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PIA Press Release
2009/10/08

Evardone launches "Bulig mo, Kinabuhi Ko" program for "Ondoy" victims

By Alice Nicart

Borongan City (8 October) -- Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone launched today a program which is aimed to extend assistance to the victims of typhoon "Ondoy" in Metro Manila.

Dubbed "Bulig mo, Kinabuhi ko," ("Your help, my life") the announcement was made during the meeting with the department heads of the Provincial Capitol and some heads of national agencies where he solicited inputs and planned out programs that can best help the typhoon victims.

Evardone said that "Bulig mo, Kinabuhi ko", is one way of expressing the Eastern Samareno's compassion to the families who did not only lost their homes but also a member or two of their family members because of "Ondoy".

"I am appealing to those who can afford and the heart for our brothers in Manila. Many of them are still wanting very much of our help. It does not matter how small or big your donation is, for as long as it comes from your heart, that is what matters most," Evardone who also said he is willing to donate his one-month salary, announced on air over Radyo ng Bayan DYES.

To start off the campaign, Gov. Evardone thru Mr. Arnaldo Lavado, Provincial Treasurer will open an account with the initial deposit of P30,000.00 which was generated by the members of the Provincial Police Office, headed by PNP Provincial Director Prudencio de la Cruz.

He said that once, the Bank Account number is available, donors can directly send their donations or present it to the Treasurer's Office.

It was also announced that donations will be accepted until October 31 only, then it will be sent out to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Office, Manila.

Initially, Evardone's office has sent a P100,000.00 worth of check to DSWD-C0 through Mr. Gil Rebamontan, PSWD Director.

The Chief Executive, who likewise was affected by typhoon "Ondoy" (his Manila house being located in Cainta, Rizal) had so much scary experience to share; but he said, what is more important today is that, they are intact as a family.

He said he is thankful to that "Family Day" of his child who schools in Ateneo. Because of that school event, all of them were in school when the flood engulfed their village in Cainta.

Thus, Evardone reiterated his appeal for his Kababayans' cooperation to send help to "Ondoy's victims.

"Used clothings and other household items may be sent also through the municipal social welfare officers of each town which in turn will be sent to the PSWD," concluded Gov. Evardone. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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