New council aims to bridge wealth gap in Samar province
Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart
In January this year, the Samar Association of Australia was formed as a way to help the Filipino province and its surrounding Waray-speaking regional areas. The group was formed by Samarnons and Warays living in Sydney, who felt the need to band together and connect back to their ancestrals homes.
Samar is the third largest island in the Philippines and is connected to other neighbouring regions by the famous San Juanico Bridge. The island is currently one of the poorest regions of the nation, which the Samar Association aims to tackle.
The group currently has few main objectives that focus on education and livelihood projects. These objectives include providing assistance to the poverty stricken areas of Samar and its surrounds, to promote the province of Samar and to foster good relationships with Waray-speaking Filipinos as well as the rest of the Filipino-Australian community.
The group was inducted at the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney and currently presided by Ethel Singzon and Mercy Jones, Vice President. Individuals born or raised in Samar are encouraged to join the organisation by contacting the President or any other founding members.