Cabral thanks Saudi Arabian gov't for the donations to typhoon victims

November 13, 2009 4:31 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 13 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral hailed the Saudi Arabian government for its donation of more than 200 tons of relief goods to the families displaced by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”

The donation composed of 8,415 pieces of blankets, 4,984 pieces of mats, 1,190 pieces of tents, 110 boxes of clothes, and 2,780 boxes of food items.

“We are fortunate that in the midst of disasters and calamities we face year after year, we can always count on the support of friendly countries such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to help us in our difficulties,” Cabral said.

The turnover of the relief goods donated through the DSWD was led by Ambassador Mohammad Ameen Wali and was witnessed by representatives from the Saudi Ministry of Finance and the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information.

The 200 tons of donated goods were brought to Manila by two Saudi Arabian cargo planes.

According to Ambassador Wali, the donation is in addition to the shipment of medical equipments donated by Arab business tycoon Prince Al-Waheed Bin Talal Al Saud which arrived in Manila last October 23.

“We pray to the Almighty Allah that the Philippines may be free, safe and spared from calamities and disasters in the coming years,” Ambassador Wali said.

Cabral assured Ambassador Wali that the relief goods will be distributed to intended beneficiaries immediately. (PNA)

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