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NDCC Update: Sept 28 6AM

Courtesy of GMANews.TV

As of 6 a.m. Monday [Sept. 28], the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said a total of 86 people have died while 32 others were reported missing due to tropical storm “Ondoy” which hit Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulanca and Rizal.

The NDCC report said the Armed Forces has dispatched M35 trucks to haul relief goods for relief distribution in Marikina City.

Also, 15 personnel from the SBMA (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority) Fire Department and SWAT (IED) proceeded to the PNRC (Philippine National Red Cross) national headquarters in Manila to augment rescue operations in the flooded areas in Metro Manila with one (1) rescue van, one (1) rubber boat and two (2) dump trucks.

A US contingent composed of 1 officer and 17 enlisted personnel with night capability equipment, 2 rubber boats and chopper rescuded six persons from Ever Gotesco, Cainta and distributed two hundred packs of assorted goods to affected families.

The following is a rundown of figures from the NDCC report.

Breakdown of casualties:

86 dead

* NCR – 7 (3 in Muntinlupa, 2 in NIA Road, QC, 1 Marikina City, 1 in Brgy. Bato, San Juan)
* CAR – 1 (Kabugao, Apayao)
* Region III – 22 (10 in Bulacan and 12 in Arayat, Pampanga)
* Region IV-A – 56 (1 in Calaca, Batangas, 1 in Calauag Quezon; 23 in Tanay, Rizal; 10 in Angono; 5 in Baras; 3 in Montalban; 2 in Cavite; 5 in Laguna; and 1 in Theresa and 5 military personnel)

32 missing

1 in Kabayan, Benguet; 20 in Tanay, Rizal; 9 in Infante, Pangasinan and 2 in Arayat, Pampanga

5 injured

1 in Sta. Cruz, Laguna; 1 in Cavite; and 3 in Kabayan, Benguet

* Affected Population: 86, 313 families / 435, 646 people

* Partial total of Evacuees: 23, 126 families / 115,898 people in 204 evacuation centers

Cost of damage: Total P60.5M (infrastructure – P41M; schools P19. M and
agriculture – P0.212 M)

Total number of persons rescued: 7,908

No. of assets deployed:

* 12 ambulances
* 33 M35 trucks
* 59 rubber boats
* 112 other vehicles
* 6 officers
* 5 companies
* 137 enlisted personnel
* 13 platoons
* 20 US servicemen
* 2 US watercraft
* 1 US chopper
* 8 island cruise

Advanced Command Posts (ACP) around Metro Manila

* Katipunan Avenue corner Aurora Blvd.
Overall commander: Hon. Mayor Marides Fernando
Incident Commanders: Robert Nacianceno and Ramon Santiago of MMDA
Tel Nos: 0917 322 1951 and 0920 938 9914

* Alpha base 8th floor, Pasig City Hall
Overall commander: Mayor Roberto Eusebio
Tel No: 643 0000

* Club house, City Hall of Cainta City
Overall commander: Mayor Ramon Ilagan
Tel Nos: 0927 220 4744 and 665 0846

* Department of Public Order, Safety Hall, QC
Overall commander: Mayor Sonny Belmonte
Incident Commander: Teresa Amarillo
Tel No: 0921 655 5262


Relief Center for Ondoy’s Victims

This is the list of verified relief centers where people can drop off their donations for the victims of “Ondoy:”


UP College of Arts and Letters

Go to: College of Arts and Letters (CAL)
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Hotline: 09296454102 (Prof. Roselle Pineda)

Look for: Guard on Duty (in UP CAL)

Operations: 24 hours until Wednesday tentatively

You can:

  • Donate medicines, clothes, blankets, food to be distributed by Citizens’ Disaster Response Center.
  • Erica Paredes

    Go to: Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
    (Call or text contact number for complete address) Contact #: 09174741930

    Look for: Erica Paredes

    Operations: Throughout the week tentatively, from 10 am to 6 pm

    You can:

  • Donate ready-to-eat foods like hard-boiled egg, bread, packed juice, sandwich filling
  • Volunteer to prepare sandwiches and distribute goods
  • NoyMar Relief Operations – QC

    Go to: Balay Expo Center, Farmers Market, Cubao or in White Space, Pasong Tamo Ext., Near BMW, Makati

    Look for: Clare Amador or Jana Vicente

    Hotlines: 09285205508, 09285205499, 0908-6579998, 0939-3633436, 9137122

    Operations: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the week until further notice.


