After Northern Luzon incurred widespread damages due to typhoons Ompong and Rosita in the past two months, Migrante International mobilized its disaster response in the province of Isabela through Sagip Migrante on Saturday, 10th of November.
Different Migrante chapters in Europe: Filipino Domestic Workers Association-UK, Saint Phillips New Worshiping Filipino Community (Earl’s Court, London), Filippinsk Integration Forening (Denmark), Migrante Denmark and Migrante Bologna in Italy sent in their cash donations to aid fellow Filipinos back home reeling from the impacts of the typhoons. The relief goods which included rice and canned goods were then packed in Nueva Ecija by members of Migrante’s provincial chapter led by the family of Mary Jane Veloso.
Notwithstanding simultaneous preparations for this week’s court hearing against Mary Jane’s illegal recruiters, the Veloso family heartily worked up to the late hours of the evening on November 8 empyting boxes and containers to place the items inside distribution bags. The following day, Cesar Veloso set off for Isabela to meet with the teams from Manila’s Migrante Home Office and Migrante Isabela.
By Saturday morning, November 10, more than a hundred beneficiaries from a dozen baranggays in Ilagan and Cauayan, Isabela assembled to receive the relief goods.
In September, Sagip Migrante partnered with a local Marikina parish of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente for the distribution of relief goods to some Marikina residents just days after Ompong. The donations were sent by Filipino workers in Israel. Disaster response was also undertaken in Barangay Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal in partnership with the local government unit.
Migrante International expressed gratitude to donors from Migrante chapters in Europe as well as to members and volunteers who actively participated in Sagip Migrante’s relief drive in Isabela.