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Caritas Manila warns against fake typhoon donation drive

Caritas Manila warns against fake typhoon donation drive

By CBCP News

November 16, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Caritas Manila is warning against scammers using its name to raise money supposedly for victims of recent calamities.

Its executive director Fr. Anton Pascual said some people are posing as Caritas workers asking for donations.

“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.”

The charitable agency is currently gathering aid for the victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses that devastated several parts of the country.

Caritas Manila also announced that its Covid-19 charity response in partnership with “Project Ugnayan” has reached P1.7 billion.

Project Ugnayan is a fund raising initiative led by the country’s leading corporations and business families in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation. It is headed by Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

The project tapped the vast network of parishes and volunteers under Caritas Manila to distribute gift vouchers that can be redeemed in nearby groceries to challenged communities in Metro Manila and nearby areas.

As of September, over P1.3 billion worth of gift certificates has been given out to 1.3 million poor households in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna. This benefitted 1,909,153 families or 9,611,835 individuals.

Caritas Manila also gave out an additional P318 million worth of food and non-food items to vulnerable groups and service frontliners.

To support Caritas Manila, you can donate to Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc. to the following peso savings accounts: BDO 000-5600-45905; BPI 3063-5357-01; and Metrobank 175-3-17506954-3.

For dollar deposits, BPI savings account 3064-0033-55 or USHARE Unionbank savings account 3064-0033. Donations are also accepted via Paypal and all Cebuana Lhuillier branches.

Pascual said their official fundraising partners are also using the same bank details, “and not their personal accounts”.

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