The Filamcco Foundation will soon launch a fund-raising campaign for the victims of the on-going eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay Province, Philippines.
Dr. Ernestina delos Santos-Mac, incumbent Filamcco Foundation president, is seeking from the foundation’s board a permission to launch the fund drive so she can ask the Filipino community in Michigan to donate funds that will help the people in Albay who are displaced from the eruption activities of the volcano.
In a letter she sent to Edina Kleine, foundation secretary, Doctor Mac said the solicited funds will be used to implement long-term livelihood projects that will help the victims.
Doctor Mac, who hails from Ligao City, Albay, said, “We will have a comprehensive report” which will be the basis of whatever projects we will launch.” The projects will be sustainable and long term to help the displaced people regain their lost livelihood, she added.
To kick off the fund drive, Doctor Mac is personally donating $1,000 as seed money.
Rhodes Porcalla and other leaders of the Bikolandia Association of Michigan will be tapped to help in the fund-solicitation drive.
Fund donations for Filamcco Foundation’s charity undertakings are tax-deductible.
Earlier, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported that with the continuing phreatomagmatic eruption of the Mayon Volcano, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a total of 14,483 families or 55,068 persons were displaced by the eruption and lava flow. The families were from Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Daraga, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo and Legazpi City, all in Albay. They are now staying in 59 evacuation centers.
There are also 1,395 families or 6,165 individuals who are sheltered in the houses of their relatives.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has been distributing relief goods such as food packages to the evacuees.
In a related development, the province of Albay was placed under a state of calamity to enable the local government units in the affected areas to use their calamity funds in helping the victims.