Malaysian NGO to assist in ‘Pablo’ relief efforts

from Government of the Philippines
Published on 22 Dec 2012 View Original

MANILA, Dec. 22 -- The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that a 56-man team from Malaysian non-governmental organization (NGO) Kelab Putera 1Malaysia will be undertaking a five-day humanitarian volunteer mission to Davao and adjoining areas to provide assistance to Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) victims.

In a courtesy call on Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya on December 19, Kelab Putera 1Malaysia president Datuk Hj Abdul Azeez bin Abdul Rahim said that the group has been tasked by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najb bin Tun Razak to provide assistance to those affected by the typhoon as a way to express solidarity with their Filipino brethren, especially during Christmas time, a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

“On behalf of the Filipino people, we would like to express our gratitude to you and your team, to Prime Minister Najib and the rest of the Malaysian government and people for the gesture of compassion and generosity of heart in providing assistance to our brethren affected by the typhoon. This gesture manifests the close relations between our two countries and peoples,” Ambassador Malaya told Datuk Hj Abdul Azeez.

The team is composed of medical officers, logistics officers, counselors and first-aid responders tasked to provide professional medical assistance and essential needs to the victims. They will also be bringing in food and medicines.

They are expected to leave Malaysia on December 23 to undertake their mission, and will return five days later.

Kelab Putera 1Malaysia is a platform for young people to generate the spirit of 1Malaysia through community activities, education, sport and. They have undertaken around 30 humanitarian missions in areas such as Japan, New Zealand, Somalia, Syria and Palestine. (DFA)