PAGCOR Helps Davao Typhoon Pablo
P.A.G.C.O.R. HELPS. Photo shows employees of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (Pagcor) Casino Filipino Davao branch preparing relief items for distribution to the victims of typhoon ‘Pablo’ at an evacuation site in Iligan City. Right photo shows a family, who took refuge in a cramped evacuation center in Iligan City, receiving relief goods from Pagcor. (PNA photo)

Dr. Ernie Mac, president of the FILAMCCO Foundation, has appealed to kind-hearted people to donate funds for the relief and rehabilitation efforts for the thousands of typhoon “Pablo” victims in Mindanao.

Doctor Mac said the fund drive launched by FILAMCCO Foundation in Michigan was off to a good start with many kind hearts positively responding to the call for help.

Ryan Rosario, president of the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO), reported that the silent auction and 50-50 raffle held during the Rizal Day celebration last Dec. 15 yielded proceeds of $2,100 which was turned over as initial donation to the FILAMCCO Foundation’s fund-raising campaign.

Rosario, on behalf of the FILAMCCO board, also issued an appeal for more donations, noting the misery and pain of the victims, thousands of them are still living in cramped evacuation centers in Campostela Province.[box type=”default” size=”large”] FILAMCCO Foundation’s fund drive off to a good start [/box]It was reported that as of Dec. 19, 2012, the donations received by FILAMCCO Foundation totaled $4,195.

Doctor Mac said that the donations by the Michigan Filipino community would somehow help boost the massive relief operations being conducted by the Philippine government and civic and private groups in Mindanao.

She said that due to the widespread devastation wreaked by the typhoon, the rehabilitation efforts will take some time.

She noted that in certain areas in Campostela Valley, entire communities were wiped out, stressing that “our donations, although small these may be, would somehow contribute to the rehab program.”

Doctor Mac said that FILAMCCO Foundation will turn over the donated funds to ABS-CBN television-radio network, which is noted for its good track record of helping disaster victims.

She said that kind people who want to donate to the FILAMCCO Foundation’s fund drive are asked to call for details any one the following: Tony Kho, PACCM executive director, at 248-755-6122; Becky Tungol, PACCM chairperson, 248-755-6119; and Rose Caoagas, FILAMCCO secretary, 248-797-9033.

She added that all donations will be acknowledged by the foundation and that the names of the donors will be published in the Filipino Star News.

Donors may mail their checks to FILAMCCO Foundation, c/o Dr. Ernie Mac, 17356 Northland Park Court, Southfield, Michigan 48075. The checks should be payable to FILAMCCO Foundation.