Different sectors of society are being asked to help in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 and end its spread. In the Philippines, there have been calls to invoke the spirit of Bayanihan, encouraging organizations and individuals to volunteer and give.
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Responding to a reported scarcity of personal protective equipment (PPEs), donation drives have been launched by various groups to help protect frontline healthcare workers from the virus. Likewise, as community quarantine protocols have been in effect over the country, many are seeking support to fund relief goods for families that are in need of food and other basic necessities.
If you want to pitch in, here’s a handy list of initiatives that you can donate to:
1. Pantawid ng Pag-ibig
The ABS-CBN campaign aims to raise funds and collect basic necessities for poor families unable to source livelihood by mobilizing private companies and individuals. The campaign is done in partnership with local government officials of Metro Manila and other private companies. A lot of companies have already committed to the cause, including McDonalds, Quick Chow noodles, Mega Sardines, Nestle Bear Brand, Great Taste 3-in-1, Sunsilk shampoo, Safeguard, Hanna shampoo, Champion detergent, Unilab, Century Pacific Food Inc, Rebisco, Suy Sing Corporation, and the Lucio Tan Group of Companies. The Lopez Group, to which ABS-CBN belongs to, made an initial donation of PHP 100 million to the cause. Last Sunday, an online “At Home” concert featuring Kapamilya stars, which was mounted to raise awareness for the cause, garnered 3.7 million views. The initiative has so far raised more than PHP 256 million.
Donations for Pantawid ng Pag-ibig may be made through ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya bank accounts BPI peso account 3051-11-55-88, Metrobank peso account 636-3-636-08808-1, BDO peso account 0039301-14199, PNB peso account 1263-7000-4128, and BDO dollar account 1039300-81622.
2. TOWNS Foundation
The Outstanding Women for the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) has been creating programs for and by Filipinas since 1974. To help out with COVID-19 efforts, the organization recently started a drive for PPEs for frontliners. Donations will be used to purchase the following for healthcare workers: N95 masks, surgical gloves, surgical masks, 60-70 percent alcohol, face shields, disposable non-woven gowns, and disposable shoe covers. As of yesterday, TOWNS has given PPEs to 105 hospitals.
TOWNS is accepting donations in cash, or kind at 0977-240-1211. More information may be found in their Instagram, @townsfoundation_ph.
3. The Foodtray2Go
The San Juan-based food delivery company took it upon themselves to deliver meals to frontliners around Metro Manila. They have so far go to the likes of St. Clare’s Medical Center, Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, National Children’s Hospital, Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, and San Juan Medical Center.
To donate, message them at their Instagram @FOODTRAY2GO, or on Viber 0917-702-6395.
4. People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action
This civic group made a call for donations for the purchase of a weekly “survival pack” for communities in Tatalon, Talayan, Pinyahan, and Payatas as well as for the mothers in Tondo and Commonwealth. Each pack includes rice, canned goods, coffee, powdered milk, sugar, bread, and vegetables.
For more information including how to donate, visit their Facebook page.
5. Zero Hunger Pilipinas
This youth-led movement is gathering monetary donations to provide food bags to over 10,000 families in select provinces in Luzon. Their priority beneficiaries are the homeless as well as families with no income and savings. They are coordinating with various barangays and volunteers to make this possible. As of yesterday, PHP 126,324.55 have been donated to their cause.
Donations may be made through BDO Account 008188005164, GCash 0905-3615006. Other donation channels and more information are available at their Instagram page.
6. Tulong Kabataan
Another youth-led initiative, Tulong Kabataan is also building up funds to supply food and hygiene kits to relocation sites and urban poor communities in Tacloban, Quezon City, and Manila. Their Facebook group also has a useful list of health centers that are in dire need of donation.
For more information on how to help, visit their Facebook page or call 02-352-1054.
This group hopes to establish a service that provides essential goods for our various types of frontliners, who at these uncertain times, persist in providing for everyone else. The group says that they “collect donations in cash, turn cash into kind, and give your kindness to those who need it.” As of March 20, they have raise more than PHP 50,000 for various beneficiary groups.
8. UNICEF Philippines
Around the world, the global organization is working with governments, the World Health Organization, and UN agencies, to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and to keep families safe. In the Philippines, they support the Department of Health with critical hygiene and medical supplies for hospitals and health facilities, among other efforts.
To donate, visit their website’s donation page.
9. Caritas Manila
The 60-year-old non-profit organization is focusing their donation efforts toward giving away Ligtas Covid-19 kits and Manna food bags to families in need. The former contains protective paraphernalia such as alcohol and soap while the latter is PHP 700 worth of food.
Donations may be made through their BDO account 000-5600-45905. Other channels and more information are available in their Facebook page.
GCash and its partners—the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), World Vision, UP Medical Foundation, PGH Foundation, Inc., ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, and Ayala Foundation—have their own digital donation drive, dubbed #FightCOVID19, which aims to help provide medical gear to hospital workers in the country. So far, the drive has received PHP 3.52 million in donations.
To send their support, GCash users simply have to click on the “Pay Bills” icon on their GCash apps, choose the “Others” tab, and click on “FightCOVID19.” GCash users then have to enter their name and the amount that they are donating to confirm their donation.