In the aftermath of the Mindanao earthquakes, the UP Mindanao Pahinungod announced its donation drive for relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction. Donations will be accepted through the UP Strategic Research and Management Foundation with address at School of Management Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City, with tel. no. (+63 82)295-2188. Donations may be deposited to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)-CM Recto, Davao City Branch, Account No. 1522601256 with Swift code RBCPHMM. Further inquiries may be directed to UP Mindanao Pahinungod through 09196398805 (Smart), 09451076756 or 09674194345 (Globe/TM), or by private message to https://www.facebook.com/upmindanao.pahinungod.
Earlier, EVP Herbosa announced that UP Foundation, Inc. will also receive donations from members of the UP community who expressed their willingness to help. Local donors can pay to Union Bank of the Philippines-Commonwealth branch, savings account no. 102270018964, and donors from abroad may pay to Philippine National Bank-UP Campus branch, savings account no. 108660029835, with PNB Swift Code: PNBmPHmm.
UP executive vice president Teodoro Herbosa created the Mindanao Earthquake Response Team chaired by vice-president for public affairs Elena Pernia while UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal created the counterpart Task Force that initiated a donation drive and sent volunteers to help repack relief goods in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
On 8 November the first UP team composed of geologists and the UP Mindanao Task Force arrived in Sitio Flortam, Barangay Batasan in hard-hit Makilala municipality. The geologists, led by Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay and accompanied by mathematician Dr. Genaro Cuaresma, had their first close look at cracks in the road and the landscape. While on site, the UP Mindanao team established relations with the comminuty by turning-over some donations to the local residents led by sitio leader Francisco Miguel. At the Office of the Provincial Governor in Kidapawan City, the team met with Acting Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza and Acting Vice Governor Shirlyn Macasarte-Villanueva, who had previously written UP president Danilo Concepcion, to request structural and geological assessments, and psychosocial support for trauma victims. Over the next two days the UP group inspected barangays Kisante, Batasan, Buenavida, Sto. Niño, Buhay and Malasila, and took a helicopter fly-by over Bgy. Bato, all in Makilala. Before departing, they shared assessments with the Incident Management Team and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) team and vice-governor Villanueva. “Four barangays in Makilala suffered 100% damage,” said Dr. Cuaresma. “Resettlement is the only prospect for those families whose homesites are now uninhabitable,” he said.
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