Faith Stronger Than Storm


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Rey Valdez and Carl Benito.

One of the reasons Rey Valdez came to Canada in 2009 was to earn enough so he could build a house for his family in the Philippines. For years he toiled hard as a cook in Edmonton and regularly remitted hard-earned money for the construction of his dream house in Iligan. But when tropical storm Sendong caused catastrophic damage in his home town in 2011, the house built from his hard work was laid to waste. Not only was his house completely destroyed, his wife and children were also displaced.

When Rey’s status expired last February 2015, he applied for Permanent Residence (PR) in Canada. He cited the suffering his family experienced from Sendong as one of the humanitarian and compassionate grounds for his PR application. Immigration consultant Carl Benito helped Rey in preparing the necessary documents he had to submit to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Rey’s PR application was approved in May 2015. He also applied for an Open Work Permit and it was granted last July 2015.

Through it all, Rey’s faith never wavered. His dream house may have been destroyed by torrential rain and flooding but his trust in God remained intact. With prayers, determination, and support from his family, he has already began rebuilding his house.

Anyone who wants to apply for Canadian permanent residence, work permit, study permit, driver’s license, and other immigration processes should contact Carl Benito by phone 780-298-4308 or by email

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