Bonta in a PSA this year celebrating
Filipino American history month.

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Assemblymember Rob Bonta is the first Filipino American elected to the State Legislature. He was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. The devastation wrought by the powerful typhoon that struck his native country last week led him to appeal to Californians and its large Filipino communities Wednesday to do what they can to help the survivors during a joint press conference with both leaders of the State Legislature.

Standing with Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Bonta, who represents Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro, said, “As my Filipino brothers and sisters struggle to survive, locate their loved ones, and heal after this tragedy, I am encouraged that our state leaders, along with the rest of the country and world, are moved with empathy, concern, and a desire to help, and are turning those feelings into tremendous relief efforts,”

In the video below, Bonta urges Californians to contribute to organizations providing short-term meals for survivors, while also calling for registered nurses, particularly those fluent in Tagalog, to help with the rising medical calamity following the typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. “Not only will California be sending its deepest sympathies, but also relief,” said Bonta.