Filipinos in Switzerland raise P391k for typhoon Pablo victims


After speaking at the 43rd World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, President Aquino met with the Filipino communities in Switzerland and Lichtenstein, which pooled funds to help Filipinos victimized by typhoon Pablo

ZURICH—The Filipino expat community here gave President Aquino not just a warm welcome amid wintry weather. They pooled funds to help Filipinos victimized by typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) back home.

An initial check worth 8,650 Swiss francs was turned over to Aquino during his meeting with the Filipino communities here. The donation, however, was increased to 9,050 Swiss francs (about P391,000).

The President, who spoke before a crowd of about 500 Filipino-Swiss audience, lauded the members of various communities for pooling funds to donate to the victims of typhoon Pablo that ravaged Visayas and Mindanao last December.

“Lampas po doon sa halaga ng ipinagkaloob niyo sa ating mga kapatid na nabiktima ng Pablo, talaga naman pong napapadama niyo sa kanila na hindi sila nag-iisa. (More than the money you contributed, you’ve made them feel that they are not alone in this),” he said.

The President said that this donation would be a great present or “pasalubong” that he would bring home to the Philippines after being away for five days for this trip.

After attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, President Aquino met with the Filipino communities here in Switzerland and Lichtenstein before flying back home Saturday afternoon (Saturday evening in Manila).

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  • Mike Arroyo

    Yung bonus sa senado ang dapat ibahagi sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo! Pera ng taumbayan iyon! Mga Judas!

  • boybakal

    Hard earned money….ipamahagi nyo na lang sa mga kamag anak.
    Tungaw lang yan kay Pnoy. The gov’t has TRILLION BUDGET, can give hundred million pork barrel to Congressmen.
    Benevolent gesture but not worth the pie.

  • dprotector

    Good values to have, helping others in time of need. I hope the government could also put more money to Pablo victims in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

  • Garo Ungaro

    This is one filipino traits that is hard to follow; Its not the amount, its the good heart, 
    the good feelings that we are a family. The very reason why? we work hard here
    and abroad. just to make sure that the family is fine, with this traits we will be just ok…

  • kimo211

    Makarating sana  sa  mga  kinakaulakan mga  sinalanta  nang  bagyo,,,election  season  po  baka  panggastos  lang  mga   politiko  yan….ganyan  pong kabisulak  ang  puso  nang mga  pinoy  dito  sa  oversea,,,kahit  hirap  na  hirap  sa  pagkita  dito  sa  ibang  bansa,  ay  hindi  magsasawa  nang  pag tulong   sa  inang  baya… sana  ganito  din  ang  mga  taong  gobyerno  sa  Pinas (senators,  congresspersons ,,etc.



  • disqusted0fu

    After all the monetary donations coming from different parts of the world for the Pablo victims, they are still swamped with dirt and mud and are far off from recovery. The straight path must be taking effect… Straight path to the pockets of the KKKs.

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