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(L-R  Consul Beth Pono, Ms. Chie Kropf, Mr. Edgar Quinto, Ambassador Leslie Baja, Ms. Lyn Rutz, Ms. Lites Quinto, Ms. Thezi Gauckler and Ms. Alice Benz)
Filipino Community Network of Canton Berne turning over the Philippine Independence Day 2012 Fundraising Project proceeds for the Zuellig Family Foundation in the Philippines

(L) Ambassador Baja handing over to (R) Mr. Ernesto Garilao, President of the Zuellig Family Foundation, the donations from the Filipino Community in Switzerland
in support of the Foundation’s Health Care program

Filipino Community in Switzerland supports the Zuellig

Family Foundation’s Health Care Program

On 11 September 2012, the Filipino Community Network of Canton Berne handed over the amount of CHF 5,000.00 to the Philippine Embassy Berne their donation that will benefit the Filipinos in Samar through a partnership with the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) in the Philippines. 

       The amount came from a fundraising project during the 114th anniversary celebration of the proclamation of Philippine independence on 9 June 2012 in Berne.  The Philippine Embassy and the Filipino Community Network Bern, Switzerland worked hand in hand to support the Health Care program of the ZFF.  For this particular donation, the ZFF will purchase two sea ambulances for two (2) barangays in Samar.  The donation was handed over to ZFF President Ernesto Garilao on 28 September 2012.

       Since 2009, ZFF has partnered with 30-municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the non-ARMM priority provinces under its Community Health Partnership Program (CHPP).  ZFF runs the 2-3 year partnership with rural municipalities providing leadership training and capacity-building programs to local leaders, empowering them to improve governance for health, and assume ownership and accountability for health issues and outcomes.  It then helps these leaders create institutional arrangements involving brad participation of various stakeholders to support a more responsive health care delivery system.        


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