Sunday, October 11, 2009

How FilAms Can Donate to Typhoon Victims

Filipino Americans across the US are showing their solidarity with typhoon victims in their motherland.

Non-profits, business organizations, civic, government, and church groups, political parties, and media came together, discarded their biases, and helped organize and identify collection drop sites, provide information on how to send cash donations to reputable agencies, announce fee-free remittances, corporate matching donations and planned for future activities.

Here’s how to send donations:

1. Philippine Consulate General, San Francisco, California
Address: 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Office hours: Consulate doors open 24/7
Items accepted: Non-perishable food, medicines (not expiring yet), blankets only (no clothings), cash or checks payable to San Francisco Philippine consulate
Contact Person: Lyn of SFO PhilConsulate (415) 433-6666

2. National Disaster Coordinating Council
NDCC Donated Funds
Current account number (Philippine peso): 0-00149-435-3
Swift Code: DBPHPHMM Account 36002016
Bank: Development Bank of the Philippines
Bank address: Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Branch
Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines

3. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Contact Persons: Imee Rose Castillo/ Rey Martija
Telephone: (632) 931-8101 local 506-507/ 951-7119
DSWD Foreign Donations
(US dollars) account number: 3124-0055-81
(Philippine peso) account number: 3122-1-11-84
Bank: LBP
Bank address: Batasan Branch, Constitution Hills, Quezon City

4. Philippine National Red Cross
The Philippine National Red Cross
(US dollar) account number: 151-2-151-00218-2
Swift code: MBTC PH MM
(Philippine peso) account number: 151-3-041-63122-8-MBTC
Bank: Metrobank
Bank address: Port Area Branch, Anda Circle, Port Area, Manila
(For donations to be acknowledged, please fax bank transactions slips to (632) 525-5654 or 404 0979 with donor’s name, address, and contact numbers. Guidelines for online donations may be accessed via

5. Ayala Foundation USA
Ayala Foundation USA is coordinating with Ayala Foundation Inc. and other groups conducting major relief efforts. The donations you send will be brought to areas where the need is greatest and areas that have not yet been reached by groups doing disaster relief mobilization. Highest level of transparency and accountability in all transactions assured. Three ways to donate:

a. Check: Make check payable to Ayala Foundation USA, indicate Typhoon Ondoy in the note part and mail it to our US office at 255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 428, Redwood City, CA 94065.

b. Online Donation via credit card: Ayala Foundation USA does not have a paypal account but we accept donations via Visa and Mastercard. Please click on this link and choose AF-USA Typhoon Relief Fund in the drop down menu.

c. For wire transfer, below are the account details to use:

Account Name: Ayala Foundation USA
Account Number: 203179049
Account Type: CA
Routing Number: 321171184
Citibank, N.A.

6. Caritas
The lead Catholic agency for social services and development in the Archdiocese of Manila and a provider of technical assistance to social service and development ministries in the five other Metro Manila dioceses, has put the “Sagip Tulong Program” designed as a quick response to assist the families adversely affected by the calamity.

a. US Dollar
Caritas Manila
BPI Dollar Savings Account No. 3064-0033-55
PNB Dollar Savings Acct. No. 10856660005

b. Philippine Peso
Banco de Oro Savings Account No.5600-45905
BPI Savings Acct. No. 3063-535701
Metrobank Savings Acct. No. 175-3-17506954-3

Focal Persons:
Gina Santos +63 919 892 8226
Tam De Ocampo +632 563 93081

For donations to be acknowledged over NBN Channel 4 in the Philippines, donors may fax a copy of their deposit slips to +63 2 563 9306 (with donor’s name, address and contact numbers).

7. is offering fee-free remittance to Manila until October 9.

In-Kind Donations:
No used clothing is allowed to be imported to the Philippines.

Immediate needs are food/medicine, non-food such as mats, blankets, flashlights, emergency lamps, tents, generators, water container, hygiene kits (bath soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine napkins, and laundry soap), baby diapers, and slippers

Non-urgent needs are beddings, kitchen ware, etc.

8. LBC Hari ng Padala Foundation and ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya project tie-up LBC offers free padala services for in-kind and cash donations to Ondoy victims. All boxes will be sent for free in the name of LBC Foundation and this will be delivered directly to ABS-CBN.

“As of October 1, all LBC branches in the U.S. are now drop-off points for in-kind donations to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines,” said Hugo Bonilla, LBC president and CEO.

LBC also offer its sea cargo services for free after LHPF committed to sorting and distributing the donated items coming from donors in the US.

Rules on box sizes: All donated items must be boxed and sealed in standard-sized balikbayan boxes. LBC will not accept open boxes or unpacked items.

Donors in California, Oregon, Washington State, Nevada, and Hawaii can only use the 24x18x18 box size while donors in New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and Virginia can only use the 28x18x17 box size.

In Saipan, only box size 18x20x22 is accepted while LBC in Canada’s British Columbia will only accept the 18x18x30 box size.

Preferred items: Canned goods, rice, clothing, footwear, towels, blankets, cookware, utensils, and other daily consumables.

All boxes must state the shipper’s name and address. Consignee information is as follows: LBC HARI NG PADALA FOUNDATION, c/o Jose Garcia with address LBC HANGAR, General Aviation Center, Domestic Airport Compound, Pasay City.
For a list of the LBC branch nearest you, please visit or call 1-800-338-5424.

9. Asian Arts Museum, San Francisco
Date: 4 October 2009, Sunday
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free entrance)
In conjunction with the Filipino American History Month Celebration, the museum will set up donation boxes inside its premises.

10. New York
From “ilovepiNoY” (, a Samantha Lopez Production, in cooperation with some Filipino friends and colleagues, a big event is being organized on 26 October 2009, Monday @ Felix ( ) to raise funds for Ondoy victims. All proceeds will go directly to Philippine National Red Cross and Ayala Foundation.

11. The Thomson Reuters Foundation
Of the Reuters group, foundation is matching dollar for dollar donations for the relief area of your choice until October 16.

Please forward to anyone who want to contribute monetary donations. Here is the link:

12. West Bay Filipino Multicultural Center
Address: 175 7th Street San Francisco, California
Tel. no.: 415 431 6266 for information

West Bay children and their families to keep center open till 10 p.m. every day to collect donations. Volunteers welcome. Donors may deduct contributions exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) 3.

(Article first posted on, 10/08/2009)

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