Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Face of Climate Change in Manila

Photos collected from the extreme rain and flood that hit Manila last September 26, 2009.


Monday, September 28, 2009



You may direct your donations here:

1) FDC office is accepting donations in cash or kind. you can reach us @ 9211985 or 09209093242, tulungan po natin mga kasama naapektuhan ng bagyong "Ondoy"

2) AKBAYAN is organizing a relief drive for Marikina, Cainta, Malabon, Pasig, Escopa and Tatalon.

The following items are badly needed:
- Ready to eat food (cooked rice, boiled egg, bread, easy to open canned goods)
- Water (bottled, or in 10-gallon containers)
- Blankets and towels- Clothes

Volunteers are also needed to help pack and deliver the items.
If you wish to help, pls call or txt: 925-58-43/ 09175381816 (Bayantel lines down so use these numbers). Akbayan office address:
#36 b madasalin st sikatuna vill quezon city. Tulungan natin ang isa't isa, at buhayin natin ang diwa ng bayanihan.

3) Other authorized relief centers:

Source: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/posts/305748?m=26ef51d6

This is the list of verified relief centers where people can drop off their donations for the victims of "Ondoy:"


UP College of Arts and Letters Go to: College of Arts and Letters (CAL) University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City Hotline: 09296454102 (Prof. Roselle
Pineda) Look for: Guard on Duty (in UP CAL) Operations: 24 hours until Wednesday tentatively You can: # Donate medicines, clothes,
blankets, food to be distributed by Citizens’ Disaster Response Center.
Erica Paredes Go to: Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City (Call or text contact number for complete address) Contact #: 09174741930 Look for: Erica
Paredes Operations: Throughout the week tentatively, from 10 am to 6 pm You can: # Donate ready-to-eat foods like hard-boiled
egg, bread, packed juice, sandwich filling # Volunteer to prepare sandwiches and distribute goods

NoyMar Relief Operations – QC
Go to: Balay Expo Center, Farmers Market, Cubao or in White Space, Pasong Tamo Ext., Near BMW, Makati Look for: Clare Amador or
Jana Vicente Hotlines: 09285205508, 09285205499, 0908-6579998, 0939-3633436, 9137122 Operations: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
throughout the week until further notice. Website: http://www.marroxas.com/ You can: # Donate drinking water, old medicines, clothing,
blankets, canned goods, noodles # Volunteer to man stations and repack food.

Miriam Quiambao and World Vision Development Foundation
Go to: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood or at the World Vision office at 389 Quezon Avenue, corner West 6th St., Quezon City
Hotline: 0917-8623209 Look for: The guard in the lobby (on One Orchard Road) Website: http://www.twitter.com/miriamq,
http://www.worldvision.org.ph/ Operations: Until Sept. 28, 2009 (Monday), 24-hour operation You can: # Donate goods like clothes,
blankets, canned goods, crackers, mattress, hygiene kits, noodles, bottled water, oatmeal, instant coffee, sugar (for relief pack to
be distributed by World Vision) # Volunteer to help repack relief goods for World Vision starting today at 7pm # Deposit cash
donations to World Vision Development Foundation, BPI savings account number 4251002415 and BDO savings account number

Philippine Army
Go to: Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio, Makati or General Head Quarter’s Gym in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, EDSA,
Quezon City Hotline: 892-3417 (direct line), 845-9555 (trunkline) local. 6464 and 6466 Look for: Any personnel on duty
Operations: Ongoing everyday for 24 hours until further notice You can: # Donate relief goods (no cash) # Call hotline for rescue,
evacuation or relief assistance. # Call to report missing persons

Papemelroti Gifts and Decorative Accessories
Go to: 91 Roces Ave., Corner Scout Tobias, Quezon City or mall branches in Ali Mall Cubao, SM City North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM
Megamall, Glorietta 3 in Makati, SM Centerpoint, SM Southmall Hotline: refer to website for individual branch numbers Website:
http://www.papemelroti.com/ Operations: Mall hours (10am-9pm), ongoing everyday until further notice You can: # Donate goods like
canned goods, clothings, blanket, cooking utensils and other relief goods EXCEPT cash.

