UFO fundraises for deceased workers


The United Filipino Organization, in coordination with the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consul, will set up donation spots for those who want to donate cash to the family members of the three Filipino workers who were killed while working on a wastewater well in San Antonio.

The three were killed over a week ago after entering a Commonwealth Utilities Corp. sewer pump station. Toxic gas exposure and drowning are suspected to have caused their deaths.

Local authorities are investigating the deaths; Philippine honorary consul to the CNMI Glicerio Arago also looked into the accident.

It was Arago’s office that worked to find and contact the deceased workers’ families.

According to UFO president Marlon Regaton, the fundraiser was delayed because of the investigation and the struggle to locate the next of kin of all three workers. Now that the relatives have been located, the donation drive could go ahead.

According to Arago, overseas worker Amid L. Tapon is survived by his wife Fredelyn Tapon, Ricky S. Quijano is survived by his wife Jenny Quijano, and Danilo Paglinawan is survived by his children Alvin and Allan Paglinawan.

According to Regaton, boxes will be placed in specific areas on Saipan that will serve as donation boxes. The donations will be given to the next of kin of the deceased workers. The four places that were confirmed by Regaton are the two LBC Mabuhay stations on Saipan, RNV Construction, and the Gold Ribbon Restaurant. The boxes will be put out starting tomorrow, July 19, for interested donors. UFO emphasized that this is a voluntary donation campaign and no one is being forced to contribute anything.

A Tagalog Mass will also be hosted by the organization at the Kristo Rai Church. More details will follow.

Kimberly A. Bautista

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