A Sad Christmas

About more than 500 people lost their lives to Typhoon Pablo last week. Hundreds are still missing and the cost of damage is too unbearable to think about.

The sad thing about it is that it happened last year too. Sendong wrought havoc to unsuspecting citizens in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, killing hundreds of people by a flash flood from the barren mountains. Again, we are put in the situation to reflect on how our actions took their toll to Mother Nature and how our greed costed thousands of human lives.

Survivors are now facing the painful task of locating their missing loved ones to the lined up dead bodies.

Before the Typhoon hits, PAGASA had already warned its imminent ferocity several weeks before its landfall. LGU disaster reduction units are mobilized, and the people, with the trauma of Sendong still fresh from their minds, didn’t need more encouragement to evacuate. In fact, many people are more prepared as they were back in Sendong, and I even predicted it Pablo wouldn’t take lives as much as Sendong did, but in the end, Mother Nature had proven us wrong again.

Why the high death toll?

Why the lack of evacuation units where survivors are now cramped in?

Why the lack of disaster fund on each LGU?

Why is it happening all over again?

If another supertyphoon comes, will we have another tragedy at a scale like this? Will they ever be a time when we will be able to face a typhoon and not shake in our boots out of fear?

What should we do to prevent another tragedy like this?

The questions sound so cliche and redundant that we repeatedly try to reflect on them for the past several years but ironically, we couldn’t come up with a good solution for the problems.

The world, to phrase it aptly, is going ape-shit. Climate is rapidly changing. More and more typhoons are expected to arrive. Expect more Ondoys, Sendongs, and Pablos to visit here in the Philippines because we people can’t manipulate nature the way we want it. We are forever in its mercy, and the least we can do is to prevent the fatalities and casualties as we can.

Pro-active measures must be undertaken by both the NGOs and the government. Ban illegal mining on mountainous provinces so that the mountains wouldn’t have to take revenge on the people living on its feet whenever there’s a heavy downpour. Regulate logging. The damage and fatalities in Compostela Valley is partly the fault of deforestation. It’s so sad that the government is quick to back up these logging and mining agencies because they are benefiting from the said industries.

Assign a disaster-reduction secretary. Sure we have NDRRMC and other agencies but its scope is limited and couldn’t reach far away provinces such as Compostela and Davao Oriental. There should be a disaster fund from the smallest sitio, to the largest cities. Anyone is vulnerable to the tragedy.

People should not be a part of the burden. When the government is calling for evacuation, just obey. As heartbreaking it is to leave our properties and belongings, nothing is more precious than human lives. We can start all over again. And if you’re not receiving enough financial support from the government after the deluge, never forgive and forget. When the election comes, take your revenge. As blindly idealistic as it may sound, you alone can change the outcome of future disasters because of your voice and your vote.

Congested evacuation centers

We don’t need another sad day to commemorate the loss of lives to a disaster. I really wish this would be the last time we would have this death toll. I wish people wouldn’t have to celebrate a sad Christmas after this. I wish people wouldn’t have to mourn their lost loved ones and start from nothing but scratch. I wish this would be the time where we can look back to be the start of our collective and continuous effort to minimize the loss of lives and destruction.

We must help them recover and stand again.

Emergency hotlines

COMPILATION OF AGENCIES IN NEED OF DONATIONS TO BE GIVEN TO TYPHOON PABLO VICTIMS

 

 

GOVERNMENT

 

Department of Social Welfare and Development:

Needed: Sleeping mats, blankets, children’s clothing, tents, tarpaulins, flashlights and batteries, generators

Donors can bring the goods to the DSWD National Resource Operations Center on Chapel Road in Pasay City. The DSWD can be reached through 852-8081, on Twitter at @DSWDServes, and on Facebook.

 

Through Philippine embassies and Consular offices around the world.

 

 

NGOs

 

Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao, Inc.: 

Needed: Food, water, utensils, clothing

Please drop your donations in AFRIM, Inc., Door 7, Angels Building, Camia corner Jasmin Street, Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City or call at (082) 285-45-92 and look for Liezl and Jorge.

 

Gawad Kalinga:

 Needed: Rice, noodles, canned goods and 1L water bottles

GK allso needs volunteers to help with distribution and repacking of goods in their GK Operation Walang Iwanan Command Centers in Davao City and Valencia, Bukidnon. You can donate online or via bank deposit to Gawad Kalinga Php C/A # 3101 0977 56 BPI-EDSA Greenhills Branch. You may also contact Dan Bercasio at 09178888659 and regularly check http://gk1world.com/ for updates.

