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Sunday, June 8, 2014
ASSISTANCE to survivors of super typhoon Yolanda continues to pour in, including a donation of a 16-hectare property in Bantayan and relief goods bound for Camotes and Southern Leyte.
Governor Hilario Davide III said he is grateful to Luis Cusi and his group “March for Christ” for the titled lot they donated as most of the lots in the island are not yet alienable and disposable.
The lot will serve as a relocation site.
However, access to it is by way of another property. The governor said they will ask the Municipal Government for assistance.
Davide said if the owner of the adjoining property wants to be compensated for the road right-of-way, the Capitol is willing to help.
“March” in “March for Christ” stands for Medical Action for Relief, Counseling and Healing. Founded in 1990, one of its aims, according to its Facebook account, is evangelizing in Asia through medical missions and disaster relief.
The other donor is Belgian national Patrick Haghedooren, founder of Solidareteit Southern Leyte.
He shipped the relief materials to Cebu from Belgium at his own expense.
Haghedooren said three 40-footer cargo containers were forwarded via haulers to Carigara, Leyte, another three to other towns in Southern Leyte and three to San Francisco in Camotes. His wife hails from Camotes.
He said the containers arrived in Cebu in the last week of May. These contained, among other things, hospital beds, wheelchairs, mattresses, water tanks, clothes, blankets and assorted personal items.
Haghedooren also donated two new incubators, hospital beds and mattresses to the Ricardo Maningo Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.
A new US-made incubator costs between P480,000 and P500,000 each, while a local wheelchair costs P7,000 and an imported one, P10,000.
The water tanks were distributed to different barangays in Camotes together with relief goods segregated in individual packs by volunteers in the area.
Haghedooren said he had help from Bro. Willy Mosselmans of Redemptorist Belgium and World Mission, Belgium.
He, Mosselmans and Capitol’s Task Force Paglig-on head Baltazar Tribunalo visited Camotes last Jan. 30 to see what the survivors needed. (OCP)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 08, 2014.