The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi supports Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) in reaching out to Filipinos in need of aid amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Left photo: Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, together with ERC personnel headed by ERC Deputy Secretary General Rashid Al Mansoori, distributes boxes containing food items to Filipinos in Abu Dhabi who are affected by COVID-19. Right photo: Filipino recipients of the ERC assistance help bring up the boxes and food packs to their shared accommodations where some Filipinos are on strict quarantine. (Abu Dhabi PE photo)

Abu Dhabi — The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) jointly took part in the “bayanihan” outreach initiative to provide aid to vulnerable Filipinos who are struggling amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Hjayceelyn M. Quintana and Embassy frontliners joined an ERC team on April 23 in giving food boxes to 22 Filipinos who called for urgent assistance as they are on strict quarantine due to COVID-19 and are not permitted to go out to get food.

Ambassador Quintana said that the ERC has always been a reliable partner in times of calamities, not only in the Philippines but also in the UAE, in support of the Filipino community.

“We thank the UAE, its leaders and people, for this generous assistance from ERC. It shows how the Emirates community cares for Filipinos in the UAE as truly their own brothers and sisters, made even more significant as the celebration of the holy month of Ramadan begins.”

One of the recipients noted, “Our great gratitude to the Philippine Embassy for reaching out with food assistance to us OFWs affected by COVID-19. We pray that with this assistance, our next COVID-19 test results will be negative, and that we will be on the road to recovery. We wish the Embassy staff good health so you can perform your best in serving the Filipinos in UAE.”

The ERC-Embassy partnership also saw the delivery of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Filipino groups in Ras al Khaimah, Fujairah, as well as Dubai with logistical assistance provided by the Filipino Social Club (FilSoc)—a duly-licensed community organization—through their “FilSoc Cares” project.

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