October 11, 2009
Update: Typhoon Ondoy Relief Operations
Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan
(Operation Migrants Rescue Compatriots)
An emergency relief program for the victims of flooding in the Philippines

10 October 2009

Dear friends,

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 and hunger.

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 in-kind donations.

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:

Payee: MFMW Limited
A/C #: 210 116448 883
Bank: Hang Seng Bank

Fax no.: 2526-2894
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

Sincerely yours,

Eman C. Villanueva
Convenor, “Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan”
(Operation Migrants Rescue Compatriots)