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How to Help Philippine Super Typhoon Victims

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It has been three days since Haiyan or Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone or typhoon ever recorded, has brought death to thousands of Filipinos in Central Philippines, and millions more have been affected and displaced with destroyed homes. On top of this, chaos has emerged among the populace because of the lack of food, water and basic social services.

Now, the international call for help has loudly been broadcast by several international relief organizations to come to the aid of the predominantly Catholic country in Southeast Asia.

Here are several ways YOU CAN HELP through the various local and international organizations listed below. If there are any errors to the links, kindly report it to so the author and webmaster can fix the issue.



Philippine National Red Cross (
Hotline: 143
Telephone: 527-0000

text RED<space><amount-in-Pesos> to
2899 (Globe)
4483 (Smart)

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Gawad Kalinga Operation Operation Walang Iwanan (Typhoon Yolanda)

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya

Ayala Foundation’s Laging Handa Fund


Caritas Filipinas Foundation

Victory – Every Nation

St. Scholastica’s College
Cash/check donations pay to “St. Scholastica’s College Manila”
BDO account number 4580-000-210
E-mail your transaction receipts to for proper acknowledgment.

One La Salle Relief Drive (Yolanda)

Ateneo De Manila Disaster Response and Management Team



Check the credentials of any charitable organization

Canadian Red Cross

American Red Cross

British Red Cross

Australian Red Cross

U.N. World Food Programme
Text AID to 27722 to donate $10 in the USA


The Salvation Army USA

United Arab Emirates
LBC in UAE accepts in-kind donations but not “used clothes” a problem with Philippine customs policies. LBC will accept blankets, shoes or slippers, canned goods, and toiletries. All boxes of goods should be addressed to the LBC Foundation that will send the goods to the Red Cross. Drop them at the Karama and Abu Dhabi offices of LBC in UAE. Read more at source.

Oxfam – United Kingdom

Care International – United Kingdom

Care Australia

Médecins Sans Frontières – Australia

World Vision – Australia

International Rescue Committee (IRC) – USA and Canada

Doctors Without Borders

International Medical Corps Emergency Response Fund

Save the Children

United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) – Donate Now

United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) – Australia

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Australia

Mercy Corps

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada – Government of Canada
Canada launches matching fund to help those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan

Habitat for Humanity
Plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.

Operation USA

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) – USA

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Plan – UK
Plan is a global children’s charity.

Child Fund – Australia

Caritas – Australia

Christian Aid – Australia

Catholic Relief Services

Convoy of Hope

Samaritan’s Purse International Rellief


Sources: USA Today | CBS News | In-a-gist Forum | NBC World News | SBS Australia | CNN International

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Dollar Remittance Tops 7.9 Billion USD January to May 2011

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Remittances from overseas Filipinos rose 6.2 per cent to 7.9 billion dollars in the first five months of 2011, the Central Bank of the Philippines said Friday. In the month of May alone, remittances totaled 1.69 billion dollars, up 6.9 per cent from 1.58 billion dollars in the same month last year.

The major sources of remittances in the period were the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Britain, Japan, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and Germany.

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Renaissance Dubai Hotel features Filipino cuisine

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Renaissance Dubai Hotel will be featuring the flavors of Filipino cuisine at the hotel’s Spice Island restaurant on June 9 to 23, 2009. In cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Philippine Business Council, it will showcase the best of Filipino cuisine featuring the hotel’s Filipino chefs: Chefs Ofelia Fuentes, Norberto Dagonoon and Rina Tecson. The hotel’s workforce consists of 40% Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 9, 2009 at 11:16 am

More than US$10B Transferred from UAE in 2008

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Foreign workers in the United Arab Emirates transfer more than US$10 billion per annum to their home markets, making UAE the second highest performer in the area in fund remittance, according to Money Transfer International (MTI), the global trade association. Remittances to the Philippines from the UAE reached more than $584 million in 2008. More than 40% of all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) are based in the Middle East and 10.5% live and work in the UAE.

Money Transfer International (MTI) is an international trade association dedicated to promoting the development and interests of the global remittances industry.  It is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantees and incorporated in the United Kingdom. The association has offices in London, Singapore and Beijing.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm