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Typhoon Odette, one of the world's strongest typhoons in 2021, continues to intensify and ravage large parts of Visayas and Mindanao. Tatler lists legitimate donation drives for people who wish to help its victims

The year may not end well for the victims of super typhoon Rai in the Philippines. Known locally as Odette, the storm forced thousands of Visayan residents to flee from their homes and seek refuge in evacuation centres—cold and worried about what they left behind. 

Where is The 'Super Typhoon'?

Odette is considered one of the world's most terrifying storms in 2021. It slammed into the eastern Philippines on Thursday afternoon, December 16, bringing strong rains and widespread flooding across the area.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (PAG-ASA) initial weather updates, the storm intensified rapidly as it approached the coast. The agency placed its strength from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just a span of 24 hours. 

By the time Odette made a landfall on Siargao Island, the storm has sustained winds of 260 kilometres (160 miles) per hour with gusts over 300 kilometres (150 miles) per hour.

Through local government efforts, there have already been 198,000 people evacuated from their homes.

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How are the Evacuees? Lack of Coverage? 

Many of typhoon Odette's victims can only rely on the Internet for immediate support and coverage. While local media organisations are on top of their typhoon coverage, there is still a huge number of people whose stories never made it on air. 

The closure of ABS-CBN, one of the country's biggest networks, may have contributed to this problem. The media agency is known for reaching far-flung communities through their regional radio stations.

ABS-CBN used to have 21 regional stations, with an estimated reach of 70 million viewers and listeners across the country. In 2020, the House of Representatives did not grant the franchise of the broadcast giant. 

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While we may not see much of the devastating events, there are donation drives that are willing to send our help to people in need. Tatler has listed some of them below:

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1. Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) which was established in 1966 by Don Ramon Aboitiz, has extended its help to Odette victims in Visayas.

People who wish to donate may do so through the following:

Union Bank of the Philippines (UBP) PHP Account:

Account Name: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

Account Number: 0027-8000-3279

Branch: Cebu North Road, Mandaue

Union Bank of the Philippines USD Account:

Account Name: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.

Account number: 1327-8000-0852

2. Save Palawan Seas Foundation

Non-profit organisation Save Palawan Seas Foundation, who has been carrying out coastal clean ups since its founding, is calling for donations. As of December 21, 2021, the group has already collected 14,000 canned goods and 13, 500 kilogrammes of rice. 

People who wish to donate may do so through the following:

For cash donations:
Save Palawan Seas Foundation Inc

Union Bank: 0000 1012 4550
Swift Code: UBPHPHMM
For GCash donations:
Hilda Delos Reyes
09663316624

For donations in kind, please send to:
1059 Metropolitan Avenue, Makati City

For any questions please contact them at inquiries@savepalawanseasfoundation.org

3. Ateneo de Manila University

The Ateneo de Manila University, on its Twitter and Instagram pages, invited people who have the means to donate cash to the victims of Odette. Donations received will be used to provide food for communities that will be affected by the typhoon.

Visit this website to know more.

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4. Junior Chamber International-Bacolod

The Junior Chamber International-Bacolod (JCI Bacolod), a leadership training agency, has announced that the public can provide cash assistance to Odette victims via its Oplan Kaagapay Typhoon Odette donation drive.

People who wish to donate dry goods may reach Dir. Turk Modesto (+63927 027 1372). Those who can provide cash may contact Treasurer Faye Tan (+63966 243 7541).

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5. Extinction Rebellion Philippines

The Extinction Rebellion Philippines, a politically non-partisan movement that persuades governments to act justly on climate change, also called for donations. People who wish to share their resources may do so through the following accounts: 

Go Fund Me

Https://tinyurl.com/raigofundme

Paypal

Paypal.me/SantosTara

Venmo

@Tara-Santos-1

Zelle

Tarasantos35@gmail.com

GCASH

Tamara Adrienne S.
0917-813-9866

BPI

Tamara Santos
0299109615

6. Waves for Water PH

Waves for Water PH, an organisation whose goal is to provide clean water to far-flung areas in the Philippines, seeks to strengthen its typhoon response through donations accumulated from people with additional resources.

"With water supply systems damaged or flooded, access to clean water becomes an immediate need. We are in close contact with organizations on the ground, and are preparing to mobilise as soon as possible," the group said in a post.

Waves for Water PH accepts donations through the following accounts: 

BDO

Waves for Water Organisation, Inc.
00 4888 0130 99

BPI

Waves for Water Organisation, Inc.
2951 0014 09

Union Bank

Waves for Water Organisation, Inc.
0024 4000 8110

*Note from the organisation: Kindly send transaction receipts to @wavesforwaterphilippines on Instagram or philippines@wavesforwater.org

7. Tulong Kabataan Network

Tulong Kabataan Network, a relief and rehabilitation organisation based in Diliman, Quezon City, also joined the parties with the will to help victims of typhoon Odette. 

For donations, people may reach the following:

Hayme Alegre
09690964538

In-kind donations may be sent to:
117 C Matatag St., Brgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City

Monetary donations:

UnionBank
Arnold Tristan Buenaflor
109485114994

GCash
James Bryan G.
09690964538

Paypal
https://paypal.me/TulongKabataanPH

8. Kids for Kids PH/ For The Future PH

On their Instagram page, youth organisation Kids for Kids PH and For The Future PH also invited people to donate cash. As of this writing, the group has already sent PHP 150,000 worth of relief packs in Cebu. 

Donations may be sent through the following: 

GCASH

Raya Isabel Olivarez

09178063771

PAYMAYA

09686432712

Kids for Kids PH

BPI

0079 1967 11

Isabella Tanjutco

9. Pawssion Project

Humans are not the only victims of super typhoon Odette. Pawssion Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of stray animals, is inviting every one to donate through the following accounts: 

PAYMAYA

0966-718-9347

BPI

334- 903- 2421

Union Bank

0027- 9001- 8188

BDO

0019- 6068- 5005

PayPal

Pawssiondonations@gmail.com

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10. Hope for Strays, Cebu

Hope for Strays-Cebu has also initiated a donation drive for stray animals affected by the typhoon in Cebu. People may send their donations through these accounts: 

BDO

Gea Chei Ybarita
007 680 301 457

BPI
Gea Chei Ybarita
1369 3719 55

Security Bank

Gea Chei Ybarita
00000 1429 2612

GCASH

09957696592/ 09199284377

PayPal
Sebsebbiera@gmail.com

11. Lokal Lab

Lokal Lab is a Siargao-based non-profit organisation that supports and empowers the local community through impactful and sustainable projects that promote local culture. The agency, on its Instagram account, also called for donations including (but not limited to) canned goods, appropriate clothes, medicine, rice, blankets, masks, alcohol, tents, water, sanitary products, and dog food.

Gcash donations may be sent to the following accounts: 

Ivy Geraldine at 09206765746

Sophia Arianna at 09178605428

12. UNICEF

UNICEF fears for the lives of children who have seen the wrath of typhoon Odette. "Children suffer the most during emergencies. While the threat of COVID-19 still looms, the typhoon puts children at risk of another setback that may further upend their lives. UNICEF remains ready upon the request of the Philippine Government and has prepositioned emergency supplies for about 25,000 people to respond to their needs for safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, education and child protection," the organisation said in a public post.

UNICEF said it is ready to distribute supplies to victims of the typhoon. People who wish to donate may visit https://bit.ly/UNICEFEmergencies 

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