OFWs pitch in relief efforts, demand transparency from gov’t

Migrante International extends its solidarity and sympathy to victims and survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda. It also expresses its most heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and wishes strength for those still searching  for missing family members and friends, especially overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) abroad.

Chapters and affiliates of Migrante International all over the world are presently conducting coordinated relief efforts under the banner of Sagip Migrante to raise funds in aid of families devastated by supertyphoon Yolanda.

Sagip Migrante fund-raising drives are now operating in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, Australia, Saudi, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Canada and United States.

Funds gathered 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 Leyte, Samar, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Palawan and Mindoro Occidental.

All 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

Dollar Savings Account No. 001994-0628-04

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

“Support from our kababayans abroad is overwhelming. Despite their dire circumstances, they are more than willing and ready to pitch in. For instance, even stranded OFWs in the Tent City in Saudi and undocumented OFWs in South Korea and Europe are conducting their own relief efforts,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.

OFWs from the abovementioned countries will also be participating in tomorrow’s #KapitBisig International Day of Solidarity and Action for the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda to call on the Philippine government to hasten and systematize rescue and relief efforts and to make sure that much-needed help reaches the most badly-hit areas.

“OFWs are especially grateful that their host governments are sending in their support. However, they demand transparency from the Philippine government for all incoming foreign aid. The bigger tragedy is if corrupt officials in government exploit this calamity to further plunder and steal funds meant for victims and survivors. All available resources should be made accessible to our people,” Martinez said. ###