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(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines - It's flooding relief and donations as nearly 200,000 families across the country have been affected by heavy flooding and landslides caused by torrential rain.
Social networking service Multiply.com now accepts donations on behalf of the Philippine Red Cross, its country manager Jack Madrid said on Twitter on August 7.
"Philippine Red Cross needs our help in sustaining its humanitarian operations," the site announced.
At the University of the Philippines-Diliman, the University Student Council (USC), in cooperation with the League of College Councils (LCC), launched IskoOperaton, a relief operation drive that aims to help evacuees from Bgy UP Campus. Around 300 residents from the UP community were evacuated Tuesday morning.
The IskoOperation is specifically asking for clothes, basic toiletries, medicine, underwear, diapers and sanitary napkins, insect repellant, blankets, tarpaulin, pillows, cartons, mosquito blankets, batteries, canned good, bread, instant noodles, packed snacks, sugar and water. Drop boxes are already located in most of the colleges and dormitories in the university.
According to USC vice chairperson Alex Castro, IskoOperation will be accepting donations until Thursday and repacking of goods will be on Friday, while the distribution of goods will be held on Saturday.
For donations or inquiries, you can contact 09277571005 or 09065701029.
Here are other quick ways to donate.
Donate in cash or in kind
Other insitutions that provide relief and assistance to flood victims have also called for donations via social media:
The Citizens' Disaster Response Center posted on its Facebook page that it is accepting donations for families affected by the floods. Donations can be dropped at 72-A Times Street, West Triangle Homes, Quezon City. The disaster management group can be reached at telephone numbers (02) 929-9820 to 22.
Gawad Kalinga Command Center for relief ops for North NCR is at HRD Training Ctr, DAR Compound QC. # 09991889683 / 09064192016 / 09228483806— CBCPNews (@cbcpnews) August 7, 2012
Smart subscribers may send donations to Red Cross via SMS. Text RED <amount> to 4143. (10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500, 1000).— Smart Communications (@SMARTCares) August 7, 2012
We are waiving our transaction fees for donations made via G-Cash. To donate, text DONATE <amount> <4-digit M-PIN> REDCROSS to 2882— Globe Telecom (@enjoyGLOBE) August 7, 2012
LBC branches as drop-off centers for Phil Red Cross. You may take your donations for flood victims to the nearest branch starting tom Aug 8— LBC Foundation (@LBC_Foundation) August 7, 2012
McDonald's stores open in Metro Manila are now accepting donations in kind (rice, noodles, canned goods, etc.) for flood victims. RT please.— McDo Philippines (@McDo_ph) August 7, 2012
Ayala Malls is accepting donations for flood victims. These may be handed over to Concierge booths in all Ayala Malls.— Ayala Malls (@AyalaMalls) August 7, 2012
When it is safe already,kindly drop off donations at AKFI ofc 730 Quirino Hiway,San Bartolome,Novaliches,QC— Alagang KapatidFdtn (@alagangkapatid) August 7, 2012
For donations, you may call GMA Kapuso Foundation's telethon hotline 981-1950. | via— GMA News (@gmanews) August 7, 2012
SAGIP KAPAMILYA: BDO and PNB (peso & dollar accounts) twitter.com/ABSCBNNews/sta…— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) August 7, 2012
Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced that over 160 schools are providing shelter for nearly 14,000 families affected by flooding due to incessant rain in Luzon.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro instructed DepEd-National Capital Region (NCR) schools division superintendents to work closely with local government units and city social welfare and development offices in their respective areas.
“We need to make sure that we have enough supplies to provide for the needs of evacuees under our care. Let us work hand in hand with our city and barangay officials to ensure that urgent needs are provided, given the current situation,” Luistro said.
DepEd reported that as of 10 am, August 8, the largest number of evacuees (9,741 families) was in NCR followed by Region 3 (2,568 families) and Region 4A (2,180 families).
|Region||Schools used as evacuation centers||No. of families affected|
|*report as of 10AM, August 8, 2012|
Earlier Rappler published a list of evacuation centers and ongoing relief operations in Metro Manila. - With reports from Raisa Serafica/Rappler.com