By the Philippine News Agency
CITY OF NAGA, Cebu (PNA) – Hundreds of individuals and civic and religious organizations from various parts of Cebu flocked to this city on Sunday and turned over cash and in-kind donations for the victims of the massive landslide in Barangay Tinaan here.
More than a hundred students from the different schools in Cebu — including Cebu Technological University, Cebu Normal University, and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu — also signed up for volunteer work.
Truckloads of relief goods from different government agencies and local government units in Cebu province likewise arrived at the Naga City Hall, where government workers and volunteers continue to work even on a Sunday.
A team from Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) K9 Unit and another team from the University of the Philippines-Department of Science and
Technology (UP-DOST) in Diliman also arrived on Saturday to help in the search, rescue, and retrieval operations.
Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and assistance from the people, not just from Cebu, but also from other parts of the country.
“On behalf of the people of Naga, I wish to thank all those who have sent donations and especially those who came all the way here to personally deliver their assistance,” Chiong said. “Your help has somehow lifted our spirits.”
Chiong said that as of 11 a.m. on Sunday, they have already received a total of P581,711 in cash donations from various local government officials, private individuals and corporations, and church leaders, including Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.
Meanwhile, the landslide death toll as of Sunday afternoon rose to 45, while at least 40 others remain missing.