Press Release
June 24, 2008

Senate continues to gather donations
for victims of typhoon Frank

Senate President Manny Villar acknowledged all the employees and staff of the Senate and outside donors who contributed to the Senate's initiative to gather donations for the victims of typhoon Frank.

Dubbed as "Tulong Kapwa," the initiative received a seed fund from the Senate President himself amounting to about P330,000 representing one year of his salary as a legislator.

The Office of Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri has also pledged blankets, which the typhoon victims have asked for.

Villar, Nacionalista Party president, said, "Thousands of our countrymen are in dire need of help in the wake of typhoon Frank, and we call on our civil servants to contribute what they can for the alleviation of the plight of our victims."

The provinces of Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz and Antique as well as Iloilo City were already placed under a state of calamity in the wake of severe inundations.

In Iloilo City, 135 out of 180 barangays were flooded. Villar, who hails from Iloilo, has directed the distribution of relief goods for his kasimanwas since Saturday.

Meanwhile, the whole province of Aklan still has no electricity and the lines of two telephone companies are still down.

Villar said, "We continue to appeal to our sympathetic citizens to give their share of help at this time of calamity when our people are extremely tried. This must be a time of collective action and help as a country uniting for the upliftment of its battered people."

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