Botolan flood victims receive relief goods from Ocean 9

September 2, 2009 11:50 am 

MANILA, Sept. 2 — Still far from laying the first foundation for its planned multimillion-dollar hotel in Subic Bay Freeport, Ocean 9 Casino and Hotel Resort has reached out to donate relief goods to the victims of flash floods in lahar-stricken barangays in Botolan, Zambales.

Ocean 9 is a US$ 120-million project owned by Neorex Philkor Inc. and Grand Utopia Inc., which includes a three-story casino building and a 15-story hotel building to be constructed in the Freeport’s central business district.

Henry Park, president of Ocean 9, personally led Ocean 9 workers in delivering 800 bags of relief goods worth P200,000 to Porac Elementary School and Bucao Elementary School, which serve as evacuation centers for some 200 families.

Botolan Mayor Roger Yap, in the presence of a Porac barangay chairman and Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region 3 staff members Arleen Aquino and Vencie Vertulfo, accepted the goods from Park and Ocean 9 vice president Arsenio Villanueva.

“We want the Filipino people to know that our company is here and ready to help them in times of need, like when disaster strikes their place,” Park said.

He also noted that Ocean 9 is also sponsoring scholarship grants to 20 students of Gordon College in Olongapo City. The grant has a guaranteed fund of US$ 1,000 a month from the company.

Mayor Yap, meanwhile, said that there are at least 6,500 people from more than 2,000 families whose houses and livelihood were destroyed by the flash flood last August 6, and who are still staying in the two evacuation centers. (PNA) scs/BAC/utb


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