How to help victims of Tropical Storm Sendong

Early dawn today, two areas in Mindanao (a southern island of the Philippines), were hit with sudden and unexpected flash floods from Tropical Storm Sendong (international code name Washi). The floods hit Iligan and Cagayan de Oro around 2AM — when everyone was asleep. Many villagers were caught and trapped wherever they were, with little preparation and no forewarning.




A bloated Pulangui River (photo from Francis Awiten, a blog reader of and posted via Twitpic)




A young Sendong victim (photo posted by @mindanaoan via Twitpic, with credits to Atoy M.)




Dumaguete flood (photo owner unknown)

(UPDATE: Bukidnon and Dumaguete likewise need assistance so I will be including in my list donation info for these places as soon as I get them.)

I am creating this post for you, my dear readers, wherever in the world you are. If your heart is touched by some of these pictures, there are many ways you can donate, either in cash (PayPal included) or kind.

Please note that I will try to list as many as I can. I have been listing based on posts in social networking sites, some news sites, government agencies, etc. If I miss some, please leave me a comment at the bottom so I can add to this list.

FINAL UPDATE – DEC. 23, 2011 (4:56 PM)


Bottled water (VERY URGENT!)

Canned goods
Clothes (for those abroad, pls note that there may be some requirements for donating used clothing. Am trying to get confirmation directly from government agencies)
Hydrogen peroxide
Mats (banig)
Medicines (anti-tetanus vaccines, Betadine, gauze, cotton, bandages, for cough/colds/diarrhea, etc)
Milk (preferably breast milk)
Mosquito nets
Off lotion
Toiletries (sanitary napkins, toothpaste, etc)


Bigby’s – branches in Megamall, Ayala Cebu, SM City Cebu Northwing, Abreeza Davao, SM City Davao, SM City Bacolod, Limketkai Center, SM City Cagayan de Oro, Robinson’s Place General Santos

Caritas Manila – can pick up cash and donations in kind. Call 563-9311 for cash donations; 564-0205 for donations in kind.

DSWD Field Office NCR: San Rafael St., Legarda, Manila

DSWD Field Office IV-A: Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770
Tel. No.: (02) 807-4140 Fax No.: (02) 807-1518
Contact: Gina Laranan 09108860826

DSWD Field Office IV-B: 1680 F. T. Benitez St., Malate Manila
Contact: Shiela Tapia (02) 5252445

DSWD relief Samar:

Ludwig Lao, 85 del Rosario St., Catbalogan City or Samar ChamCommerce, DTI Bldg., Catbalogan City CP No. 09189351993

DSWD relief drop off Zamboanga: Ateneo de Zamboanga Univ Gym, La Purisima St., Zamboanga City. Tel 9910871 local 2224 n 2225; 9913711

GMA 5 (Davao) – Please leave donations at Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao (info from @mindanaoan)

GMA Kapuso Foundation – for info on where to bring donations in kind, click HERE

Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakaban (coordinated with Xavier University) – call (088) 8583116 loc 3210 for details

La Salle Greenhills – will start accepting donations Monday, Dec. 19 (info taken from HERE)
Donations in cash and kind will be received at Gate 2 of La Salle Green Hills at 343 Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550. You may call any of the following telephone numbers for further inquiries:
Alumni Office — 721-2729, 722-7750, 725-4720
GS Principal — 721-2482
HS Principal — 721-8914
Buildings and Grounds Office — 721-8904 (Telefax)
La Sallian Mission Office — 726-5851 (Telefax)

LBC Foundation – bottled water, food, blankets, clothes, etc. Drop off your donations at the nearest LBC branch nearest you, nationwide. Call (632) 8585-999 to find the closest LBC branch. Donations must be addressed to LBC Foundation; they cannot ship for free if goods are addressed to specific consignees.

Mercato Centrale (BGC) / Soderno (Alabang) – bottled water, rice, canned goods, bottled water, utensils, toothbrush, mats, used clothes, blankets

Moonleaf Tea Shop, Maginhawa St., QC – They’re open every day, 10AM to 11PM.

National Resource Operations Center (NROC) – Chapel Rd. Pasay City (Back of Air Transportation Office)
Contact: Francia Fabian 0918 9302356

OneMeralco Foundation

– accepting cash/kind donations. Please bring between 8am to 5pm to G/F Lopez Building, Meralco Compound, Ortigas Ave., Pasig. Look for Joy. Donations in kind will be issued acknowledgement receipts. Cash donations will be issued official receipts.

Parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral (Dumaguete, Negros Oriental) – receiving cash/relief items. Contact: Msgr. Julius Heruela

The Philippine Daily Inquirer, 1098 Chino Roces ave Mascado cor Yague, Makati ph.+63 2 8978808 Ms. Kasilag/Ms. Kalagayan.

Sagip Kapamilya ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St., Diliman, QC – for goods in kind

Sen. Kiko Pimentel – accepting donations starting Dec. 19 at Room 512, GSIS Building, Senate of the Philippines. Contact person: Ron Munsayac (new media group)

TEAM MANILA – they are accepting donations in the following places:
Branches: Mall of Asia, Trinoma and Rockwell
TeamManila Warehouse: 71 Ecoville Townhomes, Metropolitan Ave., Makati. (near Meralco Ayala Ext ofc.)
TeamManila studio: 3rd floor, 20 Jupiter Ave., Valdecon Building, Bel-Air Makati (near Buendia Car Exchange) till 7PM

TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc. – Donations in kind like food, clothing, utensils, blankets, mats, water containers, and medicines may be sent to News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 office in San Bartlolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline – 938-6393.

