(MENAFN - Arab News) The Association of Filipino Workers in Qassim has donated SR15,570 for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda which hit Eastern Visayas in the Philippines on Nov. 8.
"The amount was collected from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are association members. They are employed in different companies, hospitals and health centers," said Dionisio B. Tabuco, Jr., the association president. He said the entire amount was remitted to the Philippines Red Cross headquarters in Manila.
Tabuco, an engineer at the Saudi Pharmaceutical and Medical Appliances Corp. (SPIMACO), said the group has made it a point to help their needy compatriots both in the Philippines and in the Kingdom.
In Riyadh, two groups - the Filipino Golfers Association (FGA) and the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) - have donated SR3,000 and SR4,500 respectively.
"The FGA donated the amount to typhoon victims in Leyte while PSME sent its donation to its members affected by the typhoon," said Resty Sibug, FGA president. He was also the PSME president in 2010.
Another group, CFC (Catechism for Filipino Catholics), will also send SR5,000 to the Philippines Red Cross on behalf of the victims.
"Besides cash, the three groups sent 22 boxes of second-hand clothes through the LBC Foundation, a door-to-door cargo service on Nov. 30," Sibug said. Nearly 15 million people have been affected by the typhoon and over 4 million displaced. The death toll stands at more than 5000 fatalities.