VICE President Jejomar Binay on Sunday thanked leaders of the Filipino community in the Netherlands for not hesitating to send aid to their countrymen in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which hit the country last year.
“Lubos po ang aking pasasalamat sa inyong lahat na mabilis na umayuda sa ating mga kababayan sa oras ng kanilang pangangailangan [I am very thankful to all of you for your immediately helping our countrymen in time of need],” said Binay in a meeting at the Philippine Embassy in The Hague.
Binay added that the Filipino community’s sending of aid had made the Dutch government aware of the massive problems the Philippines faced and prompted them to donate a considerable donation amounting to 36 million euros, or P2.26 billion.
He then assured the delegates that the Philippine government is focused on rehabilitating the ravaged areas.
Binay informed them on the construction of houses for Yolanda victims in Tanauan, Ormoc, and Tacloban in Leyte.
“Bagama’t marami ang nawalan ng bahay dahil sa bagyong Yolanda, umaasa akong sa lalong madaling panahon, lahat po ng naapektuhan ng bagyo ay hindi na makikitira sa mga kamag-anak nila o sa kanilang mga kaibigan dahil sa ating ipinapatupad at ipatutupad pang mga proyektong pabahay [Although many lost their lives because of Typhoon Yolanda, I am hoping that as soon as possible, all of those affected by the typhoon will no longer live with their relatives or friends because of housing projects we have implemented and will be implementing],” he said.
Binay also related the capture of Globe Asiatique head Delfin Lee.
“Ang kaso laban kay Lee ang kauna-unahang kaso na isinampa sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Aquino na bahagi ng kampanya tungo sa reporma sa gobyerno at laban sa katiwalian [The case of Lee is the first case filed under President Aquino as part of the government’s campaign against anomalies].
Ito’y pagpapatunay na kami sa sektor ng pabahay ay ganap na tumatalima at sumusuporta sa layunin ng hayag, tapat, at malinis na pamamahala [This is a proof that we in the housing sector is supporting the goal of a transparent, honest and clean governance],” said Binay.
Binay also said that efforts to rid the country of the threat of human trafficking and illegal recruitment remains strong. He also thanked the various migrant groups in the Dutch country for advocating migrants’ rights in the country.
He also asked for the Filipino community’s help in raising the amount needed to secure the pardon of Joselito Zapanta, who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for murder.
“Tuloy po ang aming pagsisikap upang maabot ang kinakailangang halaga ngunit sa pagkakataong ito, ako po’y dumudulog sa inyo na tulungan po kaming madagdagan ang ating inaalok sa pamilya ng biktima [We are doing our best to raise the amount needed but at this point, I am asking for your help so we can offer more to the victim’s family],” he said.
He assured them that not only Zapanta’s, but all Filipinos abroad facing charges are being helped by the government.