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Sri Lanka donates USD 25,000 to the Philippines

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Sri Lanka donated USD 25,000 to the Philippines to rebuild to the homes destroyed by the typhoon “Bhopa”.

In December, 2012 lives of thousands of Filipino people living in Compostela Valley in Davao province in the Philippines were severely disrupted by typhoon “Bhopa” which claimed several hundreds of lives and destroyed properties worth millions.

The impact of the disaster found to be enormous and a state of national calamity was declared by the Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino on III. Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines Nawalage Bennet Cooray, conveyed personal condolences of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Government of the Philippines and pledged on behalf of the President Sri Lanka’s support for a housing rehabilitation programme.

A cheque worth sum of USD 25,000 was presented to Foreign Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines Albert F. Del Rosario by Ambassador Cooray at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila on February 27.

Foreign Minister Rosario, while acknowledging the donation recalled with gratitude Sri Lanka ’s friendship and solidarity demonstrated just a year ago, through another donation made after the typhoon “Sendong” which disrupted the lives of Mindanao people during the month of December 2011.

Courtesy : President Media Unit