FilCom in Eastern Region united for Ondoy typhoon victims


Press Release (7 October 2009)

Filipino Community and their Organizations in Saudi Eastern Region united for a common cause: Gathering relief goods, cash for typhoon victims

Different Filipino Organizations in Al Khobar, Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, have gathered yesterday night at Al Andalus International School to assess how far they have gone since first meeting on September 28, 2009 as a response to the call made by Migrante-Middle East to initiate a donation drive for typhoon “Ondoy” victims.

“The outpouring of support from OFWs in all professions is overwhelming; every participating organization had brought their own share of donations, in cash and in kind –a manifestation that helping the victims of typhoon is every body’s business, and so we did,” said Gerry de Guzman, Migrante-Al Khobar Chapter Secretary-General.

Last night Filipino Community leaders’ meeting was facilitated by Labor Attache David Des Dicang.

Filcom Leaders in Eastern Region

Filcom Leaders in Eastern Region

Aside from Migrante-Al Khobar, the following organizations were also present:  Bulakenyo Community, Eastern Region OFW Congress, AFSCOM, Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Al-Andalos School (Teachers & Staff), the Filipino Pop (Filipino Pop Music Association) under Dr. Molina, Worley Parsons Co. Filipino Employees, Dammam Med. Tower, PAGASA Association, GUARDIANS Eastern Region Association, AAIS association, Dubaib & Sulaim Co. Filipino Employees, ABQIAQ community, JAL, SI Samahang Ilocano, PSME association, IECEP association, UFBF association, RASA association, Filipino Bowlers association, Ras Tanura Fil. Com. Association, ROFNA Bowling Association, ASOC association, RC Parishioners, Mrs. Mary Jane Tupaz, Dr. Ronaldo Molina, and the Social Development and Aid Organization (SDAO).

The meeting was attended by more than 80 OFW leaders.

FILCom Leaders meeting In Eastern Region was facilitated by Labor Attache David Des Dicang

FILCom Leaders meeting In Eastern Region was facilitated by Labor Attache David Des Dicang

“The cash on hand collected by the council and Filipino Community leaders as at 6:00p.m. October 4, 2009 is 31,978 (Thirty One Thousand nine hundred seventy eight) Saudi Riyal, while there are already 57 boxes of goods at the warehouse of Al-Andalus International School as reported,” de Guzman added.

The Filipino Community leaders agreed to cut the donations drive until October 10, 2009; cash donations will be remitted in the afternoon of October 10 as well as the boxes of goods.

The Filipino Community leaders have agreed to send their donations to the Local Government Units (LGUs) through its local Social welfare and development offices.

“We have indentified the most affected areas as recipient of the donations we have gathered like Cainta, Antipolo, San Mateo in Rizal Province, Dinalupihan in Bataan, Marikina and Pasig in Manila,” said Rod “Choie” De Leon, Migrante-Al Khobar Chairperson.

De Leon said it was agreed by the Filipino Community coordinating council that in order to be transparent in the distribution of their donation the POLO-Eastern Region will officially endorse Migrante International to be witness and could monitor the actual distribution of goods to the intended beneficiaries in every recipient LGUs.

“We have also asked POLO-Eastern Region to communicate with the Bureau of Customs not to confiscate the boxes of relief goods once it reaches the Philippines so that its distribution by the recipient LGUs could take effect without delay,” De leon added.

Migrante-Al Khobar had also get the consensus of the Filipino Community leaders to conduct a symposium on Migrants Rights and Welfare, and Human Rights activity on December 2009, Blood Letting Program and Fun Run for a cause, right after the donations drive for typhoon victims.  – end –

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One thought on “FilCom in Eastern Region united for Ondoy typhoon victims

  1. PAHAYAG SA MIDYA
    17 Oktobre 2009

    Pagbati!

    Mariin nating kinokondena ang kuwestyonable at hindi makatarungang COMELEC en banc Resolution No. 8679 kung saan tinanggal nito ang Migrante Sectoral Partylist para hindi makalahok sa halalan 2010. Ang ma-anomalyang hakbang na ito ng COMELEC ay lantarang pagsupil sa karapatan ng sektor-OFW’s para magkaroon ng tunay at lehitimong boses sa kongreso.

    Taliwas sa panuntunang-legal ang naging interpretasyon ng COMELEC sa Section 6, paragraph 8 na nakapaloob sa Partylist System Act (R.A. 7941). Malinaw na nakasaad sa naturang probisyon na maaari lang matanggal ang organisayong katulad ng Migrante Sectoral Partylist sa pangkalahatang-listahan ng COMELEC kung ito ay:

    1. Hindi nakalahok sa dalawang magkasunod na eleksiyon;
    2. Hindi nakakuha ng 2% ng boto sa ilalim ng partylist system sa loob ng dalawang magkasunod na eleksiyon.

    Sa aspetong legal at teknikal, hindi maaring gawing sangkalan ng COMELEC ang nabanggit na probisyon para hadlangan ang pagpupunyagi ng sektor-OFW na magkaroon ng representasyon sa kongreso. Noong 2004, pumalaot ang Migrante Sectoral Partylist sa halalan ngunit ito ay nabigo na makakalap ng botong itinalaga ng batas. Dahil dito napagpasyahan ng buong pamunuan ng Migrante Sectoral Partylist na palakasin ang baseng-masa at kasapian sa buong mundo na nagtulak upang ipagpaliban ang paglahok nito sa halalan noong 2007. Sa makatuwid, isang eleksyon pa lang na hindi nakalahok ang Migrante Sectoral Partylist at ito ay noong 2007.

    Dahil ba ang Migrante Sectoral Partylist ay kritiko ng rehimeng Arroyo kaya’t sagad ang pagwasiwas ng hindi makatarungan hakbang laban sa ating hanay? Ang iskemang ito ay isang tipo ng political harassment para patahimikin ang mga progresibong kilusan na patuloy na bumabatikos sa bulok na lipunan. May kasabwat na naman kaya ang Malakanyang sa COMELEC katulad ni Garci noon? Kung tutuusin ang Malakanyang ang may marubdob na pagnanasang tanggalin at patahimikin ang mga tunay na partidong kumakatawan sa marginalized sector ng lipunan natin. Sukdulang gumamit ng pandurukot, pagpatay sa mga kaanib at opisyales ng mga progresibong partylists. Ngayon naman ay ang pagtanggal sa Migrante Sectoral Partylist na tunay na kumakatawan sa interes ng mga Migranteng nasa labas ng bansa. Ngunit hindi tayo kailanman panghihinaan ng loob, bagkus, doble pa nating pag-iibayuhin ang pagmulat, pagmobilisa at pagpapakilos sa sektor na ating kinabibilangan para lalong mapagsilbihan ang malawak na bilang ng sambayan.

    Sa halip, dapat na tuunan ng COMELEC ay ang pag-aalis sa mga pekeng partylist na pakawala ng Malakanyang katulad ng Bantay (Jovito Palparan), ANAD (Jun Alcover), Kasangga (Ma. Lourdes Arroyo, kapatid ni Mike Arroyo) atbpa.

    Hinihimok natin ang masa’t sambayan na makiisa sa ating ipinaglalaban. Maging mapagmatyag at tutulan ang lahat na uri ng katiwalian!

    Migranteng Pilipino sa buong mundo, MAGKAISA!
    COMELEC Resolution No. 8679, IBASURA!

    (SGD.) John Torres
    Spokesperson
    Migrante Sectoral Partylist
    Eastern Region, KSA

    Email: john_torresrt@yahoo.com.ph

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