MIGRANTE-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona urged the Philippine government to release financial assistance from OWWA fund to flood-affected OFW families in Manila, nearby provinces.
At least 200,000 OFW families were evacuated after the country’s capital was hit by monsoon rains causing flood last week.
“Based on our monitoring, there are at least 200,000 OFW families in Metro Manila that were forced to leave their houses due to floods and are now temporarily staying in various evacuation centers,” Monterona added.
Affected OFW families also include those from provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, and Pampanga.
“The affected OFW families urgently need our assistance. Though individual OFWs and OFW groups already conveyed their donation pledges, it will take time to reach us especially donated foods and clothes. Thus, we urge them to donate in cash,” Monterona said in a statement to Manila Channel.
Meanwhile Migrante Sectoral Partylist (MSP) president Connie Bragas-Regalado issued an appeal to all overseas Filipinos to cooperate and help their kababayans during this crisis.
Migrante International also reactivated its ‘Sagip Migrante Fund Drive’ to gather financial and material support for flood victims especially OFWs families.
“Funds will be in support of rescue missions, distribution and delivery of essential goods such as rice, canned goods and bottled water, setting up of soup kitchens and other relief missions in affected areas in Metro Manila, Southern Luzon and Central Luzon.”
Donations may be deposited to Sagip Migrante’s bank account: Account name: Migrante International , Bank of the Philippines Islands, Kalayaan Branch, Savings Account No. 1993-0859-16, Swift Code: BOPIPHMM.
For details please email email@example.com or text or call 911-4910 (landline), 0932-7043274 (mobile). Relief goods may also be sent to Migrante International’s Home Office: #45 Cambridge St, Cubao, Quezon City.
Bragas-Regalado also recounted the successful experience of Sagip-Migrante during typhoons Ondoy and Pedring wherein “the swift response of our kababayans fostered a broader unity among overseas Filipinos, bringing them closer to the Motherland.”