The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana together with NDRRMC Executive Director and Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad received the PHP 2,107,200 donation of Philippine Navy from its Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Bacordo, in a ceremonial handover yesterday, May 29, 2020 at Main Conference Room, NDRRMC Operations Center, Quezon City.
Vice Admiral Bacordo was also joined by Rear Admiral Loumer Bernabe, Major-general Nataniel Casem, and Master Chief Petty Officer Freddie Asence.
In the same ceremony, NLEX Road Warriors Head Coach Joseller Guiao together with NLEX Corp. CSR Senior Manager Rosario Dela Rea, and basketball players Kyles Lao, Asi Taulava, Jr Quinahan, Kevin Alas, and Cyrus Baguio also turned over 500 washable face masks, and 50 face shields donations to NDRRMC officials.
Present as well during ceremony were OCD Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla, Director Harold Cabreros, Director Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV, and Financial Management Division Chief and Retired Capt. Augusto Iglesia.
Meanwhile, Philippine Marine Corps also donated 1,488,300 to OCD. The donation of sailor and marine officers of the Philippine Navy and Philippine Marine Corps came from their allowance, said in a press release of the navy.
In his closing remarks, Sec. Lorenzana expressed his gratitude to donors, and frontliners. He also mentioned how beneficial the donations are to the frontliners.
“Salamat sa tulong ninyo, to our frontliners, especially to doctors pati ang mga taong nasa checkpoints... they are exposed there every day, 24 hours a day, so kailangan din ng tulong na ito.”
Moreover, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources donated 25,000 face mask and 5,000 face shields.
DENR Usec. Benny Antiporda joined by Asec. Joselyn Fragada, Career Executive Service Board Dir. Hiro Masuda, DENR-SCIS Public Information Division Officer-in-Charge Alvin Gatbonton, and Creative Specialist Catherine Tanyag turned over the said donation of DENR to Usec. Jalad together with Dir. Alejandro, Dir. Tecson Lim, and Dir. Cabreros, in a separate handover ceremony today.
Usec. Jalad thanked the donors for extending assistance for the country’s fight against COVID-19 and expressed his appreciation on the eagerness of people to help.
“Maganda ito maraming tumutulong, lumalabas 'yung concern ng lahat, kahit apektado naman lahat, tumutulong pa rin. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng nagbigay ng tulong,” he said.