Since the earthquakes, families in Cotabato have been calling for help. Photograph from ABS-CBN News
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Want to help Mindanao earthquake survivors? Here are 6 groups you can donate to

Efforts are still ongoing for the displaced and affected families in Cotabato. If you are looking to give your time and money, here are some organizations that need a helping hand. 
ANCX | Nov 07 2019

Last month, Mindanao was rocked with three major earthquakes in the span of 15 days, which affected nearly 200,000 people, displacing 8,000, and killing six. Following images of broken buildings and children holding up desperate signs in Tulunan, Cotabato, many jumped to the aid of these families, from celebrities like Angel Locsin to private sector leaders under the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). 

Many efforts are still being coordinated to get reach more people in affected areas. If you want to help, here are seven organizations you can donate to or volunteer in to help our fellow Filipinos in need: 


Teach Peace Build Peace Movement

TPBPM is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization that spearheads peace education programs for children. To strengthen its call for resources to help the communities affected by the series of earthquakes in Mindanao, it has created a network in Metro Manila called KA1SA COMMUNITY and has launched an Emergency Response Solidarity Network dubbed “Project Pahiyum.”


Where to give

Banco de Oro
Account name: Teach Peace Build Peace Movement Inc.
Account no. 000041075668
Swift Code: BNORPHMM​

Bank: Banco de Oro
Branch: SM Makati​
Account Name: Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Inc. 
Savings Account
Account No.: 000040837270

You can also donate via Simplygiving Donation page


What they need
Care Kits for Families
Hygine supplies (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, napkin), laundry soap, diaper for babies, malong or big blanket, new clothes, etc.

Hope kits for children and teens
Stuffed toys, coloring book with crayons, play set (may consist of jumping rope, ball or other items that they can play with within the evacuation site); sports equipment (badminton, volleyball, basketball, football); snacks (biscuits, juice, cookies)

For cough, colds, flu, diarrhea, etc.

Solar lamps and flashlights

Only new clothes and undergarments are accepted following government’s guidelines on clothing donation and proper hygiene

Make sure that the stuffed toys are cute, clean, and in good condition. Avoid sending toy guns, toys that can choke children, pigs, and dog replicas

Only new blankets and malongs are accepted, to prevent development and spread of infections and diseases.


Where to drop off
They are receiving in-kind donations in all drop-off points until November 30, 2019, but monetary donations are preferred to help lower costs of logistical expenses.

Drop-off points can be found in the following:

Teach Peace Build Peace Movement
55 Esteban Abada St., Brgy Loyola Hts, Quezon City
Contact: Ivy Perez at 0935-4167890 / 0929-3980078
Creative Learning Paths School
48 M. Roxas Street, South Admiral Village, Parañaque
Contact: Lyn Cloma 0917-5234097 / 0275017819
Unit 207 Robelle Hotel 877 JP Rizal, Makati
Contact: Elma Bustamante at 0927-2173951
Royal Design
Conding St. Bo. Salaam, MSU, Marawi
Contact: Leah Tarhata Mehila
TPBPM Maguindanao Citycle
Brgy Sampalok Tenorio Datu Odin Sinsuat
Contact: Morsalin Kaliman at 0966-5677936 / 0975-51955011

For more information, contact Teach Peace Build Peace Movement at (02) 292-3191, email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page.


Caritas Manila

For more than 60 years, Caritas Manila is the lead church-based non-profit organization in the Philippine that aims to bring Christ’s love to the least, the last, and the lost through its program ministry that focused on social services and development. Caritas Damayan, its disaster risk reduction and management program provides quick response relief operation and effective crisis intervention nationwide.


What they need

As per the assessment of the Diocese of Kidapawan, here are the immediate needs of the earthquake victims:

1. Shelters / sheets (tarpaulin, bamboo poles, ropes, nails, etc.)
2. Food (hot meals, fresh, ready-to-eat)
3. Clean, potable water
4. Latrines or portalets
5. Cooking wares and utensils
6. Blankets, mosquito nets
7. Flashlights, rechargeable batteries, and emergency lamps
8. Toothbrush, toothpaste, bath and detergent soap, shampoo, sanitary pads, disposable diapers
9. Medical kits including basic medicines
10. Daily source of income while in evacuation centers