 

Globe Telecom: Libreng Tawag center now open in Compostela Municipal Hall, Poblacion, Compostela Valley to offer free calls and texts to affected families. You can also take part in helping the victims of the recent typhoon using your Globe phone through donations to Philippine Red Cross. To donate via SMS, text RED AMOUNT to 2899. To donate via GCASH, text DONATE AMOUNT 4-digit M-PIN REDCROSS to 2882. You can donate the following denominations: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000.

 

LBC Foundation:

Needed: Canned and bottled food, medicines, bottled water/juice/milk, banig/sleeping mats, mosquito nets, toiletries, laundry detergent and soaps

Items won’t be accepted: Perishable items, cooked food, used clothing, used shoes, used blankets and towels

LBC will be accepting donations until December 21. You may drop off your donations at any LBC branch in the Philippines. They will turn over these goods directly to evacuation centers and partners.

 

Mail and More:

Needed: Clothing, bottled water, canned goods, blankets and medicines are accepted except cash

All outlets nationwide are ready to accept donations for the victims of Typhoon Pablo. Donations such as clothing, bottled water, canned goods, blankets and medicines are accepted except cash. You may call MAM customer service hotline: (02) 879 4789 to locate the Mail and More outlet nearest you.

 

 

MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS

 

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya:

For cash donations:

Peso Account

Bank Name: BANCO DE ORO

Bank Account No: 393- 011-4199

Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. – Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

 

Dollar Account

Bank Name: BANCO DE ORO

Bank Account No: 393-008-1622

Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. – Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

 

Peso Account

Bank Name: BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS

Bank Account No: 305-111-2775

Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. – Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

 

Dollar Account

Bank Name: BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS

Bank Account No: 305-402-7035

Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. – Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

 

Peso Account

Bank Name: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK

Bank Account No: 419-539-5000-13

Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. – Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: Timog, Quezon CitySwift Code: PNBMPHMM

 

Dollar Account

Bank Name: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK

Account Number: 419-539-5000-21

Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: Timog, Quezon City

Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

 

Peso Account

Bank Name: METROBANK

Account Number: 636-3-636-08808-1

Account Name: ABS – CBN Foundation, Inc. – Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: Examiner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

 

Please send a copy of the deposit/transaction slip to Telefax Number: 411-4995 or email us at sagip@abs-cbn.com including your NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT NUMBER and TYPHOON NAME for verification and issuance of official receipt.

 

You may bring your cash or check donations directly to Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse at #13 Examiner Street West Triangle, Quezon City (between Quezon Avenue and West Avenue) from 8:00am-8:00pm. For inquiries please call telephone number (+00 63 2) 394-9272.

 

For in-kind donations:

Sagip Kapamilya will also start receiving in-kind donations from 8:00am-8:00pm (Monday-Sunday). You may bring your in-kind donations directly to Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse at #13 Examiner Street West Triangle, Quezon City (between Quezon Avenue and West Avenue) from 8:00am-8:00pm. For inquiries please call the Sagip Kapamilya Hotline Numbers: 411-4995, 394-9272 and 0917-887-4411.

 

GMA Kapuso Foundation:

Needed: Sleeping mats, blankets, rice, canned goods, noodles, bottled water and slippers.

You can drop off your donations at 2nd floor GMA Kapuso Center, GMA Network Drive cor. Samar St., Diliman, Quezon City,1103, Philippines.

Telephone number: (632) 982-7777 local 9901/9904/9905

Email: gmaf@gmanetwork.com

 

TV5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc.:

For Peso Accounts:

Account Name: ALAGANG KAPATID FOUNDATION INC.

Banco De Oro

00- 5310-41016-4

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

 

Bank of the Philippine Islands

1443-0533-32

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

 

CITI Bank

0757138018

Swift Code: CITIPHMX

 

For US Dollar Accounts:

Account Name: ALAGANG KAPATID FOUNDATION INC.

Banco De Oro

10-5310-46264-4

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

 

Bank of the Philippine Islands

1444-0214-85

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

 

CITI Bank

0757138026

Swift Code: CITIPHMX

 

Cash donations may also be coursed through Cebuana Lhuillier outlets nationwide. For updates and more information, please contact: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc., 730 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City at (02) 689-3100 ext. 45191 or 45192.

 

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