Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) Impact, Help by Sending Donations

Typhoon Ondoy (international code name: Ketsana) hit the Philippine archipelago causing major floods across the country.

Heavy rain started pouring early Saturday morning. I went out to visit a friend and noticed that ankle level water started to build up along the road. After my meet-up with my friend at around 1:00 in the afternoon, I stopped by SM Manila to buy some stuff. The flood that time is just half leg high. After two and half hours at the mall, I decided to go home, a long journey to home.

That time flood level already reached over my knees high! There are no more public utility vehicles available except for the LRT (light rail transit). I walked through the flood, road the LRT then got lucky to find a motorized sidecar already filled with fourteen (14) people. I managed to squeeze myself in the sidecar whose normal capacity in only five (5) people.

We’re all on standing position all the way. Although the ride was very slow, around five (5) kph because of the capacity issue, good thing it managed to cross those heavy flooded areas and I was able to get home safe and sound.

Ondoy (Ketsana)

The tropical storm, Ondoy really caused an onslaught in most areas of Metro Manila and some areas of Rizal. In parts of Marikina, Pasig and Cainta, the flood already swallowed most of the houses’ ground floor forcing residents to stay on their second floors, others on the roof. Most cars were also buried under the flood.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to help those victims who are greatly affected by Typhoon Ondoy.

Local Philippine residents can donate to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) by using your mobile phones and text in the amount you want to give. Just type in, RED<space>AMOUNT then send it to 2899 (for Globe subscribers) or 4483 (for Smart Subscribers).

You can also donate relief goods to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through their designated drop-off points.

The government designated three drop-off points for relief goods intended for typhoon Ondoy‘s victims, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said in a dzBB report.

These drop-off points are the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) center at the Batasan complex in Quezon City , the DSWD National Capital Region (NCR) Office in Quiapo, Manila, and the DSWD National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City, said Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro who also heads the NDCC.

DSWD in Batasan can be reached through phone numbers +632 951 7119 and +63918 421 9780, the DSWD NCR through +632 734 8634 to 35 and +63915 291 3722, and the DSWD National Resource Operations Center through +632 852 8081 and +632 734 8622.

These drop-off points were designated to make donations more “systematic,” Teodoro said, adding that bottled water, clothes, blanket, and food will be accepted at these facilities.


For people residing in the United States of America (USA) who wants to donate to the Philippine victims of typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), you can do so by following the instructions on this page.

Let’s help one another in this time of crisis. Thank you very much.

photo credit: timesnewsnetwork

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