Filipinos overwhelmed by king’s $10m donation

November 17, 2013 2:07 pm Comments Off on Filipinos overwhelmed by king’s $10m donation Views: 5186


Filipinos here and in the Philippines have expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the SR37.5 million ($10 million) aid provided by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for typhoon victims in their country.
The Saudi government announced the cash aid on Friday. The Saudi Finance Ministry will transfer the money into a special account set up for distressed Filipinos.
Commenting from Manila, Abdullah Al-Hassan, the Saudi ambassador, told Arab News: “This gesture reflects the deep-rooted friendship between Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. It is a message of love and compassion to the friendly people of the Philippines,” the envoy said.
“Words cannot express my deepest gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Maria Amor, founding president of We Care for Humanity (WCH), a non-government organization helping with relief efforts.
“Our country is in an unbelievably distressed situation, probably the worst in our history. We need all the help we can get.” She said the donation has given new hope to people in the face of the death and destruction wrought by the typhoon.
“Who are we to give up and lose hope when all the countries in the world are uniting to help the Philippines?” she said.
Ezzedin Tago, the Philippine ambassador, said he received a call on Friday from the Saudi Minister of Finance informing him about the donation, and seeking advice on where to send the money.
“On behalf of the Philippine president and the Filipino people, especially those in the Kingdom and those in the affected areas, we thank King Abdullah for his generous contribution to the relief efforts for the Yolanda (typhoon) victims. The Kingdom and its people have long been kind hosts to Filipinos.”
Commenting from Manila, Jun S. Aguilar, a former overseas foreign worker (OFW) and now president and chief executive officer of FMW Group Holdings Inc., told Arab News that the assistance would boost rehabilitation efforts.
“On behalf of Filipino migrant workers around the world, we would like to express our appreciation and sincere thanks to King Abdullah and the people of the Kingdom for another benevolent act of kindness and compassion,” said Aguilar, who is also the chair of the Filipino Migrant Workers Group.
He appealed to his fellow OFWs to show their gratitude by performing their duties honestly and efficiently. “May Allah bless KSA!” Aguilar said.
Shalimar Salomabao, product manager for telemoney at Arab National Bank in Riyadh, said: “This support from the king of humanity King Abdullah will help thousands of typhoon survivors including more than 1,000 Muslim Filipino families living in the affected areas.”
“On behalf of the Filipino community in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, we express our thanks and gratitude for this very commendable support by King Abdullah and we will pray to Almighty Allah to extend his life to support humanity and Muslims all over the world.”

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