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>> Monday, September 28, 2009

The perfect song to keep us hopeful in these trying times:

Still

Hide me now
Under your wings
Cover me
within your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God


Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know his power
In quietness and trust


It's so heartwarming to see Filipinos gathering together in helping the affected Filipinos. Students are spending their holiday (classes are suspended today) to volunteer in packing goods. Working people are Twittering and donating money in the confines of their office spaces (life goes on for us).


Photo by Reuters via daylife.com


I'd like to say thanks to the people from all around the world, who are showing their support and concern for the Philippines. Celebrities like Josh Groban, Alex Wagner-Trugman (AI season 8 top 36), Paolo Coelho, Pete Wentz, Ashton Kutcher, Channing Tatum, Ricky Martin, Alyssa Milano, Demi Lovato are sending tweets on how to donate to Red Cross.

The rainfall was a blessing in disguise. It washed out the politics, the news about the elections, and the talk about corruption. True heroes like our military and ordinary people emerged as the real heroes of the country. Forget about the politicians. What we need is to work together and love our fellow Filipinos. We can do Bayanihan. Let's go Filipinos!

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Here is a live list of ways to help out the Typhoon Ondoy victims. We know everyone is eager to help, but may be having difficulty matching your time and means to the relief channels. We hope this can help you find a way to pitch in:

1. Relay critical information on rescue and relief to the appropriate parties. Many of the affected families have limited ways of communicating their needs, so our help to get their message across is needed;
2. Help pack and distribute relief goods. Getting help to affected families as swiftly and efficiently as possible is key. Man-power is sorely needed to get help out to them fast.
3. Donate relief goods or cash. Relief operations are accepting rice, canned goods, water, blankets, and clothes. Cash can also be routed to credible institutions who will allocate them to the required supplies.
4. Share shelter. If you know anyone who lost their home, a temporary place to rest and recover will be much appreciated.
5. Pray. Most of the affected families have been rescued, but still need help to recover and rebuild. There are some who are still waiting for rescue to come. Let’s keep on praying for their safety and well-being.

If everyone of us would extend a helping hand to our fellow-Filipinos in need, recovery will be hard but doable. Again, this is a time where individual contribution is critical to achieve our common goal.

Here is a list of active organizations working on relief operations:

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

Relief Volunteers and Donations
- The Philippine Government has designated the following relief drop-off centers: DSWD center at Batasan Complex, Quezon City (951-7119, 0918-421-9780); DSWD NCR office in Quiapo, Manila (734-8634 to 35); and the DSWD National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City (852-8081, 734-8622)
- Petron gas stations throughout Metro Manila, Palawan, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Masbate, and Marinduque are accepting donations.
- Ateneo de Manila University – accepts donations and needs volunteers. Covered Courts, Ateneo, Katipunan Ave.
- La Salle Green Hills – Donations accepted at Gate 2 of La Salle, Ortigas Ave.
- Caritas Manila – Donations accepted at Caritas Manila, Jesus St., Pandaca Manila. (5639298, 5639308)
- Radio Veritas – Donations accepted at Veritas Tower, West Ave. (9257931-40)
- ARANAZ stores in Powerplant and Greenbelt are accepting donations
- TeamManila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air, and Rockwell are accepting donations for distribution by Veritas
- Smart branches at SM Fairview, SM North Edsa, Gateway Mall, AliMall, SM Megamall, and SM Muntinlupa are accepting donations.
- Aquino/Roxas volunteers organizing relief goods collection and distribution contact Jiggy Cruz, Clare Amador (0928-5205508) or Jana Vicente (0928-5205499).
- ABS-CBN/Sagip Kapamilya is accepting donations at 13 Examiner St., West Triangle, Q.C. Look for Girlie Aragon (0916-7227806/0929-5348176)
- Red Cross needs volunteer to pack and distribute relief goods.

Pasay - 854-2748, 434-3751
Las Pinas - 873-4873, 468-9688
Pasig - 635-0922
Alabang - 809-7131,850-6813
Bulacan - 044-662-5388
National Head Quarters, Manila - 524-5787,527-0864

Cash Donations
- GMA Kapuso accepts cash and/or check donations. Click here for account information
- Red Cross – Check here for details. Or text “RED ” to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

Off-shore
- Red Cross cash donations can be routed through this site.
- Migrante Middle East is coordinating a relief program, and can be contacted through the numbers here.

Please feel free to post any other relief channels which are not in the list above through the comments section. Thanks!

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