How to help the victims of Tropical Storm Sendong (updated)

(Updated at 4:00 PM December 22) The official death toll from last week’s massive flash flooding in two Mindanao cities topped 1,000 on Wednesday as authorities said they lost count of how many more were missing in one of the worst calamities to hit the southern coastal region.

The latest tally showed a total of 1,002 have been confirmed dead, including 650 in Cagayan de Oro City and an additional 283 in nearby Iligan City, said Benito Ramos, head of the Civil Defense Office. The rest came from several other southern and central provinces.

Bayug Island after the storm.

Where to donate?

Various groups and institutions have set up hotlines and help desks to gather assistance/relief goods for victims of TS Sendong.

Donations are badly needed in the areas struck by Tropical Storm Sendong. Here are some of the ways to donate. I will only list those that I have verified as credible sources.

1. Red Cross: to help or send RED to 4143 (Smart) and RED to 2899 (Globe).

2. SMART Subscribers:

– Smart subscribers all over the country are meanwhile encouraged to send help to those affected by typhoon Sendong. Smart Money users can instantly transfer funds through their mobile phones to the official Baha Fund account number 5577 5130 6822 1104. Donors may also deposit cash to the same Smart Money account number in any Banco De Oro branch nationwide or through Hapinoy and Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.

– Text RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100.

3. Globe Subscribers

For Red Cross-  Text RED to 2899. Valid donation amounts 5,25,50,100 or 300 (For ex, RED 10)

Through GCASH, text DONATE and send to 2882

4. Iligan Bloggers Society through One For Iligan


You can contact the following point persons for your donations and other inquiries. ILIGAN BLOGGERS SOCIETY, Inc.

SITE: http//

EMAIL: [email protected]

FB Fanpage:

Updates on Iligan City status after Typhoon Sendong:


FB Fanpage:

Your Donations will be shown at: For donations on Paypal, your names and initials here: click form


For volunteers and donations

in CDO: contact Manny Borres (09066150095) DSWD CDO.

In MetroManila: Contact Jam (7348639) DSWD NCR

More Information:

6. Xavier University, Tabang Sendong

Account Name: Xavier University
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands, CDO Divisoria Branch
Account Number: 9331-0133-63

According to XU-CSG President, GemGem Tero, food and clothes donations are more needed.

7. Rural Missionaries of the Philippines:

Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental: Panday Bulig Relief and Rehabilitaion Center Tabang Mindanao Center
12th-22nd streets, Nazareth, 9000 Cagayan de Oro City T/F: +63 (88) 856 6413, [email protected] , (look for Ms. Beryl Tranco)

Iligan City: Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Sub-Region.
Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center, 0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde 9200 Iligan City.
T/F: +63 223 5179, [email protected] ,,(look for Ms. Ida Melody Bucog)

Drop off center in Metro Manila: c/o StartArt Project10A Alabama st New Manila Quezon City Mobile: +63926 7112450email: [email protected] or [email protected] .

8. Kalinaw Mindanao:

Deposit donations to BDO Cogon Branch Acct Name: Kalinaw Mindanao Movement, Inc.,Acct No. 1910059607.

For international Donations: Route Number: BNORPHMM with same account name and number.

9. RockEd

Donate to Rock Ed’s potable water fund for CDO.

BPI Loyola Heights 3080-0073-44
Rock Ed Philippines.

What are other ways to help?

Senator Koko Pimentel says “that aside from water, clothes, and medicines. We Kagay-anons also need slippers. A lot of people here are barefoot.” He will be opening his office for donations of any kind. (Room 512, GSIS building, Senate of the Philippines).

1. LBC Foundation

LBC will ship donations to Sendong victims for free. Just drop it off at any LBC branch in the Philippines, as well as in KSA, UAE, Singapore, HK, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, UK, Spain, and Italy. See sample acknowledgment receipt given out for your donation.

2. The group Iligan Bloggers Society says that aside from paypal donations, they are also asking for canned goods, noodles, bath and laundry soaps, toothpaste, rice, used clothings and slippers. Details may be found here.

3. Any help: food, clothes, books, bottled water or others can be sent to Fr. Eric Garcia Velandria S.J. Coordinator of Sendong Operation, KKP Office, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, 9000, Corrales Ave. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

4. Yakapin: Batang Hilagang Mindanao (YBHM)

My friend , Cathy and co-founder of my grief advocacy group has once again initiated “Stuffed toys campaign for the children.” Stuffed toys are effective comfort givers in times of stress and trauma. To children, stuffed animals are more than toys, they become the vehicles by which they are able to tell their stories and release their pain. Stuffed toys or teddy bears are able to provide some degree of comfort in a scary world.

Please help me bring hugs and comfort to the children of CDO and Iligan. If you have old or new bears or stuffed toys to give, kindly send me an email to [email protected] We have drop off points in Makati, Alabang and Quezon City. Check the list.

For stuffed toys please send clean, friendly looking toys (no pigs please, owing to cultural and religious sensitivities) in any size ideally, big enough for a child to hug.

For toiletry kits, each bag will contain the following items : toothbrush, tooth paste, soap, sanitary napkins (10 pcs), comb or brush, underwear (2 pcs) face towel, laundry soap — just the basics so the women can also take care of themselves as they take care of their children.

Please see a list of areas for drop-off here

Alabang – 12 Brentwood Street, Hillsborough, West Service Road, Alabang Look for Magding or JC

Greenhills : 33 Madison Street, North Greenhills, San Juan. Look for Ann or Shirley

Asuncion Berenguer, Inc. 3/f Homestudio Building, 63 Connecticut Street (same building as Homestudio, Torch resto and Bose) Northeast Greenhills . Please leave with guard and indicate “Bears for YBHM”

Makati — The Citadel Inn, 5007 P. Burgos Street, Makati City c/o Andre Urbina

Marikina: 1 Ferdinand Marcos Street, Industrial Valley Subdivision, Marikina Leave with guard please indicate “Bears for YBHM”

Paranaque — Johnson and Johnson, Edison Road, Paranaque City (Edison is street by Zuellig) Leave with guard, indicate “Bears for YBHM”

14 C. Diamond Street. Greenheights Village Sucat Paranaqueque Look for Yaya Marlene

Quezon City: A-2 Dona Sotera, Pilarville Subd.,Quezon City c/o Dennis Mariano
41 Milkyway Drive, Blue Ridge B, Quezon City Look for Lily

C1C3 Narra Heights Condominium #28, Mariposa Street, Quezon City (near Camp Crame)

Eastwood area : Unit 5c Eastwood Lafayette Tower 3, Eastwood Avenue Libis Q.C (In front of Watsons, near Mcdonalds) Leave with guard indicate “Bears for YBHM”

We plan to assemble the toys and goods throughout the holidays and deliver them to CDO just before the new year. I will need volunteers for drop off points in various parts of QC,