Another plane, carrying medical staff and mobile hospital equipment from Russia, will be flying into Cebu.
This was disclosed by Armi Lopez-Garcia, Philippine Honorary Consul to Russia in her visit to Governor Hilario Davide III at the Capitol last Monday, November 18.
She informed the governor that the plane is now on standby at Khabarovsk- some six and a half hours away from the Philippines- and is ready to be dispatched.
However, she said the province’s health concern was already well addressed. “So I guess we may dispatch this to other areas such as cities of Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte,” she said.
Last week, two planes from Russia landed in Cebu, each carrying 28 tons of assorted goods and sugar, which were officially received by Vice Governor Agnes Magpale.
The goods are repacked at the old Sacred Heart School for boys, Cebu City before this will be distributed to the affected families.
As counterpart to the Russian government’s goods, Provincial Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino said they paired the goods with rice from the Capitol as the province has ran out of canned goods. They also paired the sugar with black coffee.
About 12,505 packs of goods were already distributed. Garcia said these were delivered to Northern Cebu, including the islands of Camotes and Bantayan. Some of these were also shared to Tacloban and Ormoc.
Garcia told the media that based on the information from the governor, the province still needs more canned goods and construction materials for the victims.
Volunteers continue to repack food packs at the Capitol and the Sacred Heart school, which is designated as the drop off point for relief goods coming from international communities. Xerxes Alkuino