House members to donate November salary for typhoon victims

House members to donate November salary for typhoon victims

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MANILA – Several lawmakers at the House of Representatives have pledged their full salary for the month of November to help victims of Typhoons Quinta and Rolly.

According to the House Secretariat, the lower chamber has already raised almost PHP7 million in cash donations as of Thursday following the launch of a fund drive led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco to aid communities affected by the successive typhoons.

“The devastation caused by the two successive typhoons demands that each of us must help in every way we can to provide some relief and comfort to our countrymen who continue to endure these sufferings as the nation battles with Covid-19,” Velasco said.

House Secretary General Jocelia Bighani Sipin said the Speaker also gave instructions to call for donations of non-perishable items that will be sent to hard-hit communities in the Bicol Region.

“We are setting up donation boxes and all departments in Congress are encouraged to drop what they can to help the typhoon victims,” Sipin said.

“Mula sa Kongreso Para sa Pilipino” donation boxes are located at the lobbies of the North Wing, South Wing, RVM Building and South Wing Annex.

Donations may also be sent through the Office of the Secretary General during the donation drive which runs from Nov. 4 to 13.

At least 20 people died and more than 2 million were impacted by Super Typhoon Rolly as of Tuesday.

Typhoon Quinta, on the other hand, left at least 16 people dead in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas and Central Visayas. It partially destroyed 27,213 houses while 2,315 others were totally damaged. (PNA)

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