October has been a rough month for Mindanao, particularly for Cotabato. Three consecutive earthquakes hit Tulunan, one of the province’s municipalities, on October 16, 29, and 31, with each one registering above a magnitude of 6.
According to the latest update, at least 17 people are dead. The quakes also injured hundreds and displaced thousands, including those who were residing in nearby areas. In addition, tens of thousands of houses sustained permanent damages, along with four public structures and one commercial establishment.
Therefore, it is more important than ever to stand in solidarity with our Mindanaoan brothers and sisters. Should you wish to donate cash or goods, here are the top ten institutions receiving donations on their behalf:
- Philippine Red Cross.
- UPV College of Management Student Council.
- Caritas Manila, Inc.
- Gawad Kalinga.
- Ateneo de Davao University.
- University of Southern Mindanao (USM).
- UP Diliman University Student Council.
- Save the Children Philippines.
- World Vision Philippines.
The Philippine chapter of this humanitarian organization is hereby accepting cash donations via the following channels:
Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938
Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342
Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Of course, cash isn’t the only thing you can contribute presently. If you seek to donate in kind, for instance, The National Alliance of Women has organized drop-off points for these. Currently, they have three locations accepting such donations:
Lingap GABRIELA Office
SATU Building, Blk. 73, Lot 11,
Don Mariano Marcos Avenue,
North Fairview, QC
GABRIELA Women’s Party Office
#25 K-10 St., West Kamias,
Quezon City (near Nepa-Q Mart)
GABRIELA National Office
#35 Sct. Delgado,
Brgy. Laging Handa,
Otherwise, you may course your cash donations through their Chinabank account:
Lingap Gabriela Inc.
Acct. no. 105002008935
Swift code CHBKPHMM
The University of the Philippines-Visayas Student Council is currently organizing a donation drive for the earthquake victims. Thus, from 4-8 November, donors may drop off their goods into the donation boxes at the school’s main gate in front of Iloilo Doctors Hospital.
Otherwise, (e.g., if you prefer to donate in cash), you may get in touch with Kyrus Macul (09560841693) or Rjay Gabuya (09478015723).
According to the Diocese of Kidapawan’s assessment, the earthquake victims need the following the most: shelter sheets, food, blankets, flashlights and rechargeable batteries, toiletries, and medical kits. Thus, the Caritas Manila office is accepting such donations at 2002 Jesus St. Pandacan, Manila.
Alternatively, you can donate cash either online or through any of Caritas’ bank accounts:
Banco De Oro – Savings Account No.: 5600-45905
Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account No.: 3063-5357-01
Metrobank – Savings Account No.: 175-3-17506954-3
Likewise, Gawad Kalinga is accepting donations via the following:
PHP Current Account # 3101 0977 56
BPI EDSA Greenhills
US$ Savings Account # 3104 0162 34
BPI EDSA Greenhills (Swift code: BOPIPHMM)
Firstly, be sure to scan the deposit slip and take note of the transaction number. Secondly, email your name, date of deposit, amount, and BPI branch to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, don’t forget to indicate that the donation is for the North Cotabato Earthquake victims.
Similarly, Davao’s Ateneo University is calling for cash donations to help aid all those affected by the recent earthquakes. Their bank accounts are as follows:
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Ateneo de Davao University
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Ateneo de Davao University
Located in Kabacan, North Cotabato, USM is accepting donations via the Alumni Home. As per their official Twitter account, they will also organize a relief distribution subsequently and speedily.
Given how the other university student councils are mobilizing, it’s no surprise that the country’s most prominent state university is doing the same. Hence, UP Diliman’s student council is receiving relief goods donations at the USC Office at Sampaguita Residence Hall.
Interested parties may contact Marco Dava at 09171084376.
This organization recently mobilized volunteers to provide child-friendly spaces and temporary learning spaces for all the displaced children in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. Furthermore, they are supplying schools with water kits so that kids and teachers alike have access to safe hygiene practices.
If you wish to contribute financial support to their endeavors, click here.
Apart from providing a platform for people to support scholars, World Vision Philippines is also accepting cash donations for Mindanao’s quake victims:
As of this writing, we have about 50 days to go before the holidays. Instead of blowing our Christmas budget on extravagant presents, perhaps we can put a little bit towards alleviating the suffering of our stricken countrymen, yes?