Overseas Filipino Council International (OFCI) is an organization I joined a year ago. I am sharing this letter from our President to give you guidance on what to donate to the victims of typhoon Ondoy & Pepeng. Thank you for your time & continued support of our kababayans. – Charmaine
OFCI distributed relief goods in Marikina, using some of your monetary donations and donations in kind. I personally went to the site and looked at the devastated place with the help of some friends and leaders of PPP and OFCI in Marikina.
Let me tell you that this reaching out will never happen if we did not get help from some of you. Through the initiative of our OFCI Treasurer, Carlos Caramanzana from NY,who provided the seed money of $300.00, I was able to buy laundry soap, toothpaste, canned foods (not sardines), from Lou Arsenio’s friends and workers, they donated Soap for Alipunga (what is Alipunga in English? Fungus? Athlete’s Foot, Virus? and lots of used clothings, that were washed and ironed. We went out of our way, to use some household money for laundry. Down the first floor of this Cityland Tower there are 3 laundrymats that accomodated the laundering of those clothes. OFCI wants to restore the dignity of those people, if we give, we want to give wholeheartedly, we gave them clean clothings. I learned from my husband that giving should not mean giving rejects, which according to him ” I WILL NOT EVEN GIVE THOSE TO MY WORST ENEMY". If you have read my posting to all, I criticised those outfits that gave 2 cans of sardines, one kilo of rice to the people of Marikina. Why give them canned foods and rice when they can not even cook? No electricity! Buy all the foods from the food courts and distribute them to each households, that would relieve hunger and frustrations.
Anyway, we are not even done yet, there are people waiting for help in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Baguio, Pampanga. An appeal is going on, I will be going to Pangasinan, La Union, possibly not Baguio,(Our Rotarian friends , Tom Panis, Joanne Tan and the rest are helping, I am scared of the Landslide), if there are some goods to be delivered. How I wished we are as big as the ROTARIANS.
We have members monitoring my well beings, I looked stressed out, my gray hair is showing (no money to buy Revlon Hair Coloring, expensive in the Philippines, Chuchi, forget the strawberry shampoo, can you include Revlon hair coloring? A little on the lavender side please), but not to worry, it is just showing my age, the health is still very good. Help me keep up my dream, I need another 30 years, and another ROYAL KISS from the KING OF BRUNEI.
Here are the places where you can send your donations – Bank of America, OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL , and FRANCISCO AGUILAR’S OFCI Philippine account… I will send you the account number upon requests please.
The pictures I am sharing with you were just taken for documentation for OFCI, We did not request photoshoots or publicity, it is enough for us to be able to show our donors some pictures. We were actually in the site of the disaster and will continue to do so. No paid staffs, we dig into our pockets to be able to help. I will be back to Marikina on Sunday and Jun Aguilar I hope can join me to make a survey and distribute merienda.
And as a closing, I would like to invite you, to join OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL an organization that is action oriented. a YEAR’s membership fee is $10.00, Lifetime is $100.00.
President, OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL, HQRTR, WASHINGTON STATE
Members are from around the world.
Lyndale Beng Causing, President, OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL, Philippine Chapter.,