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DONATION INFORMATION: Aid For Philippine Typhoon Victims

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Tacloban, Philippines -

The Phillppine Consulate General has released the following information for those interested in helping Typhoon victims:

The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles wishes to inform the public that according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 08 November 2013 in Manila, the Typhoon Yolanda, internationally known as Haiyan has an equivalent to a category five hurricane.  The storm has weakened but is still packing sustained winds from 379 km/h (235mph) down to 215km/h (134mph) near the center and gustiness of up to 250kph moving 40kph (25mph) W NW has already resulted in 3 dead and 7 injured.

A pre-emptive evacuation was done for 151,910 families/748,572 persons to 664 evacuation centers in 31 provinces, 32 cities, 181 municipalities in Regions IV-B, V, VI VII, X and CARAGA.

Typhoon Yolanda is expected to move out of the Philippines and head towards Vietnam.

Please be informed that monetary donations may be coursed through the following:

1. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

Account Name : NDRRMC Donated Funds

Account Numbers: 0435-021927-030 (Peso Account);

0435-021927-530 (US Dollar Account);

Swift Code : DBPHPHMM Account #36002016

Address: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Camp Aguinaldo Branch, PVAO Compound, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines 1110 Contact Person: Ms. Rufina A. Pascual Contact Number: (632) 421-1920;911-5061 to 65 local 116 Email :; website :


2. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Account No.: 3124-0055-81

Bank Branch Address: Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan, Quezon City, Philippines Contact Person: Ms. Fe Catalina Ea Contact No.: (632)931-8101 local 226; CP(632)918-628-1897



3. Philippine Red Cross (PRC); Tel. (632)527-0000

Banco De Oro: (Peso) 00-453-0018647; (Dollar) 10-453-0039482; Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Metrobank: (Peso)151-3-041631228; (Dollar)151-2-15100218-2; Swift Code: MBTCPHMM Philippine National Bank: (Peso) 3752 8350 0034; (Dollar) 3752 8350 0042; Swift Code: PNBMPHMM Unionbank of the Philippines: (Peso)1015 4000 0201; (Dollar) 1315 4000 0090; Swift Code: UBPHPHMM The Consulate also urges the Filipino community to follow developments on the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government through NDRRMC official website ( and the Official Gazette of the Philippine Government

4. UNICEF is on the ground, rushing to respond to children's needs for nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and protection. The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster.

We encourage Southern California residents to visit to learn about how to contribute to UNICEF's relief efforts.

How to help: For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to UNICEF's relief efforts, please contact the U.S. Fund for UNICEF:
Toll free: 1-800-FOR-KIDS

Text: RELIEF to 864233 (UNICEF) to donate $10

Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038
As with any emergency, in the event that donations exceed anticipated needs, the U.S. Fund will redirect any excess funds to children in greatest need.

Find us on Twitter: @unicefusa, #Haiyan; join us on Facebook: UNICEF-USA


More local humanitarian groups have come forward to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The American Red Cross is collecting monetary donations which can be donated through its website at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

The Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties has activated its family tracing services for those looking to contact family member in the Philippines.

The Red Cross would like to remind the public that many phones lines are down and communication can be challenging. Starting Monday Nov. 11th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., people in these counties can contact the Red Cross of Orange County at (714) 481-5300 to initiate a tracing case.

For Los Angeles County residents, the Red Cross L.A. Chapter can be reached at 310-445-9900. Concerned citizens could also go online to the Restoring Family Links site to track missing relatives.



The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns has also begun a fundraising effort to assist the communities in the Philippines affected by the super storm. For more information visit




(FOX 11 / AP) Faced with heartbreaking images of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines - the sea of corpses, communities reduced to rubble, mothers clutching their hungry children - the world is watching an epic tragedy unfold and looking for ways to help. The big question is how.

In the aftermath of mega-disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, experts say there are some basic rules for those eager to do good: Forget the rummage sale clothes, the old toys and the kind of supplies that will only stack up undistributed or damage an already weakened economy. Do send a cash donation to a respected charity.

