Helping in Time of Need: Typhoon Ulysses and Covid-19

The recent typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses ravaged many areas in Luzon and the Visayas over the past few weeks. Many families have lost their homes, belongings, and even their loved ones. Saturday evening in Manila, we started to hear the strong winds outside the house. I knew it's going be strong and dangerous. I was thinking of our kababayans who recently affected by typhoon Rolly a week ago.

The next morning, we were shocked by the news. Thousands of homes destroyed by typhoon Ulysses. Cities of Marikina, Pasig, Rizal, Bulacan and other nearby provinces were greatly affected, submerged in flood water. 

To help raise funds for immediate typhoon relief and rescue efforts, several organizations have started accepting donations. If you are not affected negatively may we ask your kind heart to share in your own little or big ways. Here are ways you can help those who help our kababayans.

PayMaya Typhoon Relief
PayMaya launched Typhoon Relief

PayMaya immediately started an initiatives that will help deliver food, clothing, shelter, and other forms of assistance to beneficiaries in typhoon-hit areas. PayMaya users can easily donate using their accounts by scanning the QR code of their chosen organization, donating using the Bills section of the PayMaya app, or going to the online donation portal of PayMaya.

Here are the QR Codes of partner organizations:

#ScanToDonate QR Codes where you can send donation

To donate via PayMaya QR, follow these steps:

1. Scan the QR code of your chosen organization by clicking the 'Scan to Pay' button in the PayMaya app. Make sure that the merchant name appearing on the app after scanning is either PAYMAYA or the name of the organization you are donating to.
2. Enter the amount you wish to donate and press 'Continue'
3. Review your donation and press 'Pay'
4. You will receive a notification in-app and via SMS after your successful donation

PayMaya Typhoon Relief
Scan the barcode to donate

To donate via the Bills section of the PayMaya app, follow these steps: 

1. Go to the 'Bills' section of the PayMaya app and press 'Donations'
2. Choose the organization you want to donate to
3. In the Account Number field, enter '00000' and in the Amount field, enter the amount you wish to donate
4. Review your donation and press 'Pay'
5. You will receive a notification in-app and via SMS after your successful donation

To donate using any credit, debit, and prepaid card or via your PayMaya account from anywhere in the world, follow these steps:

1. Go to
2. Choose the organization you want to donate to. From the drop-down menu, choose the amount you wish to donate and press 'Add to Cart' or 'Buy it now'
3. Enter your contact and billing address for record purposes, then click 'Continue to Payment'
4. Review your details and press 'Complete Order' to make the payment
5. You will be redirected to the PayMaya Checkout page, where you can choose to donate using your PayMaya number or via QR, or enter your credit or debit card information
6. Once complete, press 'Pay now'. You will receive a notification in the contact details you have provided regarding your successful donation.

Support Lysol’s Disinfect to Protect Mission: 
Get the Lysol Christmas Bundle, Donate to Covid-19 Samaritan's Fund

Did you know that one single germ can multiply to eight million germs in one day? Make sure to wash with soap, rinse and disinfect. Wipe away dirt in countertops and use disinfectant spray that kills harmful germs and viruses. 

Following the forging of a strategic partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) early this year, which is aimed at bolstering its Disinfect to Protect mission, Lysol reaffirms its commitment to PRC as it continues to protect vulnerable communities by breaking down the chain of infections and ensuring everybody is protected from COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Lysol Disinfectant
Get the Lysol Christmas Bundle, Donate to Covid-19 Samaritan's Fund

Towards this end, Lysol is encouraging consumers and the public to support PRC. Firstly, by donating to the COVID-19 Samaritan’s Fund, which makes available COVID-19 testing to the most susceptible and vulnerable groups. Secondly, by adopting Pula, PRC’s adorable bear, which can be owned in a special Lysol Christmas bundle pack consisting of 2 units of 340g Lysol Disinfectant Spray

For every purchase of this special holiday-themed pack available in supermarkets nationwide, Lysol hopes to create further awareness on the efforts undertaken by PRC. Moreover, the special holiday-themed pack makes for an excellent gift for friends and family, reminding them to always practice good hygiene to Disinfect to Protect.

Lysol Holiday Bundle pack consisting of 2 units of 340g Lysol Disinfectant
and Pula, PRC's adorable bear

These worthwhile initiatives come at the heels of Lysol’s Php 36 million donation to  PRC for the construction of a molecular laboratory in Cagayan de Oro City and towards the strengthening of COVID-19 mass testing among vulnerable groups in the country. The said facility, located at the Capitol Compound in CDO, completed its construction and passed the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s (RITM) proficiency test in September. 

Equipped with 2 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines that can process 2000 tests per day, the facility is in operation since September 19th, 2020 after receiving its accreditation as a certified COVID-19 testing center. With this latest development, more people in the region can now get the COVID-19 test they need so that they can feel better assured about their safety when returning to work. 

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Lysol cannot stress enough about the importance of disinfecting the home and the workplace, frequently-touched surfaces, by using their superior line of products: from disinfectant sprays to multi-action cleaners - tested that has been proven effective against the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, Lysol also stresses on the importance of proper handwashing, another effective line of defense against viruses. 

Truly, we can all do our share in contributing towards the meaningful Disinfect to Protect mission. For more information, check-out the official Philippine Red Cross Facebook page at

This year has been challenging, from volcanic eruption, Covid-19 to several typhoons. As we take care of ourselves and our families, may we never forget other people especially those who are in need. There's nothing big or small when you're helping. What matters is your grateful heart and the open arms to reach out.


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