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Mobile phone users from over 40 countries can now directly donate to Yolanda relief via HelpPh.
Send airtime load through BayadLoad, a mobile money service of Smart Communications, Inc., approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Philippine Central Bank) for this purpose.
To contribute to HelpPh, mobile phone subscribers overseas must key-in +63-999-7-000-000 (12-digits) as the beneficiary mobile number and then send their donation using the airtime top-up procedure of their specific mobile network operator.
The maximum amount per day is US$10. This fund-raising program will continue until December 31, 2013.
Smart, Sun, and Talk & Text subscribers can also donate by texting HelpPH to 5353
Through its mobile money subsidiary, SMART has partnered with four leading global mobile airtime transfer companies that include Transfer To, Tranglo, ezetop, and Aryty—which all together cover more than 250 partner mobile network operators in 90 countries.
This mobile collection drive was launched by The Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) to fund relief and reconstruction programs, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Caritas Manila, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Gawad Kalinga, the United States Agency for International Development and the GSMA, the global association of the mobile phone industry.
PDRF was organized in 2009 following the devastation caused by Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy and is made up of major private sector companies and leading NGOs.