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Donations to 'Oplan Sagip Bayan' reach P55.15 M

Manila (8 October) -- Donations to "Oplan Sagip Bayan" for the victims of typhoon "Ondoy" as of Oct. 6 have reached P55.15 million, Presidential Management Staff Chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr. today reported to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Of the total, P244,368 were foodstuff and non-food relief items from the Office of the President (OP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and an anonymous donor.

The OP Assets Management sent 33 boxes of bottled water (500 ml) and 37 boxes of 250 ml worth P14,590; OP Deputy Executive Secretary Susana Vargas for Administrator and Finance, 1,100 bottles of 350 ml water worth P4,800; an anonymous donor sent 200 sacks of rice worth P182,500; and the DSWD sent 315 sacks of used clothing worth over P30,000.

As of 7 a.m. today, 10,117 bags of repacked relief goods were sent to six areas, bringing the total number of families served to 144,846.

A total of 2,350 family packs were loaded in three trucks headed for Montalban. An additional 1,754 presidential packs and 1,004 family packs were ready for loading, Esperon said.

About 2,447 people in 33 blighted areas bought a total of 13,059 kilos of subsidized rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) worth P317,475.

There were 143 volunteers from the Department of Public Works and Highways Parola Coast Guard, Armed Forces of the Philippines, barangay officials of Baseco Compound, Land Bank of the Philippines, the staff of Rep. Dato Arroyo, National Youth Commission, TESDA scholars, Singles for Christ, residents of Nagtahan and Binondo, and students from the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Centro Escolar University and San Beda College. The cumulative number of volunteers now total 5,645. (PIA) [top]

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