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05/10/2009: Advisory on In-Kind Donations for Typhoon Ondoy Victims

05 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the continuing relief, rehabilitation and retrieval operations for victims of Typhoon Ondoy, the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C. advises members of the Filipino community in the United States who wish to send their in-kind donations such as food, clothing, medicine and other equipment, to address their donated goods to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to facilitate in the swift release of relief goods from customs custody, promote seamless coordination between government agencies and ensure that goods are properly disbursed to its intended recipients.

The priority relief needs issued by the DSWD include the following: food and non-food items such as mats, blankets, clothes, flashlights, emergency lamps, tents, generators, water containers, hygiene kits (bath soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, laundry bars, feminine napkins), baby diapers and slippers.

The Department of Health has likewise released its own priority list containing all the medical supplies and equipments that are urgently needed with regards to their ongoing operations.  Interested parties may wish to access it on the Philippine Embassy website at www.philippineembassy-usa.org/.

For further information, contact DSWD at 632-931-8101 to 07 or visit www.dswd.gov.ph. END.