Sulu sends humanitarian relief assistance to ‘Pablo’ victims PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:13

A Philippine Navy Ship, BRP Tagbanua, arrived at the Majini Pier of the Philippine Navy at the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City yesterday with relief goods on board intended for the victims of Typhoon “Pablo” which swept across eastern Mindanao on December 4 this year causing flash floods, landslides, destroying banana plantations and flattened communities.
Scores of families were displaced by the super typhoon.

The goods were donated by the people of the province of Sulu under the leadership of Sulu Governor Abdusakur M. Tan and facilitated by the Sulu Area
Coordination Center (SACC) in tandem with the Sulu Women’s Council, headed by Hja. Nurunisah A. Tan, First Lady of Sulu.

“Ang mga relief goods na ito ay galing sa mga mamamayan ng Sulu. Sila mismo ang gumawa ng aksyon at nagsabi sa akin na dapat tayong tumulong sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pablo (The relief goods came from the people of Sulu. They were the ones who took action and told me that we have to help those who were affected by Typhoon Pablo),”  Gov. Tan told officials during a coordination meeting.

“Kaming taga-Sulu ay handang tumulong, at sana sa aming konting nakayanan ay nakapag ambag at nakapagpaabot kami ng aming lubos na pakikiramay sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Pablo.(The people of Sulu are always ready to help others, and we hope that in our little way we have shared and express our condolences to those affected by typhoon Pablo),”  Gov. Tan emphasized.

The women of Sulu was at the forefront of the Humanitarian Relief Assistance campaign for Pablo victims. The Sulu Women’s Council was the driving force of this campaign according to Fazlur Abdulla, SACC Executive Director. 

“The Sulu women’s council was very active in the Humanitarian Relief campaign, collection, stockpiling and documenting donations and donors for the typhoon victims,”.Abdulla pointed out.

“We empathize with the victims of typhoon Pablo. In behalf of my colleagues in the women’s council I would like to express my gratitude to those who shared their resources to help those in need, our efforts are nothing compared to what the calamity victims are enduring,” Women’s Chair  Hja. Nurunisah A. Tan, said in a message to donors.

Abdulla acknowledged the cooperation and support given by the AFP and PNP for the safety, transport and security of the donated items. Col. Orlando De Leon, commander, 2nd Marine Brigade, Capt. Felix Casing Casing III, Capt. Omar Daquiag, Cdr. Jonathan V. Zata,  BRP Tagbanua, Sr.Supt. Antonio Freyra, Prov’l Director, Sulu PPO, Sr. Insp Christoper Muego, Operations Officer, Sulu PPO.

“Transporting the goods to DSWD 9 would be difficult without their valuable assistance,”  said Abdulla.

The donated items include 68 carton of sardines, three boxes of medicines, 82 boxes of noodles, 50 pcs. plastic mats, 113 sacks of used clothing, 78 sacks of rice and other basic necessities.

The goods were transported yesterday and subsequently turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for proper distribution to affected families in calamity areas.

DSWD Region 9 Procurement and Property Officer, Honesto Abanto pegged the value of donated items at around .6 M PHP.

Abanto said that DSWD-9 will transport goods in the soonest possible time. “We are coordinating with the Philippine Navy and Air force for schedules of the transport, we have a container van on standby to accommodate donations like this one coming from Sulu,” Abanto told Sulu officers tasked to turn-over donation to DSWD 9.

DSWD-9 Asst. Regional Director Riduan Hadjimuddin, Ms. Consejo C. Usman , Chief, Policy and Plans Division and Abanto received the donation in behalf of DSWD. “We are very thankful to the tausugs for their generosity and kindness in this time of great need”. stated. ARD Hadjimuddin upon receipt of donated goods. DSWD –Sulu Director May Bahjin, SACC Officer FARHAM ALFAD and SACC Asst. Exec Director Jake Ahijon Jr. turned over the goods to DSWD 9

The NDRRMC reports “Pablo” affected 711,682 families or 6,243,998 persons from 3,064 villages, 318 towns, 40 cities in 34 provinces.

As of the present,  a total of 2,481 families or 11,688 people continue to stay in 43 evacuation centers. — Sulu-PIO

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:14