August 8, 2012 – Speaking to Apd.de.ap Foundation (ADAF) President Ted Benito from his tour in Europe, singer and founding member of the Black Eyed Peas Apl.de.ap expressed his desire to help with on-going relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of devastating flooding caused by torrential downpours. The effects of the southwest monsoon have been enhanced by tropical storm Haikui in the Philippines. “I want our Foundation to be able to help our Kababayans who desperately need food, emergency shelter, clothing, and medicine,” said Apl. “I will be donating the proceeds from one of my concerts directly to the victims who need the most help, particularly the schools in outlying areas that have been damaged or destroyed by the floods.”
The most recent report from the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council states that over 163,000 families and 783,700 persons have been served inside and outside of evacuation centers and that there were victims of a landslide in Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City. As of today, a total of 5,400-plus personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Coast Guard were deployed to various areas to provide evacuation and search and rescue support.
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) Executive Director Joel Jacinto answered Ted Benito’s urgent call for action and immediately agreed to be the fiscal agent for donations on behalf of the Apl.de.ap Foundation. “We need to come together for the people of the Philippines,” said Joel. “Apl’s relationship with SIPA is rooted in the history he has with us and in wanting to give back, so this is a natural and enduring partnership that we are proud to be a part of.” Joel stated that SIPA has been receiving inquiries and calls from the community and offers for donations both monetarily and in-kind.
“The immediate need now is monetary donations,” said Benito. “Funds can be easily wired to ADAF in Manila and then can be disbursed to necessary personnel and cooperating organizations there to purchase necessary, life-saving materials.”
Donations to the Apl.de.ap Foundation (ADAF) can be sent to SIPA (payable to Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, memo line: ADAF) at 3200 West Temple Street, Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, CA 90026-4522. Tel: 213-382-1819.
All donations in the U.S. are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by U.S. laws. Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) is a California registered 501c3 non-profit organization with tax identification no. 95-2879339.