Money transfer donations for quake victims?

Posted at 10/17/2013 10:39 PM
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MANILA - If you could send money via text to quake victims in the Visayas, would you do it?

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said he is set to ask the National Telecommunications Commission if it is possible for local telcos to set up cellphone numbers that would get money transfers or remittances for victims of the Visayas quake.

Cayetano said telco giants Globe and Smart previously received donations through GCash and Smart Money for Bantay Bata and the Red Cross. He said the same method was also used during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009.

The senator said the method should be as simple as getting one number for an organization such as the Red Cross in Cebu and Bohol where people can remit or transfer money. He said many overseas Filipino workers send money to their relatives via text.

"The problem with our method now is - if you want to donate, you have to buy goods and bring it to the donation center before it is sent. You can't send money via mail because it might get lost. But if you can buy a SIM Card and send money via text, it would be easier," he told radio dzMM.

"Doble dagok kasi sa atin e, nandiyan yung pera at maraming gustong tumulong pero hindi mapadala," he added.

He said the Bangko Sentral and NTC could also order telcos to simply submit reports on the transactions and ensure that the money would reach the intended recipient.

Radio DZMM, October 17, 2013