The President of Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc. (PCCI) and Secretary General of the Philippine Independence Coordinating Council of Southern California (PICCSC) has made an urgent appeal to all the members to unite for typhoon relief for the victims in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
“It is in this time of tragedies, storms and other calamities that our true character is measured. Filipinos should come to the aid of their country men devastated by typhoon Yolanda. Helping does not end, it will go a long way supporting the affected families to recover from this latest tragedy,” PCCI President Darna B. Umayam said as she urged members to be generous and to extend as much assistance to the less fortunate people.
Umayam learned that victims are in dire need of medicines and coordinated with Dr. Dante Banta, resident physician of Clinica Western in Los Angeles, a well known medical practitioner and awarded as one of the 100 Outstanding Filipino-Americans in the USA. Dr. Banta used his personal account with MAP International Incorporated and purchased boxes of much needed medicines for medical mission of Umayam’s group in the Philippines come February of this year. Two boxes were sent to Ormoc City c/o Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres and another (2) boxes to Sagip Kapamilya of ABS-CBN through Mary Ann Pimenta, (1) box will go to Cabanatuan City through Arnold and Lynn Mariano of Twins Quality Healthcare and the rest of the boxes will be distributed in February together with canned goods. Along with the members of PCCI, PICCSC and PPP-USA, Inc., Mayor Jim Dear of Carson City, Annie Cuevas Lim, Department of Tourism Director, Dr. Carlos Manlapaz, Adviser, PICCSC, Sid Guerrero and Jim Hernandez, President and Chairman of the Board of PPP-USA, Inc., respectively witnessed the acceptance of the (10) boxes of medicine total worth $ 130,000 ($ 13,000 cost of each box) last December 1, 2013 at the Umayam’s Residence of Engr. Eli and Mrs. Darna Umayam in Eagle Rock California. Members of the Press were present to witness the occasion.
“The huge destruction of typhoon Yolanda to fellow Filipinos in our beloved homeland brought so much loss of loved ones and properties to our countrymen. Now is the time for all of us to put our act together and come to the aid of our country. Let’s hold hands and unite and help those in dire need of aid in our homeland in whatever ways and means.”
The Philippine Children’s Charities is still accepting donations before their February medical mission. All donations are tax-deductible. If you have questions, please feel free to call (323) 258-4879.