Filipino migrant rights group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) today said it is reactivating its relief drive “Sagip Migrante at Pamilya” in an effort to provide relief goods to those who were badly affected and were stranded in various evacuation centers in Central and Northern Luzon areas hit by typhoon “Lando”.

“We are reactivating our ‘Sagip Migrante at Pamilya’, a campaign to gather support and donations, in cash or goods, for those who were devastated by natural calamities such as typhoons,” said the Saudi-based M-ME regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona.

Monterona added that since yesterday their group and affiliates were monitoring the situation and the track of typhoon Lando.

Quoting news reports, Monterona added, “There are relatively huge numbers of OFW families residing in Central and Northern Luzon. There are barangays in Nueva Ecija and Isabela already under water.”

“We are urging our Migrante leaders and members in the Middle East and in other regions to start collecting donations and course through it to our Migrante home office to commence relief operations in areas where there are families of OFWs affected by typhoon Lando,” Monterona said.

Monterona also urged the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to ready and commence soonest its relief operation by utilizing its provincial and regional offices in Central and Northern Luzon.

He reminded fellow OFWs not to send their donations to the DSWD for fear that it may not reach the intended beneficiaries just like what happened during typhoon Yolanda aftermath.

“Andyan pa si PNoy at Madam Dinky Soliman sa DSWD, kaya worried tayo na kung saan-saan lang mapunta ang ating mga donasyon at gamitin pa eto sa pangangampanya sa eleksyon ng Liberal Party,” Monterona said.

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