Flood-affected Pinoys in Canada try to rebuild lives
CALGARY – Filipinos are still worried about their future as they try to rebuild their lives after the massive flooding that hit Alberta, Canada.
Some 200 Filipinos are now living in trailer homes in the Saddlebrook temporary housing community, after losing their homes during the massive floods that hit southern Alberta.
Set up by the government of Alberta, Filipinos in Saddlebrook get free housing and utilities, plus free food from cafeterias that cater to all nationalities in the community. They even have people who clean their homes everyday.
"This is really the amazing program na ginawa ng gubyerno dito dahil ang lahat-lahat binibigyan nila ng pansin ang mga tao na nasalanta ng baha," said Euben Sobrino, HR Settlement Coordinator, Cargill Meat Factory.
To further support affected residents, the Federal government is also waving fees and other documentary requirements for temporary and permanent residents, as well as Canadian citizens.
Despite this, Filipinos said living in the evacuation center was a struggle at first, especially for those whose families just arrived in Canada.
"Nung una mahirap kasi bago sila dito. Ang unang factor is environment, malamig at the same time yung pagkain," said meat cutter Lloyd Sobrino.
Many of them are worried about employment as most Filipinos in Saddlebrook have work contracts expiring in October.
Some, meantime, are already worried about the upcoming winter.
"Magko-close na yung contract namin dito dahil three months lang yung kontrata. After nun, wala pa kaming alam kung anong mangyayari," said another meat cutter, John Nicol.