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Sagip Kababayan kicks-off multiple donation booth operation in Central

| November 22, 2013

Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan (OMSK) relief operations started to collect donations last Nov. 17 for the victims of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).  Eman Villanueva, UNIFIL-Migrante leader, said that OMSK has set-up several in-kind donation booths in various locations in the Central district area.

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


22 November 2013

Dear friends,

We are writing to give you an update of our Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan (OMSK) disaster relief and rehabilitation campaign for the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.

Cash donations

As of yesterday, 21 November 2013, we have so far collected HK$105,000.00 in cash donations. This amount includes donations coursed through MFMW Limited bank account as well as personally handed through our offices and network members.

Cash collected through donation boxes and proceeds from fund-raising events through the initiative of some groups are also included in this amount. For the fast two weeks, donation boxes were placed at the Bahce Turkish Bar in Mui Wo, Lantau island; Rain Lily event at the Grappas Cellar and inside the office of the MFMW in St. John’s Cathedral.

Collections were also made during the morning service and during an afternoon prayer meeting held last 17th November at the Kowloon Union Church (KUC). The prayer meeting was jointly organised by the KUC, Hong Kong Christian Council (HKCC), the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM), Justice and Peace Commission of the HK Catholic Diocese (HKJP), Hong Kong Christian Institute (HKCI) and the Mission For Migrant Workers (MFMW).

Indonesian migrant workers belonging to the Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body (AMCB), namely the Asosiasi Buruh Migran Indonesia (ATKI) and the United Indonesians Against Overcharging (PILAR) also collected donations from the Indonesian migrants 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.

Corporate donations were also received from HK Life newspaper and Halo World Limited while Latitude 22, a famous Spanish restaurant located in SOHO area is helping to collect donation in cash and in kind. Employees of Pacific Basin also gave cash donations.

Meanwhile, OMSK already remitted last November 19 a total of HK$70,000.00 to our disaster relief partners in the Philippines free of charge courtesy of UAEexchange. The recipients include BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan), SAGIP Migrante and the Panay Center for Disaster Response (PCDR).

Donation in kind

The OMSK is able to fill a total of 8 jumbo size boxes of goods containing canned goods, rice, noodles, medical supplies and bottled water. A total of 5 boxes were shipped last November 17 through drop-off points around Central district while additional 3 boxes from Helpers of Islam Grou (HIG) coursed through OMSK will be shipped on Saturday, November 23 – all free of charge courtesy of AFreight Cargo and GenEx Cargo. Another 4 boxes of goods are now waiting to be repacked by the HIG bringing their total in-kind donation to OMSK to 7 boxes.

Relief and Rehabilitation Caravan

Since November 9, national and international grassroots network of BALSA including here in Hong Kong gather the much-needed funds and goods for the relief operation.

From November 14-16, BALSA sent two advance teams to typhoon ravaged areas to investigate the situation in the ground, connect with local grassroots organisations and chapters of BALSA, establish bases of operations and draw up the plan for the actual relief and rehabilitation work. The teams covered the regions of Bicol, MiMaRoPa and the Visayas.

Around 3.7 metric tons of relief goods were sent to Kalibo, Aklan last November 15 via air cargo free of charge courtesy of AirAsia Zest flights. Relief operations have already started as early as November 17 in Roxas, Iloilo through the Panay Center for Disaster Response (PCDR).

Meanwhile, the BALSA National’s Inter-Regional Relief Caravan with #Tabang Eastern Visayas started yesterday, November 21, with starting points from Manila, Bicol and Mindanao. The caravan consisting of 9 truckloads of relief goods and more than 50 vehicles carrying more than 500 volunteers who will form the Serve the People brigades is expected to arrive the distribution base by today. The relief caravan also brings with them medical professionals and health workers from the Philippines and United States to provide medical assistance to the people in the affected areas.

For your reference, below are web links to photos/video of the different relief repacking operations and the actual caravan:

BALSA repacking operations / national relief caravan (19-21 NOV)

BALSA Mindanao repacking / relief caravan (19-21 NOV)

Sagip Migrante repacking operation (19-20 NOV)

BALSA National Relief Caravan #TabangEV kicks off from Quezon City, will link up with Bicol groups before heading to Samar. Mindanao contingent also traveling towards Southern Leyte.

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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