Earth Hour Countdown

Every year, I help promote Earth Hour by blogging about it and sending friendly reminders to my friends and colleagues. I usually do this about a month before Earth Hour. I see no reason to stop this now so I’m calling all my friends, colleagues, and family members to celebrate Earth Hour once again.

About five minutes ago...

Earth Hour
March 31, 2012
8:30 PM

Relief Operations: Part 2

Bulao, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro

Relief Operations: Part 1

Bulao, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro

Preparing Goods for Relief Operations for Flood Victims of “Sendong”

Target: Bulao, Iponan

(Repost) List of bank accounts, drop-off points for Sendong donations

From Inquirer (List of bank accounts, drop-off points for Sendong donations).

Various groups and institutions have launched relief drive for the victims of Tropical Storm Sendong. Below is a list of  bank accounts for cash donations and drop-off points for donations in kind such as canned goods; noodles; water; medicines for cough, colds, fever, diarrhea; hygiene kits; clothes; slippers; sleeping mats; feeding bottles; diapers; and blankets.

*Philippine Daily Inquirer

Account Name: Philippine Daily Inquirer Inc.
Account Number: 4951-0067-56
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands

Philippine Daily Inquirer Office
1098 Chino Roces Ave. at Mascardo and Yague Streets, Makati City

For inquiries, call PDI corporate affairs at 8978808 and ask for Bianca Kasilag or Connie Calagayan.

*Philippine Red Cross

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account Number: Peso: 00-453-0018647; Dollar: 10-453-0039482
Bank: Banco De Oro

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account Number: Peso: 4991-0036-52 Dollar: 004994-0103-15
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account Number: Peso: 151-3-041631228 Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2
Bank: Metrobank

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account Number: Peso: 3752 8350 0034 Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Bank: Philippine National Bank

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account Number: Peso: 1015 4000 0201 Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
Bank: Unionbank of the Philippines

Red Cross also accepts donations in any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide. For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.


Philippine National Red Cross
National Headquarters
Bonifacio Drive, Port Area
Manila 1018, Philippines

For inquiries, email: or call Hotline 143 or (+632) 527.0000.


Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1,000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1,000

*LBC Foundation


LBC will deliver goods for free to the hardest-hit cities and provinces. Donations may be dropped off at any LBC branch nationwide.

For inquiries, call the LBC hotline at (632) 8585-999.

*One for Iligan

Account Name: Iliganons Sa Manila Inc.
Account Number: Checking Acct 5308004019 Asia-Tower Paseo Branch
Bank: Banco de Oro

*Iligan Bloggers Society



3553 Durango St., Palanan, Makati City 1235. For inquiries, contact Migz at 09065777812 or 09227130006 or 6-D Cypress Gardens Condo 112 VA Rufino St., Makati City, and look for Meikah Delid.

Berkeley Residences, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.  For inquiries, contact Jamie Steffani Mijares at 09157744244

Madison Square Condominium, Taft Avenue, Manila, right in front of De La Salle University, beside Kenny Rogers . For inquiries, contact Roden Lim at 09228446777

*7-11 Stores

Cash donations may be coursed through 7-11 stores without service fees. Official receipts will be provided for the donors.

Smart Money: Donors may help through Smart Money acct. no. 5577-5130-6822-1104 at any BDO, Hapinoy or Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.
Text: Smart subscribers may donate to victims via text. Send RED <amount> to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100

Gcash: For GCASH, donate through Red Cross by texting DONATE <amount> MPIN REDCROSS and send to 2882.
Text: Text RED <amount> and send it to 2899. You may donate in these denominations: 5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000.

*Angel Brigade

Cash donations:
Account Name : ISDANCO Foundation
Account Number: 4001577579.
Bank: RCBC

*Gawad Kalinga

Cash donations:
Account Name: Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account
Account Number: 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills
Account Name: Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account
Account Number:  3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands

*Xavier Science Foundation, Inc. with Xavier University

Cash donations:
Account Name: Xavier Science Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 2041-0394-45
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands, Main Branch, Velez St., CDO

Account Name: Xavier University
Account Number: 9331-0133-63
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands, Divisoria Branch, CDO

For those who wish to seek an official receipt for their contribution, you may email a copy of the deposit slip at or fax to (088) 858-8062 / 858-3116 local 3100 and specify the details of your remittance (name of donor, contact information). You may also call (08822) 72-7701.

*De La Salle University

Cash donations:
Account Name:  La Salle Academy Iligan
Account No. 0820-016221-030.
Bank:  Development Bank of the Philippines

Donations in cash may also be received at Gate 2 of La Salle Green Hills at 343 Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550. You may also call any of the following telephone numbers for further inquiries: Aluimni Office — 721-2729, 722-7750, 725-4720; GS Principal at 721-2482; HS Principal at 721-8914; Buildings and Grounds Office at 721-8904 (Telefax)
La Sallian Mission Office at 726-5851 (Telefax)


Cash or in-kind donations:
36B Madasalin St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. You may call 4336933 for more details.

*Armed Forces of the Philippines

In-kind donations
The Civil Relations Service AFP at Camp Aguinaldo is accepting donations. It will fly donations/relief goods via C130. Contact the Situation Awareness Center (SAC), CRS AFP, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City at 912-6615 or (0917)2471252. Contact Person is Lt. Col. Rolando Rodil, Operations Officer.

*Ateneo de Manila University

In-kind donations:
Ateneo QC at the Fr. Ortiz Hall, Social Development Complex from Monday up to Wednesday 10a.m. To10p.m.

*JRS Express

In-kind donations:
JRS Express now delivers relief goods for free. Please  visit <> or call +63 (2) 6317351 to 56 for more details.

*Negros Navigation

In-kind donations:
NegrosNavigation-Aboitiz Transport System Express Center at Pier 2; Negros Navigation corporate ticket outlets in Robinson’s Ermita, Araneta Center Cubao, Victory Mall Caloocan and Pier 15 and Pier 2.


Donations may be sent to SuperFerry corporate ticket outlets in Robinson’s Ermita, Araneta Center Cubao, Victory Mall Caloocan.

Solar Backpacking

If I ever get the chance to backpack across the world, I’ll be sure to buy one of these before setting out.

It’s a bag with a small set of solar panel array at the back so you can charge your laptop, cellphone, tablet, and even camera. Imagine never having to worry about your gadget’s battery while you’re on the road. Having a clickfest with your camera is draining the battery too fast? No worries. Just find a spot with lots of sunlight and plugin your camera for a quick refill of battery juice while you relax and have some lunch. It’s going to be one of a backpacker and hiker’s best friends. And it also helps conserve electricity!

Where to buy one of these? Well, I’m just going to namedrop one company that offers because I’m no expert about these bags. It’s the first link that I got when I looked for “solar charger backpack” so they could be one of the better ones to offer the product. Click here.

The Five S Program: Seiton / Straightening or setting in order

Almost two years ago, I started discussing the concept of the 5S program and Kaizen – two Japanese concepts that are employed by business in order to drive efficiency in the workplace. I started out with Seiri but then either forgot about it or didn’t have the time to follow it up. Tsk tsk.

Seiton is about order, neatness, and “everything in the right place.” Seiri and Seiton almost always go hand in hand, the first principle allows you to keep you what you need most and the second one ensures they are placed where you can easily reach them.

There should be a place for everything and everything should be in its place. The place for each item should be clearly labeled or demarcated. Items should be arranged in a manner that promotes efficient work flow, with equipment used most often being the most easily accessible. Workers should not have to bend repetitively to access materials. Each tool, part, supply, or piece of equipment should be kept close to where it will be used – in other words, straightening the flow path. Seiton is one of the features that distinguishes 5S from “standardized cleanup”. This phase can also be referred to as Simplifying.

It is time to arrange your workstation so that all essential items are within easy reach.

For me, I make sure that everything that I need daily is within easy reach – phone, of course, pen, notebook, calculator, printed copies of our methodologies, and my trusty mug of coffee – so that I can easily concentrate on my work. My copies of our methodologies are also in a file folder and placed on the uppermost tier of my multi-tiered document tray. Other methodologies are on the same tier, while additional readings are on the second or middle tier. The bottom tier is for miscellaneous documents.

This practice also extends to my virtual desktop. I’ve already shown an example in my previous post about this in this article.