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President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a check donation for the victims of Typhoon Pablo from Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie Baja during the Filipino Community Meeting in Zurich (Photos by Benhur Arcayan & Ryan Lim, Malacañang Photo Bureau) 

FilCom in Switzerland and Liechtenstein turn over CHF 10,210
for victims of typhoon Pablo

In the first ever Filipino community meeting with a Philippine President in recent memory, Filipinos from Switzerland and Liechtenstein donated a total amount of CHF 10,210 (approximately P450,000) to President Benigno S. Aquino III during his visit to Davos and Zürich from 24 to 26 January. The amount does not include donations from individuals and organizations that were directly given to various agencies and foundations in the Philippines.

An initial amount of CHF 8,650 was ceremonially handed over to the President by Philippine Ambassador Leslie Baja during the Filipino community meeting with President Aquino at the Renaissance Hotel in Zürich on 26 January 2013. More than 500 Filipinos from all parts of Switzerland and Liechtenstein filled the hotel ballroom to listen to President Aquino.  They gave a rousing and warm welcome to the President which contrasted with the extremely cold weather prevailing in Switzerland.

After the President gave an update on the improvements in the Philippines in the economy and in the field of transparency and good governance, the Filipinos present gamely posed for souvenir pictures with President Aquino. 
The Filipino communities in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, numbering approximately 10,000,  have been actively engaged in various charity activities in the Philippines, with various organizations engaged in different types of fund/raising activities geared towards providing assistance to projects that benefit the poor and the underprivileged families in the respective regions of origin. They also work hand in hand with numerous Swiss-based and/or –initiated civic organizations involved in various charity works in the Philippines. END

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