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  • Writer's pictureMelo Acuna

Qatar assistance arrives

Qatar Red Crescent hands over nearly P12 million in relief goods, equipment to Philippine Red Cross

MANILA – Philippine Red Cross Chair and Philippine Senator Richard J. Gordon received the US$238,672.27 or roughly P11,465,696.51 worth of donations from Qatari Ambassador Dr. Ali Ibrahim Al Makli and Abdelmounaim Mhindate, Qatar Red Crescent Society head of mission in a turn-over ceremony witnessed by other Qatari Embassy and Qatar Red Crescent Society officials.

The food and non-good relief items, equipment and rescue boats arrived early Friday morning.

“We thank our brothers and partners in the Qatar Red Crescent Society and Qatar Embassy for once again putting your trust and confidence in the Philippine Red Cross. Rest assured that we will see to it that your donation will immediately reach the most vulnerable of the families who were greatly affected,” PRC Chair and CEO Gordon said.

The donation made under the leadership of His Highness Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Haman Al-Thani, was brought to Manila on board an aircraft of the State of Qatar early Friday morning. The donation is composed of 40 tons of relief goods from food to non-food items, including camping equipment like tents, blankets and mosquito nets, water sanitation facilities, power generators and rescue boats.

The Qatar Red Crescent Society has provided humanitarian assistance from the 2013 Typhoon Yolanda, Typhoon Hagupit, in 2017 for Surigao earthquake and Typhoon Vinta and in 2018 for Typhoon Mangkhut, among others.

Two of Qatar Red Crescent Society’s most significant donations were two water tankers and 650 disaster-resilient shelters to Yolanda-displaced families. (Melo M. Acuna)

Qatar Red Crescent assistance arrives. PRC Chair and CEO and Senator Richard J. Gordon (second from left) receives documents related to the Qatar donation from Qatar Ambassador Dr. Ali Ibrahim Al Makli (second from right). (PRC Photos)

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