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OMSK continue relief and rehabilitation effort for typhoon victims

| December 15, 2013

Nearly a month after the onslaught of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan (OMSK) disaster relief and rehabilitation continue to raise funds and collect in-kind donations for the victims of this calamity.

Below is the second circular update from Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan’s  relief effort here in Hong Kong and in coordination with the BALSA network in the Philippines.


7 December 2013

Cash donations

BALSA volunteer handing over relief donations in Leyte

BALSA volunteer handing over relief donations in Leyte

As of 30 November 2013, we have so far collected HK$210,000.00 in cash donations. This amount includes donations coursed through MFMW Limited bank account as well as personally handed through our offices and network members.

In addition to the earlier reported donors, several migrant organisations contributed their own relief efforts to our OMSK. Groups like the Benguet Federation, St. Anne’s Filipino Catholic Community, Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers’ Union (FMDWU), United Paoay (Ilocos Norte) Association and others turned over their cash collections to OMSK.

Further testament to the strong solidarity of migrant workers from other countries, the Overseas Nepalese Workers Union (ONWU) and some of their officers gave personal and Union’s donation while the Asosiasi Buruh Migran Indonesia (ATKI) and United Indonesians Against Overcharging (PILAR) continue to collect from donations from the Indonesian community and their employers.

Members of different Filipino migrants’ organisations who are part of the OMSK network (ATIS, CORALL, FMWU, UPHK, Gabriela, PCPR, IFI), friends of MIGRANTE Hong Kong and individual Filipino migrants also donated cash to OMSK. Additionally, the groups mobilised their members and collected a significant amount of cash donations from their employers. Members of Mindanao Federation (MinFed), Consolidated Filipino Community Brigade (CFCB), Alay Kapwa Catholic Group and St. Anne’s Filipino Catholic Community also volunteered to man our drop-off points in Central.

A sample box of essential material goods for donation to typhoon Haiyan survivors.

A sample box of essential material goods for donation to typhoon Haiyan survivors.

The staff of Pacific Basin Shipping Limited and Prime Credit gave additional donations while cash donations from employers continue to pour in.

Meanwhile, OMSK remitted the second tranche of cash donations last December 3 amounting to HK$60,000.00 to our disaster relief partners in the Philippines free of c

harge courtesy of UAEexchange. The recipients were BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan) and SAGIP Migrante. This brings our total remitted donation to HK$130,000.00 since November.

Donation in kind

As of end November, the OMSK has already shipped a total of 18 boxes of assorted in-kind donations including the 4 remaining boxes courtesy of the Helpers of Islam Group (HIG). We have received 11 cartons of bottled water from our friends from Latitude 22 and more are coming.

Meanwhile, the Shoebox of Hope HK has chosen OMSK as their beneficiary. The Shoebox of Hope HK is a charity that aims to personalize the experience of giving aid to families in the Philippines after the devastation of Haiyan. Donors are requested to fill an old shoebox with the relief goods and a message of hope, encouragement and solidarity to the recipients of the shoeboxes. The shoeboxes are then delivered to OMSK drop-off centre in Jordan, Kowloon.

We still have goods and boxes of bottled water ready for repacking and shipment but we have used up our free-of-charge shipment allocations from cargo companies. We are calling on our supporters for more support on this aspect so we can ship out our remaining goods to the Philippines before Christmas.

Relief and Rehabilitation Caravan

OMSK BALSA cargo truck during the relief caravan.

OMSK BALSA cargo truck during the relief caravan.

In our first OMSK update, we have reported about BALSA’s first National Relief Caravan to Samar and Leyte held from 21 to 26 of November. There were 600 volunteers including doctors, nurses, health workers and counselors that joined the caravan consisting of 50 vehicles and 9 truckloads of relief goods. At the end of the relief caravan, around 27,000 families received our relief goods, medical and counseling services.

The second National Relief Caravan is scheduled to commence on December 17-21. BALSA national coordinator Rita Baua reported that the second caravan would also cover the affected areas in Panay, Negros and Cebu. Meanwhile, BALSA members in Bicol and Southern Tagalog regions are responding to the relief operations in the affected areas in Bicol and MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

For your reference, below is a link to the video (photo slideshow) of the actual relief caravan and medical mission initiated by BALSA (video courtesy of HK PinoyTV):

BALSA National Relief Caravan for Leyte and Samar (21-26 NOV)


Donations still badly needed

We are still appealing for donations. The situation in the typhoon ravaged areas and the condition of the people living there have not yet improved. They still need your help not only for their immediate relief but also for the rehabilitation of their communities.

So while we thank you for your donations and generosity, we continue to appeal for your additional support.

You may send your donations to the following:


Payee:    MFMW Limited

A/C #:    848-047866-838

Bank:     HSBC

** Donations of HK$100 or more are tax deductible. If directly transferred or deposited to the above account, please send us a copy of your deposit slip by fax or e-mail **

You may send your cheque by mail to:

Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan


2/F., New Hall, St. John’s Cathedral, 4 Garden Road, Central, HKSAR

Fax no.: 2526-2894          E-mail:

Attn:       Dolores Balladares-Pelaez (97472986)

Sol Pillas (67135382)

OMSK Donation Hotlines

Hotline during office hours (10:00 – 17:00)

MFMW Limited           2522-8264

Bethune House          2721-3119

APMM                   2723-7536

UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK      3156-2447

During Sundays:
Betty Maguinsay (67634957)
Vicky Casia (93572125)
Susan Arcarte Famadulan (66040007)
Feliza Benitez (91041411)
Josie Pingkihan (94580330)
Caring Bachiller (96318440)

Sincerely yours,

Eman C. Villanueva
for “Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan”
(Operation Migrants’ Rescue Compatriots)



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