Friday, December 14, 2012

Greenpeace, MNLF work with TFD in aiding typhoon victims

From the Mindanao Times (Dec 12): Greenpeace, MNLF work with TFD in aiding typhoon victims
The Task Force Davao coordinated with Greenpeace and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to distribute relief goods and assistance to the victims of typhoon Pablo. The Esperanza ship arrived last Wednesday at the Sasa Wharf carrying relief goods with a total volume of 55 tons, which include rice, water, clothing, and other packed items from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Save the Children Foundation and Sagip Kapamilya, all based in Manila.

Lt. Col. Gerry M. Besana, TF Davao spokesperson, said that Greenpeace of Southeast Asia is involved in environmental protection advocacy, adding that they were supposedly in Manila for their Christmas tour but instead diverted the course of the ship. Besana added that 19 skilled workers will also help in the distribution of relief operations as part of their support for the humanitarian response. “All donated goods were received by the DSWD, Region XI and initially transported to the Inter-Agency Relief Operation Center (IAROC) at the Department of Public Works and Highways Equipment Depot in Panacan, prior to dispatch to the established relief operations hubs in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental,” Besana said.

Meanwhile, the MNLF volunteered their manpower to reinforce the ongoing relief operations for the victims of typhoon Pablo at the IAROPC. The Airborne Division of the MNLF, led by B/Gen. Sherwin B. Sazon, participated in the repackaging of relief goods.

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