8 thoughts on “Post-typhoon humanitarian crisis in the Philippines

  1. “Walang Iwanan!” (Don’t leave us out in the cold)


    11 November 2013

    Dear Friends and Compatriots,

    Super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) brought unspeakable damage to our beloved country, the Philippines, leaving a tragic trail of death and horrific destruction to several provinces in central Philippines. Up to 10,000 people are believed to have lost their lives, thousands more are missing, while properties lost run into the billions of pesos. Worst affected are the poor and the needy in rural areas and shanty towns, who comprise majority of the victims. They don’t have any means to rebuild what has been left of their lives. Worst hit provinces initially reported are Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Palawan, Cebu and Iloilo.

    Those who have managed to survive this worst disaster to hit the Philippines are now desperately struggling to find food, water and shelter in the uncertainty of days to come. Families continue to search for their missing loved ones.

    Many Filipino migrants in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands, have reported missing family members in areas and communities devastated by typhoon Yolanda.

    We appeal to you for your humanitarian help. Please don’t leave our people out in the cold. Together we can do something to help the victims and survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

    They desperately need OUR support. Make a donation/contribution to help the victims and support relief operations. You may send to the following bank account:

    NL83 INGB 0007 4009 84, Stg. MIGRANTE-Europe, Amsterdam

    MIGRANTE- Europe takes the lead in OPERATION SAGIP -MIGRANTE, the international relief effort of MIGRANTE International, here in Europe.

    All donations from Europe will be collected into one amount that will then be sent to MIGRANTE International, Bank of Philippine Islands, Account No. 001994-0628-04 BOPIPHMM.

    The sooner we hear from you , the sooner your contribution can help save lives.

    Together with other concerned organizations and individuals, Stichting MIGRANTE Europe is initiating a fundraising campaign, which aims to raise some amount to help in the urgent task of relief and rehabilitation.

    Other activities have been initially lined-up for this campaign. We look forward in cooperating with as many concerned institutions, organizations and individuals as possible. We also enjoin you to support and participate in these activities in solidarity with our efforts to HELP THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOON YOLANDA.

    We will make sure that whatever amount/funds we gather, will be sent to the victims, particularly the poor and the needy.

    We would like as well to express our thanks to the European governments and organisations for their donations to the victims of typhoon Yolanda. We hope that they will be properly used for direct relief and rehabilitation of the victims.

    Thank you in advance for leaving no one out in the cold! As we say in Filipino: “walang iwanan”!


    Grace Punongbayan

    Stichting MIGRANTE Europe

    Postbus 15687, 1001 ND Amsterdam

    Email: office@migrante-europe.net

    Mobile: (00-31) (0) 6 330 56 411



    MIGRANTE-Europe in cooperation with partner organizations launches the following activities to help victims of typhoon Yolanda.

    1) RELIGIOUS MASS/SERVICE. “Day of Mourning, Condolences and Comitment to Action” to mourn the dead, to pray for the survivors and to pledge commitment to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda;

    Initiated by: Filipino Parish- Netherlands, Old Catholic Church, MIGRANTE-Netherlands

    Date: 17 November 2013, Sunday, 2pm – 4pm;

    Place: Chapel, Fred Roeskestr. 103. Take Tram16/24 (VU) or bus 170 (Uithoorn) from Amsterdam CS. Stop Ijsbaanpad

    Committed to attend: Jovigailian Photo Studio, Linangan Cultural Network, Sir Nico Guesthouse, Amsterdam for Holiday, and other Filipino organizations and establishments.

    Officiating Pastors: Rev. Fr. Peter-Ben Smit (OCC) and Rev. Cesar Taguba (UCC)

    2) YOUR PHOTO to help the typhoon victims project

    Concept: In exchange for your donation, you will receive a free service, of quality studio photos of yourself.

    Initiated by: Jovigailian Photo Studio,

    Place: Migrante Europe office, VKG, Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam.

    Date to be arranged.

    3) BUS TOUR to Bataviastad.

    Proceeds will go to the campaign.

    Initiated by: MIGRANTE-Netherlands

    Date and place to be announced.

    4) CULTURAL EVENING in support of relief and rehabilitation efforts.

    Initiated by: Linangan Cultural Network, MIGRANTE- Netherlands

    Time and place to be arranged.

    4) PAMASKONG HANDOG ( a Christmas Gift ) for the typhoon victims

    Initiated by: Filipino Parish-Netherlands, Migrante Netherlands,

    Date: 15 December 2013

    Place: Old Catholic Church, Social Hall, Ruysdaelstr. 39,Amsterdam

    5) The FILIPINO PARISH in the NETHERLANDS (FPNL) will make its own appeal to the churches in the Netherlands. Donations may be remitted to the bank account of the Old Catholic Church.

    Let us join hands in saving lives. We look forward to working with more organizations and individuals in these coming days. Write or call us at +31. (0) 6.330 56 411



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