Community support is again needed to assist flood victims in the Philippines following Typhoon Pablo, (international name: Bopha) which ravaged the southern region of Mindanao over the last few days currently leaving 300 dead and over 200 hundred thousand affected.
Anne Beryl Corotan, a National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) organizer in New York, shared the situation of her family in Mindanao, “At this time, we have relatives in New Bataan evacuated but all are left homeless. Some of our tenants and nephews are still missing. Andap, a town of the Mandayan tribe was wiped out. Our family is furious because at a regular day, Compostella valley is highly militarized. But four days haved passed and the people are still seeking reinforcement of relief from the federal and local government. Each day more people have no food and water, homeless, sick – an inexcusable neglect in a state of calamity.”
NAFCON, with member organizations throughout the U.S. is again stepping up its Bayanihan Relief for Flood Victims in the Philippines. NAFCON’s relief efforts, as a part of its overall mission to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the U.S. and around the world, has been consistent in delivering timely monetary relief to victims of Ondoy, Sendong, and now Pablo.
NAFCON Vice President Joy de Guzman was in Mindanao in August and saw how vital the support of people’s organizations is to effectively assist typhoon victims. She commented, “It is only because of people’s organizations that affected victims of Sendong are able to get relief and settle in evacuation centers because the Aquino government is not really doing anything. Our evacuation and relief work is still needed from Sendong. What more now that Typhoon Bopha ravaged the whole Mindanao and some parts of Visayas. Let’s step up our effort to raise donations for typhoon victims!”
NAFCON is collecting exclusively monetary relief (not material goods) and ensures that your donations go quickly and directly to the communities of the Philippines who are adversely affected by the typhoon. Donations will be coursed through Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio foundation, our partner organization on the ground in Mindanao.
Donations can be made through PayPal at http://tinyurl.com/nafconrelief3 or by sending checks to “Tulong Sa Bayan (TSB)” 519 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. TSB has been NAFCON’s established partner in coursing relief donations to the Philippines. On memo please write: NAFCON Bayanihan Relief and your city of residence. Donations of $250 or more will be tax deductible. Please include return address with donations.
For more information on regional collection centers, fundraising and relief activities in your area please contact NAFCON regional coordinators nearest you or go to our website.
Northeast: Michelle Saulon firstname.lastname@example.org (347) 867 – 1550
Midwest: Lorena Buni email@example.com (224) 678 – 1897
Norcal: Ryan Leano firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 534 – 4971
Socal: Alex Montances email@example.com (253) 381 – 7444