(SPOT.ph) While the country is still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, parts of Northern Luzon is once again hit by a natural disaster. Landslides and heavy floods in Cagayan Valley were reported on Monday evening, October 11; while over a month’s worth of rains dumped in Baguio, Dagupan, and Laoag, in just 24 hours. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on Tuesday, October 12 that some 4,528 families or 19,147 individuals were affected by Severe Tropical Storm Maring, not to mention the agricultural damage that amounts to P29.40 million.
If you have the means, here’s where you can extend some help to the victims of typhoon Maring:
Session Groceries is a Baguio-based mobile app that directly links buyers in Metro Manila with farmers in the Cordilleras. They started out in 2019, especially after an influx in an oversupply of unsold vegetables and fruits that left Benguet farmers with no choice but to dump their harvest on the road side. But the frequent rains in August and devastating typhoon this October heavily damaged their farms and produce. In an effort to save what’s left of bruised strawberries and help the farmers make some money for recovery, Session Groceries is selling their homemade Strawberry Juice, Strawberry Tea, Strawberry Vinaigrette, and Strawberry Habanero Sauce. Order through the Session Groceries app for Android and iOS to help.
Rock Ed Philippines[facebook:https://www.facebook.com/gangbadoycapati/posts/10160041314047755]
Volunteer group Rock Ed Philippines, which provided alternative social studies classes during their 10-year run from 2005 to 2015, organized relief operations to assist the Office of the Vice President. Rock Ed Philippines founder Gang Badoy Capati’s team started preparing PPEs and hygiene kits since October 12. They’re also accepting donations of any amount as well as blankets, beddings, mosquito nets, banig, towels, socks, and other non-perishables.
Zero Hunger Philippines x Taytay for Good Governance[twitter:https://twitter.com/TaytayGoodGov/status/1447886116997124098]
After the relief operations post-Typhoon Jolina and post-Typhoon Kiko in September, Zero Hunger Philippines partnered with Taytay for Good Governance to help out communities in the North. They’re calling for cash donations to fund a blanket production in Taytay, dubbed the Garments Capital of the Philippines, that will be distributed to displaced families in evacuation centers. Donations can be sent through GCash or PayMaya (0919-009-5385).
Dapat si Leni[facebook:https://www.facebook.com/DapatSiLeni/posts/5101320776550439]
Grassroots movement Dapat si Leni is calling for donations for relief operations in Cagayan, Isabela, Benguet, at Ilocos Sur. Ground volunteer teams have been convened and dispatched to take care of purchasing, repacking, and distribution of relief goods in the affected provinces. “Magrerelease po ang team natin ng transparency tracker,” they said in an announcement. Donations can be sent through BPI, BDO, PayMaya, UnionBnk, GCash, and PayPal. Don’t forget to sent a screenshot of your transaction to firstname.lastname@example.org or Viber number 09174649171 for documentation purposes.
Tulong Kabataan is an SEC-registered non-profit organization formed by national youth organizations, student councils, and campus publications. The volunteer network is currently doing relief and rehabilitation efforts in affected communities in Northern Cagayan. In-kind donations (rice, canned goods, ready-to-eat meals, personal care products, sanitary pads, diapers, vitamns, and other medicines) can be dropped off at 117-C Matatag Street, Barangay Central, Diliman, Quezon City. You can also send cash donations through PayPal.