The Filipino Association of Vaughn, Philippine Independence Day Council and the Ifugao Association of Canada are inviting the media, other Filipino organizations, and anyone who wish to help Jocelyn Dulnuans family, to a fund raising event this Saturday. Oct. 6, 5pm at Patricia Kemp Community Center. 7894 Dufferin St.(Dufferin/Center St) Vaughn.
The purpose of the fund raising is to raise funds in order to bring Jocelyn to her family in the Philippines.
For more information, please contact:
President of the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughn
416 670 4498
UPDATE 6: Here’s a collection of links on this story:
Toronto Star: $10,000 to send maid’s body home.
Inquirer: Ifugaos start fund drive to bring home slain Filipina. More here.
UPDATE 5: Thank God government officials changed their tune. But let’s see if they will deliver. From GMA-7: “Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo instructed Consul General Alejandro Mosquera in Toronto to extend full assistance to the bereaved family of Jocelyn Dulnuan.”
The GMA report adds that “Romulo’s instruction includes assistance in repatriating the remains of Dulnuan to the Philippines”. More here.
Let’s hope that government officials will walk the talk.
This update is from Imie Belanger who is coordinating the efforts of the different support groups for Jocelyn Dulnuan in Toronto:
I just came from a meeting with the Migrante-Ontario, and various group representatives including Faye Hangdaan and Jaimie Gatawa.
We have formed a Jocelyn Dulnuan Support Committee – to be the responsible body for this case. This is in order to coordinate all the actions from everyone such as the friends of Jocelyn, community groups, and other individuals and businesses.
We are receiving tremendous support from local groups, however, we want to push for the Philippine Consulate, the Philippine Government and OWWA to recognise this as their responsibility.
The truth is that the handling of a Filipino Citizen in a foreign land – most specially those OFWs are the responsibility of the Consulate and does not fall on the community. Our fund raising effort will include helping the family who have just lost their sole bread winner from this tragedy.
I will update you more later on tomorrow. The account will be Jocelyn Dulnuan Fund, will be activated late Friday afternoon at any TD Canada Trust bank.
Thank God for our kailiyans in Toronto and other Filipino groups who are assuming a responsibility that should be borne by our government. We support their call for the government to assume this as its responsibility.