P S N A Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa
Karapatan 2011 Year-End Report on Human
12 August 2012
Urgent Appeal for Support for Victims of Recent Rains and Flooding in the Philippines
PSNA Members & Supporters,
For the second time in three years Metro Manila has been inundated by a flood of biblical proportions.
Torrential monsoon rain is the norm in the tropics, because all the years rain falls in one season. A degree of flooding is to be expected. But, because of the criminal, wilful negligence of the local and central government they do not build or maintain infrastructure to control the floodwaters, nor do they prepare for the entirely predictable effects of the annual downpours a natural event becomes a catastrophe, with loss of life, and huge damage, impacting most on the poor. A lack of care by the ruling class rich for the vast majority who are the poor; institutionalised corruption; and skewed priorities, whereby the military gets the lions share of the national budget, leaves million of Metro Manilas residents at the mercy of deadly floodwaters.
PSNA has received several appeals from progressive organisations with whom we have worked over the past two decades. We have decided to forward the below one, from Karapatan, on to you.
If you wish to donate, do so via PSNA and we will forward it to Karapatan in one lump sum.
You can send your donation by cheque to: PSNA, Box 2450 , Christchurch . Accompany it with a note saying Flood appeal, and include your e-mail address, so that we can acknowledge it.
Or you can deposit your donation directly into PSNAs bank account - please email us for our bank details c/- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again the long suffering Philippine people, through no fault of their own, need the help of their foreign friends. Speaking as a resident of a city that was very glad indeed to be helped by our foreign friends when catastrophe struck us in 2011, I know how much these practical gestures of international solidarity are appreciated.
Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa
Box 2450, Christchurch , New Zealand
From: karapatan admin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 8 August 2012 1:13 p.m.
Subject: Urgent Appeal for Support for Victims of Recent Rains and Flooding in the Philippines
For the past week, the rains due to the monsoon after typhoon Gener left the country have been persistent and have caused flooding in different parts of Luzon , especially in Metro Manila. At present, as the rains pour, many have been stranded in their houses while thousands are being relocated to various evacuation centers in their cities and municipalities. As of 3:45pm today, 60 individuals have been reportedly killed due to the non-stop rains, flooding and landslides caused by incessant rains. According to news reports, the rains have affected some 199,485 families (or about one million individuals based on an average of 5 per family) across 11 regions in the country.
We in KARAPATAN, SELDA, Desaparecidos, Tanggol Bayi, Hustisya and EMJP are appealing to all concerned citizens in the Philippines and abroad for relief goods (food, clothes, blankets, medicines) and cash support for needed relief for our brethren, most especially the women and children, affected by rains and floods in Sampaloc, Manila; Tatalon, Quezon City; Dagat-dagatan, Caloocan; and many other affected areas in the National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon.
You can drop off your donations to Karapatan National Office, Erythrina Building , #Maaralin cor. Matatag Streets, Central District, Quezon City . Please contact anyone of the following - Tinay Palabay (0917-5003879), Lui Tumlos (0917-8299202), or Girlie Padilla (0908-8941870).
For cash or check contributions, please inform us so we can send the details to facilitate the donations.
Thank you very much and our best regards.
Marie Hilao Enriquez
RELIEF GOODS NEEDED
Food items: canned goods, rice, milk, sugar, coffee, salt, sugar, bottled water
Medicines: paracetamol/analgesic, oresol, loperamide, antibiotics
Clean clothes, underwear (for adults and children), towels, slippers
Blankets, sleeping bags or mats, tents
Toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush and detergents, sanitary napkins and diapers
Umbrellas and raincoats
Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights,
2nd Flr. Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Sts. , Central District
Diliman, Quezon City , PHILIPPINES 1101
Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of peoples organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of peoples rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.