Typhoon Yolanda Disaster Relief Efforts

How you can be a part of our efforts


As a social development institution with operations across the Philippines, CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions, through its lead mother-foundation, the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Inc. wants to update you on our existing efforts to assist our clients who were badly affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

The provinces of Samar and Leyte have been badly hit where CARD MRI has a total of 290,000 clients. As of December 17, 2013, a total of 179,388 clients and 156 staff were reported to have been affected where 326 were recorded dead and 170 were reported missing.

We are in the wrapping up phase of our relief operations and our rehabilitations efforts are now underway. As part of the rehabilitation, last week, CARD has started providing special livelihood and housing calamity loans for the affected areas. These are loans at subsidized interest rates and with ample grace periods. With CARD’s own funds and the PhP 400 million-peso fund that CARD is hoping to raise, CARD will be able to address the rehabilitation efforts needed by the affected clients

The affected branches are back in normal operations. We would also like to further mention that CARD Bank in Tacloban has opened and has started serving clients again as of December 2, 2013, 24 days after the typhoon.

If you wish to extend your cash donations to CARD MRI , you may transact your donations through the following bank account details:


Account Name: Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) Inc.
Account Number: 8884-0120-75
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Bank Address: BPI San Pablo Branch
Rizal Avenue, Corner, Bonifacio Street
San Pablo City Laguna, Philippines


Account Name: Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) Inc.
Account Number: 8881-0025-32
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands


Our partner Grameen Foundation USA also has set-up a link for our friends who will donate through credit card transactions. Please follow the following instructions:

“To send donations for typhoon relief, go to this link in the Grameen Foundation USA (GFUSA) website. Key in the requested information, including amount of donation, credit card details, phone number and email address. Kindly note that you will receive a tax receipt from GFUSA.”

For those who wish to donate through bank transfers and deposits, kindly send us your deposit slips and bank transfer details to Ms. Marilyn M. Manila, Director of Community Development Group through marilyn.manila@cardbankph.com for proper accounting and acknowledgement.

You may also express your commitment to help us or post any queries through the form found below.


What we have done so far

From the day the typhoon subsided, we immediately sent several search and assessment teams  in the affected areas.

No obstacle is too difficult for CARD MRI to extend its help to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. Picture shows Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, CARD MRI Founder and Managing Director, climbing up a locked CARD MRI branch in Ormoc City as he joins the search team to personally visit branches, members and staff in the affected areas of CARD MRI.
Melany Sister (right), a CARD MRI staff, was flown in to Ormoc City to be reunited with her family.
Members from nearby communities line up outside a CARD MRI Unit Office in Eastern Samar to ask for assistance in searching for their loved ones.
CARD MBA staff while doing validation in Eastern Samar who lost their home during the typhoon. Payment for rehouse was immediately done to help them rebuild their house.
CARD MRI staff who survived the typhoon embraces her mother  inside their damaged house in Eastern Samar.

We have also started the CARD MRI Disaster Relief Assistance Program (CDRAP) to respond to the immediate basic needs of the survivors of the typhoon. As of December 9, 2013, we have distributed relief goods containing food and medicines to 179,632 affected CARD MRI members and staff.

Many CARD MRI staff in Cebu volunteers to re-pack relief goods containing food and medicines for the survivors of the typhoon.
An LGU convention center in Calbayog lets CARD, Inc. volunteers stay in to repack relief goods.
CARD Inc. Guian area office, the only standing building in Guian receives relief packs from Calbayog repacking station. The vehicle is a Calbayog LGU vehicle lent to CARD for our relief distribution.
Staff from CARD Bank, Inc. Iloilo Branch repacks relief goods for affected members and families with CARD Bank, Inc. President, Ms. Dolores M. Torres (in cyan).
CARD MRI Staff distributes relief goods with BDO Foundation.

Back in our head office, we have started doing campaigns for donations in cash and in kind which resulted to a positive response from people whose hearts are willing to help and serve.

