Filipino Relief Efforts in Full Force in L.A.

By Shirley Hawkins

 

Relief efforts are underway to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, who are in dire need of food, water and shelter.

 

relief-a“The damage is very large and relief efforts are ongoing,” said Mary Joy Ramirez, vice consul of the Philippine Consulate of Los Angeles.

 

The typhoon, which hit the Philippines on Nov. 8th, is the deadliest typhoon on record in the country’s history. It is estimated that at least 5,680 people are feared dead and nearly 3.8 million people have been reported missing. Nearly one million have been reported as homeless.

 

“For the past weeks, we have been updating the public on the current situation in the country and providing the various methods the public can help,” said Ramirez. “We are also focusing on the planning stages of reconstruction.”

 

The vice consul said that people who want to make a donation towards the relief effort can access the Philippine Consul website at philippineconsulatela.org or ndrrmc.gov.ph for more information.

 

“We have supplied a button on the website for donations for typhoon victims,” said Ramirez.

 

Ramirez added that many Filipino victims are still searching for missing family members who have not been seen since the typhoon.

 

“The American Red Cross is providing family tracing services in an effort to locate and reunite family members,” she said.

 

Ramirez added that organizations worldwide have been shipping food, water, and medical supplies to the country.

 

Local organizations, such as the Philippine Disaster Relief Organization (PEDRO) are also lending a hand. “There is also a list of activities being carried out by the Filipino American community as well as the international community,” said Ramirez.

 

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