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September 29, 2009 11:00pm
GMANews.TV Advisory

(Update 3, 5:45 a.m. Oct. 2) The MISSING PERSONS DATABASE is back online with an improved report form. The public can now resume browsing through the database or filing reports.

People have asked us whether any of the missing persons and families listed in our database have been found. We are glad to say that as of 10:30 pm of Oct. 1, seven families and seven individuals have been reported as found alive and safe. Their records in the database have been set in bold type and highlighted in yellow.

We ask those who have posted missing-person reports in this database to please file update reports if new information about the said missing person or family comes up. We are also mobilizing volunteers to make follow-up inquiries in this regard.



Why this database, and how it works

Do you have a relative, friend, classmate, workmate, neighbor, or acquaintance that went missing during the chaotic weekend of Sept. 26-27 as storm “Ondoy" wreaked havoc on Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon?

Or maybe you happen to be in touch with Ondoy-displaced or stranded people in the process of rescue, evacuation and relief operations, and you want to send word that they are safe and sound?

To fill this need, GMANews.TV is offering an interactive “missing-persons" database (MPD). This resource can help close the information gap between those who are looking for missing persons, and those persons themselves, or people who know their whereabouts and condition.

The MPD works this way:

First, go to the GMANews.Tv website, to its Missing Persons Database page (as for now, this page), and click on the “File a report or inquiry about missing or ‘found’ persons." A response form will be displayed. Fill in the blanks as accurately as you can.

A drop-down menu will allow you to select from five options; this is required.

  • Select choice 1 if you want to merely inquire about people that you’ve lost contact with. This would be particularly helpful to overseas Filipinos worried about their loved ones in Ondoy-affected areas that they haven’t heard from since.

  • Select choice 2 if you’ve already made efforts to search a person and they are clearly missing.

  • Select choice 3 if you “found" a missing person, and want to inform those looking for them.

  • Select choice 4 if you want to inquire about something else.

  • Select choice 5 if you want to report about something else.
Then you will be asked for other details such as the current date and time; and the last name, first name, physical description and other known information about the person.

Next, you will be asked about the source of the information, including name of the person filing the report, and cellphone number or email. We require these so we can check the veracity of the report.

You can either skip the last box, or write down any action already done on the case, and the results if any.

For now, the resulting MPD looks like an Excel spreadsheet. GMANews.TV will also make the MPD viewable to the public in various other ways.

View Typhoon Ondoy Missing Persons in a larger map

About the Typhoon Ondoy Missing Persons map

The Google map shown on this page represents the geographic location and distribution of missing-person cases. It was created by Franklin Naval and maintained by him and several others, and makes use of GMA MPD data and other missing-persons sources.

Other missing person resources

The following are missing-person resources offered by other sites, which you may also find useful:

A nameless group of geeks started a comprehensive data base in the cloud here. We will take the liberty of copying its emergency and relief contacts and pasting below.

QuadraforteLLC blog has comprehensive instructions for updating the data base here.

Philippine National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina said families can text the names of missing persons to posts located in Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal—four of the areas badly hit by Ondoy.

Espina gave the contact numbers as follows: for Marikina, coordinate with Mon Santiago at 0920-9389914; for Quezon City, coordinate with Teresa Amarillo at 0921-6555262; for Pasig City, send text to 0918-9356318; and for Cainta, 0917-5606241.

Disaster Emergency

* Rescue Operations
o National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061, +632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118, 734-2120)
o Philippine Coast Guard (+632-5276136)
o Air Force (+63908-1126976, +632-8535023)
o Metro Manila Development Authority (136)
o Marikina City Rescue (+632-6462436, +632-6462423, +632920-9072902)
o Pasig Rescue Emergency Number (+632-6310099)
o Quezon City Rescue (161)
o San Juan City Hall Command Post (+632-4681697)
o Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)
o Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)
o Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)
* Civil Society/ Media
o Philippine National Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)
o Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter operations center hotline: (+632-6350922, +632-6347824)
o Go to GMA Facebook page & post complete addresses and names of people in need of immediate help.
o ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline: (+632-4163641)
o Jam 88.3: (+632- 6318803) or SMS at JAM (space) 883 (space) your message to 2968
* Rubber Boat Requests, 4×4 Trucks
o NCRPO (+632-8383203, +632-8383354)
o Private citizens who would like to lend their motor boats for rescue
please call emergency nos: +632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9122665, +632-9115061)
o You can also text (+632917-4226800 or +632927-6751981) for rescue dump trucks.
o For those who are able to lend 4×4 trucks for rescue: Please send truck to Greenhills Shoppng Center Unimart Grocery to await deployment, Tel No. (+632920-9072902).
- GMANews.TV
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