(UPDATE 2) ABS-CBN telethon raises over P20M for 'Ondoy' victims
MANILA – ABS-CBN telethon has raised at least P20 million in cash pledges and P25-million worth of goods for the victims of tropical storm Ondoy (international code name Ketsana).
As of 6 p.m., Sagip Kapamilya program head Tina Monzon-Palma announced that a total of P22 million in cash pledges have been raised since the telethon began at 8:30 a.m.
“[The] products and services are either already delivered to our warehouse or still in transit. [Some] cash is already at our Sagip Kapamilya warehouse,” she said.
Meralco has also started to deploy 26 generators with accompanying flood lights in the most affected areas in Metro Manila including Pasig, Cainta and Marikina, said Monzon-Palma.
"Nakiki-coordinate na ang ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya para makarating na itong [mga relief supplies]," said Monzon-Palma. "[These are] ready for pick up and distribution directly to the affected areas, together with the donors or sponsors of Sagip Kapamilya.”
Monzon-Palma said 250 volunteers are packing the goods at Sagip Kapamilya warehouse at No. 13 Examiner St., West Triangle, Quezon City. She said donated goods can be delivered to the warehouse up until midnight.
The warehouse, she said, will open at 8 a.m. Monday for more donations and pledges.
She added: “So many goods to give and we don’t have the space. We would like to give an appeal to keep it (goods) in your warehouse. As soon as we get our teams organized and our logistics organized, we will call you or you call us. And we can schedule the release of all of these goods
“If you have big warehouse, keep your goods there and we will schedule an itinerary of where you could go. As soon as we get all of their donations, within this evening, we will sit down together with the team and then plot and create itinerary.”
Given the foundation’s limited number of trucks to transport the goods, she said: “If the donors already got the vehicles, we will really appreciate it if we can just go to your company and you can have your employees accompany us to the site. So, both of us can distribute the relief personally to all of our Kapamilyas.”
Some celebrities have been taking phone calls from the donors since Sunday morning. Pokwang, Kim Chiu, Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Melissa Ricks, Jake Cuenca, Karylle, Jericho Rosales, and Jed Madela took part in the telethon.
“Please continue praying and kung kaya niyong mag-donate, magbigay na kayo ng damit, pagkain. Ito na ang tamang panahon para mag-share tayo. Iyong mga hindi niyo ginagamit, I'm sure maraming makikinabang niyan,” Rosales said.
Fr. Carmelo “Tito” Caluag, meantime, said that those who want to help may still contact 4152272 loc 5471 up to 5474 and dzMM hotlines 9242615 and 9241522. Starting Monday, according to him, donors may call Bantay Bata 163. -With a report from TV Patrol World