Journalists help disaster-stricken colleagues

Posted at 12/20/11 12:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Journalists have closed ranks to help their colleagues affected by flash floods caused by tropical storm Sendong.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Monday launched a campaign to seek help for media workers in areas hit hard by typhoon Sendong.

One radio reporter in Iligan City has been reported killed and one remains missing, acording to the NUJP.

"Delivery of goods remains difficult and they have expressed that cash assistance is the most practical," the group said.

People willing to help in the drive can make a deposit at the NUJP's bank account (Metrobank account number 229-722-9507-458).

"Kindly email us ([email protected]) to inform us of your donation and for us to send you an acknowledgement and report," the group said.

People may also call or text 09104950095 or ring up the NUJP office at (02)3767330.

PECOJON Philippines, a network of journalists in the county who are working together to promote quality reporting through conflict sensitive journalism, also launched a sImiliar campaign.

It has sent a team to Cagayan de Oro to help and monitor journalists affected by tropical storm Sendong.

"Reporters covering CDO, Iligan are victims too. [They have] No other clothes apart from the ones they're currently wearing," said journalist Thea Alberto Masakayan.

Those who want to help disaster-hit media workers may call telephone number +639285047379, according to the group.

The Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) also held a fund-raising drive Monday.

The group help a "karaoke party," wherein every song will cost P50 that will be given to Sendong victims.

FOCAP members are also giving additional cash to the fund drive, according to journalist Raissa Robles.