Even our own Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier prediction that Typhoon Hagupit will hit westward through Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon proved to be more accurate than other weather agencies who earlier said the typhoon may likely recurve northward and merely sideswipe Luzon as it goes straight to Japan.”At the end of the day, PAGASA has accountability to Filipinos,” PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said.
Eastern Samar and nearby provinces need a lot of help since they bore the brunt of the typhoon. While exact figures are yet to be established on casualties and property damage, there is a lot that we can do at the comfort of our homes. Private initiatives were taking place even before Typhoon Ruby hit the country. A group of advocates started Oplan Kabit Bisig which aims to coordinate efforts with Civic Organizations in response to Typhoon Ruby. They also aim to complement Government-led response.
How to help
Rappler, together with the collaboration of its Project Agos partners like Blog Watch, National Youth Commission, YesPinoy Foundation, and World Vision Philippines, compiled a map of ongoing relief operations that are accepting online donations, cash donation through bank deposit or even in-kind donations. You can also find relief centers or packing operations in Manila and Cebu that are in need of volunteers. “Rappler also compiled a list of evacuation centers and other places that will need relief aid in the coming days. This information was sourced from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units, and from the public via social media.”
Red Cross is looking for donations that include both food and non-food items. For food donations, they need: rice, ready-to-eat, easy-to-open canned goods (no pork), bottled water and noodles (no pork). For non-food items: sleeping mats , blankets, hygiene kits (toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo, soap)
You can also check out the list of relief initiatives from the private sector. We can do our part simply by volunteering to repack relief goods , or donating cash or in-kind items. Let’s help them get re-build their homes and lives.
Originally posted on Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles.
Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 16 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 26 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.
She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.
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Updated June 6, 2022