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Outpouring of Support for Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan

In the aftermath of the disaster brought about by Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) in Central Philippines, messages of sympathy and offers of assistance have been extended to the victims through the Philippine Embassy in Berne.  Filipinos in in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and various Swiss individuals and organizations have extended and are offering to extend assistance to the victims of the typhoon which thus far has been the most disastrous in Philippine history.

Various Filipino organizations across Switzerland are now mobilizing their members and friends and organizing fund-raising events for the typhoon victims as well as those affected by the earthquake that hit the provinces of Cebu and Bohol, also in Central Philippines, the month before.

Members of the Filipino religious groups are also celebrating masses in various cantons of Switzerland for the typhoon victims. Collections from these masses or part of them will go to the Philippines to assist the provinces destroyed by the typhoon.

The Swiss government sent to the Philippines last Saturday a five-member team composed of sanitation experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Unit. The group will work with international aid organizations on the ground to help deliver emergency assistance to the victims. 

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) will also be launching a Flash Appeal on 12 November at 9:00 a.m. in Geneva. The appeal will be based on the initial assessment made by the UN officials on the ground.

The Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that,  as of 11 November,   the number of persons affected by the typhoon has reached 9.6 million. Some 96, 039 displaced families with 449,416 people are staying in 1,790 evacuation centres, while 36,627 other families with 182,379 people temporarily seek shelter in the homes of friends and relatives.

The Philippine government will soon be putting up one-stop shops to facilitate entry and processing of foreign donations. For those who wish to give financial donations, these may be coursed through any of the following:

1.  National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

Account Name: NDRRMC Donated Funds
Account Numbers: (USD account) 0435-021927-530
                                    (Peso Account) 0435-021927-030
Swift Code: DBPHPHMM Account No. 36002016
Address: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Camp Aguinaldo Branch, PVAO Compound, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines 1110

2.    The Department of Social Welfare and Development
Account No: 3124-0055-81
Bank Branch Address: Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan, Quezon City, Philippines

3.    The Philippine Red Cross
Bank Accounts for Donations

Banco de Oro
USD: 00-453-0018647 (Swift Code: BNORPHMM)
Peso: 00-453-0039482

USD: 151-2-1510002182; Peso Account: 151-3-041631228
(Swift Code: MBTCPHMM)

Philippine National Bank
USD: 3750.8350-0042; Peso Account: 3752-8350-0034
(Swift Code: PNBMPHMM)

Union Bank of the Philippines
USD: 1315-4000-0090; Peso Account: 1015 4000 0201 
(Swift Code: UBPHPHMM)

Donors who are donating through the above channels are encouraged to specify for whom their donations are intended (e.g., recent earthquake or victims of typhoon Haiyan).

Donations may also be coursed through Swiss non-government and charity organizations such as the Swiss Red Cross (www.redcross.ch) and Caritas Schweiz (www.caritas.ch) or the Swiss Solidarity (www.swiss-solidarity.org) (Account No: 10-15000-6), a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects. Swiss Solidarity is now coordinating with ten (10) Swiss relief organizations and with public and radio stations in Switzerland to hold a Swiss National Day of Solidarity for the Philippines, details of which will be published later.

For further queries, please contact Ms Tess Lazaro, First Secretary and Consul at info@philembassyberne.ch or 031 350 1714. 


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