LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 22 (PNA) -- The Team Albay is now preparing for a humanitarian mission, its 14th such initiative, to areas hard hit by Typhoon "Lando", especially in the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora, according to Dr. Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) head.
Daep said the move is based on the directive of Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, who decided to cancel all activities being undertaken in the whole month of October in connection with his birthday celebration on Oct. 26.
Salceda believes that the celebration of his birthday will be more meaningful if the province will send a humanitarian mission in places seriously devastated by Lando.
The provincial chief executive said it gives joy to one's heart if one will be the instrument to lighten up the hardships being experienced by his fellowmen or be the channel of relief, blessing and encouragement.
Salceda also thanked the Almighty God for continuously sparing Albay from the pangs of danger brought by natural calamities and the flowing aid that the province of Albay has been receiving from the national government in times of need.
"Our province has been spared -- and, it is our duty to give back. We were not forsaken by the national government in moments that we were in need. Our province has been blessed from strength to strength and we must pay it forward. Thus, in lieu of the usual birthday celebrations, we have to extend our help to those who need it now," Salceda told Albayanos.
He appealed to those who are not part of the Team Albay humanitarian mission to continue tree planting, school feeding, film showing of Hen. Luna and the concert of A2C2 and Titser's Day Zumba.
In this connection, Daep said the APSEMO and the Office of Civil Defense-Bicol headed by Regional Director Raffy Alejandro have joint forces and are now finalizing details in connection with departure of the group anytime for the mission.
He said Team Albay met at 10 a.m. Thursday for the humanitarian activity. (PNA) CTB/FGS/NIM/CBD