11/11/2013: FILIPINO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY PITCHES IN RELIEF EFFORTS
11 November 2013
Washington, DC--While people in the Visayas are starting to get back on their feet in the wake of super typhoon Yoland which hit the Philippines on October 9, Filipinos in the US are doing what they can to help kababayans affected by the typhoon.
The US Philippines Society, a private sector initiative organized to broaden and expand interaction and understanding between the United States and the Philippines, is accepting cash donations for Typhoon Yolanda victims. Donations will go towards supporting relief operations in municipalities in Eastern Samar and Mindanao.
Residents of the US can make tax-deductable donations through the US Philippines Society website.
The Society, in cooperation with the Zuellig Family Foundation and the Department of Health, is actively supporting public health needs in many of the impacted areas. Donations will assist rural clinics and help to restore maternal health programs disrupted by the typhoon
Over 4.3 million people are affected by the typhoon, and over 800,000 people are in evacuation centers. According to recent media reports, Typhoon Yolanda has claimed over 1,200 lives, with numbers expected to rise. Several municipalities affected by Typhoon Yolanda were also hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on October 15. ###