Finally, after the eyeball and a horrible cold/cough that followed it, I can concentrate on the marketmanila.com feeding program for 2008. In a post a few weeks ago, I asked you how many would be willing to continue to support the feeding program that we started last year, and which has so far provided approximately 20,000 meals for undernourished public school children in Manila and Cebu. Even though I was hoping to receive pledges for 500 Christmas ornaments at PHP500 each, I realize economic times are really rather challenging, and readers have so far only signed up for 200+ ornaments, roughly half of the reader response to last year’s charity effort. Never mind, I have decided to pursue the program anyway, and have ordered 300 ornaments and will cover that part of the feeding program in a separate post in the next few days. But one of the areas that readers have always lamented was the lack of ability to simply send or transfer a donation or gift to the beneficiary schools without having to come out of the woodwork and make it to designated drop-off points. So I have some good news in that regard:
The good news. If you wish to support the feeding programs initiated by marketmanila.com, and reside in the Philippines, here is an easy way to send your contribution:
Head to the nearest BDO (Banco de Oro) branch near you and make a transfer or direct deposit to:
Savings a/c # 609-008282-0
Banco de Oro
Cebu Gorordo Branch
Name: Belen Desquitado/Eva Espana
Mrs. Desquitado is the current principal of the Banawa Elementary School in Cebu. And we have set up a JOINT account with her with the understanding that the proceeds received in that account will go entirely to the feeding programs sponsored by Marketmanila.com. The account has dual signatories, and Marketman has a trusted aide who is one of those signatories and who will oversee any and all disbursements from the account, together with Mrs. Desquitado. Also, Banco de Oro has graciously waived several fees and other costs in an effort to support this program. So there you have it, it’s as easy as heading to the nearest Banco de Oro. I will keep you advised of the total funds received into that account. But if you like, leave a comment here with your name and amount deposited so that I can eventually confirm that the amounts have been received into the account. Again, I reiterate that 100% of the funds you donate will go to the feeding program.
And for those based abroad…
If you reside abroad, and you choose to remit funds to this account by bank transfer, the funds you send will be subject to fees at your bank for sending the remittance (unless they waive them for you) and a $5 fee upon receipt here in the Philippines. BDO has agreed to keep the incoming fee at $5 regardless of the size of the remittance. Alternatively, you can send funds to your relatives in the Philippines and they can make a deposit at a Banco de Oro branch and no fees will be deducted.
If sending money from the U.S.:
Remit funds thru:
Bank of New York
Swift Code – IRVTUS3N
Routing Number – 021000018
Banco de Oro
Swift Code – BNORPHMM
Account Name: Belen Desquitado
Account Number: 609-008282-0
Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to several readers that have offered help with the set-up of other modes of remitting money and funds. But I think I have to leave those arrangements for next year when I am not so pressed for time. Also, the amounts that are involved so far are quite modest, and to impose on larger organizations is a bit much at this point. You guys know who you are, and I am grateful for your very kind offers to help. Meanwhile, let’s think of the kids. With nearly 35% of our public school children in many areas considered seriously undernourished, any help you can provide this holiday season will be greatly appreciated for the rest of the school year. Proceeds from the Christmas ornament effort will go to the Manila schools to balance out the assistance to the feeding programs.
As an opening gift to this account, Marketman, Family & Crew have donated the ENTIRE proceeds of the recent eyeball in cebu to the feeding program, or PHP50,000. The entire cost of that eyeball (all the food, rentals, flowers, staffing, etc.) was underwritten by Marketman & family, and the contributions that guests made will go ENTIRELY to helping the feeding programs.
Thank you very much in advance for all of your help for the children!!! :)