Palau donates $4,000 to Philippine landslide victims

News and Press Release
Originally published
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai'i
By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, March 16) -- Palau Senators Alfonso Diaz and Joshua Koshiba handed over a check in the amount of US$4,000 to Philippine Ambassador Ramoncito Marino on Sunday night for the families of the landslide victims in southern Leyte province.

Diaz spearheaded a fundraiser in Palau, saying that the money came from the local and Filipino communities.

Koshiba, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and State Relations, said Diaz was the driving force behind the fundraiser.

Diaz said the financial assistance was a joint effort of the local government and private sector.

"We are not a rich country, but we have good hearts," Diaz said.

Marino said he is accepting the donation on behalf of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the Filipino people.

"This donation will go a long way to help the families of the victims," Marino said.

He added that the donation goes to show that the Philippines can rely on its friends and neighbors like Palau.

The landslide occurred in the farming village in Guinsaugon in town of St. Bernard in Southern Leyte in the Philippines where over a 1,000 were believed buried in the mud.

Other nations have also provided financial assistance to the Philippines for the families of the landslide victims.