"It absolutely should be money," says Kathleen Tierney, director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, a clearinghouse and research group on the social aspects and impacts of disasters around the world. "Whether it's the U.S. or abroad, one thing that typically happens after a major disaster is people want to donate stuff. This creates enormous logistical problems ... and people receiving donations they could never conceivably use, like winter coats sent to people in the Caribbean."

When disaster aid isn't properly thought out, "you can end up undermining the local economy," Tierney adds. "Once you ship building materials halfway around the world, it turns out you've ruined the market" for those in the area. "If you want to see economic recovery, you don't want to send so many supplies that you create a situation where people can't survive in a business sense."

The Red Cross, for instance, buys goods locally or domestically after disasters to help revive the economy, curb transportation costs and help guarantee culturally appropriate items are being used, says Jana Sweeny, the organization's director of international communications.

Sweeny says there's a natural tendency for people to want to help after headline-making catastrophes, but that altruism can sometimes be misguided.

She recalls in the days after Hurricane Katrina when storm survivors were evacuated to the Houston Astrodome, someone sent thousands of pounds of cheese - a shipment far too big for any refrigerator there to hold. Another well-meaning donor dispatched a truckload filled with patent leather shoes.

"People absolutely have good intentions," Sweeny says. "Many of us see people who've lost everything. They're standing there with nothing. The instinct is that anything will help make their lives better. But that's not always the case."

After Hurricane Mitch devastated parts of Central America in 1998, Sweeny was working for the Red Cross in Arizona when a woman came in one day with a live pig she wanted to donate. The would-be benefactor thought it would be a good way for a farm family to start a new breed. Sweeny explained the many reasons she could not ship a live animal.

It all turned out well: The woman auctioned off the pig and gave the proceeds to the Red Cross.

Many experts say after massive disasters such as the one in the Philippines, it's best to contribute to humanitarian groups with a proven track record.

One reason is to avoid swindlers and scam artists who may try to appear credible by giving themselves names that sound like established charities or are connected to the disaster. "It happens every time - people see the story on the news and look to help," says Matthew Viola, senior program analyst at Charity Navigator. "Take your time and pick out a good one."

His nonprofit's website, , evaluates nearly 7,000 charities with a zero-to-four star rating scale - only three-and-four star organizations are recommended - in a variety of categories, including transparency, accountability and the amount of money spent on actual programs. It has a special link for donating to typhoon relief with tips, including how to ensure a contribution is designated for this disaster.

Experts also say donating to these organizations makes sense because they know the terrain having worked on previous disasters in the countries, often have local partners and are going to be around over the long haul. In large-scale disasters, Tierney says, "it really doesn't make a whole lot of sense for people to be parachuting in for a couple of months."

She says that's what happened after the 2010 Haiti earthquake when small groups traveled to the impoverished nation to construct new housing and sometimes made things worse by building in areas at high risk for future flooding or other weather calamities. "When people aren't aware of the local customs and local risks they can make tremendous mistakes," she says.

Rebuilding, she says, is far more complicated than just collecting money to pour into a disaster zone. Numerous questions have to be considered: Will the aid contribute to the rehabilitation? Will it be used in a culturally sensitive way? Will it intensify social inequality?

Some of those very problems cropped up when smaller charities decided to build homes in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, says Chris Palusky, of World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization.

One group put up tin shacks, while another constructed nice homes, creating a deep sense of inequality, says Palusky, director of the group's humanitarian and emergency affairs. In another instance, homes were built that were not up to code and were on a property line, creating disputes among families. They eventually were torn down - illustrating the need, Palusky says, for strict standards and the importance of coordinating with local governments.

These "mom and pop" charities, he says, "go into the field with the best intentions, but sometimes the best intentions are the road to hell."

Though the typhoon is dominating news coverage now, some charities emphasize that the need for donations will remain great even when the world's attention moves on to another catastrophe. People made homeless by the Haiti earthquake and the Asian tsunami zone still are struggling years later, says Holly Solberg, director of emergency and humanitarian assistance at CARE USA.

In the Philippines, she says, "we're not just talking about rebuilding a home. We're talking about rebuilding livelihoods. People have lost members of their families. Schools have been destroyed. Hospitals have been decimated."

"I think one of the lessons from previous large-scale disasters," she adds, "is people are going to be feeling this and recovering for a long time. They're not going to be back on their feet in months. This is going to take years."

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