The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila is warning the public against bogus or take donation drive amid the damage and suffering caused by Typhoon “Ulysses.”
This comes after the Office of Civil Defense issued it own warning on bogus donation drives that also utilizes social media.
Caritas Manila on Tuesday urged the public to always double-check those seeking donations so that they would not fall victim to spurious people who are taking advantage of suffering of people badly affected by the typhoon.
“Beware of fake donation drives!” it said in a Facebook post.
Caritas Manila said donations be made only through its official bank accounts and donation portals posted on bit.ly/CMxUlyssesPH.
“Our official fundraising partners also use the same details in their donation drives, and not their personal accounts,” it said.
“For those who would like to help to raise funds for those affected by the recent typhoons, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,” Caritas Manila added.
It also appealed to the public and faithful to continue helping those affected by the typhoons.
“Let’s help our fellow Filipinos and not take advantage of the calamity. Keep spreading the charity virus!” it added.
The warning of Caritas Manila comes after the OCD warned the public against fake or bogus donation drives.
In an advisory, the OCD said those who wish to help the families and individuals badly affected by the typhoon should wary against bogus solicitations and crowdfunding.
OCD advised the public to make sure the donation drives have a “proven track record” in terms of community and donation services.
“Huwag pong hayaang masayang o mapunta sa mali ang inyong tulong (Don’t let your help go to waste),” the advisory said.It advised those who wish to donate for typhoon-affected families to coordinate with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Donations Focal through by contacting 0917-827-5743. JONATHAN ARACELI FOR SOVEREIGNPH