This message from a friend who is an architect in the Philippines:
"As the events for the relief of the typhoon yolanda victims, it seems like my government, both local and national, is not prepared for this catastrophe. today, 5th day from the typhoon landfall, the devastated areas has not yet been served. Chaos and disorder had been happening to the towns and cities that had been affected.
International relief services had already landed at our Manila airport ( which is truly far to the affected areas) and Cebu Airport (nearer). I would still want to know if the new process just formulated today by the national government would work.
Thorough research and survey I have done just to get the most reliable relief services available here for the affected areas. and its only the Philippine National Red Cross seemed to be truly doing their job in most catastrophies here.
Please email them first, specify the areas you would like to help. The point person for international donations is:
Ms. Gwendolyn Pang
Philippine National Red Cross
Please diseminate to others who wanted to help us. .
you for your very touching concern. . ."
We wrote to them, but they are so busy serving those in such desperate need. There is a pull-down Menu option for the Supertyphoon Yolanda victims and survivors. Donations are in Filipino Pesos, so 100 PhP is about $2.36. That amount will help, but if you can please give more, please do so.
Here is the link: http://www.redcross.org.ph/
ere is a link to a currency conversion chart:
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