The Filipinos’ Bayanihan spirit is always present and ready to support in times of difficulties. Recent typhoons hit the country hard and a lot of our countrymen lost their homes and properties because of these tragedies. However, Filipinos all around the world, regardless of their status in life, are always on their feet to send help.
Just like these groups of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in two different countries. They may not have much, but they certainly did what they can to extend support to the victims of the recent typhoons.
In Rome, four Filipino Catholic communities worked together to raise funds for the people in Catanduanes who suffered from the devastation brought by Typhoon Rolly.
Julio dela Cruz, Jr, chairperson of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Community in Milan, Italy said that they set up a fundraising activity which they called, ‘Tabang Catanduanes 2020-Operation STY Rolly’. From the said activity, the group was able to raise €827.00, which is equivalent to P46,868.39.
“And we have already sent the cash donation to Rev. Fr. Atoy Dela Rosa of the Diocese of Virac,” Julio said.
“It is always a part of our activities to help whenever and whatever we can. We have agreed to pick Catanduanes being the ‘economically poor but not in spirit’ island province first to be hit by the two successive typhoons,” he added.
From Hong Kong with love
Meanwhile, a group of OFWs from Hong Kong also organized relief operations for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Most of them donated relief goods and some of their employers did, too.
One employer of an OFW contributed HK$5,000, which is equivalent to P32,500, intended for the typhoon victims in Oas, Albay.
These funds were gathered and collected to buy relief goods for distribution to two barangays in the said town in Bicol Region.
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