Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Nawalage Bennet Cooray handed over a donation of US $50,000 to that country’s Foreign Minister, Albert F. Del Rosario recently for relief operations in the wake of the enormous natural disaster suffered by the Philippines in recent weeks.
Having witnessed the vast destruction caused to human lives and properties by the recent floods in the Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities in Mindanao Province of the Philippines, President Mahinda Rajapakse immediately conveyed his condolences to his counterpart, President Benigno S. Aqunio III and the government and people of that county on 21st December, 2011. He also instructed Sri Lankan Government officials to transfer urgently required funds for the recovery effort.
Over one thousand people had lost their lives in the disaster and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage caused to the economy.
As a gesture of goodwill the Sri Lanka handed over US $ 50,000 to the disaster relief programmes undertaken by the Philippine Government. The cheque in this regard was handed over to the Philippine Foreign Minister Albert F. Del Rosario by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Manila, Nawalage Bennet Cooray at a simple ceremony held at the Department of Foreign Affairs on 25th January, 2012.
Sri Lanka Embassy
January 27, 2012