Group urges fellow OFWs to intensify fund drive to aid Pablo victims

MIGRANTE-Middle East (M-ME), a coalition of various Filipino migrants’ groups active in providing assistance to distress, undocumented, and run away migrants in the Middle East, renewed calls to its fellow OFWs to intensify fund drive to aid Filipinos in Mindanao devastated by typhoon Pablo.

“We renewed our call to our fellow OFWs and their organizations and to the Filipino communities in the Middle East to help in our fund donations campaign for typhoon Pablo victims,” said John Leonard Monterona, M-ME regional coordinator.

Monterona said per reports from Migrante affiliates in Mindanao, there were at least 40 thousands OFWs dependents that were devastated by typhoon Pablo and are in need of aid.

“The OFWs dependents were badly affected by typhoon Pablo in Mindanao particularly in Cagayan Valley and Davao Oriental. There were OFWs kin died and their houses destroyed,” Monterona added.

Migrante-Davao, according to Monterona, has been distributing relief goods including food, water, and clothes in remote places of Campostela Valley and Davao Oriental that started on December 8.

“Tomorrow, our Migrante colleagues will proceed to Baganga to continue their relief operation,” Monterona added.

Monterona added that the funds raised by his group will be coursed through the Nonoy Librado Development Foundation Inc., with Account No. 2083-8702-09, BPI-Claveria, Davao City.

Last week, Monterona confirmed that Migrante chapters in the Middle East reactivated its ‘Sagip Migrante’ fund drive aimed ‘to provide aid to OFWs kin affected by typhoon Pablo’.

‘Sagip Migrante’ was first launched by Migrante International as a response to calls for aid by OFWs to their kin in the Philippines devastated by deadly typhoons Ondoy, Pedring, and Sendong.

“Just like our previous ‘Sagip Migrante’ fund drive and relief operations, we will be providing report and will properly account the contributions from our fellow OFWs and their organizations,” Monterona assured.

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