Thursday, February 21, 2019

Miss World 2013 meets Yolanda survivors in Leyte

MISS World 2013 Megan Young will travel around the world to ask for more assistance for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

This, as more assistance from foreign donors and other Philippine provinces arrived Friday in Cebu for Yolanda-ravaged areas in the Visayas.

The Taiwanese Government turned over 530 metric tons of relief goods to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Almost 90,000 kilos of relief goods from Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte will be sent today to Ormoc, Leyte on board the Philippine Navy's LC 551-Dagupan City.

Miss World official Steve Douglas said last night that Young is scheduled to visit 40 countries, an opportunity to ask for more aid for the Philippines.

Ms Earth 2013 Megan Young visits typhoon Yolanda survivors
Miss World 2013 Megan Young (second from right) addresses a press conference on her work and that of the Philippine National Red Cross to ease the suffering of typhoon Yolanda’s survivors. (Allan Cuizon photo/Sun.Star Cebu)


Young—together with Douglas and Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon — visited Basay in Samar and Tanauan, Ormoc and Tacloban City in Leyte yesterday.

Young, the Philippines’ candidate to the Miss World pageant this year, said she will try to meet with every Filipino community in the countries she will visit and try to get some help from them.

Douglas said Young visited the United States, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Indonesia, and was able to raise $1.2 million for Yolanda survivors.

Douglas said the funds Young will raise will be coursed through the Philippine Red Cross.

Young said she was glad she was able to visit and help distri­bute relief goods in Samar and Ley­te. “I am just really happy to put a smile on their faces,” she added.


Young brought to Cebu some artworks she received from children she met in Tanauan, Leyte.

The beauty queen will visit Bohol today to meet families affected by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15.

Despite a diplomatic dispute with the Philippine Government over the Philippine Coast Guard’s fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman last May, Taiwan expressed sympathy to Filipinos affected by Yolanda.

Samson Chang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines said the monetary and material donations from the Taiwanese Government is valued at more than $7 million.

The relief goods arrived in Cebu on board the Taiwanese naval ship Chungho LST 23T.


“A friend in need is a friend indeed. Taiwan is always here to help, without any hesitation,” said Chang in a statement.

Amadeo Perez Jr. of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office said the Taiwanese Government has made close to 18 flights to the Philippines to deliver relief goods to typhoon-affected areas.

DSWD-Central Visayas Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat said Taiwanese non-government organizations based in Cebu also gave relief assistance.

She assured that the relief goods from Taiwan will be delivered immediately to affected areas in Eastern Visayas and will no longer be repacked.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Army’s First Infantry “Tabak” Division facilitated relief efforts in Mindanao.


Relief goods from Mindanao provinces included food packs, hygiene kits, bottled water and rubber slippers.

Lt. Col. Jose Randolph Sinocruz, Civil Military Operations Officer of the First Infantry Division, said the donations came from local government units, nongovernment organizations and private individuals.

Sinocruz said commercial ships transported the goods to Cebu, where the donations were loaded on a Philippine Navy logistics craft.

In a related development, Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano, Philippine Navy chief, was in Cebu and typhoon-stricken areas in Eastern Visayas to assess efforts of the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) in relief and rehabilitation.
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