Capitol, groups host dinner for volunteers-A A +A
Saturday, December 7, 2013
THE Cebu Provincial Government, the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, the Mega Cebu, private and business groups hosted a thanksgiving dinner on Friday at the Capitol Social Hall for the 25 foreign dignitaries and institutions that helped the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in northern Cebu.
The dinner, dubbed as “a celebration of humanity,” was an act of appreciation of the local government to the countries that helped the survivors by giving relief goods, medical missions and rebuilding the lives of the residents of the towns in the northern part of the province.
Global logistics manager Marin Tomas of International Medical Corp. (IMC) from Croatia, who has been coordinating for the needs of the Filipinos with his team, said the affected areas can still rise.
“Filipinos are hard working. I can see how the victims are trying to build the pieces of their lives together and get back to normal,” he said.
Tomas said he appreciated how fast and easy the local government was able to process every document of the imports of humanitarian goods and medical supplies from the other countries.
The IMC coordinated with different agencies of the Philippine Government, as well as with the Philippine Red Cross. IMC has facilitated the delivery of US $ 2 million worth of supplies from the United States, Europe, Germany, and collaborated with the United Nations Children’s Fund.
In his welcome remarks, Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., head of the Task Force Paglig-on of the Cebu Provincial Government, said, “Paglig-on is a very good Cebuano word for building resilience, building relationships, motivating people and a celebration of humanity.”
Tribunalo, who spoke in behalf of Gov. Hilario Davide III, was chosen to head the task force because of his knowledge on the dynamics of disaster preparedness and recovery rehabilitation.
Earlier last Friday, Gov. Davide accompanied Myanmar’s President U. Thein Sein who visited northern Cebu to bring aid and encourage local officials.
“We analyze all things and determine the specific intervention in trying to rebuild,” Tribunalo said, when asked how the task force works.
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), the Cebu Business Club, Grace Granlund and Agnes Huettel-Allison Tyler of the Luxury Home Design also helped organize the thanksgiving celebration.
Cebuana singer Ana Fegi Brown dedicated a song to the guests.
The Saint Paul College Foundation Inc. presented Philippine folk dances and the guests joined in the “Tinikling.”
The event ended with the lighting of candles and the singing of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World.” Alexis Belle Clarisse M. Delos Angeles and Joyse Almojallas, USJ-R Mass Comm interns
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 08, 2013.