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Domestic Workers Corner raises $56k for Philippine flood victims

16 November 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap 

DWC and BMA pack boxes for typhoon relief on Chater Road Sunday

It started with an appeal four days ago for just a $10 donation by each of their members for the victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses in the Philippines.

To their pleasant surprise, administrators of the online group, Domestic Workers Corner saw their call being taken up so quickly that as of last count, the total cash raised was already past  $56,000 mark.

This was apart from the many donations in kind that they received that allowed them to pack and send a total of 21 door-to-door boxes to various rcipients in the Philippines for the past two Sundays. 

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Handa na ba kayo tumulong? Ten dollars tayo para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Rolly,” (Are you ready? Let’s give ten dollars for the victims of typhoon Rolly) said DWC administrator Rain Tuando in her Facebook post last Thursday.

To her amazement, the call became so popular that the donations kept flooding in, either in cash, or directly to the three accounts that they listed down under online money transfer portals alipay, WeChat and TNG.

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“Ten dollars lang ang hiningi namin umabot ng mahigit $50,000” (We just asked for ten dollars each, but we got more than $50,000) a surprised Tuando said.

That was because many people gave much more that was asked of them. Some gave $100, others, 200; with the highest single cash transfer amounting to $500.

Tuando's appeal for donations that started the ball rolling

DWC Hikers also pitched in, raising more than $3,000 from the charity walk they held recently.

A report posted by DWC founder Rodelia P Villar earlier today showed that a total of $56,039.63 had already been raised for the past four days.


Of this amount, nearly $20,000 had already been sent to various flood-stricken areas in the Philippines, identified through direct appeals made to them by members. A further $3,000 was used to pay for sending boxes of relief goods to beneficiaries in the Philippines.

"To all DWC member, salamat sa lahat lahat na nagbigay ng donation. Di ko man maisa isa pero maraming salamat," said Villar.

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Most of the boxes went to recipients in the Bicol region, which was the worst hit by typhoon Rolly, and suffered a second blow with Ulysses’ passage.

De Leon and Leonardo took charge of the whole-day packing for DWC and BMA

But the latter batch, packed throughout the day on Chater Road last Sunday, Nov 15, included donations to Cagayan Valley and Isabela province, which bore the brunt of Ulysses’ wrath when it swept across northern Luzon.

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Two DWC administrators, Bebs Leonardo and Baby Jean de Leon, who are both Bicolanas and members of Bicol Migrant Alliance in HK, took care of monitoring the donations, and ensuring the boxes were properly packed and dispatched to their intended beneficiaries.

But their fund-raising continues, as donations continue to trickle in, along with requests for help from members who were hard-hit by the two strong typhoons that came within days of each other.

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