When times gets tough, giving a helping hand, not just to your own family and friends, but also your "kababayans" (countrymen) is part of Filipino culture. During the pandemic, supporting the Philippines is a way to keep the bayanihan culture and spirit alive.

people in the community

The coronavirus in the Philippines has made many of the other issues in the Philippines, such as food security much worse. Overseas Filippino Workers (OFWs) are often dubbed as the “bagong bayani” or “modern-day heroes”, because they contribute so much to the socio economic development of their communities and the country as a whole.

We have outlined some practical ways you can be a bayani to those who are in need back at home during the coronavirus.

  1. Donate to NGOs in the Philippines

    Non-Profit Organizations such as the Red Cross and UNICEF Philippines have set up a system where you can donate safely and securely. One good thing about choosing them is that you can be assured that your money will be in trustworthy hands.

    On UNICEF’s website, you can choose to give set amounts as a once-off or a monthly contribution. A monthly donation of PHP 1000 can provide early education to 15 children; PHP 750 can vaccinate six children from preventable diseases; and PHP 500 can prevent malnutrition in two children.

    As for the Red Cross, you can donate in cash or in kind. Payments are processed through PayPal, so transactions are secure.

    Alternatively, you can set up a payment directly into their bank account. Register at Sable Remit now and enjoy your first three transfers free.

    Their bank details are as follows:

    Account name: The Philippine Red Cross
    Bank: BANCO DE ORO (BDO)
    Account type: SAVINGS (PESO)
    Account number: 0045-3001-8647

    If you wish to donate medicines and food items, you have to secure the necessary clearances from the Department of Health Phils and Food and Drug Administration first and ensure that the expiration dates are not within the next two years.

  2. Send money to the Philippines

    While being away from loved ones while overseas is hard enough, the pandemic has made physical reunions almost impossible.

    Show your loved ones that someone from Australia is looking out for them by sending your love and care via Sable Remit. You can send from as little AUD 10 so you don’t have to worry about anyone feeling left out. Sending money to the Philippines is a gesture of care while you wait until you can be reunited.

    Want to send money to the Philippines from Australia? Get started today

  3. Help with food security issues

    The Community Pantry PH, initiated by 26-year old Ana Patricia Non, is a place where anyone can drop off food items they wish to share, and take any items they need. Visitors are encouraged to take only what they need and are urged to give more than what they take. This initiative has received so much support that other community pantries have sprouted in multiple municipalities across the metro.

    Goods can also be dropped off at 96 Maginhawa, Diliman, Quezon City.

    You can also support Non’s Community Pantry initiative by donating on Go Fund me.

  4. lady with food parcel
  5. Support Philippine charities with Australian branches

    Gawad Kalinga (GK) Australia is the official arm of the well-known Philippine charity, and follows the same model of building and supporting communities. GK Australia also provides support for Pinoys who are in need of mental and financial help. In 2020, the organization gave $25,000 worth of $100 vouchers to Pinoy international students who lost their jobs. Contact Marisa Ric marisaric.vedar@gmail.com should you wish to help out.

    Bahay Tuluyan Philippines Australia is also a registered charity that focuses on providing a safe haven for vulnerable children in the Philippines. The charity aims to prevent and address abuse cases in low-income households. Donations are tax deductible and can be made using their website

  6. Sponsor a bicycle

    While huge charitable organizations have established channels, smaller organizations such as Bikeyanihan also have good initiatives with creative executions. 

    Bikes in particular can be a very sustainable thing to provide, as they not only give people a means to travel, they are also very easy to maintain and can save the user time and money.

    Bikeyanihan’s operational model runs on approaching both individuals and corporations as sponsors. A single bike costs around PHP 15,000. If you would like to sponsor one or simply donate to the cause, you can deposit into their bank account via Sable Remit.

    Their bank details are as follows:

    Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
    Account name: Leslie Sharleene Dy
    Account number: 946 925 0935

    man on a bicycle
  7. Sponsor frontliners’ PPEs and other medical supplies

    Most hospitals in Metro Manila are now functioning beyond their capacity, with patients having to stay in tents in parking lots and medical supplies are at an all-time low.

    Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines Inc. accepts donations in cash or in kind. They also accept PPE and other medical supply donations.

    Their bank details are as follows:

    Bank: Banco de Oro (BDO)
    Account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, Inc.
    Account number: 0030000 55279

    The University of the Philippines also accepts contributions. Contact Carlo Lapid at cmlapid@up.edu.ph for more information. 

  8. Support Fil-Aussies in their initiatives

    Some Fil-Australians have become good samaritans during this time and have organized their own fundraising initiatives in Australia. Facebook shows like Pinoy Ako Pinoy Tayo also accepts cash and rice pledges to be raffled off. Contact Arlan Fajardo for more details. 

  9. Support Filipino farmers

    Food security is an issue often faced by people in the Philippines. Getting proper nutrition is especially vital during this time, and getting access to fresh fruits and vegetables is now considered a privilege as people veer towards food items with long shelf lives.

    Farmers are in need of support, and Session Groceries allows them to earn more than what they would have if they dealt with multiple middle men. App users can buy directly from the farmer, with Session Groceries being the sole middle man. The farmers have appreciated this initiative so much, that it is quite common for them to send long handwritten letters to the buyers detailing their gratitude.

    Download the app and have fresh produce delivered to your family’s doorstep in the Philippines. Not only will you be helping your loved ones, you will also be helping out the growers themselves.

    Payments can be done online via bank deposit or upon delivery. The app will provide you with the details once you place an order. Sable Remit can help you fulfill the bank deposit. 

We understand how hard being away from home can be during difficult times. While nothing compares to being there in person, supporting your community, countrymen and loved ones back home is a way to stay connected and close to those you care about.

Do you know any other initiative that can help your fellow kababayans? on your FB page and tag us with some of your suggestions!

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