PASIG CITY, July 7 (PIA) -- The Philippine Army has received food donations from the Provincial Government of Pampanga to provide relief aid for some 850 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) currently taking temporary shelter at the Philippine Army Wellness Center in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.
Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda on Sunday personally handed over the Kapampangan donations, together with representatives from Porac, Mabalacat, and Floridablanca Quarry Association to Philippine Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Rowen S. Tolentino.
On behalf of the LSIs, Tolentino accepted the donation that was handed over by Pineda and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Angelina Blanco in a simple ceremony held at the Philippine Army Wellness Center of the camp.
"We thank the government of Pampanga for their generosity benefitting our kababayans awaiting to return to their families. Your goodwill will go a long way in keeping them healthy and sustained amid this pandemic," said Tolentino.
The donation came after a number of LSIs asked for help from the three-month long lockdown as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Pineda, for his part, shared that he was touched by the "helpless" situation of the LSIs, as he had seen on television.
"Masaya po kami dahil kahit papaano makakatulong tayo sa mga kababayan natin. Alam naman natin hindi madali ang pinagdaanan nila at hindi rin madaling mahiwalay sa pamilya. Kaya nandito po tayo ngayon dala ang kakaunting tulong mula sa ating mga Cabalen," he said.
Blanco, meanwhile, said the activity coincided the observance of the month-long celebration of National Disaster Resiliency Month with the theme "Sama -samang Pagsulong Tungo sa Katatagan sa Gitna ng Bagong Normal."
"Wala man po tayong programa ngayon sa Pampanga regarding disaster preparedness or response, ito po ay isang magansang start ng celebration natin dahil nakatulong tayo sa mga taga-ibang probinsya na lubos na nangangailangan," she added.
According to the Philippine Army, the food donations include 300 sacks of rice, 331 cases of canned goods, 100 pieces of whole chicken and frozen mackerel, 100 pieces of containers, and assorted dry goods to help assist the LSIs. (PIA-NCR)