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Filipino expats set up calamity help group



By Lily B. Libo-on (Our staff reporter)

19 July 2008

ABU DHABI — The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Abu Dhabi have set up a calamity group, which would serve as a permanent mechanism for the Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates to immediately respond to any call of emergency relief and donations for victims of natural disasters in the Philippines.

The group named Standing Committee for Assistance to Victims of Calamity (SCAVOC) has been formed after discussions among leaders of Filipino organisations in Abu Dhabi, following Typhoon Frank which claimed hundreds of lives and rendered thousands of Filipinos homeless.

Dick Orense, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Filipino Expatriates, said the group headed by Ernesto Refugio will continue to raise funds to assist and support the victims of disasters in the Philippines.

As part of the fund-raising campaign, donation boxes will soon be placed at the Philippine Overseas Labour Office and at restaurants and other places frequented by Filipinos in Abu Dhabi, he said.

Several Filipino groups have already sent their cash donations to the thousands of families, who lost their loved ones and their houses, in Iloilo and its neighbouring provinces, the worst hit by Typhoon Frank.

The Filipino groups, who are reported to have sent cash donations, include the Emigrante (Dh4,800) and the Philippine Business Council (Dh1,000). Other individuals and groups have earlier contributed directly to families in the Philippines, he said.

Two forthcoming fund-raising activities scheduled for the victims of Typhoon Frank in the Philippines are the \"Dance for A Cause\" spearheaded by the Abu Dhabi Dance Club at 6pm on  July 26 at the Blue Bay near Marina Mall, and the Halloween Charity Concert Tour chaired by Dick Orense on October 31 at a place to be announced later.


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