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ANCOP receives $3K donation from the Philippine ConGen in Toronto
Monday, April 20, 2015
Philippine Consul General in Canada Junever Malihum-West turned over a donation of $3,000 to ANCOP Canada President Ricardo Cuenca last March 21, 2015 at the St. Ohrid Clement Macedonia Banquet hall in downtown Toronto.

The turnover was done during the farewell party tendered in honor of the Consul General who will move on to a new diplomatic post as Philippine ambassador to Jordan in the Middle East.

Organized by the Philippine Canadian Charity Foundation, the event was attended by officials and members of various Philippine Canadian charity organizations and individuals involved in development work in Toronto.

Consul General West and her husband John were joined by Senator Tobias “Jun” Enverga and wife Rose, and other personalities working with the Canadian parliament.

Cuenca and wife Irma; Dan Gutierrez, Coordinator for Toronto; Mot Saliba, Coordinator for the Child Sponsorship Program; and ANCOP volunteers, plus members of the media were also present during the event.

Cuenca addressed the audience, rallying the guests to donate and help reach out to the countless poor especially in the Philippines, through ANCOP’s Child Sponsorship and Shelter programs.

“Filipinos in Canada are so blessed, and I encourage everyone to help us send poor children to school and build homes for poor families,” Cuenca said.

He showed two video presentations about the ANCOP programs in the Philippines, underscoring the success stories of the Child Sponsorship Program. Ricky shared that two ANCOP scholars who graduated March 2014 were among those who topped the Philippine Board Examinations for Certified Public Accountants.

The ANCOP Canada president reported that ANCOP’s Haiyan campaign in Canada had generated $500,000 and this fund is being used to construct houses in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines for the typhoon victims. This is in partnership with SM Cares Foundation, the charity arm of SM, Inc. the largest retail conglomerate in the Philippines. The houses will be turned over to the home partners in June 2015.

“God is testing the purity of our hearts and our sincerity in loving the less privileged,” Cuenca exhorted, adding that the Filipino Canadians present should step forward, be the hands of Christ, and be the agents of change for the sorry plight of the poor.

“Let us give the poor hope, regardless of religious affiliations,” he added.

Senator Enverga, in his speech, informed the Filipino Canadian community that the Canadian government is also doing its best to help the poor people in the Philippines by encouraging Canadian businesses to invest in the Philippines to generate employment.

“If this happens, many Filipinos would not aspire to come to Canada to seek jobs anymore; they would choose to remain in the country if they had jobs to support their families,” the senator expressed. 

In her response, Consul General West thanked the Philippine Canadian Charity Foundation for organizing the event. She shared that she has always been a supporter of ANCOP, and that she is a proud sponsor of a young girl in the Philippines under the CSP program.

The Consul General expressed her appreciation for the vibrancy and dynamism of the Filipinos in Toronto, their hard work, perseverance and ability to rise up in crisis, and their community spirit.

“I thank you for your friendship and for forging partnerships to support the poor people in the Philippines,” she added. She likewise encouraged the guests to visit the Philippines and see for themselves how these initiatives, undertaken by non-government organizations such as ANCOP, are helping alleviate poverty in the country.

General West assured those present that the best is yet to come for the Filipino Canadians in Toronto.

“I was inspired by your support in my three years here,” she said. “I am happy to report to you that we have expanded the services of the Philippine Consulate Office in Toronto.”

She ended her speech by thanking everyone present for their support, inviting them to visit the Philippine embassy when they go to Jordan.



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