MANILA (Mabuhay) – Brunei has approved the release of $500,000 (P21.9 million) in cash donation for survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines.
This is on top of the “in-kind” contributions from Brunei’s National Disaster Management Center (NDMC).
A humanitarian fund for the victims of Yolanda and the earthquake in Bohol was also set up under the oversight of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS). The campaign aims to collect cash donation from the public for three months until February 2013.
Likewise, Brunei put up drop off centers in selected government facilities for in kind donations from the general public. The in kind donation drive will end on November 28, 2013.
The MCYS would also arrange the transport of the items from Brunei directly to the Visayas,”
Other initiatives from Brunei include the following:
The dispatch of representatives from Brunei Darussalam’s NDMC and the Fire and Rescue Department on 08 November 2013 to participate in the ASEAN-Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) in the typhoon affected areas in the Philippines;
The delivery of more than 30 tons of relief supplies to affected areas in the Philippines between 15 and 20 November;
The deployment of a CN-235 aircraft and Royal Brunei Navy ship OPV KDB Darussalam to Tacloban on November 15. The aircraft transported 1.7 tons of relief goods while the vessel brought 20 tons of medical supplies, food, water, personal hygiene items, blankets, and cookers from various Brunei Government agencies;
A military aircraft carrying relief supplies left Brunei for the Philippines on November 17; and
A CN-235 aircraft transported 1.3 tons of relief goods comprising bottled water and food items to the affected areas on November 20.
The Brunei Government had also provided a US$100,000 cash donation for the victims of the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu. (MNS)