The government of the Republic of Indonesia extended its assistance in the form of rice amounting to 2,000 tons, 12 tons of tarpaulins, foods and blankets intended for the victims of typhoon Pablo in Mindanao, Southern Philippines. The said assistance shall be symbolically handed over by the Coordinating Minister for Social Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia, H. E. Agung Laksono, to the government of the Republic of the Philippines on December 29, 2012 in Davao City. The government of the Philippines is represented by Under Secretary Vilma Cabrera of the Department of Social Welfare.
The said assistance given to the people of the Philippines shall serve as a gesture of friendly and solidarity between the people of Indonesia and the Filipinos as well as among people of ASEAN countries. This assistance is to implement the mandate of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia.
During the hand-over, the Coordinating Minister of Social Welfare was accompanied by the Governor of North Sulawesi, Sinyo H. Sarundayang, Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines H. E. Kristiarto Legowo, Secretary General of the Indonesia Red Cross, the Indonesian Consul General in Davao City, Mr. Eko Hartono and other officials from Indonesia. The Coordinating Minister of Social Welfare and his party also visited New Bataan, Compostela Valley province to turn-over the government’s assistance in the form of 1 ton or rice, blankets and tarpaulins to the people of the said municipality.
Rice assistance from the government of the Republic of Indonesia was shipped from the Port of Bitung, North Sulawesi to Davao City Port. Meanwhile, tarpaulins and other goods were brought in from Banten, West Java, utilizing regular shipping lines. Those goods is scheduled to arrive in Davao Port by the end of December 2012. The Indonesian government has also depatched a humanitarian assistance team composed of the following: 6 civilian volunteers, 4 personnel from the Indonesian Red Cross, 1 personnel from the Social Welfare Department.
Beforehand, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Davao City had extended assistance to the victims of New Bataan and Monkayo in which each municipality received 1 ton of foods and water. On December 9 – 10, 2012, the Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces of Indonesia and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Indonesia also delivered assistance in the form of ready to eat foods, powder milk, blankets and bath soap, women’s personal needs and medicines at about 4 tons and financial aid amounting to one million U.S. dollars.