Atty. Delmer Cruz, Labor Attache of the Philippines to Dubai, yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai has joined the growing number of Filipino overseas communities pitching in for the relief and rehabilitation of people and communities destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda.

In a report to Secretary Baldoz, Labor Attache Cruz said the POLO last Friday collaborated with the Philippine Consulate and the Filipino Communities (FilComs) in Dubai and in the Northern Emirates in holding a fund-raising activity, “Brunch for a Cause”, which successfully gathered AE Dinar 112,412.50 in donations, or roughly P1,332.833.50.

“The fund-raising activity was a success. Over 1,500 Filipinos, and even other nationalities, attended,” reported Cruz.

Apart from cash, the activity gathered 1,700 boxes of food items, medicines, clothing, blankets, towels, and toiletries. The relief goods were received at the MWOFRC from various organizations, individuals, and companies. These goods will be repacked and shipped to victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines in two 20-foot containers. Another 40-foot container van of assorted items will be shipped within the week, according to Cruz.

Cruz said the Post has requested–and received–several boxes of linens and towels from hotels, like the Dusit Residence, Lord’s Hotel, Crown Plaza Deira, and other hotels.

He also stated that the POLO has set up a courtesy lane for OEC applicants who are residents of typhoon affected areas.

END/ALA Venus Abad

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