More cash going to Philippines: Remittance firms

More cash going to Philippines: Remittance firms

Remittance centres in Singapore are noting as much as a 10 per cent increase in money sent to the Philippines this month to help victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Four remittance centres in Lucky Plaza that The Straits Times contacted said more Filipino workers are sending money to loved ones and making donations to relief efforts back home.

One such centre, A Express Remit, which typically remits about $10,000 a month to the Philippines, has already seen a 10 per cent increase in money sent so far, said manager Edna Caspillo.

"It's not the end of the month yet, but we expect the figure to be more than usual," she added.

Another remittance centre, Pinoy Express, also saw an increase of about 200 walk-in customers in the first week that the typhoon struck earlier this month, said teller Mercedes Bautista.

Ms Bautista added that the centre also accepts donations to charitable organisations currently aiding in relief operations for Haiyan, such as the Red Cross. It has also waived the service fee of $4 that it usually charges for such transactions.

But it is not only Filipinos who are sending money home - some well-meaning Singaporean employers have chipped in to help as well.

A teller at MoneyGram International, Ms Milleth Olanda, said she was especially moved by a Caucasian employer and his daughter, who shelled out $1,000 to send to the family of their former domestic helper.

"I thank God for these people and their kindness," said Ms Olanda, adding that she has seen a daily increase of more than 100 walk-ins since the start of this month.

But another employer, Mr Joseph Yong, 75, who on Monday tried to send money to his former maid currently in the hard-hit area of Tacloban, was left frustrated.

Staff at Kabayan Remittance in Lucky Plaza whom Mr Yong approached had told him that the money would reach his ex-maid in an hour's time. But she sent him a text message the next day to say that she had not received the money.

"She told us that her family's farm had been destroyed and her niece's leg was broken, so we wanted to help her. Now we don't know where the money is," said Mr Yong, who owns an apparel company.

The remittance centre refused to comment when contacted.

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