Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan
(Operation Migrants Rescue Compatriots)
An emergency relief program for the victims of flooding in the
After 12 days of relief drive, we
are happy to inform you that we are able to collect a total of
HK$98,691.40 of cash and cheque donations.
Out of this amount, HK$83,000 were given to “Sagip Migrante”
relief mission in the Philippines, the “Bayanihan
Alay sa Sambayanan (BALSA)”, and more than 20 Filipino migrant
workers in Hong Kong who were directly affected by the flood caused by
typhoon Ondoy. The “Sagip Migrante” is the relief mission being run by
MIGRANTE International and is supported by its members in Hong Kong,
South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Middle East and
Europe. The “BALSA” is the multi-sectoral relief operation led by
BAYAN Philippines. “Sagip Migrante” is also part of “BALSA”.
From September 29 to October 5, Sagip Migrante distributed bags of
relief goods to 770 families (almost 4,000 individuals) covering the
areas of (1) Brgy. Holy Spirit in Quezon City, (2) Caloocan, (3) Brgy.
Katipunan, Muñoz, Proj.8, (4) Taytay, (5) Montalban. BALSA in their
“Serve the People Brigade” served 600 families with relief goods and
provided free medical services to more than 80 people in Bagumabayan,
Quezon City and Kalawaan in Pasig City.
A soup kitchen was also setup and was able to feed 600 individuals. A
total of 8 cans of “Taho” (sweet tofu) were also distributed. Migrante
International also sent 14 volunteers to help in the clean-up drive of
Tumana, Marikina last October 1.
Meanwhile, Migrante will continue to conduct relief missions to Sauyo,
Quezon City, another round in Bagong Silang and others areas still
unreached by relief missions while BALSA will be going out of Metro
Manila on October 14 to distribute relief goods to 5,700 affected
families in Pila and Mabitac, Laguna.
A bag of relief goods contains 1-2 kilos of rice, 2 cans of sardines
or corned beef or 2 packs of noodles, bottled water (either 2 bottles
or a liter), and biscuits/loaf bread.
As mentioned in our earlier advisories, both Sagip Migrante and BALSA
relief missions, our partners in Manila – are directly distributing
the goods to the affected communities. This ensures that relief
reached the intended recipients faster and hassle-free. In fact, our
volunteers delivered the relief goods literally house to house in
makeshift boats in areas that are still flooded.
While we are still a long way from over in responding to the needs of
the tens of thousands of families affected by the flooding, your
contributions have already made a difference. Our relief goods that
were funded by your generous contributions have already reached the
tables of hundreds of families who are already suffering from thirst
Your donations may have already saved lives.
We want to thank our generous donors – Pacific Basin Shipping (HK)
Ltd., one of the first to respond generously. The St. Johns Cathedral
and the Kowloon Union Church for allowing us to setup donation desks
in their Churches.
To our friends James Dunlap, Sandee Lee, Wong Mei Wan, Arceli S. Dino,
Chan Chi Ping, Candy Ching Wai Ling, Tse Kam Keung, Choi Yeung Mee (Shatin),
Pang Yee Fung (Shatin), David Pierce, Ho Ka Yan, Wong Kam Wing,
William Lo Yu-Hang, Steven Cheung, Poonam Rani, Aelefa Kwong, Henry
Lam, Daigoro Oyama, David Turnbull, Richard Hext, Paula Chan, Yoyo Chu,
Ian Dalgleish and Alex Slee for sharing your blessings to the victims.
To Christopher Percy, Suresh Prabhakar, Simon Chan (Capt.), Sunil
Sahny, Xiu Cheng, Canmy Tam, Kathy Liem, So Kam Tung, Beryl Nisha
Rebello, Tess Aquino, Elsa Li, Lode Van Leuven, Rajesh Jayaraman, T.Y.
Chan, Claudia Cheng, C. Kocherla, Jay K Pillai, PK Cheung, Sanjay
Relan, Rakesh Sharma, Bei Bing Liang, Tommy Hui En Ming, Zhang Baisen,
Uttam Kumar Jaiswal, Li Shi Dong, Key Kwok, Davis Lai, Yao Bo, Lee
Kwok Wai, S. M. Hau, Palecanda Subbiah, Rhod McNeill, Minda Po and C L
Wang for your compassion and generosity.
And to the hundreds of nameless
individuals, the Filipino migrant workers who have taken a portion of
their hard-earned money so that others can eat and survive. To our
volunteers who tirelessly roam around Hong Kong to collect in-kind and
cash donations for the flood victims. To the organizations like the
Junior Dance Club (JDC), BSK-Kowloon/NT and others who went on their
way to gather donations from their members.
To our friends in the media - The SUN, True Friends and Hongkong News
for publicizing our relief drive. To our friends in the community
radio programs - Good Evening Kabayan (GEK) and Pinoy Tayo Saanman
(PTS) for airing our appeals to thousands of our compatriots in Hong
Kong. To BPI Remittance Ltd. for the free remittance service of our
cash donations and to Afreight Cargo for assisting us to ship our
Thank you very much to all of you.
Meanwhile, we have decided to set aside a small portion of the money
to share it to the victims of typhoon Pepeng that is now in its 10th
day in Northern Luzon areas, most of the time in land. A total of
HK$15,691.40 will be given to the victims of typhoon Pepeng
(international code name Parma) that has already submerged more than
60% of the province of Pangasinan to rainwater due to non-stop rain
for 5 days. It has already resulted to at least 224 confirmed deaths
due to drowning and landslides especially in the mountainous region of
Cordillera. Billions of pesos worth of properties and agricultural
crops have been destroyed.
It is also for this reason that we have decided to continue our
“Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan” relief drive in the next few
weeks. We hope that you will continue to give so that we can reach
out to more victims back in the Philippines.
Donations of HK$100 or more will be tax deductible. For those who are
making direct money transfers or deposits to our account, please send
us a copy of the transfer/deposit slip for accounting purposes and for
us to issue the official receipt.
For your reference, below are the details of the bank account:
Thank you very much for all those who have shared what they have to
those who are in need. And please continue sending your donations.
They will go a long way.
Convenor, “Operation Migrante
(Operation Migrants Rescue
LINKS FOR RELIEF MISSIONS (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)
Victims from Holy Spirit, Quezon City- 163 families range from 5-10
Victims from Brgy. Katipunan,
Munoz Project 8- 200 families range from 4-8 family members
Goods being repacked by
volunteers and staff of MIGRANTE International in their office
Victims from Taytay, Rizal –
relief goods given to 382 families, 1,912 individuals
Victims from Montalban, Rizal
– relief goods given to 382 families, 1,912 individuals
Migrante International's Oplan
Bayanihan relief and medical
missions in Bagumbayan and Kalawaan
Operation “Sagip Migrante”
Relief Mission in the Philippines (Video)
FOR NEWS AND INFORMATION ON TYPHOON PEPENG
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