The Provincial Government of Pangasinan led by Governor Amado I. Espino III has sent a 78-man team for a humanitarian mission in Batangas, particularly to bring relief assistance for the displaced residents of the said province affected by Taal Volcano eruption.
The humanitarian team left the Capitol Plaza in Lingayen at exactly 10PM of January 15 aboard 12 vehicles (Buses, Dump Trucks, Closed Vans and Multi-Purpose Vehicles) going to Batangas province for its Oplan “Tulong Kapatid” relief operation.
The provincial government of Pangasinan turned over the following food and non-food relief items: (food items) 100 sacks NFA rice, 20,000 pcs. canned goods, 3,470 family packs of relief goods, 1,225 pcs. bottled waters; and (non-food items) 864 pcs. bath soap, 288 pcs. toothbrush, 900 pcs. alcohol, 600 pcs. face towel, 170 pcs. 2-ply rolls tissues, 96 pcs. 1-ply rolls tissue, 840 pcs. shampoo, 150 packs hygiene kits, 100 packs soap powder, and 500 pcs. blankets.
Upon arrival at the Batangas Sports Complex on January 16, the Pangasinan humanitarian team led by PDRRMO chief Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro, PSWDO chief Emil Samson, and former 5th district Board Member Clemente Arboleda Jr. paid a courtesy call on Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas.
On the later part of the morning, Gov. Mandanas received the relief donation from the Pangasinan humanitarian team.
In receiving the relief donation, Gov. Mandanas thanked Pangasinenses and the provincial government led by Governor Espino, saying: “Dumating na ang tulong mula sa Pangasinan. Maraming Salamat sa inyong tulong at pagmamahal mga Pangasinenses.”
Also in the same day, the Pangasinan humanitarian team conducted a feeding activity for evacuees at the Dream Zone, a multi-purpose court located within the Batangas Capitol Complex. The team was received by Batangas Board Member Claudette Ambida.
As of date, there are 121,000 Batangas residents who are sheltered in 232 evacuation centers, which are out of the 14-km radius danger zone. ./Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca
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