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12/11/2013: CONDOLENCE BOOK OPEN AT THE CONSULATE AND OTHER UPDATES ON TYPHOON HAIYAN

PRESS RELEASE

CONDOLENCE BOOK OPEN AT THE CONSULATE
AND OTHER UPDATES ON TYPHOON HAIYAN

The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu shares the grief of those affected by Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). We stand in solidarity with the Filipino community in Hawaii to help the country recover from this tragedy. A condolence book has been open today, 12 November. We encourage you to come to the Consulate and sign.

OTHER UPDATES:

A. Casualties

  • According to the latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (www.ndrrmc.gov.ph), there were 1,798 individuals confirmed dead, 2,582 injured and 82 missing in the areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda. Media reports give higher figures.

 

  • A total of 6,937,229 individuals or 1,837,446 families were affected in 7, 488 barangays villages in 41 provinces of Regions IV-A, IV-8, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and CARAGA.

B. Tracing Facilities for Missing Relatives

For those who are inquiring about the whereabouts of their families and loved ones in affected areas in the Philippines, the Consulate General has compiled several available tools, as follows:

  • Philippine National Red Cross – Social Services Restoring Family Links and Tracing Services. Please call (+63) 917-5328500.

 

  • National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operations Center Mail: opcen@ndrrmc.gov.ph

Operations Center Telefax: +632 911 1406; 911 2665; 912 5668 NDRRMC                         Secretariat: +632 912 0441

You may also send an email to NDRRMC to inquire about a missing loved one                       in the Philippines. Email address is dopcenbackup@gmail.com.

  • Google Person Finder: Typhoon Yolanda Website:http://google.org/personfinder/2013-yolanda (Mobile version of Google person finder is also available).

    You can send a search request via SMS by sending an SMS to 2662999 (Globe subscribers), 4664999 (SMART subscribers), 22020999 (Sun subscribers), or +16508003977 with the message Search person-name. For example, if you are searching for John, send the message Search John);

C. Relief Assistance

  • The following are the most needed relief supplies as of this time:

a. Food (preferably ready-to-eat)

b. Water
c. Water purifier
d. Water containers
e. Tents and other temporary shelters

f. Blankets, pillows, towels, etc.
g. Hygiene kits
h. Cooking apparatus and utensils

i. Power generators
j. Medicines and medical supplies

  • Donors are requested to look for partner organizations in the Philippines that will facilitate the release of the relief supplies from customs and distribute them to the affected areas. (Note: The Philippine Consulate General does not collect relief goods nor ship them to the Philippines.)

D. Cash Donations

  • Cash donations are still the preferred type of assistance to give the government flexibility in purchasing the much needed supplies and distributing them to as many victims in the affected areas.
  • Monetary donations may be sent to:

    a. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC)

    Account name: NDRRMC Donated Funds
    Account Numbers:
    0435-021927-030 (Peso Account)
    0435-021927-530 (Dollar Account)
    Swift Code: DBPHPHMM Account No. 36002016
    Bank Address: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Camp Aguinaldo Branch, PVAO Compound, Camp Aguinaldo Quezon City, Philippines 1110
    Contact Person: Ms. Rufina A. Pascual, Collecting Officer NDRRMC, Office of Civil Defense, Camp Aguinaldo, Q.C.
    Contact Nos. (632) 421-1920; 911-5061 up to 651ocal116
    Email: accounting@ocd.gov.ph
    Website: www.ndrrmc.gov.ph

    b. 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, Cash Division
    Contact Nos: (632) 931-8101 local226; cell no. (632) 918-628-1897
    Website: www.dswd.gov.ph

    c. Philippine National Red Cross (PRC)

    Website: www.redcross.org.ph
    Tel: (642) 527-0000

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

    Philippine National Bank
    Peso: 3752-8350-0034
    Dollar: 3752-8350-0042
    Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

    Metrobank
    Peso: 151-3-041631228
    Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2
    Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

    Unionbank of the Philippines
    Peso: 1015-4000-0201
    Dollar: 1315-4000-0090
    Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

  • Donors may also send their donations to private foundations, charity and church-based organizations and other non-government organizations that they know in the Philippines and are willing to partner with them to assist the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

 

E. Entry of Humanitarian Workers, Medical Workers and Search-and-Rescue Teams

Search-and-rescue and medical teams may go the affected areas to help the victims. However, they should check if they will require visas to go to the Philippines. Most nationals are eligible to go to the Philippines for 30 days without visa.

At this time, the Philippine Government does not have the resources nor the capability to assist, escort and guarantee the security of search-and-rescue and medical teams to the affected areas.

Groups that wish to do search-and-rescue missions should coordinate with the NDRRMC­ Office of Civil Defense while medical teams should do so with the Department of Health in Manila to get advice on where to go. Their partners in the Philippines should assist them in coordinating with the NDRRMC and DOH.

Members of these groups will be responsible for their travel from Manila or Cebu to the affected areas. They will also be responsible for the safety of their team members as well as for their provisions (e.g. food, clothing, shelter, communication, electric power) while in the field. (END).