MANILA—A number of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have remitted at least P500,000 to help fund the Manila city government’s projects, Mayor Isko Moreno said Thursday.
As of Thursday, September 5, OFWs from the United States, Europe and the Middle East sent a total of $10,600 or about P550,000, Moreno told ABS-CBN News.
“Pinagpapasalamat ko iyon. Hindi ’yun obligasyon ng mga OFW, ng mga immigrants,” he said.
“First time na ang tao mismo, nagbabayad na ng buwis, bumubunot pa ng extra para sa lungsod ng Maynila dahil nagugustuhan daw nila ’yung pagsusumikap ng kawani ng pamahalaan.”
Since the donors did not specify which projects they want to prioritize, the sum was placed in a trust fund while the city government decides how to spend it, the mayor said.
“Binigyan namin sila ng resibo ng Pamahalaan ng Lungsod ng Maynila,” he said. “Lilikumin [namin] tapos we’ll come up with something.”
Besides cash donations, several companies have also given the city government detergent soap, paint and other materials, said Moreno, who has been appealing to the public for help in restoring the capital city.
“Sana ’wag kayo magsawa at damihan niyo pa,” he said in jest.