Help COVID-19 frontliners and patients through these donation drives

Help COVID-19 frontliners and patients through these donation drives

You can stay indoors and still do your part.

We’re a few days into a pandemic-based quarantine that hasn’t been experienced by this generation in a long time — if ever. It’s only normal for us to feel panicked and confused, maybe even angry at the lack of preparation and the questionable solutions that we’re facing. It’s easy to feel powerless in a situation like this, when there’s so many things up in the air and our lives are changing minute by minute. We hear so many people rhetorically asking, “Well, what can you do?” 

And what can we do? A lot, if we could just step outside of ourselves for a second. So many people still have to go to work even if public transportation has been forcibly shut down and the risk of contracting the virus is everywhere. So many workers in the health sector are risking their lives and dedicating their time every day to help fight this pandemic. So many families don’t even have the basic necessities or homes to make it through the month we’re supposed to just stay in. 

They need your help, and plenty of groups and individuals have organized campaigns and donation drives to make sure they get what they need. Below is a list of some of them — and here’s a more detailed and complete tracker for your perusal

Research and testing for COVID-19 

Dr. Raul Destura and the UP National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) have developed kits for testing COVID-19 in individuals who may be affected. The project still needs field validation to meet medical and ethical standards in five different centers across the country, and it also faces a shortage of supplies and a lack of funds for distribution and production. A fundraising campaign has been set up to help the kits come into fruition, which will also cover access, transportation, and food for patients who need financial assistance to avail of the test as well as PPEs for personnel who will be conducting the tests. Donations can be made through BDO:

 

Account name: The UP Medical Foundation, Inc.

Account number: 00-353-0094-018

Email [email protected] for more information. 

The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) also needs help — their laboratories are tasked with the sequencing of COVID-19 samples in coordination with UP-NIH. They are accepting donations of N95 masks and surgical masks, disposable impermeable laboratory gowns and caps, face shields, and shoe covers, which may be dropped off from Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the PGC building lobby, located at A. Ma. Regidor St., National Science Complex, UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City. Contact Mr. Carlo Lapid at 89818500 loc. 4706 or 09178458581 for more information.

Kaya Natin! Movement

The Office of the Vice President has partnered with the Kaya Natin! Movement to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and care packages with food to health workers in Metro Manila and other regions. Each PPE kit — which includes one N95 mask, one gown, two sets of gloves, two pieces of head covers, two sets of shoe covers and one pair of goggles — will go to one worker at the cost of P380 while each food and care pack will help one worker a day at the cost of P500. Donation tickets can be purchased here, and funds may also be deposited to the Kaya Natin! Movement’s BPI account: 

Account name: KN Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, Inc. 

Account number: 3081-1173-72

Deposit slips can be emailed to [email protected]. For more information, contact [email protected] or 09985968820.

GCash

GCash is available to anyone with a cellular number regardless of network and is easily accessible through an app. They have partnered with the Ayala Foundation, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, World Vision, UP Medical Foundation, Philippine General Hospital, and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation to provide necessities to frontliners. On the GCash app, select Pay Bills > Give Now > Others > #FightCOVID19, enter your name and desired donation amount, and you will have helped toward their cause. 

#ArtforMedPH

Filipino artists are joining the #ArtforMedPH movement on Twitter, where they offer free commissions in exchange for proof of donations (often min. P300) to campaigns they have selected. Check out the hashtag to support not only your favorite artists but also to do your part — and while you’re at it, commission your favorite artists in general because they might be needing funds as well. 

Caritas Manila

Caritas Manila is collecting funds and resources to help 6,000 families protect and feed themselves in the face of COVID-19. They will distribute two kinds of kits; the first contains one liter each of alcohol, antibacterial liquid soap, and liquid bleach as well as handy bottles of alcohol, washable face masks, vitamin C tablets, reusable gloves, and cleaning cloth. The other kit contains rice, munggo seeds, canned goods, vegetable-based noodles, sugar, and salt. Visit their Twitter page for information on where to donate. 

Donate directly to medical centers

If you have any extras of alcohol, soap, face masks, fluid repellant shoe covers, disposable gowns, sterile gloves, vitamins, and goggles, the following drives and health centers are calling for donations:

1. The UP Manila College of Public Health Student Council and alumni are calling for donations of PPEs for government hospitals and frontliners. Monetary donations may be deposited to BDO under the account name College of Public Health Student Council, account number 003530164237. Visit their Twitter page for more information on drop-off points. 

2. The Philippine General Hospital is in need of PPEs. Contact Dr. Mia Tabunar, coordinator for resource generation, at 09193506917. 

3. UP Health Service has set up a dropbox at their emergency room for PPE donations, located at J.P.Laurel Avenue corner Apacible & Agoncillo Street, Diliman.

4. Donate PPEs to Rizal Medical Center and the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine through Paula Rivera (09178693316) for Alabang area residents and Rachel Sengco (09369325098) for Quezon City/Manila residents. Message this account for more information. 

5. The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Negros Occidental is requesting PPEs for doctors, nurses, and staff. Message this account or contact Rhessa Mae Molo (09157385191) for more information.

6. Contact 09759824143, 09178387695, or 09989947517 to donate PPEs for UERM Hospital staff. Visit their Twitter for more information.

CloudEats

With just P648, you can fund 10 cooked meals for frontliners and local government units, prepared and delivered by the cloud kitchen company CloudEats. Transactions are done online through PayPal or credit card.

Give directly to the laborers affected by the pandemic

Various Facebook groups have been set up with the goal of allowing people whose jobs have been affected by the quarantine to post their details and ask for help, making for a good platform that assures those who donate that the money and goods they’re giving will go directly and immediately to the people who need them. Groups have been created for tricycle, jeepney, taxi and Grab drivers, street vendors, construction workers, and frontliners in the maintenance staff. Donations are primarily done through GCash, making them convenient and accessible. 

Still have more to give?

Visit and get the latest information from Help From Home, an information hub with an up-to-date directory of initiatives to help frontliners and families at risk, organized according to the goals of each initiative and the necessary donations, including feeding programs, equipment, protection, sustainability, and funding. 

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