- to focus interest on the refugee problem and to encourage additional financial contributions from Governments, voluntary agencies and the general public for its solution
- to encourage additional opportunities for permanent refugee solutions, through voluntary repatriation, resettlement or integration, on a purely humanitarian basis and in accordance with the freely expressed wishes of the refugees themselves.
WRY was launched on June 28, 1959. On April 7, 1960, 125 different WRY stamps were issued simultaneously by 74 countries, including the Philippines.
The Philippines WRY Stamps
A peaceful scene of a Manila Bay sunset from a painting by artist Ben Alano (1922-1991) was the model for the stamps printed by the Government Printing Bureau of Japan.
Sunset, Manila Bay-Ben Alano
An uprooted oak tree , the symbol of WRY is seen in the lower left corner of the stamps.
First Day of Issue Cancellation
First Day Covers
(Not in author's collection)