Relief goods distributed at Philippine Supermarket in Deira on May 28, 2020.


Jobless Filipinos get free groceries in Dubai


DUBAI – More than 100 Filipinos left jobless or on visit visa in Dubai were set to receive a bag of groceries at the Philippine Supermarket in Deira on Thursday (May 28).

Nader Al Helo, Operations Manager of Philippine Supermarket, said 111 grocery bags were ready for distribution on Thursday. Several beneficiaries have already arrived to claim the bags when was at the scene.

Al Helo said the initiative is from UNTV, with Philippine Supermarket as the designated distributor and the Philippine Consulate in Dubai providing the list of beneficiaries.

“We are giving relief goods in these challenging times. We give to people who have no work or no visa,” Al Helo told

He said that 120 people have been given relief goods in the last two days, and that the Philippine Supermarket also conducted its own relief operation for 1,000 people this month.

For Thursday’s relief efforts, beneficiaries were set to receive essential items, including rice, eggs, noodles and canned goods. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in the bag:

Speaking to, Bert Cerrudo of UNTV said the initiative stemmed from an episode in UNTV’s Serbisyong Bayanihan programme hosted by TV personality Daniel Razon who learned about the plight of Filipinos in the UAE during an interview with Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes in Dubai.

Cerrudo said members of Ang Dating Daan through UNTV “pooled their resources” to supply the first tranche of the relief effort.

“We don’t know how long this pandemic will last, but we have control over what we can do now, which is to help anyone who is in need,” he said in Filipino.

Cerrudo urged anyone who needs food assistance to contact the Philippine Consulate in Dubai and mention UNTV’s food aid campaign.

Since March, individuals and groups in the UAE have come out to support relief efforts for people affected by the coronavirus crisis.

On Wednesday, as reported, Good Samaritans were spotted offering free home cooked meals in Deira.

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UAE-based quick service restaurant chain Chicking also gave 30 free meals daily throughout April, while another supermarket helped distribute relief goods for the Philippine Overseas Welfare Administration. ICA/Expat Media

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