Flash flood victims wait for relief supplies at an evacuation center following Tuesday’s devastating typhoon, in New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in the southern Philippines, Thursday, Dec. 6. (MNS photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today called on Filipino-Americans to lend a helping hand to victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao even as it thanked the United States Government for providing an additional $3 million in humanitarian assistance.

In an urgent appeal, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. called on the estimated 4 million members of the Filipino-American Community in the US to donate funds to support relief efforts for the victims of the most devastating storm to hit the Philippines this year.

“We call on our kababayans in America to extend a helping hand,” Ambassador Cuisia said from Manila where the Philippine-US Bilateral Security Dialogue is taking place.

Ambassador Cuisia’s call came in the wake of the announcement by US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. of the additional $3 million assistance from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Ambassador Thomas said the new assistance, which is in addition to the $100,000 that was released by the USAID to the Catholic Relief Services to fund the initial relief efforts, is intended for emergency shelters, logistics, water sanitation, hygiene and provisions for emergency relief commodities in badly stricken areas in Mindanao.

The US Pacific Command has also dispatched two C-130 aircraft based in Okinawa to assist government authorities in ferrying humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies to the disaster-hit areas. Personnel of the US Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines based in Zamboanga City have also been ordered to support disaster-relief operations in the affected areas.

“Our kababayans in Mindanao are badly in need of help,” Ambassador Cuisia said. “In the spirit of Christmas, we appeal to your kind generosity in helping the affected families.”

Ambassador Cuisia, at the same time, thanked Washington for its immediate response to the disaster, saying the assistance will go a long way in helping the victims of the tragedy.

According to the National Disaster Reduction and Risk Management Council (NDRRMC), Typhoon Pablo left as many as 647 dead; 1,482 injured; 780 missing; and more than P7-billion in damage during its destructive sweep across 30 provinces in Mindanao last week. The typhoon also affected as many as 500,000 families.

Ambassador Cuisia said that in addition to funds, the victims in the affected areas are in in need of ready-to-eat meals and bottled water. He said members of the Filipino-American Community can send their monetary donations to the following:

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC)
Account Name: NDRRMC Donated Funds
Peso Account Number: 0435-021927-030
Dollar Account Number: 0435-021927-530 Swift Code: DBPHPHMM
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, NDRRMC Collecting Officer
Contact Numbers: (632) 421-1920; 911-5061 up to 65 local 116
Email: accounting@ocd.gov.ph; website: www.ndrrmc.gov.ph

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Account Name: Department of Social Welfare and Development
Account Number:  3124-0055-81
Bank Address: Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan, Quezon City
Contact Person: Ms. Fe Catalina Ea, Cash Division
Contact Numbers: (632) 931-8101 local 226; cell phone (63) 918-628-1897
Website: www.dswd.gov.ph

Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Banco De Oro Peso Account Number: 00-453-0018647
Banco De Oro Dollar Account Number: 10-453-0039482; Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Metrobank Peso Account Number: 151-3-041631228
Metrobank Dollar Account Number: 151-2-15100218-2; Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Philippine National Bank Peso Account Number: 3752 8350 0034
Philippine National Bank Dollar Account Number: 3752 8350 0042; Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
Unionbank of the Philippines Peso Account Number: 1015 4000 0201
Unionbank of the Philippines Dollar Account Number: 1315 4000 0090; Swift Code: UBPHPHMM
Contact Number: Tel: (632) 527-0000
Website: www.redcross.org.ph

For donations to be properly acknowledged, donors are requested to fax their names, addresses and contact numbers and the bank transaction slip at Fax Number (632) 527-0575 or (632) 404-0979.

Donations in kind may be sent to DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at the DSWD, Chapel Road, Pasay City, Philippines. Contact Person: Ms. Francia Fabian (63) 918-930-2356. ###