by Cynthia de Castro/AJPress
LOS ANGELES – The Bayanihan spirit is alive and well in various Filipino communities abroad as relief efforts are underway to send aid to the victims of Typhoon Frank/ Fengshen which hit the Philippines recently.
In Bahrain, a Filipino community group set up a helpline and relief fund for families, specially those of workers working there. Among the workers in Bahrain who lost their family homes in the Philippines are Francis Paguntalan, Oliver Huertas, and Eddie Arollado.
Filipinos in Vancouver, meanwhile, have decided to send their aid through churches. In coordination with the Filipino Fellowship Baptist Church, around 125 Filipino community organizations in Canada are being encouraged to send money so victims can buy necessities since sending things will take two months to arrive.
In Hawai, the Filipino Community Center has joined with the Hawaii International Relief Organization and the Aloha Medical Mission to collect at least $30,000 to provide relief for the typhoon’s survivors. Geminiano Arre Jr., the president of Hawaii’s Filipino Community Center, said their priority is to raise money to buy medical supplies.
The Filipino American community is also extending assistance to their kababayans. While on her US trip, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo instructed embassies in the US, Europe and the Middle East and Asia to open disaster relief donation accounts, set up websites, and provide mobile phone numbers where donors could send their assistance through text messaging.