Several Filipino American organizations & individuals in Oregon and Southwest Washington are helping communities impacted by the Super Typhoon Rolly (also known as Typhoon Goni) which violently made landfall in the Philippines on November 1, 2020. Category 5-equivalent, Rolly (Goni) first struck Catanduanes Island, moved across the Philippines, brought severe flash flooding to Legazpi and lahar flow (mud/debris) and power outages damaging power and transmission lines in Bicol. At landfall, Rolly (Goni) is considered the world’s strongest tropical cyclone in 2020 thus far, eclipsing the strength of 2013’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Over 390 thousand of the 1 million evacuated individuals have been displaced in the region. Relief efforts during the aftermath of Rolly (Goni) is further compounded by 2020’s global COVID-19 pandemic.
Just less than 2 weeks following Rolly (Goni), the Philippines was hit again with another Typhoon, Ulysses (Vamco). A Category 2-equivalent, Ulysses (Vamco) made landfall in Patnanungan, Quezon on November 11, 2020 before continuing across Luzon impacting the Manila metropolitan area.
If you would like to help, donate, and/or get more information on how you can help the communities in the Philippines impacted by these typhoons, please reach out to the individual organizations via their website or Facebook site.
- Foundation for Philippine Progress, Inc. (FPP)
- Filipino Catholic Community in Oregon & SW Washington
- National Alliance for Filipino Concerns
NAFCON USA has released a statement and is collecting donations for Typhoon Rolly at this link: https://www.nafconusa.org/campaigns/typhoonrolly
Donations are channeled through the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center.
Citizens’ Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc. (CDRC) is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-profit, non-stock social development agency. It is licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to implement emergency relief, recovery and rehabilitation, preparedness and mitigation programs in Regions I-XII, NIR, CARAGA, CAR, and NCR. Since 1984, CDRC has pioneered and continues to promote community-based disaster management in the Philippines. CDRC operates nationwide through a network of 16 DRRM regional centers, collectively known as Citizens’ Disaster Response Network (CDRN) and people’s organizations. It focuses its assistance to the most affected, least served and most vulnerable areas and sectors of the populace. Since then, CDRC has been responding to minor and major emergencies. Other than directly implementing multi-sector DRRM projects, CDRC also co-implements projects with the Regional Centers (RCs) and provides support for their DRRM institutional capacities such as project management, research and documentation of effective DRR-CCA practices, collection and management of data from the network, and development of CBDM module. Strategically located in 16 hazard-prone regions of the Philippines, the RCs are in the best position to provide context-specific, comprehensive, and timely data for proactive risk reduction initiatives and early action. RCs also develop hazard maps and community risk assessments with the community members and local government units. RCs also effectively communicate their localized DRRM knowledge in communities through their more than 700 Disaster Preparedness Committees (DPCs) formed over decades of community development work across the country.
- Filipino American Association of Portland & Vicinity, Inc. (FAAPV)
- FAAPV is holding a Donation Drive to raise funds to ￼buy food, bottled water and basic necessities to be donated to those that are heavily affected by two super typhoons that killed 67 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and left swathes of the island region flooded in Northern Luzon.
- If you want to help, kindly reach out to FAAPV at email@example.com or send them a private message on their Facebook page.