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21/08/2013: FilAms Urged to Help Victims of Ferry Tragedy and Floods Caused by Tropical Storm Maring

21 August 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today called on Filipino-Americans to help those affected by the ferry tragedy in Cebu last August 16 and the widespread floods caused by rains brought about by the southwest monsoon and tropical storm Maring.

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. is once again appealing to members of the Filipino American community to provide financial assistance and support the relief efforts for the victims of these twin tragedies.

“I wish to call on all Filipino Americans to do what you can to alleviate the suffering of the victims caused by these disasters that took plays just hours apart from each other,” Ambassador Cuisia said.  “Let us rally and come to the aid of our kababayans in this time of need.”

The MV St. Thomas Aquinas ferry collided with the Sulpicio cargo ship last Friday in the Mactan Channel, about 2 miles northwest of Cebu City, the capital of Cebu province.  The St. Thomas Aquinas was coming from nearby Butuan City, while the Sulpicio was leaving Cebu for Davao.  According to the Philippine Coast Guard, the number of people confirmed dead is at 55.  Another 65 people remain missing, while 750 have been rescued.

Tropical storm Maring first formed last August 17 and was the thirteenth to hit the Philippines this year.  According to the National Disaster Reduction and Risk Management Council (NDRRMC), 8 people were reported to have died, 41 injured, and 4 missing.  There were also over 600,000 persons affected in the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and National Capital Region.

The torrential rain and floods caused schools, government offices, and financial markets to close.  Flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were cancelled due to the bad weather, which also made most of the roads in the low-lying capital region impassable.

Ambassador Cuisia appealed to the generosity of Filipino Americans in the US.  He said members of the community can send their monetary donations to the following:

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Account Name: Department of Social Welfare and Development
Account Number:  3124-0055-81
Bank Address: Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan, Quezon City
Contact Numbers: (+632) 931-8101 local 226; mobile phone (+63918) 628-1897
Website: www.dswd.gov.ph

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
Account Name:  NDRRMC Donated Funds
Account Numbers: 0435-021927-030 (Peso Account); 0435-021927-530 (Dollar Account)
Swift Code:  DBPHPHMM Account #36002016
Address:  Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Camp Aguinaldo Branch, PVAO Compound, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines 1110
Contact Person:  Ms. Rufina A. Pascual, Collecting Officer, NDRRMC, Office of Civil Defense, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
Contact Numbers:  (+632) 421-1920; (+632) 911-5061 up to 65, local 116
Email Address:  accounting@ocd.gov.ph
Website:  www.ndrrmc.gov.ph

Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Banco de Oro Peso Account Number: 00-453-0018647
Banco de Oro Dollar Account Number: 10-453-0039482; Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Metrobank Peso Account Number: 151-3-041631228
Metrobank Dollar Account Number: 151-2-15100218-2; Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Philippine National Bank Peso Account Number: 3752 8350 0034
Philippine National Bank Dollar Account Number: 3752 8350 0042; Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
Unionbank of the Philippines Peso Account Number: 1015 4000 0201
Unionbank of the Philippines Dollar Account Number: 1315 4000 0090; Swift Code: UBPHPHMM
Contact Number: (+632) 527-0000
Website: www.redcross.org.ph

For donations to be properly acknowledged by PRC, donors are requested to fax their names, addresses,  contact numbers and the bank transaction slip to (+632) 527-0575 or (+632) 404-0979. ###