Where to give

Banks deposits can be made at:

Banco De Oro - Savings Account No.: 5600-45905
Bank of the Philippine Islands - Savings Account No.: 3063-5357-01
Metrobank - Savings Account No.: 175-3-17506954-3

For dollar accounts
Bank of the Philippine Islands - Savings Account No. 3064-0033-55
Swift Code - BOPIPHMM
Philippine National Bank - Savings Account No. 10-856-660002-5
Swift Code - PNBMPHMM

Donations can also be made via Cebuana Lhuillier free of charge. You may also drop off your donation at the Caritas Manila office at 2002 Jesus St. Pandacan, Manila. For proper acknowledgment of your donations, kindly fax a copy of the deposit slip to 8563-9306 or email a scanned copy to [email protected] Don’t forget to indicate your name and address.


Office of Civil Defense

As the implementing arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, OCD’s primary mission is to administer national civil defense and disaster risk reduction and management program. They provide leadership, systematic approaches, and measures to reduce the vulnerabilities and risks to hazards and manage the consequences of disasters.


What they need

NDRRMC encourages the donation of the following items:

1. Potable and utility water
2. Water container
3. Tents and shelter materials
4. Shelter and repair materials
5. Sleeping kits
6. Kitchenware
7. Hygiene kits


Where to drop-off

Donations may be coursed through the NDRRMC, OCD Regional Offices, or the affected Local Government Unit. The following are the offices with their contact persons:

National offices
Office of Civil Defense and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center
Contact: Karen Kaye Caballero at 0917-8275743 or Jose Angelo Mangaoang at 0917-6473201

Department of Social Welfare and Development
National Resource Operations Center
Contact: Eunice Angcao at 0967-4007282 or Mark Paul Agner at 0927-4361039

Regional office

Office of Civil Defense Regional Office XII Central Coordinating Center
Contact Jerome Barranco at 0917-7707771

Provincial office
Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
Contact: Mercedita Foronda at 0999-9937361


Where to give

Cash donations can be deposited into the NDRRMC current accounts with DBP-Camp Aguinaldo Branch: Philippine Peso (000-00149-435-3); US Dollar (01-5-00047-435-4)


Philippine Red Cross

Philippine Red Cross is one of the country’s leading humanitarian organizations in the country. Disaster Management Services (DMS) is one of the major services of the Philippine Red Cross, primarily tasked to deliver humanitarian assistance during emergency and disaster situations.


Where to give:

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938
Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342
Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

[email protected]

For further information, visit their Facebook page.


Save the Children

For more than 30 years, Save the Children has been helping children recover from the impacts of disasters and armed conflict in the Philippines. They also provide long-term support such as education and livelihood, and build up community resilience to reduce the impact of future disasters.


What they need

Save the Children Philippines is mounting a response in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, in the areas of:

Education. They set up Temporary Learning Spaces in priority areas; provide teachers with teaching kits; and support them by ensuring coordinated delivery of services among their civil society and government partners.

Child Protection. They make sure that children are protected from physical harm and psychosocial distress. They also ensure that chlidren and their caregivers have access to psychosocial support services.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). They supply afflicted schools with water kits to ensure that children and teachers can access safe water. They also provide children with hygiene kits and promote best practices in hygiene and sanitation to prevent the spread of diseases.

For more information, visit Save the Children, call (02) 8853-2142, or send a fax message on (02) 8853-0216


Gawad Kalinga

Gawad Kalinga (“to give care” in English) aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. They do this by employing an integrated and holistic approach to empowerment with values-formation and leadership development.


For those affected by the recent earthquake in Mindanao, they target to cook and distribute/deliver to affected barangays 2,000 hot meals per day in the next 15 days. At ₱20 per meal, they need help to reach the affected families.


Where to give

Course your help through

You may also give through bank deposit:

Gawad Kalinga
PHP Current Account # 3101 0977 56
BPI EDSA Greenhills

Gawad Kalinga
US$ Savings Account # 3104 0162 34 
BPI EDSA Greenhills (Swift code: BOPIPHMM)

When giving via bank deposit, please scan the deposit slip or take note of the transaction number and email to [email protected] with the following details:

Name of Donor
Date of Deposit, Amount, BPI Branch
Indicate that it is for "North Cotabato Earthquake"

For more information, visit