GABRIELA USA Activates Relief Efforts For Families Struck by Flooding in the Philippines
A Southwest monsoon has been unloading torrential rains in Metro Manila and surrounding areas over the past two weeks, causing massive floods especially in urban poor communities. Local media outlets are likening the storms to Typhoon Ondoy, which hit the Philippines in 2009 and claimed the lives of more than 200 people.
In many GABRIELA organizing areas, floodwaters have already reached the second floor of houses, causing the evacuation of thousands of families. PAG-ASA, the local weather station, is forecasting more rains in the next few days. With nonstop downpour and with the dams around Metro-Manila spilling out water, the flooding is expected to worsen. Initial reports from communities that GABRIELA serve calculate at least 6,700 families to be evacuated, with families averaging of 6 members.
GABRIELA USA and its member organizations are activating its “Lingap GABRIELA” relief program to collect monetary donations to provide the swiftest support to affected communities. “It is in times of extreme hardship that our people really show the meaning of lingap or compassion. Our people survive because we help each other, we can count on the compassion of our kababayans to be there” says Valerie Francisco, Chairperson of GABRIELA USA. “We urge all our compatriots and friends to send monetary donations through Lingap GABRIELA, where they can be assured that their contributions will go directly to the communities that need it. Notable individuals like actresses Angel Locsin and Monique Wilson, and athlete Phil Younghusband have already volunteered their time to Lingap GABRIELA relief efforts. We look forward to contributing to these efforts,” Francisco concluded.
To donate online via paypal, visit http://tinyurl.com/lingapGabriela. Checks can also be mailed to the locations below. Please write “Lingap GABRIELA” on the memo.
Northern & Southern California: make all checks payable to “GABRIELA USA”
Mail to Babae San Francisco at 4681 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94112
North West: make all checks payable to “Pinay sa Seattle”
Mail to Pinay sa Seattle at 5740 Martin Luther King Junior Way Seattle, WA 98118
North East: make all checks payable to “GABRIELA USA”
Mail to FIRE NYC at 699 Bergen Street, Apt 3 Brooklyn, NY 11238
For more information on fundraising and relief activities, please contact gabrielawomen.