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HOME > JPN News > A Call for Donations for the Victims of Typhoon Sendong in Northeastern Mindanao, Philippines

A Call for Donations for the Victims of Typhoon Sendong in Northeastern Mindanao, Philippines

Dec 24, 2011

The Japan-Philippines NGO Network (JPN), through its secretariat, the Asian Community Center 21 (ACC21), is calling for donations and assistance for the on-going relief operations for victims of Typhoon Sendong (International Codename: Washi) in Northeastern Mindanao, Philippines.

The JPN has well-established ties with the Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc, through the Philippines-Japan NGO Partnership (PJP) based in Manila, the counterpart of JPN.

It supports Balay Mindanaw in its on-going relief operations and is making this call for donations on their behalf. In this season of giving, let us reach out to our neighbors in the Philippines.

Below is a description of the disaster, and the current relief activities. Thank you very much and we hope for your generous assistance.

Michio Ito
Convener, Japan-Philippines NGO Network (JPN)
c/o Asian Community Center 21 (ACC21)

Re: A Call for Donations for the Victims of Typhoon Sendong in Northeastern Mindanao, Philippines

On December 15, 2011, Tropical Depression Sendong entered the Philippine area of responsibility. It intensified into a tropical storm and made landfall in Northeastern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas. It moved in a straight line across those areas and exited out of the country on December 18, 2011. Although it packed winds of only 65 kph, it has been estimated to have dumped a month's worth of rainfall in a short time (10-20mm of rainfall per hour).

This heavy rainfall affected areas in Mindanao and Visayas with Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City as the hardest hit. The typhoon caused flash floods, landslides which led to massive flooding in those areas. The flooding occurred during the evening while residents were asleep and this led to a greater number of victims as many were unable to evacuate to safe areas immediately. The latest report (Dec.22nd.2011) from the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) accounts the number of dead at 1,010, number of injured at 1,602, and the number of missing at 51. An estimated 92,964 families or 641,098 individuals from 13 provinces of Regions VI, VII, IX, X, XI, CARAGA, and ARMM were affected by the typhoon.

On December 20, 2011, Philippine President Benigno S.C. Aquino III declared a state of calamity in those areas affected by Typhoon Sendong allowing for greater mobilization of government resources to augment the relief efforts. There are many ongoing relief efforts (Philippine Red Cross, Department of Social Welfare and Development, local governments, various NGOs and civil society organizations, media groups, religious organizations, universities, and other groups) tasked to help out 9,929 families in 51 evacuation centers and 48,920 families outside of evacuation centers.

Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. is one of those NGOs involved in the relief efforts particularly in Cagayan de Oro City. It was established in August of 1996. Its vision is Equality, Development, and Peace for Mindanao, for the Philippines and for the World. Its mission is Helping Build Empowered Sustainable Communities and Helping Build Peace in Mindanaw.

In coordination with the Cagayan de Oro Archbishop's Residence, Balay Mindanaw is tasked with providing relief operations - focusing on the provision of food and water - for 5 barangays (villages), Bulua, Iponan, Canitoan,Bonbon, and Kauswagan, with around 4,000 victim-families. As of December 21, 2011, after 3 days of relief operations, Balay Mindanaw has already served 762 families (approximately 5,334 individuals) in 4 barangays (Opol, Bulua, Bonbon and Iponan). Each family was given 5 kilos of rice, 6 cans of sardines, 6 hardboiled eggs and 3 liters of water. Three bundles of clothing and beddings were also handed out particularly to Barangay Bonbon whose officials requested such assistance.

Balay Mindanaw, its staff, and volunteers would like to thank all those who have already provided support. It is calling for more help and support for its continuing relief operations. ACC21 joins Balay Mindanaw in its call for donations. Your donations and assistance are very much welcome and appreciated.


(Within Japan)
    (みずほ銀行 駒込支店)
    Account number: 0559-1126638
Account holder's name (Japanese only): ACC21緊急復興支援 (エーシーシーニジユウイチキンキユウフツコウシエン)
It is not possible for us to have a payee's information though the transmittance record, so please give your name, address, and contact number to ACC21, which serves as Secretariat of Japan-Philippines NGO Network (JPN).

Asian Community Center 21
E-mail: jpn@acc21.org Tel: 03-3945-2615 Fax: 03-3945-2692

For the latest news on the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong, ongoing relief operations, please refer to the following websites:
Philippine Red Cross
Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.
Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Digital News
Japan-Philippines NGO Network(Japanese only)

For any questions regarding the provision of donations and assistance through the JPN via ACC21, you may contact us at:
Asian Community Center 21
ABK Bldg 2-12-13 Honkomagome Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8642 JAPAN
Tel: 03-3945-2615 Fax: 03-3945-2692
E-mail: jpn@acc21.org

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