The earthquakes that shook Cotabato and Davao del Sur in Mindanao on October 16 (magnitude 6.3), October 29 (magnitude 6.6) and October 31 (magnitude 6.5) have resulted to loss of lives and property, and rendered many people homeless and without access to food and other basic needs. Children, especially, have been severely hit by the lack of services.
According to Save the Children Philippines, an estimated 3.2 million children have been affected by at least five powerful earthquakes in the southern Philippines over the past three weeks, with two strong quakes recorded on October 29 and October 31. More than 180 classrooms have been completely destroyed. “Most of the 3.2 million children affected are in conflict-affected and marginalized parts of the Philippines where access to emergency services is scant,” said Save the Children's chief executive officer Atty. Alberto Muyot.
Based on figures from the Department of Education, most of the children suffer from psychosocial stress, miss out on school due to damaged classrooms, and from being displaced from their homes.
In a swift move to answer the call for help, numerous organizations have put up their own efforts to deliver goods and services to our kababayans in Mindanao who are affected by the calamities.
If you wish to lend a hand to relief efforts being made, here are some of the organizations you may contact to send your donations in cash or in kind:
Relief efforts for #MindanaoQuake 2019
Inquirer Foundation Corp.
Banco de Oro (BDO) current account No. 007960018860, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Philippine Red Cross
BDO - Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938 / Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482 / Swift Code: BNORPHMM
BPI - Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52 / Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Metrobank - Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342 / Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182 / Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Paypal - email@example.com
Ateneo de Manila University / Ateneo de Davao University
BPI - Account name: Ateneo de Davao University / Account number: 2881-0028-87 / Swift code: BOPIPHMM
BDO - Account name: Ateneo de Davao University / Account number: 27000-904-26 / Swift code: BNORPHMM
Please fax deposit slips to +63 (82) 221-4737, +63 (82) 221-4116, or +63 (82) 221-2411 local 8268 for proper monitoring.
Donations in kind (bottled water, ready-to-eat food - chicken and beef only, hygiene kits, blankets, sleeping mats, tents) may be dropped off at the Mandaya Lobby, Mansaka Lobby and the lobby fronting the Pioneers Hall of the school. Volunteers are also needed. Call 297-8035 loacl 414 / 09561367469 for details.
University of the Philippines - Diliman University Student Council
Drop off your donations at the USC Office, Sampaguita Residence Hall and contact Marco Dava (0917-1084376).
Kidapawan Doctors College
To have your donations picked up, call them at any of the following numbers: 0921-5225258 / 0950-4423021 / 0907-1879897 or message them through Facebook.