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DSWD receives P6.4M from Brunei Darussalam for victims of 'Sendong'

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MANILA, Dec. 21 (PNA) -- A year after typhoon ‘Sendong’ hit Cagayan de Oro City on December 17, 2011, donations continue to pour in for the recovery of victims.

Recently, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman received a check worth P6.4 million from Her Excellency Ambassador Malai Halimah Yussop of the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam for the construction of additional core shelters for typhoon ‘Sendong’ victims.

Secretary Soliman thanked Ambassador Yussop” for the generosity and solidarity of the people of Brunei Darussalam because this is the third time that you have come to the aid of the victims of disaster in our country.”

“I’m very happy to report that of the 8,000 core shelters for families whose houses were totally damaged during typhoon ‘Sendong,’ we have already built 5,300 houses in communities where there are roads, electricity and water,” Secretary Soliman said.

“This has been made possible because of the generous donation you have made in December 2011 and March 2012 for the provision of shelter assistance and livelihood project in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. Rest assured that we will do the same for this latest donation,“ Secretary Soliman enthused.

Ambassador Yussop explained that “the people of Brunei Darussalam expressed their friendly sentiments to the Filipinos. The amount came from a public fund set up by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports for the construction of shelters for the victims of typhoon ‘Sendong’ in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City.” (PNA) FPV/PR/EBP