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Filipino body calls for help for Super Typhoon Haiyan victims.

AILYN AGONIA

DOHA THE United Filipino Organisations in Qatar (UFOQ) in coordination with the Philippine Embassy Doha has appealed to all Filipino expats in Qatar to unite and extend help to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), which has hit central part of the Philippines.

The Filipino expatriates have been urged to donate both in cash and in kind including canned foods, medicine, bottled water, blankets, mosquito nets and toiletries.

According to the latest reports, about 10,000 people are feared to have died from the tropical cyclone, described as the strongest to make landfall in recorded history, which slammed into the Philippines on Friday.

UFOQ is the umbrella organisation of dozens of Filipino groups in the country mandated to lead the community especially when organising outreach initiatives. Following the circular issued by the Philippine Embassy on Sunday, the group's Welfare & Reach-Out Committee (UFOQ-WROC) immediately launched a massive fund-raising drive.

oeThis is not about from which organisation you are, your status in life or who you are. This (initiative) is about being a Filipino. We need all the help that we can get for our unfortunate compatriots back home, A[yen] UFOQ Chairman Jhin Tabuzo told Qatar Tribune on Sunday.

Tabuzo underscored the role of UFOQ in properly coordinating the outreach initiatives of all Filipino groups in the country to ensure that help reaches the calamity victims in timely and orderly manner. The group recently tied-up with LBC Foundation for free shipment of relief goods to the beneficiaries.

Donations in kind are now accepted at the Philippine Embassy during office hours through Cultural Attache Richard Billedo. LBC is offering to send relief goods free of charge to Typhoon Yolanda victims from November 9 to 25. Other donations can be coursed through UFOQWROC Committee Chairman Lyndon Magsino (5569 8990) or Pastor Beda Robles (5583 0946).

Several Filipino groups have expressed their intentions to support the campaign. According to Annie Esmer of United Filipino Entrepreneurs in Qatar (UFEQ) a number of its members and supporters have already pledged donations in cash and kind. She said they will be coordinating with the embassy and UFOQ on this matter.

Pinoy Basketball of Qatar (Pibaq) President Pat Carido said they were already planning on how to contribute to the campaign either through donations or by organising a project for the cause.

Richard Ali, president of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Picpa- Qatar), said the group will be discussing during a meeting over the weekend the course of action they will take to enlist the help of Filipino accountants in Qatar to the fund-raising campaign. Pinoy Ads Qatar (PAQ) founder Minda S Obeidat announced via the group's official Facebook page a plan to organise a Bazr for Yolanda victims, soon.

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Date:Nov 11, 2013
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