Camalig Mayor Carlos Irwin “Caloy” Baldo, Jr. has expressed his gratitude to the Japanese government for donation thousands of sacks of rice to Albayanos affected by the ongoing Mayon eruption.
Baldo stressed that Japan’s act of kindness resonates a clearer hope for evacuees who have been displaced for more than 70 days now because of the Mayon’s restiveness.
To recall, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has donated 300 metric tons equivalent to 10,000 bags of milled rice to Albay.
According to Calamalig LGU, 980 families, or 3,465 individuals from Mayon- affected barangays of Sua, Anoling, Quirangay, and Tumpa in Camalig, Albay, who are presently residing at the town’s 7 evacuation centers, and other affected families from Daraga, Guinobatan, Malilipot, Sto. Domingo, Tabaco, and Ligao City will benefit from Japan’s rice assistance.
Baldo also extended his appreciation to the Provincial Government of Albay, National Food Authority (NFA), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for their unwavering support.
Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Minister for Economic Affairs, Mr. Nihei Daisuke said that the initiative attests to Japan’s commitment to reach out to the people in need.
“I am hoping that these sacks of rice reach as many people as possible, as this endeavor has shown Japan’s comprehensive support to Filipinos affected by disasters”, the Minister said during the turnover ceremony of the rice donation.