LINGAYEN---In the midst of the sufferings of our fellow Filipinos in the typhoon ravaged city of Tacloban City and the Province of Leyte, Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. strongly appealed to all provincial officials and employees of the Province of Pangasinan to extend a helping hand by giving voluntary donations for the victims of the killer typhoon Yolanda.
In a memorandum issued by Gov. Espino on November 11 to all chiefs and heads of offices and hospitals and employees of the provincial government, the provincial chief executive has encouraged the bayanihan spirit to signify the province’s deep concern and sympathy for our countrymen in the heavily affected areas.
“The sooner we can give something, the better,” thus stressed Gov. Espino.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its regular session on the same date has earlier authorized Gov. Espino through Provincial Resolution No. 443-2013 to donate from the Calamity fund of the province P4 million (P2 million each) to Tacloban and Leyte for their relief and rehabilitation purposes.
Gov. Espino said the effects of Yolanda led to the loss of thousands of people’s lives after the supertyphoon lashed on the localities on November 8 causing irreparable damage to properties.
Towards this end, the governor further urged that the fund and relief campaign be made a long term and continuing effort as the extent of damage is massive and almost permanent and the required rehabilitation is overwhelming.
Provincial Treasurer Malou Utanes and Col. Rolando Diaz, Officer in Charge for General Services Office were tasked to take charge of the cash donations and donations in kind. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)