On September 25, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy devastated the Philippines. Metro Manila and various parts of the Philippines were under a state of calamity. Varying sources estimated about 240 people were killed, several thousands were missing, almost half a million displaced, and an estimated $4.9 billion in damages. News reports stated that it was the worst rainfall that the country has seen in 40 years. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that Ondoy's total rainfall was 410mm while Hurricaine Katrina's was 380mm in New Orleans.
Like former US President George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina, former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s devastating neglect of the people’s basic needs made typhoon Ondoy an even greater tragedy.
In response to this calamity, member-organizations of the Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines (Alliance Philippines) launched Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Fund Campaign, a nationally coordinated effort in the US to provide financial and material support for the direct benefit of the Typhoon Ondoy victims. Member-organizations were based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and New York, and included generous support from community groups and individuals.
The STP Relief Fund Campaign's objectives included: