MANILA, Philippines – Local carrier Cebu Pacific will be providing free cargo space for in-kind donations to victims of Typhoon Tisoy, transporting goods from Manila to Bicol and other affected areas.
This arrangement is made possible through Project Tabang Bikol, a campaign in partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).
Private organizations, civil society organizations, people's organizations, and other national and local government units will have to get an endorsement from the DILG for Cebu Pacific to accommodate their cargo.
In a statement, Interior Secretary Año said the DILG would be the donors' conduit in ensuring that donations will reach the local government units and affected communities.
Urgent relief goods needed include the following:
Donations from each party can be consolidated and packed into one container for easier transport.
Cash or monetary donations will not be accepted through the project. For other relief initiatives, you may refer to this list.
In its aftermath, Typhoon Tisoy left at least 600 families homeless in the province of Albay. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a total of 108,285 families or 470,140 persons were affected in Central Luzon, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas as of Friday, December 6.
Meanwhile, 10,756 houses were reported as totally damaged in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, and Caraga.
How to donate
Donors may contact the DILG Central Office Public Assistance and Complaints Center through telephone numbers (02) 8925-0343 or (02) 8876-3454 local 6700, or through cellphone number 09179711410 to arrange free air freight for their donations. – Rappler.com
Loreben Tuquero is a researcher-writer for Rappler. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, she covered transportation, Quezon City, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a reporter. She graduated with a communication degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.