PGMA asks Filipino community in the U.S. to help victims
of typhoon Frank
PGMA asks Filipino community in the U.S. to help victims of typhoon Frank

OPS U.S. Visit 2008

CITY OF FRESNO, California -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called on the Filipino community in the United States to extend assistance to the victims of typhoon Frank that hit the Philippines last Saturday.

The President sounded the call in her brief message during a program with some Filipino-Americans at the Fresno Convention Center here when she joined them in hearing Sunday mass.

''You have done so much without losing your bonds of affection for your motherland or your inherent pride in your Filipino heritage. Every year, Filipino-Americans extend all forms of assistance for your old schools, hometowns, provinces and local organizations,'' the President said.

''From medical and dental missions, to educational and internet support, to humanitarian and charitable causes, Filipino-Americans are ever ready to help the land of your forefathers,'' the President added.

She said that with the onslaught of typhoon Frank, the Filipinos back home are hoping that the Filipinos here will again extend their help to the less fortunate.

''To our Fil-Am brothers and sisters, for your generosity towards the less fortunate in the Philippines, and for your commitment to enhance development in our motherland, salamat!'' she said.

Some 600 Filipino-Americans witnessed the Presidentís conduct of a video conference with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) where President Arroyo showed that despite her being out of the Philippines to foster diplomatic relations with its most important ally, she remains focused and on top of the situation back home.

Any assistance to the typhoon victims could be coursed through the embassies and consulates as the President has given out instructions for them to open disaster-relief donation accounts.

In addition, the NDCC was directed to set up an accounts website and text number.

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