President Aquino thanks Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam for ‘Yolanda’ aid
MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday welcomed visiting Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam at Malacanang and thanked him for Singapore’s support to the Philippines, especially in the aftermath of super typhoon “Yolanda” last November.
“Singapore was one of the first countries to reach out to the Filipino people in the wake of typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan — and the assistance that their people and government gave is deeply appreciated,” the President said.
He noted that Singapore even deployed a Civil Defense Force team to assist the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities and a C-130 aircraft to support ferrying operations between Tacloban City and Manila.
“This is on top of the cash and in-kind donations consisting of USD 33,600 in emergency supplies, USD 96,000 in relief goods, and USD 160,000 as seed money for the Singapore Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan fund-raising drive,” the President said.
“Fund-raising efforts by the private sector, businesses, non-government organizations, the academe, as well as the Overseas Filipino Community in Singapore have also raised more than USD 10 million, all for the survivors of the typhoon,” he added.
President Aquino also mentioned that part of President Tan’s itinerary is a visit to Basey, Western Samar, where he will present medical supplies to the Basey District Hospital.
The presentation of medical supplies is a joint rehabilitation project of the Singapore Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“I have always said that we Filipinos never forget the kindness extended to us by friends — and I reiterate that now, as Singapore continues to lend a helping hand,” the President said.
The Singaporean President arrived in Manila on Wednesday afternoon for his first state visit to the Philippines.
He will be in the country until Saturday. (MNS)