CNP Industry Finds Way to Help Philippine Typhoon Victims

Nov. 12, 2013

Global assistance to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Southeast Asia ramped up over the weekend and it included help from companies in the card-not-present payments industry. Remitly, a mobile money transfer service that enables remittances from the U.S. to the Philippines, has contacted all their customers via email and offered to waive all fees for money transfers sent directly to the Philippine Red Cross.

The storm ripped right through the center of the island nation, with the city of Tacloban bearing the brunt of the devastation. City officials fear up to 10,000 people may have died. Just getting food, water and shelter to the hundreds of thousands of people who need it is shaping up to be a massive effort. While many organizations are helping, Remitly’s efforts are focused on getting donations directly into the country where they can be more quickly funneled into actual relief supplies.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan,” said Matt Oppenheimer, founder and CEO of Remitly. “We’re urging friends to send donations to the Philippine Red Cross to help with relief efforts on the ground. To facilitate this, we are offering free transfers to the Red Cross between now and November 22 and have included a direct link in our app to transfer money for these donations.”

Other companies directing donations or relief efforts to the Philippines include MasterCard, which donated $100,000 each to the American Red Cross and the World Food Programme along with a commitment to matching employee donations to the same organizations and PayPal, which pledged to cover all costs for donations to the World Food Programme, Save the Children and Waves for Water made through the PayPal Giving Fund.