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House drive brings in P26-M relief donations

November 3, 2022 Jester P. Manalastas 241 views

THE relief drive of the House of Representatives has gathered P26-million worth of in-kind or non-cash donations.

The relief drive was initiated by the Office of Speaker Martin Romualdez for the victims of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng.

The Speaker’s office revealed that as of November 1, the partial total value of in kind donations such as food items, blankets, and toiletries stood at P26,316,409.

“Marami pong salamat sa lahat ng mga mabubuting puso na tumulong sa ating relief drive. We need all the help that we can get, we already reached many affected families nationwide and we vow to bring the remaining aid to the affected families as soon as possible,” Romualdez said.

Meanwhile, cash donations and pledges for the relief drive has already reached P49.2 million.

This means that the cash and initial in kind donations–which poured in following Romualdez’s call on his social media Saturday–has hit over P75 million as of writing.

The fund drive was led by Speaker Romualdez; his wife, House Committee on Accounts Chairperson and Tingog Party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez; House Committee on Appropriations Chairman, Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Zaldy Co, House Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, and other House leaders.

In partnership with Social Welfare and Development Sec. Erwin Tulfo, Speaker Romualdez earlier said that beneficiaries of the relief mission will also receive aid from the department’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program.

For days now, Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City, has served as a central sorting and repacking station for truckloads of relief goods and other items of necessity from the storm victims.

Last Monday, 150 boxes (1,500 packs) of relief goods, 80 bundles of bottled water, and 20 sacks of rice were sent by the House of Representatives to Cagayan and to be distributed by Rep. Joseph “Jojo” Lara (Cagayan, 3rd District).

On Tuesday afternoon, some 150 boxes (1,500 packs) of relief goods, 80 bundles of bottled water, 20 sacks of rice, one box of multivitamins, and one box of vitamin C were transported by the House employees-slash-volunteers to Paeng-affected areas in Camarines Norte.

Also on Tuesday afternoon, volunteers transported relief goods to families affected by Paeng in Tacloban City.

Earleir, 100 boxes (1,000 packs) of relief goods, 80 bundles of bottled water, 30 sacks of rice, one box of multivitamins, and one box of vitamin c continue were sent to Cavite also as part of the Speaker’s relief drive.

Meanwhile, Tingog Party-list, in partnership with the Speaker’s office, facilitated on Tuesday afternoon the delivery of relief goods to the storm-stricken families of Maguindanao.

According to Speaker Romualdez, there are instances where the relief goods were procured and repacked locally in the affected area. This allowed for the faster delivery of the much-needed aid to the victims of the calamity.

As of Wednesday morning the House leaders have responded to the requests for financial or food assistance of House members namely Capiz Reps. Emmanuel Billones and Jane T. Castro; Aklan Reps. Carlito S. Marquez and Teodorico Haresco Jr.; Iloilo Rep. Ferjenel G. Biron; Negros Occidental Rep. Gerardo Valmayor Jr.; Antique Rep. Antonio Legarda Jr.; Maguindanao Rep. Mohamad P. Paglas; Maguindanao and Cotabato City Rep. Bai Dimple I. Mastura; Quezon Rep. David “Jay-jay” C. Suarez; Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco; House Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe; Negros Occidental Rep. Mercedes K. Alvarez; Batangas Rep. Maria Theresa V. Collantes; Lanao del Norte Rep. Sittie Aminah Q. Dimaporo; Cavite Reps. Lani Mercado Revilla and Ramon Jolo B. Revilla III; Binan Rep. Marlyn Alonte; Iloilo Rep. Raul “Boboy” C. Tupas; Laguna Rep. Rene Ann Lourdes Matibag; Agimat Rep. Bryan Revilla.

Also, USWAG Ilonggo Rep. James Ang; Cavite Reps Antonio A. Ferrer, Adrian Jay C. Advincula, Roy Loyola, Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga Jr., and Aniela Bianca D. Tolentino; Sta. Rosa Rep. Dan S. Fernandez; Bacolod City Greg G. Gasataya; among others.

They also heeded the calls for assistance from Governors Fredenil “Fred” H. Castro of Capiz and Florencio “Joeben” T. Miraflores of Aklan, and San Pedro City, Laguna Mayor Art Mercado.