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Help Mitigate the Nasty Typhoon Ondoy Crisis for Filipinos

While I am tempted to rant about how our politicians can use a good crisis management plan like what Dr. Ronald Henson talked about yesterday at UP Manila Organizational Communication’s conference on Shifting Paradigms, Changing Mindsets, I know now is not the proper time. I’d much rather take part in helping manage the crisis that is Typhoon Ondoy (also known as the stupidly-named typhoon that is ruining Filipino lives [in a scale that hasn’t been witnessed since 1967] as I type).

State of Calamity in the Philippines, no thanks to Typhoon Ondoy

State of Calamity in the Philippines, no thanks to Typhoon Ondoy

Here’s how we can help–

a. Drop off your in-kind (not money) donations at:

  • any Petron gas station
  • any Shell gas station
  • any Total gas station
  • any McDonald’s outlet in Metro Manila
  • any Jollibee branch
  • any Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (until Friday)
  • any Starbucks store (will be sent to Ateneo Taskforce Ondoy, contact for concerns)
  • any 7-11 branch
  • any Team Manila store (Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell)
  • Papemelroti stores (91 Roces Ave/Ali Mall Cubao/SM North/SM Fairview/SM Megamall/SM Centerpoint/SM Southmall/Glorietta 3)
  • PowerPlant mall (at Admin Office, P1 level–in behalf of ABS-CBN foundation)
  • Radio Veritas (Veritas Tower West Ave. corner EDSA +632925793140); or at
  • Ateneo de Manila University
  • De La Salle University Manila
  • St. Theresa’s College, Quezon City
  • University of the Philippines Diliman USC (Contact TITUS 09178001909, JOSE 09273056607 and TIN 09154906106)
What and how you can help

What and how you can help

Typhoon Ondoy Donation Drop-Off Points :)

Typhoon Ondoy Donation Drop-Off Points 🙂

b. But there are more places where you can go to and give relief goods. Check this comprehensive spreadsheet as to where you can donate goods for Filipinos who have been hurt by Typhoon Ondoy. Also, you can add details (more places, contact people, etc) to the spreadsheet–just make sure it hasn’t been placed in yet! We do live in a wiki world now. 🙂 I love you, Google! ❤

c. Share your load to Red Cross, so they can help more Filipinos!

You can (only) send the following amounts: 5, 25, 50, 100, and 300. Transaction fee for donation is only P1.00 per message. (09/28/09) now waived by Globe. No idea about SMART, though. 🙂 Should you want to help more through Red Cross, you can make bank deposits, credit card donations, and in-kind support. Specific details can be found at their website.

Donate to Red Cross using your cellphone load!

Donate to Red Cross using your cellphone load!

d. Be more targetive–help people from different locations in Manila. You can either go to the places noted in the Metro Manila Ondoy situation map, or add information (for help rescue, help food/supplies, or news updates) to it.

You can even join government or civil society relief operations–like the Kabataan Partylist, Sagip Kapamilya, Move for Chiz, Wold Vision, and Tulong Bayan. Information can be found at Manuel L. Quezon III’s blog, as mirrored by

e. Request rubber boats or dump trucks for friends, families, and other Filipinos you want to help:

  • National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) +6328383203 or +6328383354
  • Senator Manny Villar Jr.’s rescue team is providing rescue dump trucks, just text +6329174226800, +639172414864 or +6329276751981

f. Request to cut off electric service from Meralco. No electricity sucks, but that means preventing fire and electrocution. Contact +639175592824 for more details.

g. Call disaster or emergency hotlines for those who need it:

National Disaster Coordinating Committee (NDCC) – 911-1873
Bureau of Fire Protection, National Capital Region – 729-5166
Bureau of Fire Protection, Region III (Central Luzon) – (045) 9634376
Philippine Coast Guard – 527-6136
Red Cross – 143
Quezon City Rescue – 161
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) – 136
Meralco – 16220

Check more hotlines here.

h. Rescue or find Filipinos in danger due to Typhoon Ondoy. I don’t know how you can do this, but if you’re a very able person who stumbled upon my blog, then that would be awesome. Please help! If not, you can add information on calls for rescue–you’ll still be able to save lives that way. Again, thanks Google Spreadsheets!

GMA even made a new map (as of September 29, 1:32AM) plotting the most urgent cases needing rescue here.

g. Donate money or goods even if you’re from abroad–

I’ve always believed that sharing is caring, and I’m pretty sure we can all pitch in to help. Why not start now?

For students of UP Manila, here are the organizations that you can contact to donate relief goods (food, water, toiletries, medicines, clothes, etc):

a. Organizational Communication Society (OrComSoc)

  • bring goods to DAC, so you can help OrCom students who have been hurt by Ondoy
  • contact Jel Directo, OrComSoc President at (or any officer, like me, Alvina Antonio, VP for Internals) to give or seek help

b. Philippine General Hospital (PGH) – bring goods to the UPM disaster headquarters (PGH Director’s Office)

c. Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority

  • drop off goods at Unit 12-O One Adriatico Place, Ermita Manila
  • contact Aya Bautista, EAN Lady Chancellor, at 09178512922 (or any Sigma Alpha Nuan) to collect your donations

d. College of Public Health Student Council (CPH SC)

  • bring your donations to Lara Hall (1st floor of CPH)
  • contact Ritz Anne de Guzman–CPH SC at 09158875577 (or any CPH student council officer)


1. I’m sorry I’m not citing my sources for the photos, I just saw them being twitpic-ed all over, I didn’t know who made them, exactly. 😦 If you do know, please leave a comment. Thanks!

2. [EDIT: September 28] A site that consolidates user-contributed information about Ondoy–rescue operations, donation drives, hotlines, etc can now be found here: OndoyManila [/EDIT]

3. Word of warning: to be safe, donations accepted are mostly in kind, but for those who will donate money, “please be vigilant. Sadly, there are scams. Most trusted sites would be schools or media networks,” according to Bianca Gonzales.


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Sucks that it has to take a calamity-event before people start uniting…but good job on spreading the word on ways to help!

Comment by Mae Carreon

I know, but we need as much as we can to step up. 😦 Thanks, Mae! Share this with people too? 😉

Comment by mostlynerdy

This is good. 🙂

Comment by Noemi

really good post, alvina! i shall tweet this 🙂

Comment by barny

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great! yours is totally more organized! lol! 😛 good that you left a comment, I’ll tell others to check yours too 🙂

Comment by peppermintkiss

very relevant post, alvina. smart choice; good intention. 🙂

Comment by barrycade

[…] The Ondoy Case Social networking sites mobilized Filipinos efforts to reach out to the devastated Metro Manila after Ondoy and before Pepeng. There were posters of volunteer drives everywhere on Facebook and Twitter: Red Cross, UP Manila efforts, indie & mainstream bands’ fundraisers, among others. Tumblr rose to popularity with reblogs of photos of Ondoy’s wrath. Plus there were Google spreadsheets which functioned to (1) list all the places where people could drop their donations, and (2) locate people who weren’t rescued yet. (For a complete documentation of Ondoy + NSM use, please check Ate Alvina’s blog post.) […]

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