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    Filipinos unite for typhoon victims

    MEMBERS of a US-based nongovernment organization (NGO) of Filipinos on Saturday said they are pooling their resources together to help rebuild the communities devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) that hit Central Philippines on Nov. 8 last year.
    Speaking for the group, Arnel Valera said he’ll be going to typhoon-ravaged Tacloban City this week to discuss with officials of Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC), an NGO run by Filipinos in the United States to which he is a co-director.
    Valera told Ben Cal of the state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) that MHC has put up Project REVIVE, an acronym for Rebuilding Visayas with Vibrant Ecology.
    A practicing immigration lawyer in Washington, D.C., Valera was among the speakers at the First Global Summit of Filipino Nurses at the Manila Hotel last Thursday.
    The summit was attended by Filipino nurses working in various parts of the world and has the theme, “Filipino Nurses Worldwide: Unite for Global Health & Nation Building.”
    In his speech, Valera appealed to the nurses to join hands and come up with short and long-term plans to support the rebuilding of Eastern Visayas which was devastated by Yolanda, the world’s strongest storm to hit the country after more than four decades.
    “Project REVIVE is a great way of giving back to our country of birth the needs of our people to rebuild their lives and their communities destroyed by Yolanda," Valera said.

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