Appeal for Survivors of Earthquakes in Mindanao

Malasila, North Cotabato (Photo courtesy of David Santos, CNN Philippines)

It has been over a week since a series of earthquakes rocked Mindanao, but for the thousands of residents affected, urgent help is needed for relief before they can even start rebuilding their lives.

Based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s latest report, 21 died and two are missing, while thousands are displaced in Regions 10, 11, 12, and BARMM. Over 35,000 homes have been destroyed. The full extent of damage is expected to become clearer in the coming days as authorities and civil society organizations complete their assessments.

On the ground, the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) is facilitating coordination among member and partner CSOs in Mindanao who are responding to the survivors.

These include the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), PhilDHRRA, PAKISAMA-Mindanao, KAMI, AADC and the Association of Foundations (AF) through the Kasilak Foundation. MINCODE, PBSP, PhilDHRRA, and AF are member organizations of the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc (FSSI).

While conducting rapid damage and needs assessments, MINCODE members are also distributing relief items. Families are in need of sanitary and hygiene kits, food, water, clothing, blankets and shelter kits, among others.

We are calling for your support to help the responders address the needs of evacuees and affected communities in areas that are underserved.

For those who would like to donate, please coordinate with MINCODE at (082) 299 0625. For in-kind donations, the MINCODE Office at No. 3 Juna Avenue Corner Camia Streets, Juna Subdivision, Brgy. Matina Crossing, Davao City, can serve as a drop-off point.

For cash donations, MINCODE’s bank details are provided below.

Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Account Name: Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE)
Account Number: 2141-8891-95

For inquiries, you may also get in touch with us at fssi@fssi.com.ph or at (02) 8-8928-8671.

On October 29, a magnitude 6.6 quake with epicenter at Tulunan, North Cotabato, struck. It was followed by a magnitude 6.5 quake two days later, compounding the damage. These came after a magnitude 6.3 temblor hit on October 16, 2019.