Aid grows for central Philippines

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI’S business community and leaders in the private sector came together yesterday to lend a helping hand to survivors of natural disasters that recently hit central Philippines.

They came in full force yesterday for a ceremony to hand over some of the relief goods they have donated as part of the government’s campaign to raise aid for central Philippines.

Twenty-thousand canned goods, 2,000 cartons of mineral water and 2,000 boxes of biscuits were among items donated by the local business community.

The donations were handed by a representative of the donors, who is also a Legislative Council Member, Yang Berhormat Hj Awang Ahmad Morshidi Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Awang Abd Rahman, to Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah.

Also contributing to the donations were Legislative Council Member Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin, Pehin Kapitan Cina Kurnia Diraja Dato Paduka Lau Ah Kok, Dato Paduka Lim Beng Thai, Jackson Ting Jack Hing, Sahid Sendirian Berhad, Persatuan Hainan, Nazeer Ahmad of Nazmi Textile and Lim Han Chiong of Persatuan Hokkien.

More donations were recorded by the end of yesterday with the latest being two truckloads of goods, one from an anonymous donor while the other was from Malar Setia Sdn Bhd.

The handing over donations took place at the multi-purpose hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

Also in attendance during the ceremony were Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina said that the relief aid will be sent to the Philippines as soon as possible. She expressed appreciation and gratitude for the assistance provided by the people in Brunei.

“We are very touched by the response and compassion of the people of Brunei who came forward and donated to help in the recovery process in the Philippines,’’ she said, adding that suitable items for donation such as mineral water, dried and canned food will still be collected until November 28, 2013.

She explained that as per advice given by Brunei’s National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) that works closely with its counterpart in the Philippines, water and food items are needed. “We are giving priority to send water and food items, while clothes and other types (of relief goods) will follow suit,’’ she said.

She went on to say that the third batch of relief aid carried by an aircraft from Brunei is scheduled to leave today, while another aircraft and ship will transport the fourth batch of the relief goods to Tacloban in the Philippines on Friday. Each plane load can carry 1.9 tonnes of cargo and the ship can load 30 tonnes per trip, she said.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Bohol on October 15 and a super typhoon ripped through several areas in central Philippines.

The Brunei Times