“As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled”

In the strike of calamity at Brgy. Guinsaugon, St. Bernard Southern Leyte, which was the massive landslide that killed and injured thousands of people residing in that place, the whole Philippines was moved.

Despite the alarming crises in the political and economic arena, the pitiful situation stirred the Filipinos and other countries' compassion to charity. Almost every one gave what they can contribute to help.

The Association also did not ignore this tragedy. Its heart of giving once again manifested. Indeed, this is the spirit that one can never deny when it sees the need to help. As soon as the information was disseminated to the members, responses came in. Although, not all member-companies coursed through their donations to the Association because they have correspondingly gave their donations.

On the other hand, we are able to collect the total amount of Seven Hundred ninety-six thousand eight hundred ninety-nine pesos (Php 796, 899.00) from the following member-companies:

1. Sekur Manning, Inc.
2. BW Shipping Phils., Inc.
3. Ms. Rosalinda Cruz/BW Shipping Phils., Inc.
4. Barko International Inc.
5. Barko International Inc./Kyoei Tanker Co., Ltd.
6. Barko International Inc./Mitsubishi Ore Transport, Ltd.
7. Barko International Inc./DMC/MOT Manila Office
8. Barko International Inc./Unitra Maritime Co., Ltd.
9. Barko International Inc./Ms. Lorina Quijano
10. NYK-FIL Ship Management Inc./Dolphin Ship Management, Inc.
11. Cargo Safeway, Inc.

Several dry goods were also donated from the following member-companies:

1. Philippine Hammonia Ship Agency, Inc.
2. Solar Manning Services Philippines Agency Inc.
3. Fair Shipping Corp.
4. NYK-FIL Ship Mgt., Inc., and
5. Klaveness Maritime Agency, Inc.

Turnover of FAME donations was held last 10 March 2006, at the office Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas of the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) by Ms. Josephine J. Francisco, FAME President, Commo. Adonis B. Donato, VP-Internal Affairs, and Capt. Reynaldo D. Casareo, Director.

Indeed, this earnest gesture satisfies our hearts when we are able to give and share to others especially to the needy. Thank you to the member-companies who heartily responded and gave their donations. Rest assured that when we give, there’s always a return, as God promised, “Give and it will come back to you, good measure, pressed down and running over”… Let us never cease sharing.