Classes may have been suspended by heavy rains but schools and universities were quick to mobilize Tuesday to help out people affected by flooding.
De La Salle University has designated its campuses as drop-off centers for donations for calamity victims. La Salle Greenhills, De La Salle Zobel in Muntinlupa City, De La Salle University and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, and De La Salle Araneta University in Malabon are accepting donations and volunteers.
De La Salle University-Science and Technology Complex in Laguna, and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Cavite are also drop-off points as are University of St. La Salle in Bacolod, La Salle University in Misamis Occidental, La Salle Academy in Lanao del Norte, and De La Salle John Bosco College in Surigao del Sur.
Those who want to help are advised to donate ready-to-eat food, bottled water, usable clothes, rice, noodles, blankets, and mats.
Ateneo de Manila's Dream Team is also asking for donations, which can be brought to Cervini Hall at its Loyola Heights, Quezon City campus. To save time on sorting, the Dream Team has suggested sorting donated clothes by age and gender, (Adult Female, Adult Male, Female Teens, Male Teens, Kids sizes Male and Female, as well as toddlers). The Ateneo Law School in Makati is also accepting donations.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, meanwhile, has set up a helpline (9225155), for those who want to help. The school is also accepting donations of ready-to-eat goods.
Miriam College and Saint Pedro Poveda College are also accepting donations.
The University of Asia and the Pacific has volunteers helping the Philippine Red Cross on Shaw Boulevard. According to UA&P's Twitter account, the volunteers need equipment and utensils so they can help cook food for calamity victims.
According to an update from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Tuesday afternoon, at least 179,261 families in the National Capital Region, Ilocos region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.
Around 4,040 families are staying at 85 evacuation centers while another 49,911 families are being served outside the evacuation centers.
The NDRMMC said the number includes those displaced by Typhoon 'Gener'.
Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said Thursday. "While growth in the private sector remains robust, the slower than programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction, has slowed down the overall growth of the economy," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters. "Exports were the other source of the …