    You can:

  • Donate drinking water, old medicines, clothing, blankets, canned goods, noodles
  • Volunteer to man stations and repack food.
  • Miriam Quiambao and World Vision Development Foundation

    Go to: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood or at the World Vision office at 389 Quezon Avenue, corner West 6th St., Quezon City

    Hotline: 0917-8623209

    Look for: The guard in the lobby (on One Orchard Road)


    Operations: Until Sept. 28, 2009 (Monday), 24-hour operation

    You can:

  • Donate goods like clothes, blankets, canned goods, crackers, mattress, hygiene kits, noodles, bottled water, oatmeal, instant coffee, sugar (for relief pack to be distributed by World Vision)
  • Volunteer to help repack relief goods for World Vision starting today at 7pm
  • Deposit cash donations to World Vision Development Foundation, BPI savings account number 4251002415 and BDO savings account number 270043411
  • Philippine Army

    Go to: Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio, Makati or General Head Quarter’s Gym in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, EDSA, Quezon City

    Hotline: 892-3417 (direct line), 845-9555 (trunkline) local. 6464 and 6466

    Look for: Any personnel on duty

    Operations: Ongoing everyday for 24 hours until further notice

    You can:

  • Donate relief goods (no cash)
  • Call hotline for rescue, evacuation or relief assistance.
  • Call to report missing persons

    Papemelroti Gifts and Decorative Accessories

    Go to: 91 Roces Ave., Corner Scout Tobias, Quezon City or mall branches in Ali Mall Cubao, SM City North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM Megamall, Glorietta 3 in Makati, SM Centerpoint, SM Southmall

    Hotline: refer to website for individual branch numbers


    Operations: Mall hours (10am-9pm), ongoing everyday until further notice

    You can:

  • Donate goods like canned goods, clothings, blanket, cooking utensils and other relief goods EXCEPT cash.
  • Ateneo de Manila University Disaster Response Group

    Go to: Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights , Quezon City, Manuel V. Pangilinan Building Center for Student Leadership Lobby, University Dorm Cervini Hall

    Hotlines: 09089977166, 09178952792, 4266001 local 5050

    Look for: Gio Tiongson, President, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral


    Operations: 24-hour operations for the entire week

    You can:

  • Donate goods like bottled water, sardines, canned goods, candles, cup noodles.
  • Volunteer to help repack relief goods, administer basic first aid.
  • Report missing persons.
  • Seek evacuation/temporary shelter at University Dorm Cervini Hall.

    Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC)

    Go To: 72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes, Quezon City.

    Hotlines: 9299820, 9299822

    Operations: 8 a.m. onwards.

    You can:

  • Donate money, old clothes, blanket, bigas, munggo.
  • Volunteer to help distribute goods.

    Radio Veritas

    Go To: Veritas Tower , West Ave. corner EDSA

    Look For: Karla Turingan

    Hotlines: 9257931 to 39, 0918VERITAS

    Operations: 24-hours, tentatively until Tuesday.

    You can:

  • Donate old clothes, food, assorted goods, bottled water, cash.

    Our Lady of Pentecost Parish

    Go to: 12 F. dela Rosa cor. C. Salvador Streets, Loyola Heights , Quezon City

    Hotlines: 632 4342397, 63 2 9290665

    Operations: 7 a.m. till 10 p.m. Sunday, until further notice.

    You Can:

  • Donate packed meals, bottled water.


    Victory Fellowship – Fort Bonifacio

    Go to: Victory Fellowship, Every Nation Building , across Market-Market, Fort Bonifacio

    Look for: Pastor Bernard Marquez

    Hotlines: 813-FORT, 8171212

    Operations: Tentatively until 5pm, may may extend hours. Entire week until Friday.


