Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just How Do You Help A Country Like Japan?

The earth shook with a magnitude of 9 in Sendai.  But, everyone was awe-strucked by horror of the tsunamis that hit Japan.  It was something that we just see in movies--large walls of water pushing cars, swallowing houses and engulfing a city.  Thousands were dead while 10,000 more are missing.  Worst,  a nuclear disaster.  I hope more people are rescued...i hope more of those feared dead will be found and be given a proper burial...I hope the nuclear plant cools off...i hope no harm would come to people and volunteers in Sendai.

I send my hope, and my love to the people of Japan.  Our prayers are with you.

Suggestions are welcomed on just how we can help Japan

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  1. Bayanihan: PAL to fly relief goods to Japan for free

    Reposting this news from the Philippine Daily Inquirer


    MANILA, Philippines—National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced Thursday it would accept disaster relief supplies for free transport to Japan on “space-availability” basis on any of its regular flights to the calamity-battered nation.

    In a press statement, the airline said its chairman and CEO, Lucio Tan and president Jaime J. Bautista had directed all 20 domestic and 25 international stations to accept emergency cargo shipments bound for Japan.

    “This is part of our modest contribution to the international relief effort for the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami,” said Bautista. “Japan is one of our most important markets and this is but a small way of giving back to the affected communities.”

    PAL said it would give priority to shipments organized by accredited charities, non-profit organizations and reputable civic groups.

    The donated cargo will be delivered to counterpart charity organizations in Japan. Shipments may also be consigned to PAL’s country manager in Japan, for distribution through PAL offices in the country.

    Specific items eligible for free transport include, in order of priority:

    • Medicines for both pediatric and adult use, such as antipyretics, analgesics, cough and cold preparations, broad-spectrum antibiotics, topical ointments, various sizes of wound dressings and adhesive plasters or bandages, splints, sutures and general surgery supplies.

    • Flashlights and heavy-duty pocket knives, ropes for extrication and similar rescue devices.

    • Water purification tablets.

    • Waterproof lightweight tents, sleeping mats and folding camp stoves, but without the LPG or flammable material.

    • Dense or compact high-nutrition-value food items, such as powdered milk or formula, dried beans and other legumes, canned meat or fish, dehydrated ready-to-eat meals, sugar or sugar substitutes, coffee and wheat flour. (Note: Instant noodles are not a high-nutrition-value food item and are discouraged.)

    • Lightweight thermal blankets, windbreakers, sweaters and thick socks in good condition.

    • New underwear, preferably thermal, for all ages and genders.

    Shippers are advised to remove excess packaging in order to save on weight and space.

    Items that do not qualify for free passage under PAL’s offer are water and rice, which can be shipped more efficiently and economically via other modes of transport; used clothing and shoes for tropical climate; and handbags and fashion accessories.

    PAL said their support for the Japan relief effort, comes as the pioneer flag carrier marks its 70th anniversary. PAL took to the skies on March 15, 1941, and is recognized as Asia’s first airline.

    For inquiries and other information regarding donations for transport, interested parties may contact Ma. Carmen Aquino Sarmiento, executive director of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Foundation through mobile number (63)917-5137259; (632) 851-298; (632) 855-8000 ext. 2563; fax: (632) 852-6096 or visit the PAL Foundation offices at Gate 1, PAL Maintenance Base Complex, Andrews Avenue, Nichols, Pasay City.

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