Pacquiao sends gen-sets to Siargao; team’s relief ops continue on Christmas Eve
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao is continuously mobilizing his people and his supporters even on Christmas Eve to extend help to areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai).
“Marami sa ating mga kababayan ang magpa-Pasko at magba-Bagong Taon na walang tahanan at wala pagkain sa hapag. Ngunit huwag po tayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Huwag po tayong bumitaw sa pananalig sa Panginoon,” Pacquiao said in his Christmas message.
“Ang ating Panginoon ay mapagmahal. Hindi Niya tayo pababayaan na malugmok nang dahil sa.pandemya o sa bagyo,” he added.
Pacquaio said a total of 15 portable power generators, which were donated by Team Pacquiao GG led by Shin Boo, will be flown Friday to Siargao to provide recharging facilities for essential electronic devices. Aside from the generators, at least three tons each of relief were also dispatched to Puerto Princesa, Kabangkalan, and Sipalay in Negros Occidental on Friday.
This is on top of the 80 tons of relief goods that were delivered and distributed in areas hardest hit by Odette in the past six days.
This effort involved 16 humanitarian flights in seven days to deliver relief in Cebu, Siargao, Butuan Dumaguete/Bais, Cagayan de Oro, Bohol, Leyte, Negros island, and Palawan.
Pacquiao also urged Filipinos to help typhoon victims through prayers and charity. He pointed out that the misfortunes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and now Typhoon Odette is a test of faith as he assured the victims that his team is working hard to bring them help.
“Ang lahat na nararanasan natin ngayon ay mga pagsubok. Sinusubukan ng Panginoon at tiwala at pananampalataya. Sinusubukan niya ang ating tatag upang tayo ay matuto. Tinuturuan tayo na ang bawat desisyon natin ay may malalim at pangmatagalang epekto sa ating buhay,” Pacquiao said.
“Sa mga nasalanta ni Odette, patuloy po ang ating ginagawa upang makapaghatid sa inyo ng tulong. Hindi po kami tumitigil sa pagre-repack ng mga relief goods at tuloy-tuloy din ang ating donation drive,” he added.
Pacquiao also thanked his friends, supporters, and various organizations such as the Ateneo Alumni Philippines, La Salle Alumni Philippines, and the Tzu Chi Foundation for entrusting their donations to the United Relief Operations which he organized for Odette victims.
“Dahil sa inyo ay nakapaghatid ang ating United Relief Operations ng mahigit 80 toneladang relief goods sa ating kababayang nasalanta ni Odette. Nakapagtala na tayo ng 15 humanitarian flights para sa ating isinasagawang relief operations,” Pacquiao said.
“Ating ipinakita na ang pagtutulungan, ang ating pagkakaisa at ang ating pagmamahal sa kapwa ay tunay na diwa ng Pasko, ” he added.