By: Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, April 27 (PIA)- Some 5,000 metric tons of rice from Thailand was received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development last week through the efforts of the Department of Agriculture and the National Food Authority.
DSWD Region 8 Director Nestor Ramos who represented Secretary Corazon Soliman during the turn over ceremony held at the DSWD Relief Hub in Barangay Apitong, Tacloban City, underscored that said donation was a gesture of the true spirit of being a member of the ASEAN community.
“We can assure you that you will always be a part of history, in the recovery and in the hearts of our internally displaced persons (IDPs), referring to the 200,000 Yolanda victims of the 42 hardest hit municipalities in the provinces of Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Samar,” Director Ramos said.
Acting General Manager Nongnooch Deetae of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR), said that the Kingdom of Thailand was deeply saddened of the many lives lost, and announced that two more donations are coming - 350 metric tons of rice from Malaysia, and 600 metric tons of rice from Japan.
She added by saying that, “ With the little donation, I wish that Yolanda victims will be back on their feet.”
For Leyte, there are more than 150, 523 IDPs in 34 municipalities; there are close to 29, 858 families in 12 towns of Eastern Samar, and 19, 619 in six areas of Samar.
It was learned that the turn-over rites was also attended by NFA Administrator Orlando Calayag and Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. (PIA 8)