Pinoys in UAE commemorate EDSA anniversary through charity work
FILIPINOS in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of EDSA People Power by offering financial support to sick and distressed OFWs.
The financial support would come from the proceeds of the “Takbo Para Kay Kabayan” – a fund-raising event jointly initiated by the Filipino Runners UAE (FRU) and MIGRANTE-UAE during the annual Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last January 21.
The project was conceived in December last year by FRU in partnership with MIGRANTE- UAE to create awareness on the rights of migrant workers and raise funds for medical assistance of Filipinos confined at the Rashid Hospital and repatriation of distressed OFWs at the POLO-OWWA Center in Abu Hail in Dubai.
According to Yuri Cipriano, MIGRANTE-UAE chairperson, they decided to formally hand over the proceeds from their fund-raiser on February 25 to add meaning to the occasion as the nation celebrated the 25th anniversary of EDSA People Power.
“This is our own little way of supporting OFWs in this part of the world who are in need and have no one to turn to but their fellow Filipinos, like us because they hardly get support from our own government,” Cipriano said.
The OFW group said that like in many other host countries, many OFWs in the UAE are victims of unfair labor practices, maltreatment, harassment and other forms of abuse.
“Many of those confined at the Rashid Hospital are actually victims of abuse while those presently housed at the POLO-OWWA Center are mostly “runaways” who couldn’t bear the abuse anymore,” Cipriano said.