MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Filipino-Chinese community on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to help the Philippine government in its rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in areas hit by super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).
Filipino-Chinese business groups signed an agreement with the local government of Leyte province to build 500 houses and five barrio schools in Palo town, one of the areas hit hardest by Yolanda.
“Your Excellency, the Chinese-Filipino community reaffirms its full support to our Filipino brothers and sisters and to government efforts on the road to rehabilitation and recovery,” Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. president Dr. Alfonso Siy told President Benigno Aquino III, who witnessed the signing ceremony at Malacañan Palace.
He also assured the President the FFCCCII and the Chinese-Filipino community “are fully behind you in serving our beloved country and fellow Filipinos.”
Siy added the Chinese-Filipino community’s donation for Yolanda relief and rehabilitation efforts has amounted to nearly P150 million.
President Aquino witnessed the signing of the memorandum of agreement between Siy and Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla.
Also witnessing the signing are Secretaries Carlos Jericho Petilla (energy) and Manuel Roxas II (interior), Palo town mayor Remedios Petilla, and FFCCCII Chairman Emeritus Lucio Tan.
Under the agreement, 500 houses will be built on a five-hectare lot in Barangay Barayong in Palo, with the project costing P40 million.
Five barrio schools with 10 classrooms costing P2 million will also be constructed.
The relocation site will be dubbed the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Village.
The fund for the projects came from:
FFCCCII and FFCCCII Foundation Inc.
Federation of Filipino-Chinese Associations of the Philippines
World News Daily
Filipino-Chinese Amity Club
Overseas Chinese Alumni Association of the Philippines
Filipino-Chinese Shin Lian Association
Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.
Before Wednesday’s signing, Siy noted the Filipino-Chinese community had been active in relief operations, health intervention, and support in terms of finances, fishing boats, and welding generator sets.
Some officials of the FFCCCII even extended personal assistance, giving not only financial help but much of their time.
For his part, Leyte Gov. Petilla assured the people of his province continue to recover from Yolanda, saying the provincial government is focusing on shelter so the people can later on concentrate on making a living.
The governor called on the private sector and the international community to continue their support even as his administration focuses on long-lasting intervention.(MNS)