OMA distributes P13-M relief goods to typhoon victims

December 31, 2009 11:40 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 31 – The Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) on Thursday said it has distributed various relief goods worth P13 million to typhoon victims in Metro Manila and Luzon.

OMA Executive Director Datu Ali B. Sangki said the relief goods were donated by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Foundation (KZNF) and the Red Crescent (International Red Cross) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sangki lauded and thanked the United Arab Emirates government represented in the Philippines by Ambassador Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Jowaid for facilitating the humanitarian assistance.

The OMA-National Capital Region office, headed by Director Camad "Kim" A. Edres based at the Golden Mosque Compound in Quiapo, Manila, led OMA's relief operations to deliver various items such as hygiene kits, raincoats, kitchen utensils, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, blankets, boots, water containers, and shovels.

Edres said the P13-million donations from KZNF and Red Crescent were handed over by the UAE Embassy to OMA-NCR in the form of relief goods delivered by trucks from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) facilitated by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

He said UAE Embassy Consul Fail Al-Shamisi turned over the humanitarian goods to the OMA-NCR for distribution.

The OMA-NCR director said thousands of victims of cyclones "Ondoy," Pepeng,” "Ramil" and "Santi” benefited from the humanitarian assistance in several relief operations led by OMA-NCR from October 1 to November 30.

Edres said the relief operations included various medicines donated by the Office of Sen. Miguel "Migs" Zubiri, the Turkish ICAD Foundation, Departments of Health (DoH) and NCR office of the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD-NCR).

"Beneficiaries of the relief operations led by OMA-NCR were not Muslims only but also non-Muslims.

"The humanitarian relief operations we conducted even at the height of the typhoons through the assistance coming from the UAE, ICAD, DSWD and DOH were for all Filipinos, regardless of religious affiliations," said Edres. (PNA)

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