August 7, 2012
KIKO: LET's USE PEOPLE POWER, VOLUNTEERISM TO ENSURE SAFETY, RESCUE OF FLOOD VICTIMS
Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan calls on fellow Filipinos to use "people power" and "citizen-powered volunteerism" to send information and rescue efforts to those who are badly affected by this week's floods.
"Thanks to social media and the efforts of ordinary Filipinos to pass on crucial, life-saving information, we are able to respond to the onslaught of floods much better than was possible during the time of Ondoy," Pangilinan says. "We call on our countrymen to continue to be vigilant and keep their families safe, but also to hopefully extend help when and where it is needed."
"We've received reports that rubber boats are urgently needed, as are clothes, slippers, medicines and other medical supplies, food, water, and other emergency items. We urge those who can spare such items to get in touch with government agencies such as the DSWD and MMDA for such donations."
He adds, "Nakikiusap rin ho tayo sa mga nakatira sa mabababang mga lugar--sundin po sana natin ang abiso ng mga kinauukulan at lumikas na kung kailangang lumikas. Buhay natin at ng ating mga mahal sa buhay ang katapat nito. Tayo po at magsama-sama at magtulung-tulong para maiwasan ang matinding sakuna."
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