A handout picture released by the Malacanang Photo Bureau (MPB) shows Philippines' President Benigno Aquino III (L) distributing water to families displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit Leyte on 10 November 2013. The death toll from the super typhoon that decimated entire towns in the Philippines could soar well over 10,000, authorities warned, making it the country's worst recorded natural disaster (Photo: AFP/Ryan Lim/Malacanang photo bureau)
In response to the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has inflicted in the Philippines, local and international relief is now pouring into the country to aid rescue efforts.
The typhoon, which struck on 9 November, has destroyed entire towns in the Philippines, with at least 10,000 casualties, and affecting over four million people.
The Singapore Government has donated $50,000 through Red Cross Singapore to help in relief efforts and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong released an official statement on 10 November 2013, expressing his condolences to President Aquino.
“The Singapore Civil Defence Force has despatched a team to Tacloban City to assist the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities in the rescue efforts. Please let me know if we can be of further help,” read the statement.
Two officers, who are info-communications specialist, were deployed there on 7 November and are working closely with relevant authorities to provide communications and technological support for the search and rescue efforts.
As donations pour in from around the world, donors should keep in mind to give responsibly and to give according to the immediate needs of the victims.
In an interview with abd-cbn news, secretary general of Philippines Red Cross, Gwendolyn Pang, encouraged people to give cash instead of food so that they can use the money to buy it in bulk. 
Only clothes that are suited for the climate, and suited to be worn in an evacuation centre should be given.
In place of cosmetic soap, anti-bacterial and anti-dandruff soap should be given, because these are what they need.
As for food, only ready-to-eat ones should be given because of their lack of fresh water and gas required for cooking. 
Members of the public interested in volunteering or donating can call the following relief agencies below. They are in the process of deploying and mobilising their relief efforts.
Singapore Red Cross
The Singapore Red Cross has responded to the disaster by dispatching a team of volunteers to aid in relief efforts.
“The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is contributing emergency relief supplies worth $100,000 for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,” wrote the administrators of the Singapore Red Cross in their media release. 
Instructions for volunteers and donations can be found here.
Red Cross Singapore has also set up a 'Restoring Family Links' hotline for Singaporeans and Filipinos to contact their immediate family at 6664 0501/6664

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila
JCI Manila is a non-profit organisation which serves as a channel where Filipinos can come together to give back together to the society.
In response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, the organisation has rallied help over their Facebook pagefor people to send in donations, and various items necessities that people can contribute to relief efforts.
Singapore Embassy of the Philippines
The Singapore Embassy of the Philippines released a statement giving details of the agencies if members of the public wish to donate.
Banking details of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are given.
Donations of used clothing are discouraged and the best way of donating is via monetary means, the Embassy wrote.
SingPost will be waiving the remittance fees of money going towards relief efforts of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines from now till 17 November through SingPost's remittance services with Banco De Oro (BDO) and the Philippine National Bank (PNB).
On top of that, a 60 per cent discount will be given to customers sending relief packages to the Phiippines via Speedpost EMS from now till 30 November 2013.
For more information, read their news release here.
Help Ormoc City
Ricardo Villacrucis, a Facebook user studying in Manila, Philippines, set up an online plea on the social media site for donations.
With the help of Anthony Suntay, people in Singapore can also contribute by sending their donations to 304 Orchard Road. #04-17 Lucky Plaza Singapore with the label, 'Inigo Larrazbal'.
The original Facebook post can be found here
Clothes, blankets and slippers donation
'C GH Tan', a Facebook user posted a plea on his Facebook profile for people in Singapore to donate unwanted clothes, blankets and slippers to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
In his message, he advised for people to bring them down to Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling, 12 Guillemard Lane, Singapore 399878, by 16 November because of the urgent need in the Philippines.
The original Facebook post can be found here.
World Food Programme
The United Nations sent in 40,000 kg of fortified biscuits in the aftermath of the typhoon. The World Food Programme has also allocated US$2 million (S$2.5 million) for relief in the Philippines. The UN is also working with local authorities to restore emergency telecommunications in affected areas.
Donations can be made through here.
World Vision
The organisation is supporting relief efforts by providing essentials like blankets, mosquito nets, supply of clean water, hygiene kits and tents for the survivors.
To learn more about how you can help, and where the donations are going to, click here.
Donations to UNICEF will be going towards children who are desperately in need of shelter, clean water, and medicine and nutrition supplies.
Go here to find out more on what they are doing, click here.
Salvation Army
Donations to Salvation army will be immediately deployed to meet specific needs of survivors, excluding many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.
Learn more at Salvation Army’s website. 
In reponse to Typhoon Haiyan, Google has set up a ‘person finder’ function where people can search for people, or post up information of the location of anyone they know.
As donations pour in from all over the world, donors are encouraged to find out more about where the money is going to prior to donating.