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Issue #1560      15 August 2012

Solidarity call from the Philippines

May First Movement Labour Centre

Dear friends,

The Philippines is being battered by continuous rains for two weeks now. The rains, caused by Typhoon Gener last week and by the Southwest monsoon now, have caused massive flooding in many parts of the country, particularly in Luzon islands.

In many areas, entire houses have been submerged in water. Many residents were not able to save their properties, store food, and keep dry clothes. Many of the areas affected by the floods are urban poor and workers’ communities which are home to many members of KMU* unions and mass organisations. So far, at least 9,742 families have been affected by floods in several parts of the National Capital Region.

We are still gathering data from our chapters in Central Luzon, Northern Luzon and Southern Tagalog regions on the extent of damage in their communities. Task Force Obrero, of which KMU is a member, had its initial drive of gathering relief goods for the victims of massive floods. The group, composed of volunteers from KMU, Anakpawis Partylist and Piston, went to several areas in Project 3 in Quezon City.

It was able to gather a significant amount of clothing, canned goods, coffee, milk, and other relief goods in a matter of few hours. The goods will be distributed in Marikina City and Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. These are some of the areas worst-hit by the flooding. We are also preparing a feeding program as many of the evacuees are getting hungry in the evacuation sites.

We kindly ask the support of our friends in the international community in our efforts to provide immediate relief to thousands of victims of this recent calamity. While we appreciate material goods, we highly encourage you to send financial support which we can use for our rehabilitation efforts.

For cash donations, you can send it to this peso account: Account Number: 001490130789 Name of holder: Priscila S. Ang-Maniquiz (KMU national treasurer) and Rogelio M. Soluta (KMU national secretary-general) Name of Bank: Banco de Oro Bank Address: Aurora Blvd, Anonas, Quezon City 2

You can also send it through Western Union: Name of beneficiary: Priscila S. Ang-Maniquiz Address: 63 Narra St., Proj. 3, Quezon City, Philippines. For Western union transmittal, kindly send us the tracking number so we can claim it.

KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno) or May First Labour Movement is an independent, militant labour centre. KMU is a founding member of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle  

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