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Filcom groups send relief aid to Bicol typhoon victims

10 November 2020

By The SUN

 

BMA's Leonardo (3rd from left) with fellow Bicolanas who packed 7 boxes with relief goods

Three Filipino community organizations packed a total of 10 door-to-door boxes full of relief goods last Sunday, Nov. 8, for the victims of super typhoon Roly which slammed across the Philippines' Bicol and Southern Luzon regions a week earlier.

In addition, the groups said they raised more than $22,000 in all, which they sent directly to victims in the stricken areas.

Bebs Leonardo, president of Bicol Migrants Association, said her group filled seven big boxes with donations from various individuals, mostly clothes, although one box contained mostly grocery items. Their boxes were donated by cargo companies AFreight, Alin, Asian Dragon and USend.

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All the boxes were packed on Chater Road in Central, and dispatched to the hardest hit areas in the Bicol region: 3 to Catanduanes, 3 to Albay (Tabako and Bacacay), and 1 to Camarines Sur.

Leonardo said they expect to fill four more boxes this coming Sunday, Nov 15. She appealed to donors to open their purses further, and should they wish to give in kind, to avoid giving clothes as her group has received more than enough of these.

She said she personally received a total of $2,635 cash so far, some of which has already been spent buying groceries that went into the boxes.

Unifil-Migrante's poster for its ongoing relief operation

Another group, United Filipinos in Hong Kong, said it raised just over $10,000 in cash, which was sent to three different recipients in the Philippines.

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Unifil chair Dolores Balladares-Pelaez said they also managed to fill one jumbo box donated by AFreight Cargo with relief goods, and this will be sent to the Migrante office in the Philippines which is in charge of distributing donations to the typhoon victims.

Migrante and Bayan HK will continue the relief drive this week and next, she said. A cargo box donated by GenEx Cargo will be placed on Chater Road for those who would like to donate food and other necessities.

Global Alliance officers pack two boxes of relief goods for Albay and Mindoro

The third group, Global Alliance Hong Kong, packed two boxes donated by AFreight, one of which went to Albay, and another to Calapan, Mindoro.

In addition, said Global chair Leo Selomenio, the group donated cash to the typhoon victims in Virac, Catanduanes, where “Rolly”, which packed winds of up to 225 kph, first made a landfall.

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Nearly one million Filipinos were reported to have been displaced by what has been described as the world’s strongest typhoon this year, which also killed at least 20 people and injured 165 others.

More than 44,000 houses were wrecked, and damage to infrastructure was estimated at Php8.4 billion.

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