Delayed Yolanda aid from Winnipeg finally sent to PH

By Rhia Alcantara, ABS-CBN Canada

Posted at Feb 06 2014 12:44 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2014 08:44 PM

WINNIPEG – Relief goods and donations collected in Winnipeg are finally on its way to typhoon victims in the Philippines.

The Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba confirmed donations were sent to the Philippines over the weekend, after news surfaced the relief goods had not been delivered.

Lou Fernandez, PCCM vice president and spokesperson, said the 53 boxes of donations sent to the Philippines contained canned goods, clothing, and diapers.

"The carrier was Forex and ang tatanggap ay Operation Tulong. I don't have the address with me but I think Operation Tulong is a recognized body in the Philippines who handles this kind of relief. The money has been sent via wire transfer to the TD bank at Keewatin & Burrows, and it was sent directly to the Philippine Red Cross. The amount was $72, 416.53," Fernandez said.

The PCCM also apologized anew especially to kababayans who were disappointed by the delay.

"Nakakapanatag ng loob. Masaya na naipadala na yung pera dahil at least kahit huli na siya naipadala ang pera makakatulong pa rin yun," said Emmanuel Trawon, a concerned Filipino-Canadian.

"Last Friday, doon pa lang nga pumasok yung cheke na dinonate namin so alam ko na hindi ginamit yung pera na yun. Kaya nga lang maybe the PCCM should need to review their management procedures when it comes to things like this," said Joy Lazo.

But some community members insist there should be steps to ensure this incident does not happen again.

An open forum has been set on February 9 to discuss ideas on how to build a stronger and more engaged Filipino community in Winnipeg.

"Sa Manitoba alone there are 65,000 Filipinos. It is hard to reach out to everyone. Through this forum, and through this survey that we have sent to the community, malalaman mo ang problema at concerns ng mga tao. Magkakaroon sila ng pagkakataon dito na magkakilala and to voice out their opinion," said Aida Champagne.