Aquino acknowledges efforts of volunteers in helping flood victims

August 13, 2012 10:51 am 

MANILA, Aug. 12 — President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed on Sunday his deepest gratitude to the groups of students and professionals who volunteered their time and industry by repacking and distributing family packs to families displaced by the recent floods.

Speaking before some 700 volunteers then busy repackaging various food products that would soon be distributed to the flood victims at the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City, the President said it was time to acknowledge these volunteers who, through their efforts, have made their less fortunate brethren feel loved and not alone.

“‘Yung lahat ng natulungan nating mga kababayan…‘pag natatanggap po itong mga relief packs na hinanda niyo, nadarama nila ang pagmamahal ng kapwa nila Pilipino. Nadarama nilang hindi sila nag-iisa, may kadamay sila sa trahedyang ito,” the President said.

“Ako naman po, sa mga volunteers, gusto ko lang i-acknowledge kayong lahat,” he added.

Among these volunteers are members of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines; University of Perpetual Help, Las Piñas campus; Samahan ng mga Kababaihan ng Antipolo City; Federation of Student Government of Makati; Asian Institute of Management; Philippine Star; Gatos and Reyes family; Philippine Air Force; Union Transport Incorporated Shared Services;

Camp Crame Police Community Relations; University of Makati; Globe; Kababaihan Truly Cares; Our Lady of Airways Parish Church; Life Faith in Jesus Ministry; Office of Pasay City Hall; Civil Defense Action Group and the I-Serve Quezon City; Calixto Forever Movement; Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of Barangay 196 Parañaque; Salsatrends Urdaneta Makati; Don Bosco, Muntinlupa; and 7-11.

The President said that according to the DSWD, the volunteers have already repacked a total of 129,170 food packs with some 101,338 already distributed to the victims.

“Sa ngalan ng sambayanan, maraming-maraming salamat po. Kapag may trahedya, doon natin nakikita ang kagalingan ng Pilipino…kung saan ang kapwa ay nagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Ulit, sa ngalan po ng bansa, sa ngalan po ng ating mga kababayan, talagang malaking-malaking pasasalamat po sa bawat isa sa inyo,” he said. (PNA) scs/PCOO/rsm

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