Fil-Chinese business group responds to call for Jolo aid PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:58

The Zamboanga Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce headed by its president Richard Chan has responded to Mayor Celso Lobregat’s call for relief assistance for calamity victims in Jolo, Sulu as it turned over to the city government its donations the other day.

The Chamber turned over to Mayor Lobregat 100 boxes of instant noodles, 100 pieces family mosquito nets, 100 pieces washbasins and 50 sacks of bijon in front of City Hall Tuesday afternoon in the presence of Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA0 chair Sec. Luwalhati Antonino.
The goods were sent to Jolo Tuesday night along with the relief goods purchased by the city government, on board a navy ship.

Antonino in an interview expressed appreciation to the city government under Mayor Lobregat and the residents of Zamboanga for the generosity of assisting the calamity victims of Jolo. “I am a witness to the gesture of the City in sending the assistance to Jolo, it is highly appreciated how the citizens of Zamboanga is taking care of the victims of Sulu”.

Lobregat thanked the Chamber members for heeding to the call for assistance, saying such was an act of generosity on the part of the businessmen in sympathy to the thousands of families displaced by floods, fire and storm surge that hit some barangays of Jolo town.

Earlier, the city government through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), formerly the City Disaster Coordinating Council, had allocated the amount of P500,000 from its calamity fund for the purchase of relief goods for Jolo calamity victims.

The relief goods included 100 sacks of rice, 100 boxes of sardines, 100 boxes of noodles, 200 pieces mosquito nets, 200 pieces blankets, 200 pieces ladles (sandok), 1,000 pieces plates, 1,000 plastic cups or water dippers and two bales of used clothing or “ukay-ukay.”

Lobregat together with other city officials supervised the loading of the items to a navy boat (BRP Pangasinan) at Majini Pier in Upper Calarian Tuesday morning. The boat left early Tuesday night and arrived in Jolo yesterday morning.

To recall, calamity struck on the coastal villages of Jolo last Saturday, displacing thousands of families. At  least 6 people were confirmed dead in the onslaught of the calamity. This prompted Lobregat to convene last Monday the CDRRMC in a bid to extend assistance to the affected families.

He also called a special session of the City Council for the approval of a resolution appropriating the P500,000 to buy the relief items as requested by the CDRRMC.

The mayor also coordinated with Jolo Mayor Husein Amin regarding the relief goods from the city government and the Chinese business group.

District 1 Cong. Beng Climaco in cooperation with the Ateneo de Zamboanga and other groups also launched similar relief operations for the calamity victims of Jolo. — Vic Larato