The Philippine government, through the Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam, handed out over $65,000 in financial aid to Filipinos in the CNMI, to help its nationals who were impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu.
During the final day of its consular outreach on Saipan, the consulate handed out $50 each to 500 families last Friday at the Kristo Rai Parish social hall.
This was the consulate’s second instance of providing financial relief to Filipino citizens affected by Yutu.
Prior to that, the PCG assisted 600 families with the help of TanHoldings president Jerry Tan and over 200 families on Tinian. Each family was given $50 each, amounting to over $65,000 in financial relief distributions to date.
The initial budget of the PCG last Friday, however, was only enough to accommodate 400 families. However, thanks to a donation from the Filipino Community of Guam, amounting to $5,000, an additional 100 families were accommodated.
When asked about future financial relief assistance from the Philippine government, vice consul Alex Vallespin said, “I cannot say. As long as the order comes from Manila, Philippines, that is when we will come back [to distribute].”
The Friday distributions at the Kristo Rai Parish was all but smooth, with many lining up as early as 1am to obtain the financial aid.
The distributions were scheduled to start at 8:30am. However, as early as 2am in the morning, over 100 people were already in line.