Filipinos Are Helping Typhoon Victims the Best Way They Know How—With Google Sheets

It’s a “database built by Bayanihan.”

Millennials, Gen-Zs—whatever you want to call them—are once again mobilizing online to help the thousands of victims left stranded, displaced, and disconnected by Typhoon Ulysses. Bayanihan has been ignited by the youth who have launched the closest thing to an organized relief strategy this country has at the moment.

And they’re using the most powerful thing in their arsenal—Google Sheets. Instead of dreading the opening of another work or school Google Sheet, netizens are now flocking to these databases, which house information for load donations, people in need of rescue, and relief efforts and food drives.

They’ve made donations easy, and you can help by sending just P50 of load.

Here are all the sheets you need to bookmark:

1| Load Monitoring Sheet

This is where you can send victims load so they can stay updated on flood information and contact their loved ones. There are now over 3,000 in need of load.


2| Rescue Monitoring Sheet

This is where you can input any friends or family you know in need of rescue. Over 500 families are listed, and only some have been rescued so far.

3| Relief Efforts Sheet

This is where all the relief efforts from various organizations have been consolidated. You can enter your own organization’s information here, or you can pick from one of the many on the list to donate to so you can do your part for the victims of Ulysses.

The effort is being led by YouthRisePH, a coalition of youth groups around the country, who are doing a better job of consolidating information than our nation’s leaders. We have mad props to the kids with obsessive organizational skills and memorized Google Sheets formulas.

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