International aid for flood victims flown to DMIA

October 14, 2009 11:15 pm 

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Oct. 15 — A Russian Antonov-12 aircraft carrying 15 tons of humanitarian aid worth 200,000 euros intended for flood victims displaced by tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng that battered Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon arrived last Wednesday at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

The 15 tons of humanitarian aid came from the Spanish government as part of the aid package for flood victims, particularly in Metro Manila, Central and Northern Luzon currently staying at various evacuation centers.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Alexander Cauguiran and vice president for Administration and Finance Lauro Ortile met with Embassy Officials of Spain headed by Alvaro Trejo, head of Mission Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) DMIA early Thursday morning.

Cauguiran witnessed the turn over of the humanitarian aid to the DSWD which would be distributed to the flood victims displaced by the recent typhoons that hit the country.

The humanitarian aid consists of blankets, family hygienic kits, kitchen set, tarpaulins, and 4×4 tents.

“The government of Spain will continue to give assistance especially to those victims displaced by the recent calamities,” said Jesus Molina, coordinator General Technical Cooperation Office Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional Para el Desarrollo (AECID).

Molina said that the Spanish government had already released $ 36 million last year as part of the Comprehensive Development Plan for the rehabilitation of Bicol and Mindanao areas.

“This program have been going-on since last year, the government of Spain is committed in helping the Philippines including humanitarian aid,” he said.

He also said that they have already donated 30,000 kilos of humanitarian assistance two weeks ago in Metro Manila.

Other Spanish delegations include Defense Attache Col. Pedro Rolan, Spanish counselor Jose Antonio Mira and AECID representative Natalia Zapata.(PNA)

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