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14/08/2012: PH Embassy and Filcom Organizations in D.C. Rally to Help Flood Victims

14 AUGUST 2012, WASHINGTON, DC. In response to the casualties and destruction wrought by the effects of the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm “Haikui” that devastated various parts of Luzon last week, numerous Filipino-American organizations in the Washington, D.C. area are taking part in the relief efforts.

The Filipino Cultural Association (FCA) of the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) will be selling wristbands at the FilAmplified concert it is organizing on October 27.  The talent showcase will feature guest performers who have had an impact in the Filipino American community and embody the spirit of the show – “having pride in amplifying their voices and the cultures from which they are inspired.”  Interested parties may contact Andrew Aggabao, President of the FCA-UMCP, at aaggabao@gmail.com.  Proceeds will be given to the Philippine Red Cross and their work in dealing with the floods in Manila.

The Ateneo Alumni Association of Metropolitan Washington DC took-up a special collection during mass at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia last August 11, following an appeal by the Ateneo de Manila DReaM Team (Disaster Response and Management Team) for donations on behalf of the victims affected by the monsoon rain.  The communities being assisted are those from Olandes in Marikina, Cab-cab in Antipolo, Barangay Tatalon, Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, Binangonan in Rizal, St. Peter Parish in Fairview, Tumana in Marikina, Litex in Novaliches, Sta. Rosa in Laguna, and Praxis Areas in Masantol in Pampanga.  Donations may be made online by clicking on the donate button in their website, www.ateneodc.com.

The Washington, DC regional office of ANCOP Foundation USA is appealing to kababayans in the area to donate cash through the fund-raising page it has created, www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/roger-santos/ancopfoundationincusasfundraisingpage.  Its Philippine partners have already mobilized relief teams to receive and distribute relief goods and medicines, as well as to monitor and implement relief operations.  ANCOP, which stands for Answering the Cry of the Poor, is a Catholic non-profit organization that dedicates itself to uplifting the plight of the poor.

Feed the Hungry (FtH), Inc. has also activated its machinery with members going to hard to reach areas and where assistance has not been received.  Basic items such as rice, canned goods, noodles, coffee and water have been distributed to those most in need in far flung ravaged towns.  FtH is a non-profit charitable organization run by volunteers in the metro Washington, D.C. area, Nevada and Hawaii.  Tax-deductible donation may be sent to “Feed the Hungry, Inc. Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Endeavors, 3914 9th St. S, Arlington, Virginia, 22204.”

The Asia America Initiative (www.asiaamerica.org) has facilitated the shipment of medicine and emergency kits from Europe to Manila.  Through the efforts of Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., the Zuellig Foundation, headed by former Secretary Roberto Romulo, was tapped to fund the air shipment cost that made the delivery possible.  AAI’s European donors include Tulip Foundation of France and KrebsAllianz of Germany.

The officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. have also passed the hat to raise funds for their affected countrymen.  An advisory was earlier posted in the Embassy’s website notifying possible donors of the bank accounts of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Philippine Red Cross.  END