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Typhoon Disaster Relief in the Philippines

Over the years, the Philippines has been affected by many natural disasters, from volcanic eruptions to floods and landslides caused by typhoons. However, because of the sheer magnitude of the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy, we are devoting this entire issue to typhoon disaster relief.

Typhoon Ondoy was incredibly destructive because of the massive flooding it caused, and it also made the Philippines more vulnerable to follow-on typhoons. Ondoy has directly impacted most of Luzon, with subsidiary effects elsewhere in the Philippines. It is estimated that almost 4 million people across the Philippines have been affected by Typhoon Ondoy. And similar to Hurricane Katrina in the U.S., the impact of Typhoon Ondoy is likely to be felt for years, long after the news headlines have disappeared.

Most of us have family members in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Ondoy, because flooding has occurred in highly-populated areas such as Metro Manila. We understand that your first priority is helping your families recover from disaster. However, many of you may also want to know what else you can do to help.

RemitHome wants to help you help others. If you send a donation to Philippine Red Cross during October, you will receive a $10 fee credit. To learn more about Philippine Red Cross and its role in disaster relief, see the article below. And this month’s “Ask RemitHome” section describes how you can use our service to send money to organizations such as the Philippine Red Cross.

Antonio Dennis Reis
President and CEO
RemitHome Corporation


Donate to the Philippine Red Cross and Receive a
$10 Fee Credit from RemitHome

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is leading relief efforts for flood victims of Typhoon Ondoy. They urgently need financial support to provide disaster relief services.

If you would like to support the Philippine Red Cross, RemitHome wants to help. For the entire month of October, when you use remithome to make a donation,
we will give you a $10 fee credit, which makes your next transfer free.

To make a donation, first log into your RemitHome account and add Philippine Red Cross as a recipient. After we verify the information and notify you that the recipient is activated, you can schedule a transfer.

Please see the “Ask RemitHome” section below for the information needed to add
Philippine Red Cross as a recipient in your RemitHome account
.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call us at 1-800-919-0787,
weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Pacific Time (California), or email us at customerservice@remithome.com.

 The Philippine Red Cross and Disaster Relief

Typhoon Ondoy (international codename Ketsana), followed by Typhoon Pepeng (Parma), have caused massive flooding, dislocation, and destruction in many parts of Luzon. The typhoons have affected almost 4 million people across the Philippines, of which almost 10% have sought shelter in evacuation centers.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has been a major provider of emergency services and disaster relief following Typhoon Ondoy. The PRC Disaster Management Services team is involved in water search and rescue for those still needing emergency help and it runs tracing services to assist in locating displaced and missing persons.

The PRC is now heavily focused on post-disaster recovery. They support 192 evacuation centers and distribute relief goods, bottled water, and hot meals to affected families. The PRC’s Community Health and Nursing Services team focuses on hygiene and health education, especially in the evacuation centers, with the goal of preventing the spread of disease, a major concern in the aftermath of these types of natural disasters.

The Philippine Red Cross was officially established in 1947. While it is an independent voluntary relief organization, it adheres to the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The PRC utilizes both professionals and thousands of volunteers to fulfill its mission of bringing timely, effective and compassionate humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable without consideration of nationality, race, creed, gender, social status or political belief.

For more information, visit the Philippine Red Cross website.

 Ask RemitHome: Making Donations to an Organization

Question: How can I use RemitHome to send money to organizations in the Philippines involved in disaster relief? Your Add Recipient page seems to be set up to send money to individuals.

Answer: To send money to an organization, first gather the following information: the name of the organization, its address, and a contact phone number. In addition, since most organizations accept donations through bank accounts, be sure to note the bank name, bank branch, bank account number, account type (checking or savings), and currency (Philippine Peso or U.S. Dollar). This information is generally available on the organization’s website or by contacting the organization directly.

Once you have gathered the required information, log into your RemitHome account and go to the Add Recipients page, either by clicking the My Recipients button or the Add Recipients link. After you add the organization as a recipient, we will verify the organization’s information and notify you when the recipient is activated. Then you can make a donation by scheduling a transfer on the Send Money page.

To add your organization on the Add Recipients page, you can split the organization’s name using the First Name, Middle Name or Initial, and Last Name fields. Each field will accept up to 40 characters. As an example, to add Philippine Red Cross as a recipient, place “Philippine” in the First Name field and “Red Cross” in the Last Name field. You can leave the Middle Name or Initial field blank.

To donate to Philippine Red Cross, enter the following information on the Add Recipient page:

FIRST NAME: Philippine
LAST NAME: Red Cross
ADDRESS LINE 1: Bonifacio Drive, Port Area
ADDRESS LINE 2: PO Box 280
PROVINCE: Metro Manila
CITY: City of Manila
CONTACT PHONE NO.: 2 527 0000

DELIVERY METHOD: Credit to existing bank account

BANK NAME: Philippine National Bank
BANK BRANCH: Escolta
BANK ACCOUNT NO.: 3752 8350 0034
ACCOUNT TYPE: Savings
CURRENCY: Peso



If you need assistance with adding a recipient or have other questions, please call RemitHome Customer Service at 1-800-919-0787, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, Pacific Time (California), or email us at customerservice@remithome.com.


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