P5-M medicines donated for evacuees-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
DONATIONS continue to pour in for the thousands of families displaced by last month’s standoff in Zamboanga City.
The latest was the donation of P5.5-million worth of medicines by the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP), which was coursed through the Crisis Management Committee (CMC).
PHAP Managing Director Edgar Posadas turned over the donation on Tuesday to Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who chairs the CMC.
Posadas said there was an outpour of support, donations and assistance from all the 47 member-organizations when the news about the standoff broke out.
The standoff started when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated this city last September through the shore of Rio Hondo village and nearby villages.
Posadas said that an initial batch of medicine was dispatched for the City Health Office and the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) at the height of the standoff.
The PHAP provides essentials medicines which are frequently utilized after times of disasters as part of association’s social corporate responsibility which is overseen by the PHAR Cares Foundation.
The PHAP has coordinated with the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), City Health Office, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the local government to facilitate their relief efforts for the city.
The PHAP also lauded the efforts of the local government in the handling of the relief and rehabilitation process.