There are many ways to help those at the helm of fighting this global outbreak, even from a community quarantine.
While we are presumably in much better conditions than most, our concern shouldn’t just stop there. We’ve already heard of hoarding horror stories and stubborn responses to the government-mandated community quarantine, and it is the world’s best interest to steer clear of that self-serving path. Certainly we can do so much better, not just for our fortunate selves, but for the rest of the country as well.
Amidst all the fear and uncertainty during these dire times, we can never forget our humanity and our capacity to help the brave workers at the front of this health crisis. Yes, things are being done, actions fortified, and even funds mobilized, but helping out in what way we can really go a long way. Now more than ever, we call on the spirit of bayanihan to link our arms, albeit figuratively, in quelling this fatal COVID-19 pandemic.
There many ways to give, whether it be through monetary aid or supplies. Here are the channels you can offer your help. And even as we extend a little of what we have, let us not forget to, in our way, let them know how grateful we are for all the tireless work that they do.
UP Medicine School Council
The combined forces of the UP Manila University Student Council, the UP Medicine Student Council, and other student organizations are calling for donations of N95 masks and alcohol for the use of on-duty interns at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Donations may be addressed to the Office of the Deputy Director for Health Operations.
For monetary donations, deposits or bank transfers are accepted via Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).
Acct. Name: Habagat Rene Farrales
Acct. #: 3509016096
Kaya Natin is an NGO that works on the promotion of good governance and ethical leadership in the country, and with the assistance of the Office of the Vice President (OVP), they are running a donation campaign for the benefit benefit of the front liners in the medical field against the spreading corona virus. So far, the drive has raised nearly PHP 6 million and will close donations on April 16, 2020.
You can donate to the campaign here or via their BPI account:
Acct. Name: KN Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, Inc.
Acct. #: 3081-1173-72
Philippine General Hospital
The state-owned hospital is open to donations of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and ethyl alcohol. Specifically, PPEs include surgical masks, N95 Masks, face shields, surgical gowns, among others.
Donations can be directed to Dr. Mia Tabuñar, Coordinator of Resource Generation, at the Property and Supply Office from 8am to 5pm. You can also contact (0919) 350-6917 to arrange a pick-up or for any more inquiries.
Philippine Red Cross
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has been aiding the frontline healthcare workers at LGUs by providing medical supplies that they may lack or need more of. In support of this, you can donate to the PRC via their website here or contact Shervi Mae R. Corpuz, Events and Emergency Giving Officer, via (0917) 834-8378 or (02) 790-2413.
Ateneo de Manila University
Ateneo de Manila University’s Disaster Response and Management team, in partnership with Tanging Yaman Foundation, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, and the Manila Observatory, is calling for cash donations to fund PPEs for their health workers.
Donations are accepted via bank transfer and online channels. Refer to the posters above for full details.
Rock Ed Relief
Rock Ed is a volunteer group focused on alternative education in the Philippines, they are calling monetary donations to fund food such as fruits and cooked meals for ER front liners in multiple hospitals.
You can make a donation over their BPI account:
Acct. Name: Rock Ed Philippines
Acct. #: 3080-0073-44
The United Nations Children’s Fund is open to monetary donations to fund its assistance with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local governments in providing necessary hygiene and medical supplies for healthcare and education facilities, including psychological support.
Donations can be made through this link.
Photos from the respective entities.