MANILA Philippine Army (PA) troops will give part of their subsistence allowance for the month of November to the quake-affected victims in Mindanao, its acting spokesperson said Wednesday.
The initiative is in addition to the Army's ongoing humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations in the province of Cotabato and other affected areas in the region, Col. Patricio Ruben Amata said in a statement.
The donations will be allocated to aid the individuals and families affected by the disaster. This command initiative is just a part of our response to our mandate to serve the Filipino people and we eagerly encourage everyone to volunteer or extend support to help our fellow Filipinos in need, Amata added.
Every donation, he said, will be deducted from each Army personnel's daily subsistence allowance of PHP150, equivalent to three meals a day at PHP50 each.
Under the measure, Army troops will skip two meals worth PHP100 this month which will be collected and donated for quake victims.
Other contributions will be accepted, either in cash or in kind.
After conducting rescue and evacuation operations, Army troopers also worked together with government units and other stakeholders to provide the residents with temporary shelters and relief goods.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported a total of 23 deaths, 618 individuals injured, and two persons missing after earthquakes struck the Davao and Soccsksargen regions on October 16, 29, and 31.
The disaster also displaced some 30,000 people from their homes. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency