Ondoy Situation Map for Metro Manila—They’re posting updates on the situation caused by Typhoon Ondoy in Metro Manila, Philippines (and nearby areas) based on what we gather from various sources, such as radio, TV, internet, etc.
Rescue InfoHub Center— Keep tracts and collates information about relief and rescue workers on who needs for rescuing immediately.
Typhoon Ondoy Emergency Hotlines and Relief Operations— Keep tracts and collates information about relief and rescue operations.
How You Can Help, by MLQ3—Posted dozens of ways to help in dark times like this.
Ondoy Donation Drop-off Points & Pick-up Routes—Areas where to drop-off your donations of clothing, relief goods and other essentials. Some offer pick up service as well. Please indicate if they accept CASH, DRY GOODS or FOOD.
Ondoy Places to Donate Relief Goods—List of places to drop relief goods.
TXTPower: Help Typhoon Victims in Luzon, Philippines—You can make donations via PayPal or SmartMoney here.
Dynamic Teen Company—Another charity you can donate to; they have US and Philippine bank accounts you can contribute to, as well as online donations via PayPal.
Ayala Foundation USA—allows online donations from America.
GMA Kapuso Foundation—allows donations by check or credit card.
We really wish we could be launching our new site under happier circumstances. I originally wrote this post a few days ago, but since then, Typhoon Ondoy has ravaged the Philippines; so much that the government has declared a “state of calamity” in Metro Manila and about two-dozen storm-hit provinces as more than a month’s worth of rain fell down in six hours. The most rainfall in recorded history.
I don’t feel there’s anything meaningful I can add to the news. People are dying. This is terrible.
Now seems like a terribly inappropriate time to launch a website for a Philippine nonprofit graphic design school.
But we’ve had this date set for a while now. I’m boarding a plane in a few days, headed back to the Philippines, after spending several months in Alaska preparing nonprofit documents for our launch.
BIG BOLD NOTE: This storm, and any future storm, has not weakened our will to start Ferdinand Center for the Creative in any way whatsoever. It has only strengthened our resolve—there are so many more people who need help, now, and we will do everything we can to help.
DISASTER EMERGENCY HOTLINES YOU CAN CALL:
These are the hotlines that Filipino citizens can call for disaster emergency situations, especially urgent rescue and relief needs.
National Disaster Coordinating Committee
Bureau of Fire Protection, National Capital Region
Bureau of Fire Protection, Region III (Central Luzon)
Hotline (045) 9634376
Philippine Coast Guard
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
Taguig emergency hotline
Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. emergency hotlines
for dumptrucks going to flooded areas for rescue of stranded people:
Sen. Dick Gordon (Philippine National Red Cross)
Please send address of stranded friends/family to