A C-130 cargo plane of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will transport around 13 tons of relief goods for survivors of super-typhoon “Yolanda” in Tacloban City, Leyte, today.
The relief effort is spearheaded by the Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network and the 302nd Brigade of the Philippine Army, based in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. ONCAN president Marrietta Jambora thanked the AFP for approving the trip, considering that the government only has three C-130 planes that have been ferrying relief goods, troops and evacuees to and from hard-hit areas in Eastern Visayas.
The plane is expected to arrive at the Dumaguete airport at around 6 a.m. today and will depart for Tacloban as soon as the relief goods of rice, canned goods, noodles, candles and matches, have been loaded.
The items were repacked by hundreds of volunteers, from the ONCAN member organizations, US Peace Corps volunteers, students and other individuals, and will be distributed to the Sto. Niño Shrine Church, with Msgr. Alex Opiniano expected to receive the humanitarian aid in Tacloban City, Jambora said.
Fr. Burton Villarmente, director of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Dumaguete, will accompany the relief goods, she added.*JFP
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