Volunteers sort old clothes donated by CARD MRI staff and members from Laguna, Quezon, Rizal and other nearby provinces.
CARD MRI staff from Lucban, Quezon shares their personal savings as donations to the typhoon survivors.
No matter the distance, help and support still reaches the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. Head Office-based staff manages the donations sent by CARD MRI management and staff, partners, and friends.
Dr. Alip receives donation from TYM, CARD MRI’s partner in Vietnam.


Members from Tacloban, who are now staying in Pampanga, visits CARD Bank, Inc. Executive Office in San Pablo, Laguna. The members are received with a warm welcome from Ms. Lorenza Bañez, CARD Bank, Inc. Executive Vice President (in black).
Community Development Director, Marilyn Manila, receives donation from CARD Bank members of Wawa-Kapuso 16 Center.
MaHP Manager Allan Sarmiento receives donations from CARD Bank members of SPC 3-Sta. Cruz-STIP Center.
Members of Isabela Federation (ISAFED) in Hong Kong, together with the Chairman of the CARD MRI OFW Foundation (Hong Kong) Edna Aquino (rightmost), hands over their donation to CARD, Inc. Executive Director Elma Valenzuela (middle).
Members of Isabela Federation (ISAFED) in Hong Kong, together with the Chairman of the CARD MRI OFW Foundation (Hong Kong) Edna Aquino (rightmost), hand over their donation to CARD, Inc. Executive Director Elma Valenzuela (middle).



As of January 23, 2014, at 12:00 P.M. the following are the cash donations received by CARD MRI:

Donations from CARD MRI Management, Staff, and Clients  Php1,058,858.50 $341.00
Donations from Partners and Private Institutions:
     APEX Club of San Pablo City (Philippines)  Php11,000.00
     SAIDI (Philippines)  Php30,000.00
     People’s Bank of CARAGA (Philippines)  Php20,000.00
     Isabela Federation (HongKong/Philippines)  Php22,000.00
     Pioneer Foundation Inc. (Philippines)  Php3,097,444.48
     OikoCredit (Netherlands/Philippines)  Php281,182.00
     OikoCredit $3,469.96
     EMI and MFC (Laos PDR) $671.00
     Sanyhai Samphanh DT MFI (Lao PDR) $437.00
     EMI (Lao PDR) $625.00
     Gojo and Company (Japan $1,983.50
     Members of Music Securities (Japan) $17,900.36
     Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company (Japan) $7,993.50
     CFRC/M7 Microfinance Network (Vietnam) $2,248.00
     Center for Women and Community Development (Vietnam) $300.00
     TYM (Vietnam) $4,048.00
     To Chuc TC vimo TINH M7 c/o Duc Binh (Vietnam) $1,150.00
     M and D (Vietnam) $303.00
     Freedom From Hunger (USA) $1,531.75
     Ideas 42 (USA) $468.50
     Capital Sisters International (USA) $3,983.50
     Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation (Germany) $90,405.26
     MicroLoan Foundation $7,482.30
     Southern Neighborhood $683.50
SubTotal Php3,461,626.48  $145,684.13
Donations from private individuals from:
     Israel   $29,993.50
     Japan $2,130.50
     Philippines Php33,750.00
     Thailand Php5,000.00
     Vietnam Php50.00 $320.00
     USA Php4,818.00 $2,438.75
SubTotal Php43,618.00 $34,882.75
GRAND TOTAL Php4,564,102.98 $180,907.88

We have also received packs of relief goods from the Banco de Oro (BDO) Foundation and boxes of school supplies from Microventures Inc. In addition, pledges of support and confirmed donations from more CARD MRI partners and friends are expected from the Grameen Foundation USA (USD1,200), Ms. Janet McKinley and other CARD friends (USD 150,000), Mr. Joe Higdon (USD 20,000), CARD MRI OFW Foundation Hong Kong, additional funds from FFH, Hybrid Social Solutions (Solar lamps), Sumitomo Chemical Japan (Olyset Mosquito Net), and Paxys Inc ( 50 computers).

This is how CARD MRI responds to calamities: on time, beyond obstacles and with a compassionate heart and together with your support, we will be able to reach more. Thank you very much.