Pinoys in Calgary aid kababayans displaced by floods

Posted at 06/25/13 2:56 PM

MANILA - Filipino organizations in Calgary have come together to help more than 300 Pinoy families in Alberta who were evacuated due to floods.

"Actually, it was sort of a simultaneous action with the Filipino organizations here in Calgary," said Philippine Honorary Consul General for southern Alberta, Ferdie Aguirre.

Many did not expect the flood saying it was the first time this happened in their area.

The Filipino community in Calgary has formed a task force that will help the displaced Filipinos who are temporarily staying in sports centers, schools and churches.

"In spite of the sadness of what happened with this tragedy, I'm quite happy with these reactions of all the organizations here in Calgary because you can see that all the Filipino organizations came together in one room and came up with the idea of putting up this relief operations," said Aguirre.

Calgary and parts of southern Alberta have declared a state of emergency because of the floods.

Meantime, ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya Foundation has sent relief supplies in coordination with The Filipino Channel-Canada.