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Caritas Manila Warns of ‘Fake Donation Drives’ Amid Typhoon Relief Efforts

As Filipinos struggle to get by, many are still taking advantage of the situation.

Amid the ongoing relief efforts to help the victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses, Caritas Manila has issued a public advisory that encourages everyone to verify the organizations first before they make cash or in-kind donations.

According to Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual, there are some individuals who are using the names of different charity organizations to deceive those who intend to lend a helping hand in the crisis. These people claim to raise money supposedly for the victims of recent calamities, with some even posing as Caritas workers when asking for donations. (Read: Pinoy Celebs Start Initiatives to Help Typhoon Victims)

“Beware of fake donation drives,” Pascual said. “Let’s help our fellow Filipinos and not take advantage of the calamity. Keep spreading the charity virus.”

Donations for Typhoon Victims

Caritas Manila is currently gathering aid for the victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses that wreaked havoc in several parts of the country. (LIST: The Best Food Items to Donate for Disaster Victims)

They also announced that its COVID-19 charity response has reached P1.7 billion. It is in partnership with Project Ugnayan—a fundraising initiative by the country’s leading corporations and business families. It is headed by Ayala Corporation and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala and is in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation.

Photo from Caritas Manila Facebook

Support Caritas Manila

Pascual has reminded the public to beware of false individuals who claim to be working with the organization. He says Caritas Manila and its official fundraising partners are using their official bank accounts “and not their personal accounts” when gathering donations.

To support Caritas Manila, you may donate to the following bank accounts:

  • BDO: Caritas Manila 000-5600-45905
  • BPI: Caritas Manila 3063-5357-01
  • Metrobank: Caritas Manila 175-3-17506954-3

For dollar deposits, you may donate to the following accounts:

  • BPI: Caritas Manila 3064-0033-55
  • USHARE Unionbank: Caritas Manila 3064-0033.

Donations are also accepted via Paypal and all Cebuana Lhuillier branches.

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