UFO donates relief goods to families

Posted on Apr 29 2020


A beneficiary poses with United Filipino Organization members after receiving a bag of rice and assorted canned goods at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort in Kagman.

The United Filipino Organization-CNMI Inc. has finished giving away relief goods to families severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to UFO president Marcelo Masilungan, the organization’s representatives began distributing the food donations since Good Friday and, so far, a total of 1,000 bags of 10- and 20-lb rice and assorted canned goods have been given away.

Care packages were delivered door-to-door in As Teo, San Roque, San Antonio, and Koblerville. According to Masilungan, it didn’t matter if the beneficiary was a U.S citizen or not.

“We would like to thank our business partners, Karidat Social Services CNMI, LBC Express (Saipan), Mr. and Mrs. Tony and Annie Reyes, Ms. Liza Taylor, and to some anonymous sponsor for their continuous support for UFO by helping [us] provide for the community,” said Masilungan.

This wasn’t the first time that the UFO came together to extend a helping hand. UFO members also donated to those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in the Philippines.

“I think that a little goes a long way, whether you want to donate 50 cents or $1. Every single penny counts. We can help a lot of families with that,” he said.

He assured that those who helped distribute the donations followed social distancing and hygiene rules.

A member of the Jesus Is Lord Church poses with Marcelo Masilungan, United Filipino Organization president, after receiving eight bags of rice and assorted canned goods in San Vicente.

The United Filipino Organization donated 1,000 bags of rice and assorted canned goods to families who were heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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