December 20, 2021 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – After a plane full of relief supplies was delivered to Cebu on Saturday evening, presidential contender Senator Manny Pacquiao yesterday sent another batch of humanitarian aid to Cebu to help families struggling with Typhoon Odette.
Pacquiao said he has also procured some 55,000 Unipak sardines in Cebu, which are being prepared for distribution.
“Yesterday evening (Saturday), we were able to send the first wave of our humanitarian aid to the city of Cebu. A Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 carrying 10 tons of assorted relief items like rice, noodles, coffee and clothing arrived in Cebu City around 6 pm, ”Pacquiao said in a statement.
He said he handed the relief items to Governor Gwen Garcia, as it would be better if the local government took care of their distribution.
Last Saturday’s humanitarian flight was the first to arrive in Cebu, one of the hardest hit by Odette, he said.
Yesterday, an additional 10 tonnes of relief arrived in the province aboard a British Aerospace Avro RJ100.
Pacquiao said the devastation caused by the super typhoon is both “mind-boggling and heartbreaking,” citing reports from his own teams carrying out ground and aerial surveys.
There were swathes of destroyed houses and buildings and long lines of people trying to get water and fuel, he said.
The senator called on his friends, especially those in the international community, to provide humanitarian aid such as food, water, blankets, clothing, generators and building materials.
“I appeal to all my friends, including those from other countries, to please, please help us. Our people need help. Please send us anything that can help alleviate the problem. burden of our people, “said Pacquiao.” Let us not regret spending our money … the Lord will return it to us. “
Pacquiao said his team is also preparing relief trucks that will be sent to the disaster areas of Leyte and the Caraga region.
It will also send generators to be installed in certain town halls and town halls so that these can be used to recharge cell phones.
Pacquiao said his office is always buying more relief items and continually collecting donations from friends and supporters so they can expand coverage for their relief operation.
He thanked all those who helped him in the humanitarian effort.
Moreno’s donation campaign
Meanwhile, Manila presidential contender Isko Moreno also appealed for donations from his supporters for Odette victims.
Moreno said his supporters can drop off any property contributed to his Kaagapay ng Manileño Foundation Inc. donation campaign on P. Noval Street in Sampaloc, Manila.
“While grateful that we are that Metro Manila and Luzon were spared from Typhoon Odette, I now kindheartedly appeal to Mañilenos to share all they can for our brothers Visayan and Mindanao severely affected by the typhoon,” said Moreno.
The city government has also allocated 2.5 million pesos for storm victims in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Surigao del Norte.
Moreno traveled to Cebu City last Saturday to meet with Governor Garcia and provide him with assistance including 2 million P2. – Delon Porcalla, Marc Jayson Cayabyab