Bantayan Island Mayor: ‘We need all the help you can extend us’

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.
November 12, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Bantayan Island Mayor Chris Escario has sent out a plea for help following the destruction Typhoon Haiyan wrought.

The island, which suffered perhaps hundreds of deaths, needs serious help, Escario said. 

“The problems we face are overwhelming but not insurmountable,” he said via Facebook. “We need all the help you can extend us.”

While Escario said that he is virtually unreachable (he traveled all the way to the tip of Sta. Fe wharf to use Facebook), people can donate at several different places:

Cash donations may be made to The Municipality of Bantayan-Trust (Current Account) No. 00142-0199-73 at the Land Bank of the Philippines.

For deposits from outside the the Philippines, the Swift Code is TLBPPHMM.

For donations in kind: 

-For Guadalupe, Cebu, at the the Alliance of Two Hearts Church, please contact Teena Escario-Gierran at 09173288532

-For Oplan Bantayan: From Negros with Love Operations, please contact Grace Escario at 09173000943, Dupert Locsin at 09173000894, Janette Gonzaga at 09189020969, Guia Go at 09173000506 and Freddie “bomber” Zayco at 09176245205; for relief by truckload, pls contact Vince Escario at 09288759308

-For inquiries on Bantayan, please contact Marilu Mangubat at 09195256621, Doris Gigante at 09209026291 or Choppy Batiancila at 09088861083.

What Bantayan needs

“Our most urgent requirements”–

Tarpaulins or laminated sacks for temporary shelter, canned goods and ready to eat food, drinking water, sleeping mats, blankets, medicines for fever, cough, colds, diarrhea, anti-tetanus, betadine, bandages, alcohol, cotton, multivitamins and minerals for both adults and children, 3n1 coffee, milk and flashlights.


Previously, the mayor said that Bantayan “looks like a war zone,” with 90 percent of the houses still standing having no roof.


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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.