The United Filipino Organization yesterday concluded its fundraising drive for flooding victims in the Philippines, but president Bong Malasarte still encourages the Filipino community to support the donation campaign of LBC Foundation.
Malasarte said in an interview that they will now account for all cash donations received in donation boxes that were made available in various stores on island. These donation boxes were gathered by UFO officers Friday.
“We sincerely thank all those who were willing to help the flooding victims in the Philippines. Any amount donated is very much appreciated because if we pool our resources together, it would mean a lot for families and individuals affected by the recent heavy downpour,” he told Saipan Tribune.
The Philippine Consulate General said in a press release that a total of 267,850 families or 1,230,813 individuals were affected while 11 persons died due to the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat enhanced by Tropical Storm Haikui, bringing in heavy to intense and frequent rains over Luzon since Aug. 6.
All cash donations, Malasarte noted, will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross.
The president of the umbrella organization of some 30 Filipino groups also called on the community to give in-kind donations and bring them to LBC office.
LBC staff said they continue to receive donations of food, biscuits, blankets, mats, medicines, and toiletries. In-kind donations will also be sent to the Philippine Red Cross.
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