The Philippine Embassy encouraged the Filipino-Australian community to practice bayanihan for the victims of the ferry tragedy involving the collision of the MV St. Thomas Aquinas and the cargo ship Sulpicio Express Siete and those affected by the widespread flooding caused by the monsoon rains and tropical storm Maring .
While 750 have been rescued from the ferry accident of 16 August 2013, the sea disaster has claimed the lives of over 70 people while 65 others remain missing.
Typhoon Maring entered the Philippine area of responsibility on 17 August bringing heavy rains and flooding 88 municipalities and cities in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, and the National Capital Region.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s Situation Report No. 8 of 22 August 2013, a total of 267,551 families or 1,256,508 persons are affected by the disaster.
As of 23 August 2013, casualties numbered sixty-five (65), including 20 deaths, 41 injured and 4 reported missing.
Damage to agriculture and infrastructure was pegged at Php 78.8 million.
Cash donations may be sent to the following:
1. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC)
Account Name: NDRRMC Donated Funds
Account Nos: 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 Nos. (632) 421-1920; 911-5061 up to 65 local 116
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.ndrrmc.gov.ph
2. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Account No. 3124-0055-81
Bank branch address: Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan, Quezon City, Philippines
Contact Person: Ms. Fe Catalina Ea, Cash Division
Contact Nos. (632) 931-8101 local 226; cell phone (632) 918-628-1897
Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
Tel: (632) 527-0000
Bank Accounts for Donation:
Banco De Oro
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
Swift Code: UBPHPHMM
The Philippine Red Cross website advises, “For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at PRC nos. +632-527-0575 or +632-404-0979 with your name, address and contact number.”
Donation in kind may be sent to the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC).
Address: DSWD, Chapel Road, Pasay City Philippines
Contact Person: Ms. Francia Fabian
Tel. No. (632) 918-930-2356
Donors may sent meals-ready-to-eat (MREs – no need for cooking) and bottled water. Donation of used clothing is discouraged per DSWD Administrative Order No. 06-2010.