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Laguna welcomes PGMA's Luzon Relief Caravan

Calamba (30 October) -- The Provincial Government of Laguna headed by Gov. Teresita "Ningning" S. Lazaro warmly welcomed the Relief Caravan of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) that would help thousands of Lagunenses in preparation for the incoming typhoons and calamities.

This was held last October 29, 2009 at the Provincial Capitol Compound in the capital town Sta. Cruz wherein truckloads of relief goods made their way from Boom Na Boom parking area in the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.

The truckloads of relief supplies consist of food packs, potable water, mats, blankets and clothing. PGMA personally led the send-off ceremony of more than 100 vans and trucks at dawn which were bound for Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region V (Bicol). Aside from Sta. Cruz, other drop off points include Lingayen, Pangasinan; San Fernando, Pampanga; Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija; Tarlac; Tanay, Rizal; Cavite; Batangas; Lucena, Quezon; Daet, Camarines Norte; Naga, Camarines Sur; Sorsogon; Legazpi, Albay; and Virac, Catanduanes.

Dubbed as "Sama-Samang Pagtulong Relief Caravan", the project has the support of several national government agencies and more than 30 private and international organizations. This was led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with other government institutions, non-government organizations and foreign aid agencies.

Partners of the DSWD for the relief caravans include the departments of Education (Dep-Ed), Energy (DOE), Agrarian Reform (DAR), Health (DOH), National Defense (DND), Finance (DOF), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Tourism (DOT), Foreign Affairs (DFA), Labor and Employment (DOLE), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Presidential Management Staff (PMS), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), National Youth Commission, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Office of the Press Secretary, Bureau of Customs (BOC), National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Health and Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Bases Conversion and Development Authority. The private organizations include the World Food Program, United Nations Children's Educational Fund (UNICEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ayala Foundation, World Vision, ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation, Ronald MacDonald Charities, San Miguel Corporation (SMC), and Jollibee Foundation, among others.

President Arroyo ordered different government agencies to join the caravan and provide truckloads of relief goods as well as assist in the preparation for the coming typhoon or calamities. She likewise urged local government units of the affected areas to assist in the distribution. (pio/pia4a) [top]

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