HERE’S THE ACCOUNT INFORMATION IF YOU WANT TO SEND ASSISTANCE FROM A LOCAL OR INTERNATIONAL LOCATION.
Let me be totally transparent. I am not an official aid agency nor do I have a foundation set up. If you would prefer to go through those channels, I strongly encourage you to do so. But based on reader responses to an earlier post, some are willing to course their donations through Marketmanila/Marketman and I assure you that 100% of your donations will go towards food, water and any other critically needed items. ALL overhead expenses (assembling goods, packing them, transporting and distributing them) will be shouldered by Marketman & Family or donors to the GMA Kapuso Foundation volunteers in Cebu. I will detail total funds received and how they were spent in future posts on this blog. Also, for the more tech-savvy among you, our daughter is setting up her own effort with friends that is all internet based, and I will post details as soon as they get that up and running as well.
If you are in the Philippines, there are no local fees for deposits into this account from any BDO branches. If you are abroad, your remitting bank may charge you something, and the local BDO branch has promised to keep local fees to their barest minimum. So if you are planning to remit funds, and you have several relatives or friends who also wish to do so, I strongly ENCOURAGE you to POOL those funds from one location and send the donations all together to minimize fees.
Account Name: Joel A. Binamira and Eva Sonia Espana
Bank Name: BANCO DE ORO (BDO) GORORDO BRANCH CEBU CITY PHILIPPINES
Account Number: 00609-016-9462
Bank Swift Code: BNORPHMM
I will acknowledge all deposits into the account, but as with the last time I did this years ago, acknowledging your names from bank records can get tedious so I suggest the following… Do not send a typical amount like say $20, $50 or PHP5,000 — Instead send like $97.50 or PHP1,997 so that you can quickly recognize the deposits that I will indicate in future posts, like I did here.
In case you are wondering what’s in the aid packs we are putting together, a typical bag will include 2 kilos of rice, several cans of sardines and several packs of instant noodles. We will also be giving roughly 6000 liters of Nature Spring water care of Mrs. MM (Monterrazas de Cebu). A complete “set” will cost roughly PHP130 or $3.50 each. In the past 6 hours, we have assembled 2,500 packs with nearly 20 Zubuchon volunteers and we will be leaving at daybreak tomorrow, Tuesday, for the towns in Northern Cebu to distribute the goods.
Some photos from the re-packing we did earlier today…
Marketman, family and the Zubuchon family are MOST GRATEFUL for your assistance and I am sure the folks up North ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda will be even more thankful.
Many thanks to all of the folks who have dropped off donations in kind at the Zubuchon branches over the past day and in the days ahead.
Some photos below from our GM’s trip to Bantayan on Sunday, where she accompanied folks from the GMA Kapuso Foundation that were amongst the first, if not THE first truck full of relief goods to arrive on the island, 48 hours after the Typhoon Yolanda hit. Their accounts of what they saw were heartbreaking. These photos are nowhere near as depressing as some of the aerial shots of the area that have already been published on the net…