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Saturday, April 19, 2014

UFO fund drive for PH quake victims reaches $5.5K

United Filipino Organization president Annamae Adaza, standing third from left, hands a symbolic check to Filipino community leader Eli Arago last night at the 2nd floor of the JP Center Building. Adaza is joined by other UFO members. (Mark Rabago) The United Filipino Organization turned over last night to Filipino community leader Eli Arago a cashier’s check worth $5,500, which represents the money the group collected during its more than weeklong fundraising drive for victims of the earthquake in the central Philippines last Oct. 15.

Annamae Adaza, the president of the umbrella organization of Filipino groups on Saipan, said that UFO extends its gratitude to the companies and individuals who contributed to the campaign.

“The Saipan community really extended its help to the needy, we are really grateful that the community trusted the organization, knowing they did not feel hesitant to give their hard-earned money for a cause.”

She also thanked the 15 UFO volunteers who helped man the fundraising booths, each one spending a minimum of 21 hours for the effort.

Booths for the UFO Philippine earthquake fund drive were set up at the Sabalu Market, Tuesday Market, and Thursday Market. Collections were also conducted Sundays at the Mt. Carmel Cathedral and Kristo Rai Parish.

Arago was pleasantly surprised at the amount UFO raised, saying that $5,500 is no small change. He commended everyone—businesses and individuals—who donated for the cause.

Arago, who will be flying to the Philippines today for a brief trip, will turn over the cashier’s check to Sagip Kapimilya, the emergency humanitarian assistance program of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.

Sagip Kapimilya provides food and non-food relief to communities affected by disasters. It also engages in rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction projects.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN reported that the death toll in the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit the Visayas last Oct. 15 has reached 218.

The number of deaths in Bohol rose as more remains of victims were recovered, the National Risk Reduction and Management Council said in an advisory Monday.

A total of 204 people died in Bohol while 13 died in Cebu. One died in Siquijor. Eight others remain missing in Bohol. Damage caused by the earthquake was estimated at 2.2 billion pesos ($51 million).

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