UP Manila

– accepts donations at the Office of Student Affairs (Padre Faura, Mla) and PGH. Call 526-8419/526-0527/554-8400.

Xavier University KKP-SIO – cash, food, bottled water, clean clothes. You can drop them off at the Xavier University KKP-SIO.

[important]Strictly for breastmilk donations:
1. 17 Green Grove Villa, Lantana Rd., Barangay Mariana, New Manila, QC (office of Kalusugan ng Mag-Ina, Inc)
2. UP-PGH Human Milk Bank, 4th Floor, Left Central Block (LCB) c/o Tina or Grace (during office hours) or the NICU Fellow (after office hours)
PGH can pasteurize the breastmilk before sending this to CDO/Iligan.[/important]


Ateneo de Manila University – please see how to donate HERE

Caritas Australia (for Australian residents) – for donation details, please click HERE

GMA Kapuso Foundation – for info on how to donate dollars, click HERE

HELPCDO (PayPal Donations) – Proceeds will be donated and delivered to Xavier University Cagayan de Oro where the members of CDOBloggers are planning to volunteer. (Note: Info received c/o Ria Jose)
Email Address for PayPal donation:

ONE FOR ILIGAN – a Google doc that tells you how you can donate at least US$1 via PayPal
Your Donations will be shown at:
For donations on Paypal, your names and initials HERE

Simbahang Lingkod (info taken from HERE)
Direct deposits may be made online from any BPI branches, pay to:
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
Dollar Savings Account Number: 3084-0420-12

TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc.
BDO Savings Account No. 005310-410164
Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account No. 1443-05333-2
For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline – 938-6393.


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38 thoughts on “How to help victims of Tropical Storm Sendong

  1. hi, i think for the SMS instructions, better to indicate the full text syntax e.g. so people will get it right immediately the first time.

    thank you for this blog post.

  2. Today is my daughter’s 12 th bday, we will celebrate it by having a picnic at the park with just a select few of friends and family instead of our usual overnight stay in a hotel . The savings we will make wil be spent for the much needed relief goods for the families devastated by Sendong. As for Christmas noche buena for the very first time, we intend to be with a close friend who invited us to spend the holidays with him and his family instead of our traditional salu salo at home, again the savings will be donated both in cash and in kind to the families affected by Sendong, Our way of doing our share and by having a much meaningful Christmas. Happy birthday Jesus !

    • Wow, your generosity brought a lump to my throat. Happy birthday to your daughter and may you and your family and friends have the best Christmas ever. May God bless you all.

  3. if you have friends/family in CDO, forward these additional info on help being given:

    1) Rainsoft in NHA highway (beside Mazda) is giving free nawasa water
    2) balulang booster station
    3) production well 3a near Macasandig;
    4) COWD Kauswagan Office;
    5) Faucet near MUST;
    6) some fire hydrants near GSIS Carmen and other areas with BFP coordination
    7) Pepsi Cola Phils. is giving FREE WATER at their plant in Tin-ao, Agusan, CDO — just bring containers


    GLOBE ADVISORY 18 Dec, 6AM to 6PM. In CdO: Xavier University and City Central School. In Iligan: MSU-IIT, Iligan City National High School.


    Free outpatient consultation and tetanus shots at Polymedic Medical Plaza for flood-related injuries. Dr. Farina will be there everyday except Dec 20. Please spread the word.

    got these from FB via Drey Raikkonen

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  9. thanks for this informational blog. I will bring whatever I can help in LBC branch near our place. Thanks…Let’s pray that the survivors may find the wisdom in this tribulation. And for those who died Eternal rest grant unto them Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

    • Thank you for your generosity, Lani. I am glad for LBC’s generosity as well which allows people like yourself to donate easily. God bless us all!

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    Please edit your post to show that donation of used clothing from abroad is not prohibited.

    Republic Act 4653 refers to “COMMERCIAL IMPORTATION” of textile articles, DONATIONS are NOT for commercial purposes.

    This law also enumerated exemptions as to the importation of clothing and other articles, one of which and specifically for our perusal, SUBSECTION “v” of SECTION 105 of R.A. 1937, which says:

    “v. Food, clothing, house-building and sanitary-construction materials, and medical, surgical and other supplies for use in emergency relief work, when imported by or directly for the account of any victim, sufferer, refugee, survivor or any other person affected thereby, or by or for the account of any relief organization, not operated for profit, for distribution among the distressed individuals, whenever the President shall, by proclamation, declare an emergency to exist by reason of a state of war, pestilence, cholera, plague, famine, drought, typhoon, earthquake, fire, flood and similar conditions: Provided, That the importation free of duty of articles described in this herein subsection shall continue only during the existence of such emergency, or within such limits and subject to such conditions as the President may, by his proclamation, deem necessary to meet the emergency.”

    Hence, R.A. 4653 will not apply.

    And yes, donations of used clothing from abroad is not considered “banned and prohibited items” under said law.

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  15. Jane, I just saw this list (very helpful!) but I noticed that it does not include underwear. 🙂 Also, it was announced on Twitter this morning that LBC will ship donations for free only until January 6. Donors, please hurry!

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