Keeping bayanihan spirit alive amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam together with several Filipino community associations, leaders and professionals, kept the bayanihan spirit alive through a food assistance programme for Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Brunei Darussalam who are financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since April 15, the embassy distributed food assistance packages to workers whose earning capacity has been significantly reduced due to the temporary closure or scaling down of businesses.

Some 2,291 workers received relief bags containing assorted food supplies.

Several Filipino community organisations and individuals pooled contributions to procure food items for the relief programme.

“As soon as the Filipino community heard about the food assistance drive of the embassy, the leaders and altruistic members of the Filipino community expressed the desire to help our kababayans, in keeping with the Filipino spirit of bayanihan,” Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Christopher B Montero said. “The embassy appreciates and feels a deep sense of pride for the acts of kindness and compassion that the Filipino community has demonstrated to help some our kababayans who are in dire need of assistance,” he added.

“At the same time, we are pleased that the embassy’s Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Office has taken the lead in sourcing the funds for the purchase of food packs which we hope will assist our workers get through these challenging times,” the ambassador said.

Food packages sorted by Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam personnel ready to be distributed to Filipino workers. PHOTO: PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM