Sagip Kapamilya prefers cash aid for 'Pablo' victims

Posted at 12/06/2012 4:57 PM | Updated as of 12/07/2012 11:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- ABS-CBN Foundation's Sagip Kapamilya said on Thursday that cash donations could speed up giving aid to the victims of typhoon “Pablo”, which devastated areas in Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday.

Sagip Kapamilya Program Director Tina Monzon-Palma said that while they accept in-kind donations in the Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse, they acknowledge the fact that they cannot easily transport these goods to areas heavily affected by the typhoon.

"The farthest point kasi is we can come from Butuan [Agusan] and then drive the roads from Butuan to this area in Compostela Valley. Matagal rin ho ang papunta sa Davao, mga seven hours po 'yan," Monzon-Palma said in an interview with radio dzMM.

"Kaya ang pinapakiusap natin magbigay na lang po sila ng cash para bilhin na lang dun (ang relief goods) at shorter na lang ang travel time," she added.

Monzon-Palma also noted that some areas remain isolated as of Thursday.

"Maraming resources ang gobyerno eh pero 'di nila madala immediately, may areas na 'di pa rin mapuntahan."

Monzon-Palma said Sagip Kapamilya has already asked help from Philippine Navy vessels for the transfer of relief goods to their centers in Compostela Valley, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan and Iligan.

The government has also sent tents with the help of the Philippine Red Cross, she said.

"Tayo pong lahat na maaaring tumulong ay magbigay na po tayo ng tulong."

She added, "Kailangang maibsan 'yung kanilang mga nararamdaman in terms of pagkain, shelter. (Mabigyan sila ng) bigas, sardinas o 'yung makakain agad, blankets, kitchen utensils, sweater."

Monzon-Palma also said that it is very important to coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local goverment units (LGUs) so that more victims could be given aid in the quickest time possible.

"Nagtutulungan tayo. We have to know kung saan tayo makakatulong ng mas mabilis para hindi natin ma-overserve o nabibigyan natin as many as nangangailangan," she said.

Likewise, she advised those who want to help the victims of typhoon Pablo to communicate with LGUs first before going straight to evacuation centers.

"Para mas organisado ay makipag-ugnayan tayo sa LGU at DSWD. Pwede namang i-diretso (sa evacuation centers) pero ipaalam nila. Para ang gobyerno ay nakakapaglista kung saan ang natulungan na," Monzon-Palma said.

The Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse is located at #13 Examiner Street West Triangle, Quezon City (between Quezon Avenue and West Avenue).

Sagip Kapamilya accepts cash or check donations and in-kind donations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sagip Kapamilya also receives cash donations through the following bank accounts:

Peso Account
Bank Name: BANCO DE ORO
Bank Account No: 393- 011-4199
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Dollar Account
Bank Name: BANCO DE ORO
Bank Account No: 393-008-1622
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Peso Account
Bank Name: BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
Bank Account No: 305-111-2775
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Dollar Account
Bank Name: BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
Bank Account No: 305-402-7035
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Peso Account
Bank Name: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK
Bank Account No: 419-539-5000-13
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Timog, Quezon City
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Dollar Account
Bank Name: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK
Account Number: 419-539-5000-21
Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Timog, Quezon City
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Peso Account
Bank Name: METROBANK
Account Number: 636-3-636-08808-1
Account Name: ABS - CBN Foundation, Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Examiner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

For inquiries, please call the Sagip Kapamilya Hotline Numbers: 411-4995, 394-9272 and 0917-887-4411.