Ateneo de Manila University Disaster Response Group
Go to: Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights , Quezon City, Manuel V. Pangilinan Building Center for Student Leadership
Lobby, University Dorm Cervini Hall Hotlines: 09089977166, 09178952792, 4266001 local 5050 Look for: Gio Tiongson, President,
Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral Website: http://www.ateneosanggu.com/ Operations: 24-hour operations for the entire week You can: #
Donate goods like bottled water, sardines, canned goods, candles, cup noodles. # Volunteer to help repack relief goods, administer
basic first aid. # Report missing persons. # Seek evacuation/temporary shelter at University Dorm Cervini Hall. Citizens Disaster
Response Center (CDRC) Go To: 72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes, Quezon City. Hotlines: 9299820, 9299822 Operations: 8 a.m.
onwards. You can: # Donate money, old clothes, blanket, bigas, munggo. # Volunteer to help distribute goods.

Radio Veritas
Go To: Veritas Tower , West Ave. corner EDSA Look For: Karla Turingan Hotlines: 9257931 to 39, 0918VERITAS Operations: 24-
hours, tentatively until Tuesday. You can: # Donate old clothes, food, assorted goods, bottled water, cash.
Our Lady of Pentecost Parish Go to: 12 F. dela Rosa cor. C. Salvador Streets, Loyola Heights , Quezon City Hotlines: 632 4342397, 63 2 9290665 Operations: 7
a.m. till 10 p.m. Sunday, until further notice. You Can: # Donate packed meals, bottled water.


Victory Fellowship – Fort Bonifacio Go to: Victory Fellowship, Every Nation Building , across Market-Market, Fort Bonifacio Look for: Pastor Bernard Marquez Hotlines:
813-FORT, 8171212 Operations: Tentatively until 5pm, may may extend hours. Entire week until Friday. Website:
www.twitter.com/VictoryFort You can: # Donate canned goods, milk, bottled water, clothes, cash. # Volunteer to help pack relief

Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaplaincy
Go to: Hillsborough Village, Cupang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila Hotline: 8428148, 8079847 Look for: Genelyn Sembrano,
Meanne Cuneta Website: http://www.sacredheartofjesus-alabang.org/ Operations: Tuesday-Sunday (Sept. 29-Oct 4). 8 am to 12 noon, 2 to
6 pm You can: # Donate water, blankets, shoes, clothes and other goods # Donate in cash

PASIG CITY LUZON RELIEF: Volunteer / Donate / Pray
Go to: Renaissance Fitness Center, 2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers, Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City Hotline: 0929-8713488 Look for: Warren Habaluyas, co-founder E-mail:
luzonrelief@gmail.com Operations: Monday to Saturday (Sept. 28-Oct. 3), 9am-7pm You can: # Donate non-perishable food items,
beddings, pillows, blankets, clothes # You can donate cash but it is not encouraged

- Compiled by Annalyn Ardoña and Patricia Faustino, GMA NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

4) For more on the donations, you may follow this link: http://www.google.com/landing/typhoon-ondoy.html

Climate Change Conference in Bangkok, Thailand (Sept 28-Oct 7, 09)

I felt overwhelmed when I was asked to represent the church sector in various seminars/fora on the issue of Climate Change in Bangkok, Thailand organized by non-government and people's organizations. These activities are parallel to the ongoing intercessional conferences led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also in Bangkok.

Overwhelming because of the wealth of information, the opportunity to learn all about Climate Change and to use all these in the faith-based campaign I am coordinating for my organization, the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC).

However, after the September 26 disaster that submerged more than half of Manila (mainly Marikina, Rizal, Pasig, some parts of Quezon City), I already knew that catching up with the issue of Climate Change becomes an urgent and hard reality. This time there's no more room for half-measures, half-truths and quick-fix solutions because the wrath of nature does not exempt anyone. Although at this point, the main culprits are refusing to take any accountability especially on the historical aspect, climate campaigners including myself (a newbie) have to advance and move on because much scrubbing needs to be done in as much as all people living on this planet have to realize that they too have important roles to play and they have to do their share NOW (including the ones reading this post).

It is my goal to walk readers on this issue by posting in the next few days new information necessary to understand the basics of Climate Change. I am going to include as well the perspectives I have learned, which I want to emphasize and my own thoughts on the issue. Photos will also be posted.

I hope everyone reading my blog will learn from the posts and prompt all of you (everyone) to take an active part on the Climate Change campaign. Let us not allow again our fellow kababayans, for those affected, our loved ones to be at risk of flood and suffer other equally dangerous effects of too much greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that brought about Climate Change (a combination of bad urban, trade and economic policies and natural occurances, i.e. extreme precipitation leading to flood and landslides).

More to come...