#BigasHindiBala: Can you help Mindanao farmers affected by drought?


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#BigasHindiBala: Can you help Mindanao farmers affected by drought?
The farmers are demanding the release of calamity funds and 15,000 sacks of rice

MANILA, Philippines – After standing under the heat of the sun for 3 days straight, a peaceful protest turned into a bloody clash that left at least two farmers dead and 116 others wounded.  (WATCH: The drought protest that turned bloody in Kidapawan)

The farmers were demanding the release of calamity funds and 15,000 sacks of rice. Mindanao’s farmers have long been asking for help to cope with El Niño.

The region is the most vulnerable to the phenomenon due to its proximity to the equator. At least 5 areas in the region – Maguindanao, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Cotabato City, and Zamboanga City –  have declared states of calamity since March 2015.

The tragedy brought the plight of the farmers in North Cotabato to the public’s consciousness. Various groups from different sectors mobilized to respond to the call for #BigasHindiBala (Rice, not Bullets). (READ: #BigasHindiBala: Online support for Kidapawan drought protest grows)

Davaoeños led a donation drive for the protesting Kidapawan farmers on April 2. Celebrities like Robin Padilla, Angel Locsin, Daniel Padilla, and Bianca Gonzalez-Intal also showed support for the farmers by donating sacks of rice.

Here are the other ongoing relief efforts around the country.

DAMBANA: Damayang Simbahan sa Panahon ng Disaster 

Contact details:

Account details:

Kasimbayan BPI: 3051118501

Open for donations in kind at 879 EDSA, West Triangle, Quezon City

Malate Literary Folio

Accepting rice and canned goods at LS 160-MLF in De La Salle University – Manila. They are open on April 4-8 from 8 am to 5 pm.

Betsin’s PUP-X is an event for a cause at PUP Sta Mesa (White House) on April 9, at 12 noon. They are accepting rice, canned goods, noodles, and biscuits. You can reach out to them if you wish to donate or perform for a cause.

United Church of Christ in the Philippines

For more information on this call for donations, contact: nto@uccpchurch.com or +639989637208 

Individuals or organizations may also directly donate to the following bank accounts:

Account name: United Church of Christ in the Philippines
Bank name: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
West Triangle Branch, Quezon City, Philippines
Savings Account #: 3051 1187 22

Account name: United Church of Christ in the Philippines
Bank name: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Account no. 3054040864.

Swift Code: BOPIMM 

Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines

They accept donations of food, clothes, toiletries, and school supplies at Visayas corner Dipolog Streets, Barangay Vasra, Quezon City. They can also pick up donations in kind.

Cash donations can be deposited at their PNB Savings Account No. 393062600015 under the Account Name of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers at the UP Diliman Campus Branch, Quezon City. 

Contact details:

ACT Building Complex, Mines Street, Barangay Vasra, Quezon City

Tel. No. 4262238

09198688154 (Zeni)

09486921473 (Jolly)

UPLB College of Development Communication Student Council

CDCSC is now accepting donations for the farmers in Kidapawan. You may give any of the following:
– Medicine
– Clothes
– Rice
– Water

You may leave your donations in the box outside the CDC Student Council Office or contact CRAW Head Sasi (09193930427).

Advocates are holding a “solidarity gathering for Kidapawan farmers” on Wednesday, April 6, at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.


– Rappler.com 

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