    You can:

  • Donate canned goods, milk, bottled water, clothes, cash.
  • Volunteer to help pack relief goods

    Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaplaincy

    Go to: Hillsborough Village, Cupang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila

    Hotline: 8428148, 8079847

    Look for: Genelyn Sembrano, Meanne Cuneta


    Operations: Tuesday-Sunday (Sept. 29-Oct 4). 8 am to 12 noon, 2 to 6 pm

    You can:

  • Donate water, blankets, shoes, clothes and other goods
  • Donate in cash

    LUZON RELIEF: Volunteer / Donate / Pray

    Go to: Renaissance Fitness Center, 2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers, Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City

    Hotline: 0929-8713488

    Look for: Warren Habaluyas, co-founder


    Operations: Monday to Saturday (Sept. 28-Oct. 3), 9am-7pm

    You can:

  • Donate non-perishable food items, beddings, pillows, blankets, clothes
  • You can donate cash but it is not encouraged
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    Since its premiere, MTV has had a profound impact on the music industry and popular culture. Slogans such as “I want my MTV” became embedded in public thought, the concept of the VJ was popularized, the idea of a dedicated video-based outlet for music was introduced, and both artists and fans found a central location for music events, news, and promotion. MTV has also been referenced countless times in popular culture by musicians, other TV channels and shows, films and books.

    MTV has spawned numerous sister channels in the U.S. and affiliated channels internationally. MTV’s moral influence on young people, including issues related to censorship and social activism, has been a subject of debate for years. MTV’s choice to focus on non-music programming has also been contested relentlessly since the 1990s, demonstrating the channel’s impact on popular culture.


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    There are 3 main types of tonsillitis: acute, subacute and chronic. Acute tonsillitis can either be bacterial or viral in origin. Subacute tonsillitis is caused by the bacterium Actinomyces. Chronic tonsillitis, which can last for long periods if not treated, is mostly caused by bacterial infection.


    Symptoms of tonsillitis include a severe sore throat (which may be experienced as referred pain to the ears), painful/difficult swallowing, coughing, headache, myalgia (muscle aches), fever and chills. Tonsillitis is characterized by signs of red, swollen tonsils which may have a purulent exudative coating of white patches (i.e. pus). Swelling of the cheeks and neck may occur.


    Tonsillitis may be caused by Group A streptococcal bacteria, resulting in strep throat. Viral tonsillitis may be caused by numerous viruses such as the Epstein-Barr virus (the cause of infectious mononucleosis) or adenovirus.

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    Although tonsillitis is associated with infection, it is currently unknown whether the swelling and other symptoms are caused by the infectious agents themselves, or by the host immune response to these agents. Tonsillitis may be a result of aberrant immune responses to the normal bacterial flora of the nasopharynx.


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    In many cases of tonsillitis, the pain caused by the inflamed tonsils warrants the prescription of topical anesthetics for temporary relief. Viscous lidocaine solutions are often prescribed for this purpose.

    Ibuprofen or other analgesics can help to decrease the edema and inflammation, which will ease the pain and allow the patient to swallow liquids sooner.

    When tonsillitis is caused by a virus, the length of illness depends on which virus is involved. Usually, a complete recovery is made within one week; however, some rare infections may last for up to two weeks.

    Chronic cases may indicate tonsillectomy (surgical removal of tonsils) as a choice for treatment.

    Additionally, gargling with a solution of warm water and salt may reduce pain and swelling.


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    One of the most widely known churches in Metro Manila, the shrine draws worshippers from many parts of the region and the nation. It is home to the replica of the miraculous icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, an object of popular devotion and pilgrimage among all walks of Filipino life, including politicians and celebrities. Devotees flock to the sanctuary every Wednesday in what has become known as Baclaran Day, when a novena is offered to the Mother of Perpetual Help.

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    The building seats 2,000, but as many as 11,000 people can be inside during masses. An estimated 120,000 devotees are affiliated with the church.

    The parish celebrates its fiesta on June 27, the feast day of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

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