Japanese businessmen hand over Marawi donations to PCOO

MANILA-- A group of Japanese businessmen on Tuesday personally went to the office of Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andananr to hand over their donations for the evacuees in Marawi City.

The Japanese group headed by Takanori Numazaki, chief executive officer (CEO) of transporting company K.K. Korin Logistics, trooped to MalacaAang for the symbolic turnover of their donations which consisted of brand-new clothes, shoes, appliances and containers for the evacuees as well as for the soldiers and their families.

PCOO Undersecretary Marvin Gatpayat received the donations on behalf of Andanar.

We want to help the evacuees and the soldiers as well as their family in their daily needs. We would be very glad to present our donations for the evacuees and soldiers to President Rodrigo Duterte, Numazaki.

He said that around 20-40 container vans of the said goods will arrive in a week's time.

The group added that they are also mulling accepting used clothing and shoes from other Japanese groups as part of additional donations to be given.

Meanwhile, Andanar expressed gratitude to the Japanese donors, pointing out that Japan has always been among the first countries to send aid to the Philippines during disasters which included super typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake among others.

He likewise assured that all donations would reached their intended beneficiaries.

"Nais ko pong pasalamatan ang Japanese donors na namigay ng brand new na mga damit para sa ating mga kababayan sa Marawi. Talagang maasahan ang bansang Japan. Sisiguraduhin namin na makakarating ito sa mga nangangailangan," Andanar said in a statement.

Gatpayat conveyed the PCOO chief's message to the Japanese group.

Besides the Japanese business group, Andanar likewise thanked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the PHP17-million worth of TV content that the Japanese agency recently gave to the PCOO.

He said that this will provide the state-owned television network in providing quality programs.

I thank JICA for this invaluable Japanese TV content worth PHP17 million. Indeed, modernizing our state television goes beyond upgrade in equipment. It includes showing quality TV content, Andanar said.

Source: Philippine News Agency