. The Marcos regime may have had a ‘dictatorial’ reputation, but at least help was quick, something was done to rectify the cause of the flooding which is the clogging of the waterways, both the Pasig and Marikina rivers. There was massive clean-up and relocation of squatters. As soon as the Marcoses are gone or at least when the new admin took over, corruption took over as well. Squatters went back to their old habitats selling the property the previous gov’t gave them for quick cash, waterways get clogged again, etc., etc. As long as we Filipinos don’t change our ways and as long as we practice the ‘lagay system’ for quick cash, history will keep on repeating itself. And as long as you have corrupt people running your gov’t/country, it’s hopeless, just an exercise in futility. As much as we Filipnos here in the US wanted to help, how can we be sure that no one is going to pocket the money? Notice the US gov’t is only sending $100,000.00 in cash donation and the rest in kind, it’s because the US gov’t is well aware of the ongoing corruption in the Philippine gov’t, even the local Red Cross. It’s a crying shame and I feel sorry as well as sad for all the flood victims. Our prayers are with them…

  46. Ricky

    In addition to what I’ve just posted, I’ll try my best to ask help from the Filipino Religious Ministry, The Ilocano Association, The Pampanguenos, and other Filipino groups here in Central Florida. In spite of what I have said, I still have faith in the Filipino Bayanihan spirit. Do you know where we can send help/donations or maybe clothes, food, etc by way of Balikbayan boxes?

  47. mlq3

    Ricky please contact the RP Consulate nearest you. The problem with donations in kind from abroad is they might get trapped in red tape because of Customs. Per Red Cross advisory there’s a three-step process to donating in kind from abroad. It may be best to hold off donations in kind until the actual rebuilding takes place, to help schools rebuild library/laboratory collections, for example. Donating funds might be more timely.

  48. An Xiao

    New York-based pinay here. I’ve set up another site where Americans can give: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thatwaszen/urgent-manila-is-underwater-and-needs-your-help. You just need an Amazon account. Trying to raise $500 by Thursday.

  49. Reggie

    Hi – I’ve entered the Sahana web site and was wondering exactly what help is needed here? Is it the collation of information? Is there anyone I can coordinate with?

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